We started relatively early this morning as the weather was due to deteriorate during the day. It stayed sunny and dry, but oh my it was windy. There was one close call on a corner where the wind got the side of the boat and blew it into a line of moored up boats, it was a close call but nothing was hit. It was more good luck than anything else. The boat following said it was a notorious corner for wind. We stopped at Thrupp to off load the rubbish etc and it was a struggle to get the boat to the side of the canal. Then as I bought the boat out through the lift bridge the boat WAS blown to the side of the canal – unfortunately the side with all the trees. Reversed back, pulled over, and took everything of the roof of the boat, moved the poles down to the back of the boat and tried again. We made it down to the Thames before the wind became a problem again. And it was a big problem. Every bend was a battle with the wind. I felt sorry for the hire boaters. The boat following us spent 40 minutes just on one corner if they weren’t being spun around the were blown onto the edge. But here we are now moored up nice and snug in Oxford where we will stay for the weekend. The weather is due to get worse and then improve again on Monday. We will head off again then.
Used the lettuce off the roof for dinner tonight. Very nice, and more than enough lettuce.