SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 2009
The morning was so beautiful, the sun lit up our borrowed back garden and we were loath to leave this place, but the canal called us on and after topping up the water tank at Lower Heyford we stopped for Jacquie’s special ‘Brunch’ It was a bit chilly to eat on the rear deck, but it tasted just as good in the warmth of the saloon.
Steve and Caroline were way ahead, walking the towpath, when Steve came running back indicating that we should slow down as there was this amazing Tea Room just before Pigeon Lock. As we cruised gently passed looking for a mooring, we could see why they wanted us to stop. There were tables and chairs, swing hammocks, all spread out under the trees on the other side of the canal to the tow path. Scones and cream, cakes of all description, tea, coffee, a wind up gramophone and a piano with an invitations to play them. Old Morris Minor cars and vans decorated the place and it also boasted the smallest aero museum in the world hosted by the son or the family, who without doubt will be a pilot in due course. It was all so wonderfully eccentrically English and felt that the clock had been wound right back to a much gentler age. All of this can be found at Jane’s Teas at Mill Lane, Kirklington 07837 362683 but only Sunday’s I think, truly amazing!!
We cruised on just a little further to Emslow Wharf and popped into The Rock of Gibraltar pub, where we were entertained by two young couples who were really determined to having a good time. We wished them on their way, as they later skipped and stumbled down the towpath to their, fortunately for us, out of sight boat.
Steve and Caroline took the decision to travel home late this evening rather than in the Monday rush hour, a taxi was arranged to collect them from the pub car park to return them to their car and we sadly waved them on their way.