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Blisworth -> Stoke -> Blisworth

Only spent 2 nights in Stoke Bruerne. The rest was over the Christmas period during which I was out visiting people. Stoke Bruerne Has two pubs. Amongst other things… A water-point, and the pathways and car-park access is simple to the boat, with many visitors on a daily basis making it safe and easily accessible and a good place to leave your boat for a few days unattended. I unloaded and loaded the boat in Stoke, (with Christmas gifts), then... Read More Read More The post Blisworth...

Only spent 2 nights in Stoke Bruerne. The rest was over the Christmas period during which I was out visiting people.

Stoke Bruerne

Has two pubs. Amongst other things… A water-point, and the pathways and car-park access is simple to the boat, with many visitors on a daily basis making it safe and easily accessible and a good place to leave your boat for a few days unattended.

I unloaded and loaded the boat in Stoke, (with Christmas gifts), then took the tunnel back to Blisworth.


Stoke Bruerne

Blisworth

This time I’ve decided to moor in the village, rather than further down on Station Road, which is probably about 1/2 mile.

It’s fairly quite, and apart from the odd walker and yapping dog, it’s pretty much silent.

Moored boats in Blisworth

I’ve been here a few days.

Amazon is very quite. Not getting anything at all from them this year.

Christmas seemed quite also. Although people, (customers), were saying “oh, you must be busy”, it was like “yeah” but not nearly as busy as last year.

This may have been because of them taking on an increased number of larger vehicles, or agency drivers and the work being thinner on the ground.

Someone said once that Amazon were trying to ‘cut their costs’ this year.

For whatever reason, there’s nothing going on at the moment, and I don’t expect that situation to improve.

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Gayton Junction -> Blisworth

Only moving down a little bit. This is the place closest to work, so I’m here until after Christmas to make things easier. It’s roughly a four mile drive to Amazon from here. 16 miles less than the same time last year. Blisworth I went to the pub/restaurant, the Walnut Tree the other night. They had a band on, which was quite entertaining. Just playing some soul/pop covers. Free to get in. No problems. The post Gayton Junction -> Blisworth appeared first on Michael...

Only moving down a little bit.

This is the place closest to work, so I’m here until after Christmas to make things easier.

It’s roughly a four mile drive to Amazon from here.

16 miles less than the same time last year.

Blisworth

I went to the pub/restaurant, the Walnut Tree the other night.

They had a band on, which was quite entertaining. Just playing some soul/pop covers.

Free to get in.

No problems.

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Weedon Bec -> Gayton Junction

Where the dear and the antelope play… Not so much as closer to the bin/toilet, town, coal merchants, motorway, supermarkets etc. All the things you’re going to want to be close to as the weather closes in. You can see Bonnie here on the right. Post Offices A problem round here is the lack of Post Offices wanting to do Post Restant√©. The staff in Towcester seemed particular awkward. They get described as ‘miserable and un-helpful’ in reviews online. That’s... Read...

Where the dear and the antelope play…

Gayton Junction
Gayton Junction

Not so much as closer to the bin/toilet, town, coal merchants, motorway, supermarkets etc.

All the things you’re going to want to be close to as the weather closes in.

You can see Bonnie here on the right.

Post Offices

A problem round here is the lack of Post Offices wanting to do Post Restant√©. The staff in Towcester seemed particular awkward. They get described as ‘miserable and un-helpful’ in reviews online.

That’s certainly the impression I got.

The woman starting trying to tell me what it was that post restant√© was, and shift responsibility elsewhere, “you need to check with them check with that, check online etc“.

I put it clearer ‘I’ve been doing it for years. I’m not asking you what it is or how it works, I’m asking you whether you’ll receive my mail under the scheme‘, to which she grudgingly shrugged. I don’t expect much. They’re awkward twats at the best of times.

Crow Lane Sorting Office

Not only that, the mail is going through the Crow Lane sorting office in Billings, North of Northampton.

In the past they’ve stolen small parcels, poked holes in big parcels to see what’s inside. Stolen non-confidential, and confidential mail from me. I had to put in a complaint to my employer due to the level of stuff going missing.

In that ‘interested corporate employer‘ way, they offered to do nothing. I told them I was going to report them to the ICO for not protecting my personal information.

That woke them up a bit.

I supplied them with all the information, and they put in a formal complaint….

For whatever reason, I view this Crow Lane as a criminal operation, with criminal elements operating within it.

It remains to be seen what will happen to my mail this time.

Gayton Junction

I’m going to be here now until after Christmas.

Here’s some pictures from the surrounding area.

Bugbrook to Gaton Junction
Bugbrook to Gaton Junction

Moving down Weedon Bec -> Gayton

Not just down the road.

Maybe about 5-6 miles done on the day that storm passed over the country.

I made a little video of me moving the boat in the windy weather.

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Round and about Weedon

To look at the photo’s, you’d think there’s not a lot there. In fact, the canal is on an embankment which curves across the Nene Valley at canopy level. There are in fact other things in the village. Here are some of the other things in the village of Weedon. Tesco Weedon Handy Tesco about 300 yards from the canal at it’s closest point. Stock up on your beer and rolls here. Weedon Ordnance Factory Built by Colonel Pilkington of... Read More Read More The post Round and...

To look at the photo’s, you’d think there’s not a lot there.

In fact, the canal is on an embankment which curves across the Nene Valley at canopy level.

There are in fact other things in the village.

Here are some of the other things in the village of Weedon.

Tesco Weedon

Tesco Weedon
Tesco Extra Weedon

Handy Tesco about 300 yards from the canal at it’s closest point.

Stock up on your beer and rolls here.

Weedon Ordnance Factory

Weedon Ordnance Factory

Built by Colonel Pilkington of the Royal Engineers in 1805 to repel Napoleonic Invaders. Played a small part in the second world war.

If you look closely, you can see the canal running between the workshops.

Guns used to be loaded and shipped out from here.

Weedon Ordnance factory.

Weedon Village and Post Office

Weedon Village and Post Office
Weedon Village and Post Office

Or Weedon Bec as they call it.

The post office is now closed. The village is in an ‘ironstone’ fashion. Traditional for the area.

Opposite the post office is the village store One Stop which sells beer and food, much like Tesco. It’s closer to the canal and you may find it better value for certain things.

There is a pub here called the Plume of Feathers, which often has a band or live entertainment.

Other shops include; hairdresser/barber, pharmacy and Appleshop (main road).

The river Nene flows through the village adjacent to the sports field where the Sunday football team were playing when I took these pictures.

Railway arches

Weedon Railway arches
Weedon Railway arches

Like the canal, the railway is elevated in Weedon. It travels through the valley on these stilts which the railway sits atop at tree level.

Apart from that, there are other things around the village more than the canal. There are pubs 3+.

So that’s a little bit about Weedon. It’s not just a canal, although you may get that impression when you see pictures.

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Dodford -> Weedon

Weedon Central. Or Weedon Bec as some people call it. New bypass So… The new bypass opened next to my lovely spot in Dodford. Come 6am, I could feel the rumbling of artic’s, and couldn’t get back to sleep. Here’s a picture of the new Weedon – Upper Heyford bypass. As you can see, it’s probably about 300 yards from my boat at it’s closest point. Didn’t fancy sticking around. I like my beauty sleep. It wasn’t the sound either,... Read More ...

Weedon Central. Or Weedon Bec as some people call it.

New bypass

So… The new bypass opened next to my lovely spot in Dodford. Come 6am, I could feel the rumbling of artic’s, and couldn’t get back to sleep.

Here’s a picture of the new Weedon – Upper Heyford bypass.

As you can see, it’s probably about 300 yards from my boat at it’s closest point.

Didn’t fancy sticking around. I like my beauty sleep. It wasn’t the sound either, it was the vibrations from the road, which makes it slightly worse.

I’ve cut my losses, and moved down here to Weedon.

Weedon

Is somewhere I’ve stopped a few times. I fitted some batteries here, a while back now. Also, put the ‘Bonnie Lady’ stickers on the side of the boat, which have now been taken off because the colours didn’t match.

Weedon’s alright. It’s not my ideal location. I like rural more than suburban or town.

The post office has closed down.

Weedon at night
Weedon at night

Weedon Towpath
Weedon by day

Still, it’s got some shops and the internet ain’t that bad.

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Muscott -> Dodford

I was here earlier on in the year opposite Cannah Mead Wharf, where they do the occasional bit of work. It’s kind of a nice spot, opposite the meadow. There are many birds in the hedges here. Solar is good. Phone signal is strong. When I got here, the C03 alarm was going off in one of the boats opposite and there was a couple of work boats moored behind me. It had been raining. When I arrived, the owners... Read More Read More The post Muscott -> Dodford appeared first on Michael...

I was here earlier on in the year opposite Cannah Mead Wharf, where they do the occasional bit of work.

It’s kind of a nice spot, opposite the meadow.

Dodford - Grand Union
Dodford – In the summer

There are many birds in the hedges here.

Solar is good. Phone signal is strong. When I got here, the C03 alarm was going off in one of the boats opposite and there was a couple of work boats moored behind me.

It had been raining. When I arrived, the owners of the work-boats weren’t aboard so I got the genny out and ran it for a little while to boost the batteries up a bit.

At about 7.30pm, I get a bang on the roof, so I pop my head out. It’s the owner of the work-boats, who’s obviously arrived home and says in a rather surly fashion, ‘Do you mind if you turn that generator off’. So I looks at my watch and says, ‘sure’, ‘it’s not 8 O’clock yet’. To which he says, ‘just a simple request’.

So, I said ‘fine’. ‘When it gets to 8, I’ll turn it off’. And got back on the boat.

It had been raining all day. I was hardly running it for the good of my health.

Anyhow, come 8pm. I was in the middle of doing something, and it was all of about 8.04 by the time I roused myself to go out and turn it off, by which time my neighbours were preparing a visiting party to ‘ave a word’!

I turned it off and the guy stood there, saying nothing… ‘Is that Ok for you? I said, to which he said nothing.

Surly twat he was.

Saw him again the next day. Was going to offer to move my boat, due to the fact he was so surly and rude, I never got that far. Still. I expect the beeping carbon monoxide sensor had kept him awake the whole night.

Never mind!

Dodford - Grand Union
In June

In November

The car is perhaps 1/4 mile walk from the boat. It’s about 1 mile into Weedon and the shops.

I’ve been here for a week now.

Weedon to Upper Heyford Bypass

Weedon to Upper Heyford Bypass
Weedon to Upper Heyford Bypass

They’ve been building the Weedon to Upper Heyford Bypass for about 2-3 years now. Due to Northamptonshire CC running out of money and adverse weather conditions, it’s been slowed down somewhat.

Northampton CC bankruptcy has led to it being taken into national Government Administration, apparently, which is unprecedented.

As you can see from the map, it’s been built alongside the M1 as a bypass to the village of Flore in order to pass planning permission on the construction of new houses.

Weedon Bypass
Weedon Bypass

In the fullness of time, they say that they plan to develop right up to the M1 turning the area into one giant Weedon. A big Flore, or a Florey Weedon depending on how you want to look at it.

Bypass Opens!

Local newspapers inform me that the project is due to open in 4 days time on Thursday 15th November. Flore are celebrating by having a tea party in the village hall. Yey!

Batteries are dying

Apart from that, the batteries on the boat are dying, and I’ll have to get some more.

Not had them long at all. The older ones, I got in Wootton Rivers in Wiltshire. https://www.michaeltyler.co.uk/mooring-wootton-rivers-wiltshire/

Not a very long time ago considering the warranty is for 5 years.

 

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