Monday August 20

Last night was so wet and cold we used the coal stove. Unfortunately after lighting the fire we discovered that the rear blanking plate had fallen out! The retaining clamp had split. For safety we had to immediately put out the fire. This required the contents of the fire to be rapidly dumped. The split in the clamp may have been caused by damp in the flue. We will need to visit Midland Chandlers at Braunston for a replacement.

Turning to today, for the first time in several days we had a dry day. Although we woke to the usual cloudy skies the sun broke through in the afternoon and we had what could actually be described as good weather. We had a good trip on the Oxford summit to Marston Doles. The descent of the Napton flight was uneventful but lots of hire boats from the Rugby area were coming up the flight. The water buffalo near bridge 114 were very interesting, especially the young calves that must have been born since we passed going south.

We moored up for the night close to Flecknoe in a quiet spot. Watched local farmers handling their grain after harvest.

Mooring at Flecknoe

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