Where were we? Narrowboats and reindeer…

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We took the long way home… a very long way really, passing…quite unneccesarily…through the quaint old streets of Woburn, with its rather grandiose church fair bristling with dragons and through the park of Woburn Abbey.

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Mainly because the park is full of deer… and we were lucky enough to see some. Reindeer are not a common sight in England and after having ‘made their acquaintance’ at the workshop, the brief glimpse was a rather special moment.

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In need of refreshment…and somewhere the three of us could sit and talk face to face instead of through the rear-view mirror, I drove to a little pub on the canal. It was sunny, but nowhere near as warm as the last time we had been there, but even so, we braved the breeze to sit and watch the narrowboats naviagting the lock.

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The first to come through was the Bluebell… aptly named after our outing the previous day to Ashridge Woods. The next made us share another smile… the Pendragon seemed all too appropriate coming so soon after our Arthurian workshop.

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These small ‘coincidences’ that follow us may be no more than that, but the synchronicity, when they follow one upon the heels of the other, makes you sit up and take note…or perhaps it is that you already are paying attention to your world that brings them to note.

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We stopped at the Swan a little later, dining on a selection of entrées…which is far better proportioned for our appetites than a large scale meal. There was one more slight detour on the way to the site of a Knights Templar preceptory. Little now remains to be seen, but there are traces in the farm buildings and cottages for the curious eye. But we needed to get an early night. Alarms were set for unearthly hours… the next day would be May Day and we were Oxford-bound.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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17 Responses to Where were we? Narrowboats and reindeer…

  1. Glad you enjoyed watching the narrowboats! Operating the locks are great fun once you get the hang of it, though some of the gates on the Avon (all unmanned bar one) are really heavy.


  2. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie and commented:
    another lovely day out!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Which Swan? Not in Leighton Buzzard? The canal is the GU presumably. Can’t think of any others round there.


  4. adeleulnais says:

    There are no such things as coincidences lol


  5. Pretending I’m with you every step of the way! Hope you’re feeling very much better.


  6. A travel club that we are members of has these long narrow boats in Great Britain, I think London, though. You can stay for several days in them. We’re big boat people. If and when we get the money to travel abroad it’s on our list of things to do.


  7. noelleg44 says:

    Are there are still barge people in England?


  8. macjam47 says:

    How relaxing it must have been to be sitting in this quaint little town watching the boats while enjoying the company of friends.


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