|Taking on water at Thrupp|
After a restful night at Thrupp we moved on to Aynho via The Heyfords. We enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Great Western Arms, Aynho. From canal side the pub does not look much but when we entered we were impressed by the welcome and surroundings. The food was extremely good, too. So if you find yourself at Aynho do pay a visit to the Great Western Arms.
After Aynho our next stop was Banbury - we rather like Banbury. There was a Town Cryer convention going on at the time and the Charter Market was also open, so there was lots to see in this lovely Oxfordshire town. We all enjoyed some retail therapy, even John, and I finally collected my new specs. I took John to Tooley's Boatyard where we had a good time reminiscing over some of the tools, which we recognised from both our fathers' tool boxes, as well as admiring the Bolinder they have on display. As per last visit I had to purchase a couple of items from the chandlery. For our evening meal John and I barbecued some local sausages.
|Town Cryer in full, well, cry I suppose|
|The ladies wore period dress|
|BBQ in middle of Banbury|
|Duffy discovers the comfort of the duvet!|
|Duffy relaxes with her other man!|
|Now this relationship is getting a bit serious.|
|Humans make great beds, says Duffy.|
|A new playmate|
And so we made Rugby and all too soon it was time to say a rushed farewell to John and Karen at Bridge 59 where they disembarked for the short walk to the train station. The plan is we shall see them again in November when they come to boat and dog sit for us while we visit our son and daughter at opposite ends of the country!