|Dressed in wet weather clothing - minus the hat as that picture censored|
Breakfast was a splended affair, a full blown english boatmans breakfast. These are likely to be few and far between as Marilyn and Janet depart the boat today at Aynho until Thursday evening at Windsor.
The other big event of the day was that it was Tom Rolt's one hundredth birthday. Many years ago I was sorting through my dad's books and came across one written in 1944 called "Narrow Boat", in which Tom describes several trips on the canals. He set off from Tooley's boat yard in Banbury and the first part of the book describes the journey up to Napton. It is a great book that I have read several times and the one that inspired the journey, I didn't realise that Tom also inspired lots of other people and is often regarded as the founder of leisure holidays on the canal. In 1944 the canals were dying and in disrepair, as they were no longer commercially viable for trade.
So todays was Tom's bithday and a big event was held in Banbury. One additional thing I didn't realise is that Tom recruited "a young blonde in a white polo neck jumper" as crew, the best plans always fail through poor research.
|Tom Rolt Day, Banbury - crowds greet our arrival|
|Nr Tooley's Boat Yard, Banbury|
|Tom Rolt Memorial Bridge no 164 in Banbury|
|Lots and lots of ducks .........|
|Aynho Wier where a stream crosses the canal|
|"How are we going to get that down there"|