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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009



Good friends Steve & Caroline arrived at Ayhno Wharf at 9.30 Friday evening, but they were able to access the car park as the lovely lady in the shop had given me the code for the gate.

A bottle of bubbly, some pasta and a few more bottles of wine and the cabin lights started to dim and the water pump sounded a bit puny when the kettle was filled for coffee, when we realized that it was gone 2.30 in the morning and the batteries also wanted to go the sleep. Beds were made up and after some hysterical giggling from the rear cabin, slumber took us in its arms.

We awoke to rain pattering gently on the roof and to some it might have sounded like hammers pounding, but slowly the wind cleared the sky and our heads and off we set. The first lock we encountered was Somerton Deep at 12 ft., a scary introduction to locks for Steve and Caroline.

Our short cruise was terminated just below Allen’s Lock and bridge, at Upper Heyford, opposite the most magical back garden, which was bursting with gentle colours of lilac and cornflower blue, we think they were carefully cultivated wild flowers, but the effect was so enchanting that we decided to travel no further, especially as the Barley Mow was just a short walk through the lovely village.

1 comment:

Jenna said...

Greetings -

I work as the marketing director at a California Funeral Home, and have been searching the web for an image like you have taken here, with the bench, lilac and water. We have a special request from a family that would like such a photo to represent the things that their loved one valued most. I am contacting you to see if you would be interested in sharing your photo for this memorial service, as I would be using it on their memorial prayer cards. Thank you for your time, and you can contact me by email at jenna@sunsethills.cc