Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Canal Trading and Oxfordshire Churches

To continue the saga of our weekend.

We also took a detour to a village called Langridge. There we found a really pretty church that is very well looked after and worth a visit. It has a Norman arch to the chancel

and many interesting features including the Jacobean pulpit with its soundboard canopy

and choir stalls.

The weather was not brilliant over the weekend and around Cropredy there is still evidence of floods.

Saturday morning we toured the local Parish churches, taking pictures for the website "A Church Near You". All Saints at Great Bourton, St James the Great at Claydon and All Saints at Mollington. The village of Great Bourton has a pub, buses and a church!

We cannot stand being indoors all the time - probably because living on a boat means that we are out in all weathers at times - so on Saturday afternoon, despite the rain, we decided to explore the shopping outlet in Bicester. It is mostly designer labels and there is much reduced. However we only window shopped as we are not in the habit of buying designer labels! Also I think it is the type of place that you would shop for a specific thing hoping for a discount.

By Sunday the weather was better. After the service at Great Bourton church we popped into Banbury on our way to Sunday lunch in a pub a few miles away.

As we parked in the short stay car park at Castle Quay we spotted a number of narrowboats moored. In fact the canal had more moored boats than we have ever seen - more like it probably is in the summer.

Three narrow boats particularly caught our interest.

Lisa from The Narrow Shop follows our blog so it was great to meet her and she sells delicious ginger marmalade amongst other goodies. See the link on our blog links on the right or click here. Lisa is also a blogger and gave us an honourable mention!

The second boat was

The Cheese Boat. We also had a good chat, tasted all the cheeses and bought the ginger spice cheese - absolute yum! For the link click here or on our links on the right.

The third boat was

Nb Sanity? Note the ? - She is the first Sanity and not Nb Sanity on our blog list! To those in the know this is the Fudge Boat - delicious fudge made and sold by Heather and Tony. We had a good chat about trading on the canal and the delights of cruising. Thanks for all the interesting info Heather and Tony!

So all in all we had a really good weekend, friends, food, and canals. The best combination possible!

1 comment:

  1. Hiya both, thankyou for the plug!!. I love the pics of the church, I too love old churches and castles. Many a time I drag a long suffering Terry out on our push bike to a castle that we can just about make out on the horizon!.Usually of course at the end of the journey there is a huge hill to climb!. I will make a note of this church looks really pretty!. Thanks again. Lisa, On The Narrow Shop.


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