The Lismore Hotel
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This date shall go down in history: I was able to get 10 hours of sleep last night. I'm pretty sure I set an OxTrad record. I don't know how I managed it, but it was glorious. I woke up at 8:30 but I didn't get up until 9 - just let myself lay there and doze, and it was lovely. Then I felt the beginnings of a Charlie Horse coming on (why do I always get those here?) so I scrambled to get up a massage my leg out. I hate Charlie Horses. ...
... plants were lovely to see as most of what we have are green and tropical. More people came out punting in the afternoon as the sun stayed out. One very merry group on a hens party had hired a 'punter' and were relaxing enjoying champagne on their trip along the river. We collected our beautiful fresh produce for our dinner and caught the bus back to our hotel. We hand the car back in the morning and catch a train to ...
... go through Banbury Lock. I passed the time chatting to two couples who were sitting by the bank watching the world go by. Bryan busied himself at the lock which was slow as one paddle was out of order.
We stopped at Long Sutton because I have heard several people mention it but on arrival have discovered that there is no easy access to it as the River Cherwell meanders between the canal and the village. ...
... a whole day just browsing in there! I did a bit of shopping there, small things.
We left Oxford & flew thru the Cottswold's by coach. I mean like 75 miles an hour thru these lovely quaint towns. We got to stop for one pic at a old church. Have to go back there to see them properly.
From there we continued our journey to Stratford on Avon where ...
... a nice day to go punting!"
And punting we went, after a pint at the Kings Head overlooking the river.
Punting is a particularly Oxford-ish pass time. In long narrow boats one attempts to propel oneself down the river with a pole. The theory is simpler than the reality. Its easy enough to push the pole off the bottom of the river, but using it to steer is impossible, and trying to stay upright while doing both poses another challenge.
Jess is a master, ...