Monday, May 30, 2016

Still on holiday.

I am sure you are all on the edge of your seats awaiting the update from the scintillating travels of the Great Holiday day whatever.  Somerton Deep is as picturesque and exciting as ever.

I am enjoying my holiday so much I am bursting.  Today I boated up to Banbury. It was a veritable success. I didn't meet any boats on the over grown bits, so I have spent very little time removing oxford foliage from my hair.  I saw Nev's old boat Waterlily, and then I arrived in Banbury.  

On mooring up I had some tea, relaxed and then spent 4 hours putting down my new floor - heaven knows why it took so long, especially as I ran out of wood.  When I say new, I of course mean from pallet wood salvaged from the skip (yes yes, all permissions obtained before hand). 

I am so tired everything is looking a bit blurred. 

I haven't done any organ practice for days. My toccata is going to be VERY rusty unless I find somewhere tomorrow - so that's the mission...before the invasion of the young people.

long awaited photographs: Barton Abbey

Here they are....

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Holidays Day 1..2... whatever

Time to dust the old blogger scape down and get blogging about my holidays.  HOLIDAYS! A REAL HOLIDAY! I LOVE holidays and I am loving this holiday. Once I recovered from carrying too much shopping down the towpath in one go (first world problems for which I am very thank fun) I was off.

I pulled the pins, bribed my friend heavily to get them to open the lift bridge for me, and there I was sailing off in to the distance. Tiller, blue skies, long thin water.

I was so chirpy by the time I moored up I thought I would pass out with delight. I sat in my chair staring out at Somerton meadows listening to bird song and watching cows frolic. Good heavens.... cows can frolic.

The whole relaxation in a chair thing lasted forever, for me - 20minutes if I recall - it was bliss  but then I did some jobs with the plumbing.A new kitchen tap to be precise.

Somerton Meadow is exquisit for such jobs.

I had a frightfully decadent lie in (not long enough according to the four legged companion) and tomorrow I will move on. Today however, I went on a trip with a friend!. We went to have a look at Barton Abbey Gardens. We stumbled upon the place a few months ago when I  wanted to visited the churchyard - it was such surprise visit. Despite living nearby this gem of a place had gone under my radar. The gardens were open as part of the RGS and were well worth a visit.  It was a beautiful setting, and I rather liked the greenhouse mechanisms.

Pictures will follow, but I am on a wind up 02 internet which has a different role in life that which I thought it had.

Tomorrow the dog and I head northwards.  When I get there I have some flooring to do.