The last of the morning mist lingers close to the canal. Two swans graze the muddy margins, their long necks dipping in and out of the water.

The end of the weekend trip saw us approaching Eileen’s new home mooring. The pictures pretty much tell the story…

Molly’s very proud of her shiny new blue wellies.
Into Hardwick Lock, slowly leaving behind the intrusive rush-whoosh of the M40, as the boat descends.
The M40 bridge can be seen beyond the head of the lock. Claire’s taking the boat through Hardwick… Below the lock we picked up something around the prop. It caused the remaining journey along the long straight to become little more than a slow dawdle. The culprit turned out to be an old fuel sack, the strong plastic having welded itself to the blades.
Arrived! Eileen’s new home. Hardwick Wharf. Nervy moments as we tried to moor. She kept sliding off the slippy mud banked at the sides of the canal. However the fact that the Oxford, after heavy rain late last week, is currently running high really helps, as the extra inches of water helped us surmount, and then settle into, the mud, carving out a level niche for the boat. Roped up and secure, we explored our new surroundings…
The Welcoming Committee – I’ve never seen such a motley crew of bedraggled geese! As can be seen a couple of them have tattered wings, the result of a close encounter with a fox perhaps?
The level ground and the stout boundary fence make this a safe(ish) spot for the kids…
Geese, boat, bridge and boy…
The boys finding a new favourite place to sit…
Eileen viewed from the concrete and steel accommodation bridge that links the mooring to the towpath…
The view from the towpath side, Eileen already looks at home!
And the towpath walk into Banbury ain’t bad either… ps. the boat can just be made out in the distance, beneath the overarching branches…

2 thoughts on “To our new home mooring

  1. Hi Nick,
    The deformed wings on the geese are known as angels wing and seem to be caused by diet. The general belief is that most cases are caused by too much bread in their diet. Apparently you don’t see it in wild populations away from humans. Chap up at Ellesmere told us about it.


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