We're moving Herbie back to Cropredy. Much as we love our berth at Ventnor Marina we've been considering a move for a while now so that we can cruise areas we enjoy more, and our recent trip down to Banbury reminded us how much we like the South Oxford, and it's nearer to home too.
It was in 2020 that we left Cropredy, intending to move to Kings Bromley marina, but covid lockdowns came into effect while we were en route so we abandoned that and went instead into Wigrams Turn which we never really liked. Then we popped into Ventnor, only a mile away and saw how much nicer it was so moved there. These transfers are easy when the marinas all belong to the same group. Our Ventnor berth is in a perfect spot and the staff and facilities there are top notch, but the big GU locks around there are not our favourites and there's only so many times we can tootle up to Braunston without getting a bit tired of it.
Down on the Oxford, the locks are easier and there are so many good mooring spots including some our all time favourites, and we always enjoy the opportunity for a few days in Banbury (also we can get a train home from there), so they are the main reasons we're doing this.
We dropped into Cropredy on the way home last week and met the team there (all changed since we were last there, but very friendly and helpful) and they showed us a good spot near to where we moored when we were last there. We can get the car right to the boat for loading and unloading and we can sit out on the grass alongside the canal and watch the passing boats.
So we've asked to transfer from Oct 1st. Administratively it's easy because it's all the same company. We just fill out a change of details form and that's it.
On a less cheerful note, when we were leaving for home from Ventnor the other day I dropped my phone over the side of the boat. The ever helpful marina guys came along with a net and spent some time fishing for it to no avail. So I'm getting a new phone, which might be good news for this blog because I'm getting a Google Pixel 7 which is supposed to take superior looking photos. We'll see. Maybe I'll post one or two in a couple of days to try it out. Apparently this phone will also tell me how many hours a night I've been snoring! You can have too much information.
If you are on my contacts list I may have lost your details so when my new phone is up and running I may ask one or two of you to text me (I think I'll have the same number) so I can reinstate you.
All for now. Toodle pip.