I went to set the lock early in the morning and we started off up through Northbrook Lock. Canal and River Trust chaps were busy laying a barrier of sandbags between the canal and River Cherwell. We assumed this was for flood prevention.
Past Upper Heyford, with it’s beautiful old Tithe Barn, we rose all of five feet in Allen's Lock. Next came Heyford Common Lock which was seven feet deep.
Along the way we saw Heron, Swans, Ducks, Moorhens, Kingfisher and a Kite that I almost managed to take a picture of!. Then came Somerton Deep Lock which took us up another twelve feet into a cool breeze blowing on our faces. By the time we had gone under lift Bridge 193 the skies were turning blue and the sun came out. We had been going for four hours now, so we moored just short of Souldern Old Wharf in time for lunch, perfick!