Sunday morning saw the Boys and I up early and heading out of London to Banbury and the annual Canal Day.
It was one of those stunning Autumnal mornings when traces of Summer linger. Blue skies, dramatic skyscapes laced with vapour trails, and a regular feature of the M40 as it snakes over the Chilterns at Stokenchurch, thick banks of fog.
Between the fog were islands of bright sunshine and silhouetted against the blue were numerous colourful hot air balloons. Balloon-spotting engaged the Boys all the way to Banbury. They delighted in spotting them over the crest of each low hill and above (the still heavily in leaf) treetops.
We parked in Wickes’ car park and wandered down to Grimsbury Wharf to check on Eileen. The gloss coat has hardened up well in the mild temperatures of the last few days. She continues to lie under the tarpaulins of the poly tunnel, awaiting her next phase of painting which will begin next week.
From the wharf we crossed the Hennef Way and joined the towpath into town. A towpath busy with strollers heading towards the Canal Day.
Tomorrow I’ll share a few of the highlights for me and the boys.