James and Ali really enjoyed moving the boat from Napton into Oxford (50 miles and 38 locks) before mooring up near Aristotle Bridge, beside the Anchor Pub, ready for us meet up with them again today. James had asked us for details of how to update the blog as he’d planned to record their adventures – his excuse for not doing so was that they’d been far too busy having fun.
We too had had a fun week of working and socialising with friends and had finished all the jobs we’d intended. We left Beverley at 7.30am expecting the journey to take 3.5 hours as per the satnav. We made excellent time though and cut half an hour off the journey and arrived in time to witness James & Ali tidying the boat ready for our return.
After a catch up and exchange of news, they reluctantly handed the boat back to us at lunch time. After they’d left we kept ourselves busy unpacking our things and then walked into Jericho for an ice-cream and a mooch around.
Ali had prepared a delicious spaghetti bolognese for us and we enjoyed this after we’d sampled the beer at The Anchor. Here we were befriended by an alleged keep fit fanatic of a similar age to us, who’d abandoned his run when the smell of the alcohol had lured him into the pub. He wished to tell us all about life and his latest internet dating success (0r lack of it). When we’d finished our drinks, we wished him well and returned to the boat to tackle the Saturday DT general knowledge and cryptic crosswords.