Merry Weather Farm, Chipping Norton:- Trip:11
|The Aluminum Baffle|
Before we even started to pack Iona there was a mod that needed doing. On our last trip in the hot sun the fridge was struggling to keep the temperature down. The gap between the van wall and the back of the fridge was too wide, 100mm, and the recommended width was no lees than 15mm or more than about 30mm. Our habitation engineer had already said it needed some sort of baffle.
The journey down to Chipping Norton took 2.5hrs. It is a caravan park with a rally field, so we have use of a toilet and shower block which appears quite new and is very well maintained. We set up the wind break and had lunch in the sunshine. We spent the afternoon sitting in the sun reading and people watching. Tea was steak, stuffed mushrooms and chips which we ate outside, taking advantage of the windbreak for shelter. We eventually went back inside at about 10.30pm.
|The View from our Door|
The town centre is dominated by what I suspect was a corn exchange with alcoves that once held statues of local legends no doubt. A very quaint town that has plenty of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Craft shops and a department store. It all seemed very affluent and busy.
We had a walk around and then headed back, it was disappointing that it was not full of interesting buildings etc. On the way home we stopped off at Aldi to see what offers they had because we rarely go to the one in Grantham. We bought a couple of bits and I got a pair of work shorts for £7.99. By the time we got back to Iona the sun had gone and the sky was overcast.
|Confirmation of where we are.|
I have an evening off, Sue is cooking Paella on the Cadac. We appear to be feeding the whole campsite. The idea of the paella was to try out the recipe on the cadac so that when we meet our friend at Bridgnorth it is a tried and trusted meal. It was well worth the effort, I cut the veg up and Sue did the rest. Yes, it was as good as She Who Knows says, brilliant.
|We both had two Bowls|
We set off again, and we got to the roundabout and took a footpath to Over Norton, about 1/2 mile away. We followed the path alongside a field and then onto a track eventually getting to within 200yds of Over Norton.
|Poppies in the Oat Crop|
We knew there was nothing there so we retraced our steps to another footpath sign. This path took us across grass fields past ancient trees and out through some ornate gates. We followed the road into Chipping Norton, where we found a bakery/cafe. We stopped and had tea and coffee outside before having a look at the local department store.
We left the department store and their 70% sale and started to walk back to Iona. We stopped at a war memorial garden that we had missed on our first walk.
We continued until we came to Aldi where we went in and purchased some more shorts and a pair of work trousers. With the need to buy now met, we back tracked a little to a footpath through a wood, again it looked ancient with large oaks and beech trees. Eventually we joined a path we used earlier and made our way back to the roundabout and then onto the campsite.
Home today, by the time we had packed it was 11.30am. For some reason the SatNav wanted to take us a different way home. We turned left instead of right and headed towards Banbury. We got there and saw the Banbury Cross and continued towards Coventry but the route took us through a very twisty and narrow village, at one point the nearside mirror was brushing the hedge.
I managed to upset some youth on a roundabout and was given a blast on his horn, the thing was I was three or four times bigger than his micra and I was always going to win. However once we were back on known roads I had a woman pull out of a junction in front of us and then proceed at 40mph, I gave her a long blast on our horn and then a few miles further on a van decided to overtake the car behind us and then us, not normally an issue but there was a car coming the other way so I had to jink left and brake to enable him to pull in without having a headon crash.