Friday, 16 March 2018

Spring today and winter forecast for tonight!!!

During yesterday’s cruise we stopped off for a coffee break in Wolverton to see ‘Firecrest’, Braidbar 160. Cheryl & Eric’s boat is all electric, which means they are able to cruise silently, powered by their batteries, which are charged by a generator. We have arranged to go up Stoke Bruene locks with them next week.

Near Yardley Gobion

Today we are basking in glorious spring sunshine in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, near Yardley Gobion.  However, tomorrow the met office is promising rather different weather. It’s the first time this year I’ve been able to put the washing out to dry. The workforce are out and have just trimmed the hedge along the tow path, luckily John saw them coming as I’d just a few moments before put my bird feeder up, so it quickly came down while they passed and is now back up ready for the poor birds tomorrow. 

We’ve been a bit lazy with the camera this month but have got a couple of shots of a buzzard, kingfisher and lion.

At the beginning of the month we stayed at Marsworth for about 10 days as we were iced in. We strolled into Tring, discovered the farm shop at Wilstone and Puddlestone Distillery that makes three types of ‘Campfire Gin’. We had a taste of the gin & just couldn’t decide which one to buy, so we got all 3!!!! Plus, we had several visits to The Red Lion, as well as for the Wednesday knitting group.


Once defrosted we moved onto Leighton Buzzard. Maggie picked me up & took me to Flitwick for an evening at the Bedfordshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners &Dyers. It was lovely to see all my old friends and meet the new members too. I also attended ‘Knit & Tonic’ at The Black Lion and we just had to pop in there to visit their gin palace last Friday, more than 80 gins!!!!

We had a trip to London to hear Edmund play in the London City Orchestra last weekend. The concert was at Regent Hall, Oxford Street. When we came up from the tube station we both wanted to duck back down there & run away, million of people, we’re just NOT used to such crowds any more and then on our way home there was a rather large political protest in Regent Street, with LOTS of police & mounted ones too and lots of shouting!!

The Whipsnade lion
View over to St. James the Great, Hanslope

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