I thought I'd had to part company with my much loved River Nene but I found myself walking it's smaller self yesterday. Sue (NB No Problem) left a comment pointing me towards a particular walk; but G rang just as I was leaving and asked me to get some money from the Post Office (opposite direction)
I chose a different route back into Bugbrooke
and then picked up The Nene Way out the other side, thinking I'd have a reccy at Bugbrooke Mill
Yes, that is Baxter wearing a coat. The weather has been disappointingly cold since Friday lunchtime (still too far East I guess) and he has started to shiver since we stripped him out - poor old chap; I guess we need to stop that now he's older, he seems to feel the cold now.
but what a fabulous walk - I'll do the one Sue suggested next. I could stay here for weeks without using the same footpaths
When I reached the mill, I was surprised to find it was in commercial production, but I sneaked about with my camera ready to do the 'dizzy lost bat' routine if challenged
all the original buildings were still in tact
but the site was happily producing flour under the trade name of Heygates - I've not heard of it
as I left, I was able to follow the River Nene a little way before my route veered off - good kayak territory
leaving the production plant behind me
Returning to Bugbrooke I stopped for a pint and pork scratchings at the 5 Bells - it had neither, despite the casque mark (unless you count IPA). What a sad place - waiting for new owners in July apparently; couldn't even manage soap in the loos (tr 1). We didn't stop - two disappointed dogs
Believe it or not, these are the first duck chicks I've seen this year!
Today dawned equally dull and chilly and I made my Yorkshire pudding batter and prepped the veg for Sunday lunch (this is ALL Vic's fault) before heading into the village with G to the excellent, dog friendly, Bakers Arms for a couple of pints before returning, via the cricket match, to do the Sunday roast. No apple crumble today though (seems he can only bother to make it for Vic). If you want food in the village, both the local Chinese and Indian Restaurants are more than happy to deliver to the Bakers Arms for you.