April 2012 has been the wettest April since records began with 4.8" of rain on average with more forecast tonight. On Sunday we climbed the seven locks at Stoke Bruerne in a howling gale. It was like someone shooting icicles at us - horizontal and cold. When we reached to the top the rain eased up a bit so we decided to go to Weedon Bec as originally planned rather than stop short at Blisworth. Not a good decision. We spent the afternoon and evening drying clothes although we did get out in the evening to see friends from Northampton who drove over to share a drink with us. Monday weather was glorious and we went about our chores at our leisure. At lunchtime friends from Twickenham drove up to have lunch with us at The Narrowboat Inn at Stowe Hill Wharf. Very good food and very good company.
In the evening we walked down into the village to attend the local history group's monthly meeting. The talk was about Northampton from Stone Age to Great Fire illustrated with slides from the speaker's time working for English Heritage.