We’re close to the final leg of this Summer’s water road meander. We’re heading back to Banbury and our mooring on The Arm. And, to be honest, this latest trip had a feel of Summer’s end about it. The season has moved on, the tipping point from Summer to Autumn has long since passed.

Whilst it may not have the holidaying air of mid-summer, the warmth or sunshine, Autumn does bring subtler pleasures – a delight in the early paint-splattered colours, the bright berries, thoughts of the first ‘stove’ of Winter, a morning chunky jumper, a dew-drenched spidery towpath, the lingering morning mists… When taken all-round it’s another wonderful time of year, as hopefully these few images show…

Setting off up the Cut from Appletree and Broadmoor Lock… “What was that sudden movement in the hawthorn hedge?”
The Boys reckoned that this idyllic spot would make our perfect mooring place…
Up past Clattercote Wharf…
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The perfect calm of the Cut, city-boys enjoying a grand day out… the walk’s a treat after a week trapped in the city…
And above Claydon Locks we found our ‘Eileen’ safe and sound and slumbering in the sunshine…
Under way. Clouds gathering overhead bringing added drama to the scene…
Joe loves to get involved, and was a real help working Eileen through the flight… Here we are below Claydon Top Lock biding our time whilst the next lock filled…
Little Boy and narrow lock in harmony..
Though the smaller narrow locks can still offer him a challenge!
Freedom!
Getting into our stride, Joe goes ahead to wait for me to bring the boat to ready the next lock… Waiting for the locks to fill is a perfect time for us to chat about this and that and simply share the experience of being in the moment…
Is that a storm gathering behind us???
On this occasion, it wasn’t. The ominous clouds quickly passed over, a sudden downpour was over in minutes, and the sun shone once more…
I’m bow-hauling th boat out of the lock. Sometimes staying on the lockside is the simplest option, rather than jumping on and off the boat. I’m on the level towpath beneath the bridge and the boat will rest there whilst I close the bottom gates. Taking things steady, working out the logistics of solo-locking whilst the Boys play happily on board is one of the pleasures of boating…
It was all round a bit of a golden afternoon afloat.

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