The hedgerows are full of white May blossom on the hawthorn trees, while the towpaths are lined with the white flowers of the cow parsley. It is all so pretty.
The iconic lift bridges of the Oxford Canal are so attractive too, thankfully many of them are permanently raised nowadays.
Silaging being done in the fields yesterday, happy memories of younger days on the farm with our cousins during the silage and hay harvesting.
Had to put in another photo of Somerton Deep Lock House, it is so pretty standing up so tall at the side of the deepest lock on the canal. Do you remember their only access is by boat or along the towpath, with no services, electricity, water, gas etc. They run a generator for electricity and filter canal water for use indoors. They also get no bills!
They have super views all around them, a really lovely place to be.
At Aynho, we spotted "Reckless, the boat that Guy built" from the tv series. Looks like it has been made into a more conventional boaty home now. Edit: Apparently not the tv one, thanks Adam.
At King's Sutton Lock the Union Jack bunting was out, dancing in the breeze.
More of the May with a yellow oil seed rape field in the distance.
At Little Bourton Lock, our canal guide said this was "a beautifully kept lock and cottage". Sadly not so now.
Windows are boarded up and although the sign says it is owned by local boaters, I'm not sure what they are doing with it. The garden has signs of previous care, with blackcurrant bushes, roses, bluebells, and geraniums making a valiant effort through the grass and weeds. I must admit to wishing I could bring it all back to life again, so it could be "beautifully kept" once more.
We had to stop for a walk around Cropredy, it is such a pretty village. And we
And another hawthorn tree, it was just stunning against the blue sky and fresh green grass.
Warm, warm sun, cool water and a gentle breeze, a beautiful way to spend the day.
Tonight we are moored in a very quiet spot, no buildings in sight, and birds singing all around us.
9 miles, 9 locks