…having winded at Clattercote Wharf we headed south into a bright Autumn afternoon of long shadows and warm sunshine. Molly and Fin contented themselves inside the ‘long cabin’ whilst Claire, Joe and I worked through Elkington’s and Broadmoor Locks.
The hedgerows along the towpath bulged with rosehips and bright red haws, and leaves showed the first signs of paint-splattered Autumnal colouring. Joe spotted the odd lingering blackberry and had a happy afternoon foraging, and feeding, and helping with pushing open the lock gates.
We moored on the straight section as you enter Cropredy, above Cropredy Lock and opposite the stunning property above. Ahead of us fellow bloggers Steve & Maggie Parkin had moored nb. Albert. Steve took a break from brass polishing to say hello and we chatted about this and that, and particularly BCN day boats, and the tale of Steve’s uncle converting just such a boat. I hope Steve doesn’t mind that I’ve copied a couple of photo from his blog to illustrate our conversation. The full story of the conversion of nb. Lion can be found on Steve’s site HERE.
After safely mooring up we walked back up the towpath to Forge Farm to collect the car. What a perfect afternoon for a welly-boot & woolly jumper walk! The kids content, a time of exploring, chatting, looking, listening and learning – a grand time!
Once we had the car we took a late afternoon drive out to explore the canal around Long Itchington Locks at Stockton, and had a filling supper at The Blue Liasas the sun set.