Before I tell you about today I forgot to mention that the other day at Lower Heysham, when we were taking on water we were speaking to a young couple on another boat and it turned out that she was an anesthetist from the Heath Hospital,which is near where we live, and because Denise was a nurse that a worked there a few years ago, she also knew people that we knew , how strange........
Anyway back today we left Gibralta and we come upon Bakers Lock which was named after one of the owners of the Rock of Gibralta pub, here the canal joins the river Cherwell, which ifbin the red we shouldnt proceed as it can be dangerous but lucky for us its just in the amber so we proceed, the river is a bit fast flowing but ok, we then go through Shipton lock and back to the safety of canal water.
We then go under the new Shipton Railway bridge with the remnants of the old bridge adjacent this on Christmas Eve 1874 was the site of a railway accident which unfortunately claimed the lives of 34 passengers on that night.
it's then long before we passed the pretty romantic canal side village of Thrupp with its canal side houses and pub hugging the water.We then reach the area of Kidligton which is a suburb of Oxford we plan to stop and use the the shops here but for some reason can't find mooring suitable to stop at.
So we carry on pass Dukes cut where the Oxford joins the Thames and carry on towards Oxford where before the centre we find a mooring by a park, so we tie up and then find the local shops of Summertown, which is a good 20 min walk from the canal but has a good selection of shops including Marks and Sparks' Tescos and Sainsburys just to mention a few, plus coffe shops,banks and a pub.
We get some provisions and head back to,the boat, store the grocers and pay a visit for a couple of shandies in the near by The Anchor Pub, which is a nice friendly establishment, back to the boat and settled down for the night