We have decided that Market Harborough is a destination in its own right. Not just a place to pop into when you are nearby, but a place worth making a journey to. We have had a super weekend there. The moorings were good, the town has lots of great buildings and a great atmosphere, and we stumbled upon two good culture spots.
Looking for somewhere to get a cup of tea and a bun, we followed a sign outside a little alleyway and discovered Joules Yard, which has al fresco food and drink and when we were there, a live band. Can't remember what they were called, but their name included "unplugged", a soubriquet which is rarely true. semi acoustic might be a better description. Anyway they were pretty good. I wish we were there next Saturday night, because the performer then is Roger Wilson. I have rather too many musical heroes, but Roger, who comes from Leicester is one of them. Should any reader be in Market Harborough next weekend, I would recommend him, and the place, highly.
We picked up a leaflet in the little bridge 61 pub on Friday telling us about Sunday afternoon concerts in MH Congregational church. Nothing to do with the church itself, except the venue. This Sunday was a cello quartet which sounded interesting, so we went and it was brilliant. Apparently these regular concerts are all of a similar high standard. Very informal, and only an hour long. What' s not to like?
Last night we stopped again at Foxton locks and had our last lingering taste for a while of Inclined Plane ale . Nice to go to a pub where the locals involve you in conversation.
The weather has been sublime so far but they are forecasting it to be much colder by the end of the week. I have bad memories of a cruise between Milton Keynes and Stoke Bruerne in stinging rain, I sincerely hope that won't be repeated.
Tonight we have the strange, for us, experience of mooring Outside Crick Marina rather than in it. Now we have to look forward to our new temporary home down the old Slough arm and I read today that the arm IS on the definite dredging list for next winter (21014/15). Long overdue.