|leaving one of the big, wide locks on the Thames|
back on the quiet waters of the Oxford Canal.
Once we got back to Oxford we managed to meet up with our son, who fitted us into a small window of his busy schedule. Exams are over, social activities are full on, life is busy you understand! An offer of lunch, Dad paying, helped. We enjoyed the hot sunny day, finding a shady spot in a pub garden and then had a wander round the Botanical Gardens together.
tiny plants in the alpine house
pitcher plants in the insect plant area
iris in the species areaChushan palm,
the dense yellow fibres at the base of the leaves are used to make rope, sacks and other coarse cloth.
A black pine planted in 1800
it's cones were dropping, and someone had been busy using them for 'art attacks'.
so much fresh bright green
one of the great glass houses.
So we are back on the canal network, heading north again, back to the Pennines and Yorkshire. It's not long since we were on the South Oxford, (January) so we shall be moving fairly quickly through and with this lovely weather, enjoy cruising in the evenings again.
Tuesday: Wallingford - Sandford, 17 miles, 6 locks
Wednesday: Sandford - Shipton-on-Cherwell, 11 miles, 7 locks, 4 bridges
Thursday: Shipton - Kings Sutton, 16 miles, 11 locks, 1 bridge