It’s rare that elements combine to create a cracker of a day, when people, mood, place, the weather… in fact everything come together to create one of those ‘if only we could bottle it’ days. On the Cut, on a fine June afternoon, Claire and I recently found just such a combination…

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Once you’re afloat, and the manic departure phase (all a-flurry with ropes and complicated manouevours) is over, a calm descends, the pace slows, the knots in your shoulders begin an exquisite unravelling and life returns to a slower, more respectful, more harmonious pace…
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It’s a time for meals eaten outdoors, time for a glass of wine at lunchtime.
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And for finding a perfect, grassy mooring, with space enough to laze on the bank under the dappled shade of a sycamore…
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We tend to travel short distances, perhaps ‘chugging’ for just a few hours at a time, we then moor up. We like to get out for a walk, exploring the environs of our latest ‘temporary residence’. The boat’s ‘snail-ish’ in more ways than one yes it’s slow, but also you carry your home with you, relocating on a daily basis as you move along the Cut… Here, cutting across the R. Cherwell water meadows we meet a herd of nosy bullocks, not threatening just inquisitive…
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Claire and meadow – beautiful!
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It’s a gentle, relaxing time…
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There’s the boat, in the distance, moored in late afternoon sunshine.
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Claire and I, the inevitable selfie!
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Colourful moored boats adjacent to Cropredy Mill…
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Time to prepare an evening meal, ‘Eileen’ looking in fine fettle as the sun, low in the sky, casts long shadows and the BBQ flames outside the galley window…
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Close to perfect…
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Sunset, the cows graze contentedly as we eat supper on the roof top of the back cabin…
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‘Fizz’ on the bow as the sun goes down…
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A grand Summer’s day, that balance of walking, boating, eating, savouring, slowness and silence, it’s what boating’s all about as far as we’re concerned…

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