At the more reasonable hour of 9:30 on Wednesday (24th July) after What a Lark left ...
we also left Culham and turned back the way we'd come
cruising through a hoard of canada geese
back upstream to Abingdon ...
we still need a gas bottle and hoped that we could get into the chandlery below Abingdon Bridge
Once again Salters trip boat 'Reading' was moored there and we pulled alongside once the cruiser had left.
George had already taken the empty bottle from the locker and after tying up to the rail took the bottle over Readings deck. In the chandlery he was told that they'd not got any available and when George pointed out the ones in the cage outside was told that they were all empty! George had the feeling that the chap just couldn't be bothered. Not a good way to do business. We still need a gas bottle and are now not sure where we'll get one from.
So we continued up to the lock where we could see boats going up
and waited for the lock to empty for us
Back on the visitor moorings we stayed inside out of the far too hot sunshine. I got a few loads of washing dried (have I already said that it's going to rain on Friday?) and later in the afternoon walked into town for some much needed provisions.
It had been a hot sticky humid day and the night was not much better. I wonder if it will cool down after the rain. We'll be on the move again tomorrow.