Douglas Diary Summer 2018
Weedon Bec to Stoke Bruerne
A telephone call this morning alerted us that someone has read my diary and knows where we are. Old friends (earlier boating days) Lawson and Jan are coming for lunch tomorrow we will be meeting at the village of Stoke Bruerne, which is our destination today. Tomorrow, Bank holiday Sunday, it is going to rain.
As we set off after the usual walk and breakfast this morning it was quite cool but there was enough blue in the sky for a pair of sailor’s knickers.
We did not explore Weedon Bec (it has an interesting history involving King George III). We will do this on our return trip, the weather was very pleasant and the journey to Stoke Bruerne most picturesque. The only problem was as we neared our destination. A tunnel appeared! See my photo. I hate tunnels. This one called Blisworth Tunnel is 3076 yards long. That is nearly 1000 yards longer than the Braunston one yesterday. This was built and first used in 1805! I hope it is well maintained… that’s 1500 dog years ago! As we entered, I went below in my long kennel and sat on my long haired one’s lap whilst she gently stroked me, whispered in my ear and tried to comfort me. I shut my eyes and stuck my tail between my legs and trembled for 40 minutes offering the occasional anguished whine.
Stoke Bruerne is a small but busy place and has been preserved as one of the most important historically as far as the Canal system is concerned. The area was once riddled with iron stone quarries.
We plan to stay here all day tomorrow as I mentioned above. We will be exploring this evening while the weather remains fair.
My photo is the entrance to that tunnel!
Love Douglas x