Welcome to the Summer Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine. We are a bit late in getting the new edition live, due mainly to being caught on the Oxford Canal without any electrics. Tooley's Boatyard in Banbury came to the rescue, and once the Jubilee weekend was out of the way, Matt managed to sort us out in good time.
Apart from that, we are feeling very lucky. Readers who know us know that we have a large ginger tom cat called General Taylor. He has always been trouble in that he often disappears when we move the boat. The number of times we have had to walk or drive back for him is ridiculous, but he is usually waiting (at twilight) where he last saw the boat and is happy to follow, or be taken home.
Last Autumn, though, we lost him on the Hatton Flight, and no matter how often we journeyed back, he was nowhere to be seen. Eventually we gave up. But we took the boat back to Hatton three or four weeks ago and Gerry walked our little dog down towards the Lockkeeper's Cottage at the base of the Flight. At one point, Gerry called Angus to him, and General Taylor suddenly emerged from the bushes making the loudest meows you ever heard. And that was it - Gerry walked back to the boat followed by General and Angus trotting side by side. Once home, it was as if General had never left... And that was after being away for several months! Cats really are amazing.
Anyway. Our Free Prize Draw for the Spring has now closed and one person has won a COBB BBQ! The lucky lady is Sian Dennehy (NB Xenia). We now have the new Summer draw up and running. This time we have FIVE Argy Bargey board games to give away. We haven't played Argy Bargey yet, but it looks as though it would be fun.
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This season's Masthead photograph is courtesy of Bill Savage (Canal is King)
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