I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Monday 19th July

Richard didn’t want to let Millie out last night as we were close to houses but she was very insistent so I took the glass out of one of the windows and let her out that way. At 4am I heard her outside the front doors so I got up and let her in – she had obviously forgotten about the open window! I think her late night forays are why she sleeps so soundly through the day!

We left Thrupp and headed back down towards Oxford. The weather improving all the time and we were soon back in shorts again :-) Once we had passed Dukes Cut we were in new territory. Richard was worried that the canal passed Oxford would be industrialised but it was very nice. Most of the houses on the city side of the canal were terraced with three or four floors and of course they all had gardens going down to the canal. Most of gardens were nicely done but some were really lovely and quite a few had huge weeping willows with secret gardens behind them. All too soon we were at the end of the canal at Isis Lock, which was very pretty, and then back onto the Thames. We decided to moor up opposite Christchurch Meadow and almost opposite the college rowing clubs. From the window I can see two “gleaming spires” of Oxford :-) We went for a short walk into the city but it was very busy so we didn’t stay long – we hope to do an open top bus tour tomorrow – weather willing!

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