Sunday 8th August
In glorious sunshine we set off this morning for Banbury. Having heard that mooring may be a problem we were ready to be disappointed if we couldn't get in.
The sun just got better and better as the morning progressed. Aynho Weir Lock is another of the unusual octagonal shaped ones. This leads to another river section, this time The Cherwell is just crossing the cut, luckily with the lack of rain the river is a pussy cat at present because this looks like it could be a bit tricky if it was running hard.
Just passed Kings Sutton Lock we rounded a corner and came across a canal side farm shop complete with mooring for shoppers. It was a lovely find, fresh veg, and something different; they stocked water buffalo burgers and water buffalo milk ice cream. Both of course had to be tried. The ice cream was OK but the burgers will have to wait until later.
Just after leaving there we stopped for a chat with a couple who spotted that we had a Lee's narrowboat. They also have one and are always on the lookout for other owners to compare experiences. Their boat was one of the few Moroccan built ones, one of the features of which is a special coating on the integral water tank which means there is no need to continually re-black the inside.
After several hours travel we approached Banbury Town Lock and after using the services just below it we rose into the town centre. Finding a mooring wasn't too difficult and we got a really good one.
We'll stay here tomorrow and do some exploring.