back button October 2010  
 
Travelling down the Oxford Canal through Banbury to Oxford. Then onto the River Thames and downstream through Abingdon, Goring, Reading, Henley, Cookham, Windsor and finally back to Staines.


 
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  Into October and the weather's getting colder. Bags of coal have made a reappearance on the roof.   Meet on the Ledge, anybody ?  
 
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  Tooley's Boatyard in Banbury - where Tom Rolt fitted out his boat Cressy prior to seeting off on his trip (see his book Narrowboat).   The crew having raised the lift bridge in the middle of Banbury waits patiently for the skipper to trundle through.  
 
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  The crew hard at work...   ...and enjoying a rest in the sunshine.  
 
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  Locking through Duke's Cut at Oxford, and leaving the narrow canal system behind.   Then we're out onto the wide, and almost deserted, River Thames.  
 
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  It's only 11 a.m., but we've just clocked our 1000th mile in Joie de Vivre and felt the urge to celebrate !   Morning mist on the river, quite common after a cold night.  
 
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  Moored up at Fawley Meadow, at Henley-on-Thames. (A mooring warden appeared demanding a mooring fee before we'd finished tying the boat up - maybe that's why there are so few boats there!)   One of the grandest views on the Thames, as we pass through Windsor.  
 
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  Lovely autumn colours along the river bank.   A nautical welcome on our return to Staines - completing a round trip of 317 days.