On the way down the Buckby flight, I noticed this notice. Another old waterways sign, the duck has obviously decided Class B is not good enough for her family.
We paired up with nb Inca, and her new owners who recently become liveaboards and are enjoying themselves, although they admit to it being a steep learning curve!
They soon managed to work together and go down the close locks two by two.
I love the fact that this old wooden bollard is still by the last lock at Whilton Marina.
After the locks there is long pound through the villages of Weedon, the Heyfords and Bugbrooke. Here we saw nb Briar Rose, on the way to Crick, Adam recognisable by his hat! Only time for a cheery wave as we passed by each other.
Our aim was to get to Gayton and by the time we did arrive the sun was out, and though still cold, we enjoyed a lovely walk around the village. There is always something unique in each village we visit.
The soft yellow stone was glowing gold in the sun.
The gate posts here were very different. Perhaps a chinese pagoda influence here.
There are amazing views out towards Northampton.
This house has a large conservatory/greenhouse/orangery, whatever it was full of plants. The cross on the side perhaps points to a past use and the barge boards has a message carved out.
‘The man of the cross is the man of light’
Over the garden wall was a fine hedge of pleached lime trees.
The grand house looks out over the junction, at the meeting of five ways, opposite a thatched cottage.
Back on the canal, we met up with more of our boaty blogging friends, Vic and Sue from nb No Problem, and Graham and Jill from nb Matilda Rose. Good to meet them and have time for a proper chat.
11 miles, 7 locks