Saturday 1st August 2020
It dawned much cooler today, all the better for tackling Stoke Bruerne’s six locks. We had spent a pleasant evening chatting with a couple on a hireboat who were packing up to return their boat and go home today. No social distancing problems here – just normal canal life separated by the distance between the moored boats. They were already thinking about their next family trip and asked us what was our favourite canal. We were unable to choose, and sometimes the events that stand out are the serendipitous ones that could never be repeated. We realised that even the calamities had merit, if only for comedy value. I suspect we made their life more difficult by talking of canal trips that they hadn’t much considered by the sound of it.
We descended Stoke Bruerne locks easily, if not slowly, sharing with nb Victoria. Most of the delay was due to boats coming up and the slowness of the boats in front of us. A couple of ascending boats weren’t sure what to do or where to go but the wide pounds gave plenty of room to dance around each other.
A group of dog-walkers were going up the towpath towards Stoke Bruerne. They all had greyhounds with them, we’ve never seem so many all together. All were rescue dogs and their rescuers meet up most Saturdays for a group walk. The dogs were all beautifully behaved but it bothered me that so many dogs need rescuing once their racing days are over. Is it sport, or just gambling with the dogs being considered disposable?
At one point, north of Milton Keynes, we met a very large Orange thing approaching us. Obviously an ex-liferaft from a big ship but taking up a lot of space when you finding it coming towards you round a corner.
We moored for the night a Linford Park (readily.fattest.mystified) which brought back memories of a holiday cruise taken nearly 40 years ago with our Mum’s and brothers (Gary and Adam) and a very small Simon aboard. We walked round the park, the Almshouses and up into the village. A pleasant evening constitutional.
A timelapse video for the locks can be found at https://youtu.be/6g-wCGWhvhE