|Sharing the oddly shaped Aynho Weir Lock|
We got to Somerton Deep lock to find a couple of boats ahead of us going down. The people immediately in front of use were an elderly couple, by the time that we walked down to the lock they were using two windlasses at 180 degrees to each other, to try to start moving the extremely stiff paddle gear.
|Chalice waits while Timothy West and Prunella Scales work through.|
I looked, thinking Alan meant that I might have met them at a banter, but as the man raised his head from turning the paddles it became clear that I had seen him on television, as it was the actor, and canal campaigner, Timothy West. His even more recognisable wife, Prunella Scales, was by now on the other side of the lock. They turned out to be a charming couple, just people out boating, and enjoying the spring sunshine. We followed them down through several locks, chatting as we went. The reaction they provoked in people coming the other way was interesting, cameras came out, and nothing beyond the usual canal talk was said to them, but the passing boaters took the chance to say to me, that it was good to see people who publicly support the canals, actually using them. I was surprised by Prunella Scales' very posh accent, as I'm used to seeing her playing a role, but even more surprised when she told me a somewhat saucy story!
|Another attempt not to look like a paparazzi photographer!|
|And sharing the other diamond lock at Shipton|
|Essential water filling and toilet emptying at Thrupp|
We ate, then leaving David in the boat, we went to meet Maffi in "The Boat". A very interesting evening, with Charlie somewhat wary of Maffi's dog, Molly, who was very happy to be given one of Charlie's hide chews. When we got back to Chalice, it was in darkness, and David had gone to bed (not a common occurrence, he's often up until 5:00 am at home), we crept in, somewhat chastened.
King's Sutton to Thrupp
Miles: 17.1, Locks:11
Total Miles: 102.2, Total Locks:69