Who says research is the boring bit?
I have spent the last two days researching for my novel. Sometimes research can be a time-consuming chore but I think I have found the answer. Set your characters in an interesting location and then you have an excuse to visit. Now we are allowed to travel again, (following any recommendations, of course,) we can start to explore again.
So, to get the feel of the waterways, where one of the characters in my novel lives on a boat, I took a trip up the canal.
My journey started at Gayton, on the Northampton Arm, where I was lucky enough to watch a narrow beam boat being lifted out for blacking. In the company of boating friends I was able to ask lots of questions and learn a few technical terms.
I took my camera and notebook and hitched a lift with a boaty friend as far as Bugbrooke on the Grand Union Canal.
This is only four miles from the junction but it was a glimpse of life aboard: the slower pace, the closeness to nature,
and an interesting look back to the time when the waterways played an important role in transporting goods as industry grew.
This picture shows the cross-over bridge where horses would climb the bridge to cross the canal when changing to the tow path on the other side.
Now home and time to start writing again.