‘Climb for Victory’

IMG_9290Well we’re back from our recent jaunt up the M1 and into Bedfordshire.

The journey was a bit of a nightmare due to traffic and some minor collisions which held progress up somewhat to say the least; but we got there and as the sun was still shining we parked ourselves in the garden and the commenced drinking crisp cold Pinot Grigio.

That seemed to become the plan for the remainder of the day and as the sun was setting we decided that it might be a good idea if we all maybe had something to eat?

We were then quickly treated to a large portion of fresh pasta macaroni egg and cheese served up with warm bread and which seemed to perfectly compliment the seemingly vast quantities of wine we had all by then managed to consume.

So a rather late night followed by a very early morning walk with Mollie the dog did seem to help clear away the dull headache which at the time I found myself unwillingly nursing.

We then decided to drive over to a little place called ‘Stoke Bruerne’ The Grand Union Canal.

As it states on their website set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire this is an idyllic picture of passing boats and local wildlife. It is a lovely place for a day out.

Here you will find Blisworth Tunnel, historic locks and bridges, a weighing machine, winding hole, and traditional canal pubs- all the features of a living canal village.

The two village pubs have a long heritage, with The Boat Inn having been established in 1807, and the Navigation Inn in 1822.

Whilst most photographers visiting that day happily snapped away at the canal boats chugging ‘to and fro’ I instead captured this image of a youngster who was determined to scale this wooden frame erected outside the local cafe.

I thought the flag flying almost centre of the image and the lush array of hedgerow and greenery surrounding him made for an interesting composition.

It was a great day and everyone with whom we met seemed to enjoy a particularly peaceful almost bygone way of life.

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