Easter Monday, 21 April

We woke earlier than usual because we weren’t snug in bed.  The cause being thick fog over the water which lifted quickly resulting in a sunny morning.

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We welcomed our friends from Abingdon on board for coffee before all going off for a stroll around the town.  Abingdon is alleged to be the oldest town in England and was once the county town of Berkshire before a change of boundary means it was demoted to being an Oxfordshire town.     It still has a number of interesting historical buildings and the old county hall was offering tours of the roof so we took advantage of this and enjoyed a panoramic view taking in Radley College, Didcot Power Station, the Chilterns and the Thames Valley and also a collection of Vesper and Lambretta Scooters enjoying a bank holiday  gathering in the market square below.

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We visited the parish church and admired the unusual alms houses that frame the churchyard, stopping en-route to admire a beautiful riverside garden that invites visitors to sit and meditate in its tranquil surroundings.

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We returned to the boat for an alfresco lunch before a clap of thunder warned of the approaching storm and our friends left to catch the bus home as they were keen to avoid a soaking.  After sitting out the storm, and dinner we went out to The Anchor pub beside the Thames to meet up with our friends again for a drink.

After a very pleasant evening, we made arrangement to meet again for lunch at theirs and then to join them on a short car journey to Wallingford in the afternoon.

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