We are happily still settled here at Thrupp on a fourteen day mooring, not that we plan to stay for fourteen days. Joe has ordered himself a new mobile phone and he will catch a bus into Oxford on Monday and collect the phone/package from the Post Office using the Post Restante service.
I have arranged for a Tesco delivery on Tuesday morning and having spotted an Indian restaurant in Kidlington it looks like Tuesday's dinner will be the curry we have been promising ourselves for ages. Come Wednesday we will be off again slowly wending our way up the South Oxford and exploring as we go.
So talking of exploring, yesterday I went walk about with the dogs crossing the canal at Shipton-on-Cherwell by the little canal side church and heading east across sheep pastures towards Hampton Gay.
St Giles, Hampton Gay
Having crossed the River Cherwell and walked under the railway bridge you approach a tiny church sitting isolated in the midst of pasture land. The medieval village that adjoined the church is long since gone,a victim of gentry enclosures and a shrinking agricultural economy.
The ruins of Hampton Gay Manor House
All Saints, Shipton-on-Cherwell sitting on its embankment above the canal