Saturday, January 29, 2011

Brrr ... but now the Shortest Journey!

We moved a little this morning as we were meeting up with some of our extended family, Meg and Dave. So John was up and at the tiller well before I was ready for the day.

It was one of those January grey days - you know what I mean and after yesterday, such a contrast. It was a brrr and shiver day and even in the short distance it was a good feeling to moor again!

Not far from our mooring we were breaking ice as we approached Aynho. It always sounds worse down below so I had to check that it was not hull paint damaging thickness! It was not much, but you could see where we had been.

The lines of moored narrowboats at Aynho means a very slow approach and we met another boat just coming through the bridge. Amazing, all the cruising we did yesterday and not a boat on the move, yet today we move a mile and see one!

We were in no doubt as to where we were heading for, but we were reassured by this.

Despite there being a couple of visitor moorings near Aynho Bridge we carried on beyond the winding hole and moored up.

We had a really good time with Meg and Dave, ending up in The Great Western Arms for lunch. We had been chatting about friends and family networks linking our families and, to top it, John walked in and saw a familiar face at the bar. Mutual recognition took place - last meeting/drinking place, the Rising Sun in St Mawes! He is now a chef at the Deddington Arms. Small world.

Chisnell Lift Bridge to Aynho Wharf
1.19 miles, 0.40 minutes, 0 locks

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