In a break between the storms Claire, Molly, Joe, Fin & I headed out; the M40 wasn’t an option as the Westway was blocked, so we headed up the M1 to Junction 16, across to Daventry and then down to Banbury for a McDonald’s lunch (Yes, I know, I know…) before arriving at our Eileen for 1.00-ish.
We lit the fire, the boys delighting in helping me sort out the kindling, the Squirrel stove fired up instantly, providing welcome warmth within minutes.
We took a familiar route – just down the 4x locks to Cropredy Wharf and the winding hole, and back. It takes about 3½ hours in all, and included an ice-cream stop (in the drizzle) in Cropredy.
During the short trip Molly entertained herself making a video and, whilst taking lots of ‘standard’ images, I also experimented with the panorama setting on my camera. The views below are the result, they’re perhaps best viewed in the enlarged version – simply click on any image to enlarge it.
By the way, there were numerous canoes in the winding hole at Cropredy, who all waved back cheerfully as I frantically attempted to signal my intention to wind the boat. They finally got the gist and then provided an instant audience for the turn. Happily, on this occasion, the wind at that moment decided to die down and allowed me to do a text book turn prompting a round of applause from the gathered canoeists. Phew! Chuffed!