Wednesday, 24 March 2010


We really like receiving visitors! 

Yesterday we had a rather impromptu visit from Jane and Ron Cole.  They both had the day off so, after checking our blog to see where we were (!!) they came and found us!  We were still at Claydon.  We all piled in Ron's car (dogs and all) and went to the Brasenose Arms at Cropredy which is dog friendly.  We had  really good burgers and chips in a very relaxed atmosphere and it was great to be with them.  We hope they come and see us again and stay for longer.  Mind you, there is always a price to pay!  Before they left to go home I co-erced them into helping us lock through the Claydon Flight! - in the rain!! Cheeky or what?!

We are now at Cropredy moored up behind Lynne and Paul on n/b "Piston Broke".  
Cropredy is a lovely village.  What is it about natural stone and thatch when they are put together in a building?  The other pub in the village is just that - and part of an old terrace of houses.  It is called the "Red Lion" but, as it is rather posh and doesn't accept dogs we have yet to go in there.  One day maybe?

The Red Lion at Cropredy

We are looking forward to receiving our next visitor tomorrow!  Rodney is coming up.  He will like either pub as they both sell a good selection of real ales!!  However, we will only be going in The Red Lion if  ......... he's paying!!  Brasenose Arms here we come then!!

  Betty is being a really good girl and is getting used to 'this narrow boating lark'!!
She know lots of songs (howling!) - her favourite, however,  is
 "I need you both together on this boat and turn that bl**d* engine off"!
This is repeated several times but ................ we love her and would quite like to keep her!

Nearly forgot!  Our latest problem is that the satellite finder has gone ker-put.  We don't watch a lot of TV but it is the final of "Dancing on Ice" on Sunday and it we can't get TV by then ..... I'm booking into a hotel in Banbury for the night!  A little genius called Martyn has said he will meet us in Banbury on Saturday to sort it all out.  We will see.

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