|View from the front door|
(better without Indian Chief I feel)
One of the things I find very useful is the mile-upon-mile of retail outlets in Milton Keynes (just 15 minutes drive away). I think they look awful - just big amorphous corporate buildings but they have everything you could wish for and I console myself in the knowledge that just 15 minutes up the road is a little oasis of calm called Stoke Bruerne!
I was sitting on the step this afternoon (Sunday) and started talking to very nice elderly lady. It turns out she was the daughter of a gentleman called Jack James who lived at No3 and started the Canal Museum off in 1963. She was most interesting and told me a little about the layout of the house. The lower ground floor as the coal and wood store (now the kitchen), the towpath level was the living room cum kitchen with a large pantry at the back. The second floor had two bedrooms (currently one bedroom and a bathroom) and the top floor was the big bedroom (and still is). Other facilities (loo etc) were behind the house in the area I now park the car.