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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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Late Again!

Edward VIII plaque  IvinghoeThis brass plaque on the churchyard wall marks the crowning of Edward VII in 1902. I think the way the vicar, and the chairman and clerk of the parish council all having their names on the plaque is a bit vainglorious!

Okay, it's all my fault. I drove to Ivinghoe last week to take the photos for this week's Secrets of... guided walk, and when I arrived I found there was no memory card in the camera! I should have checked before I left. The card was at home 20 miles away, in my computer's card reader.

It's been cloudy ever since, right up to the middle of Thursday afternoon when the post should have been out Thursday morning! I drove out there again and got my photos in the sunshine, and got back from Ivinghoe just after 7 pm. I've been working on the post today and it should be up tomorrow now.

Meanwhile, I'm now carrying a memory card in my wallet, just in case. At some point I'll be putting a spare card in every camera bag (there's four) to make doubly sure. I prefer the smaller 16 GB cards, enough for about 300 photos in the big RAW file type I prefer. These days, a 16GB card is amazingly cheap and  there seems little point in getting anything smaller.

While you are waiting, here's a couple of shots I liked but couldn't fit into the Ivinghoe post.

The King's Head  IvinghoeThe King's Head, Ivinghoe. This large building at the centre of the town is partly Medieval, but largely 16th or 17th Century.

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What no Post?

Scraggs Hill

Folks, it's been quite a week and I've had to deal with family stuff, so there's no Thursday post this week. You might have guessed this, as it's now Sunday morning.

So this week's Thursday post is being held over until next week, and it will be one of the "Secrets of" series. The photo above is a clue to where it will be; can you work out where this is?

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Family First

I'm doing family stuff this week, so the usual Thursday post is going to be a couple of days late.

Gotta look after the family, folks.

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