They say that moving home is often a very stressful time. Well, we're on the move to Herbie's new berth in Cropredy and we are quite stressed but not for the reasons you might think. As I write, our lovely granddaughter Grace is undergoing emergency surgery to deal with a very painful abscess near the base of her spine. They have been giving her morphine, so you know that's proper pain. She's been complaining of back pain for a few days and it got so painful that paramedics were called and she was admitted to hospital last night. Poor Grace, she's in hospital and were in the middle of nowhere half way across the Oxford canal summit. It was her birthday a few days ago and she was not feeling well then, although she did enjoy opening her presents
and now she's 16 she's just started a part time after school job in Fenwicks store. The timing could hardly be worse. Hopefully once they remove the abscess she should feel better quite quickly.
Otherwise our trip is going according to plan. We did a cunning car move on Saturday when I delivered the car to Cropredy then got two buses back to the Boat inn at Stockton top lock near to where Kath had taken Herbie to pick me up. Getting the bus from Cropredy is no simple feat, they only have one on a Saturday and one on a Thursday and the bus stops have no signs so you have to guess where the bus will pull in. I asked three village people and each one said they didn't know where it stopped and that the service was rubbish so they don't use it. Actually it did arrive on schedule although I had to flag it down because I was standing in the wrong spot.
Speaking of the Boat Inn, we ate there on Saturday night and I have to say it was really excellent. In previous years we've avoided it because it was said it was very expensive for what you got. Well they seem to have opted for a less 'cheffy' menu now and it's a bit cheaper but the food and the service was top notch. I had one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten, very generously topped with four cheeses, various bits of charcuterie and olives. It was juicy and delicious and too big to eat in one go, so I got a doggie bag to take back to the boat to finish later. The beer was nice too. Still not cheap but worth it.
We're in no rush to get to Cropredy, so tomorrow it's a short cruise to the Wharf at Fenny Compton. I see there's a yellow storm warning for Tuesday and Wednesday, so we might hunker down.
BTW I said I would report on my new Pixel phone as regards how well it meets its reputation for photography. I haven't taken many photos yet but here's one I took in Bracknell town centre when we were on the way to Grace's birthday meal. I'm pretty impressed. Actually the compression to blog size doesn't do it any favours. It looks a lot crisper in 'real life'