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Technical Difficulties

Technical difficulties? the North Bucks Wanderer has certainly been having some. A new computer back up plan revealed problems which took all week to sort out. Meanwhile I wasn't able to upload photos I'd taken just for the second post about General Harold Blount of Woughton on the Green; A Naval Man in Buckinghamshire.

My apologies. The computer, whose brain was getting very full, is now much happier.

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Out of Order

Folks

After being overwhelmed with non blogging stuff then being horribly ill (not the Covid) for a fortnight I haven't posted for over three weeks. I even missed St George's day! I'm feeling rather better now and I hope to be back next week; see you soon.

St George and the dragonSt George battles the venomous wyrm.

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Where’s Yer (Laundry) Bin?

Yes, where have I been?

For those who have been here in the last couple of weeks expecting to see new posts, um, well, there haven’t been any. My apologies! I’ve been doing some industrial electrical work, a skill from my time in the years BB; Before Blogging.

I haven’t been doing that all the time in the last fortnight, because I can’t. An injury from 15 years ago means that working in awkward spaces is very difficult and tiring, and it takes me a long time to recover. It was a whole week this time before I stopped limping.

But now I’m back on the case. The electrical work was at the Washetaria launderette in Stony Stratford, where three of the small 35 year old washing machines are to be taken out, making room for two brand new large machines.

It was great to do this sort of work again, but there’s not much room behind the machines and it’s half full of water pipes and power leads to the machines; the very definition of an awkward space.

Social Distancing Project 958 pm, 1st July 2020

I’ve been maintaining the washers and dryers at the Washetaria in Church Street for quite a while now, and during the lockdown I would come out to the shop after it had shut in the evening, so I could work undisturbed.

The photo was taken on the 1st of July last year. It seems to have been taken during opening hours because it was still light at eight, but today (on the last day of January) sunset was before five. It’s a shot from my photo project on the lockdown, The Distance Project.

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Hot Stuff

Drain Pig title pageThis illustration featured in a post on my now mothballed blog Roger the Reader. Critical Mess was a 1983 cartoon book, written and illustrated by Dan Pearce.

A completely new heating system at the historic* headquarters of the North Bucks Wanderer means it will be reliably cozy this winter.

But emptying my vast attic and extensive cellars to give the plumbers access, along with keeping out of their way as they installed radiators and ran pipework, took half a week of my time.

So I haven't had time to create a post for this Thursday. Sorry about that, but things will be back to normal next week, just in time for me to take a couple of weeks off for Christmas and New Year! Oh well...

Meanwhile, is there anything you'd like me to take a look at, in North Bucks?

*A fine example of early 60s council house vernacular...

For all you keen explorers of North Bucks, nothing is more off putting than cold feet on a day out. So seeing as it's coming up to Christmas, what you need is... socks!

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Late on Church Parade

Nave and South aisle  HillesdenA typically light and airy Perpendicular period church.

Yep, I'm running late this week! (Again). It's the price of being a solo blogger; when life gets in the way the schedule suffers; there's nobody else to take up the slack. Sorry folks.

Next week will be the first of a two part post on the different periods of church window, and the many different designs. With the completed post you'll be able to date the window, if not the whole church. (there are pitfalls for the unwary, but don't worry, I'll tell you what they are)

I'd intended it to be a single post to be published yesterday, but "it was a tale that grew in the telling", another reason why I'm late, though that's no excuse. It having got so out of hand, I must now go to several churches across North Bucks to photograph their windows, so I can show you what I'm talking about.

Above is a photo that isn't going to be in that post, but does have something to do with it. See if you can work out what that is, in next week's post.

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The Wanderer is Out

Folks, I'm taking some time off. I've been getting more and more run down so I'm taking a break for a couple of weeks. No, it's nothing to do with Covid!

In the meantime, please take a look at the archives; there are over 260 posts here and there may be something you've missed. I'll see you again around the beginning of August.

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