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    Default Friends of the River Nene BBQ - with paddling & hammocks

    Some of you may recall, indeed, may still be trying to recover from, the disturbing images unleashed upon an unsuspecting public in http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...5-degree-Burns the account of a Burns Night gathering at Peartree Island on the Nene.





    It only costs a tenner a year to belong and although primarily set up for narrowboats & cruisers they have been incredibly welcoming to Bisbrooke Hippo (Ian) & I and encourage membership by all with a love of the river. When the invite to their BBQ arrived we took the opportunity to devise a two night, three day hammocking trip........so here we go

    Launched at the old A6 bridge in Irthlingborough



    Dived down the nearest backwater which takes you through the Stanwick lakes nature reserve









    The thing that amazes me most is that we are the only people on the river - so beautiful but not a soul seen all day



    Time to drop into the Addington backwater - we are not 9-stone weaklings but we had trouble hauling the boats about given the sheer weight of gear, food and liquid refreshment





    Nene backwaters never disappoint







    Back on the navigation approaching Willy Watt's marine at Lower Ringstead lock



    For some reason Hippo has made it his business to devise alternative ways to deal with locks



    Shooting lock gates is something I did when I was a kid in a kayak and I expressed my doubts as to the wisdom of this experimental procedure - it made no difference - he was in that sort of frame of mind



    There are no further photographs due to laughter, concern over the fate of the alcohol (saved, phew!) and running around sorting out the situation - safe to say it has been removed from my playbook but Hippo is still wittering on about angles, trajectory, momentum etc

    Baled out and back on course



    It seemed as though everywhere you looked there was a heron





    The Friends of the River Nene mooring at Woodford - as with all their moorings there are no facilities but it's a 20 minutes walk to a pub and chippy if you aren't as able to withstand such temptations as we are



    Made for hammocking - maybe not the number we had in January but a lovely setting



    Cantonese brisket of beef with stir fry vegetables - don't mind if I do





    Washed down with a not inconsiderable amount of the ballast - we had to do something to reduce the weight of the boats

    Dawn dawned







    I'd say that was a pretty idyllic spot to hammock



    Whilst breakfasting we were joined by Friends of the River Nene members coming down to dredge out rocks from the side of the mooring



    The floating JCB is a cracking bit of kit that I'd not seem in action before - two hydraulic arms at the front and one at the back with huge round tanks to stop it toppling over



    Probably the same one following us about



    A white egret was spotted just downstream from the hammocks too



    Continued...........
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    So by the crack of mid morning we're hangover free and on our way - Woodford church





    Still Woodford church but with Hippo braving the mighty Grade 0.25 rapids in the backwater



    Next backwater down is at Denford - this sign always amuses me



    Quite a long backwater with plenty of interest









    Back on the main river and the iconic Nine Arches Bridge at Thrapston



    View from the Friends of the River Nene mooring at Islip - we'll be returning to try out some of Hippo's experimental hammock hanging ideas





    Islip Mill with lock on the right



    Betwixt Islip & Titchmarsh





    Still being followed.....storked!



    We drop into one of our favourites - Brancey Brook which bypasses the horrible portage at Titchmarsh lock







    It all gets a bit blurry after that as we believe we were kidnapped by narrowboaters and held captive at their prison camp



    Forced to build our own accommodation



    Supervised by cruel Prosecco-fueled female guards who insisted on finding out if they could get in a hammock whilst completely r*ta*sed



    So we decided that our best chance of escape was to join them in their boatie bacchanalia and once again on Peartree Island many synapses were destroyed - no photos as I'm not sure we were in a fit state to operate anything more complicated than a ring-pull.

    So fast forward to the morning - we managed to slip out before any of the Friends woke - in fact, we got up, lit a fire box, cooked breakfast and struck camp before any Friends even looked like emerging





    Finally slipping past Snake Island en-route to freedom and a waiting get-away vehicle at Wadenoe



    Well that's all folks, thanks for staying the course in a rather long blogg.

    Regards to you all, Dick
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    very nice - can't see the first two photos in your first post though

    I'm not sure I'd like an antipodean in my boat - he'd keep wanting to be upside down

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    Thoroughly enjoyed that as a BH Monday read when I should really be out paddling.
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    Nice gents - liking the dawn pics in particular
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    Looked great Craic................the Friends have some nice moorings
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    Great stuff, as always. That first camp looked idyllic, the encampment of tired and emotional narrowboaters looked dangerous. You must both be good actors to manage to fit in with such raucous types, its almost like you've done it before!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    That looked lovely and your telling of it was hilarious! Thanks

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    Looks like an excellent trip. Love a bit of hammocking.

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    Kenny Lives!

    Very enjoyable blogg.
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    Cracking blog. You can't beat a bit of paddling and hammocking.

    Loved the sunrise pics too.
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    Excellent. A great read as always
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    Looks great, I must get to exploring some of these backwaters. I've done Northampton through to Thrapston (not in one go) to break in my SOT, but stuck to the beaten path for fear of irate fisherfolk, riparians or farmers. The dawn photos are cracking!

    I saw an albino Heron on the Welland t'other day too. Thanks for informing me it is in fact an Egret. Not to be confused with the Ejeet wot fort it wuz a heron.
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    Hoping to do this next year...can't wait :-)

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    Been awhile since I've been down that part of the Nene, so hopefully I'll get to pay it another visit.
    Nice blog and pics, that pliable plastic heron you cart about, really does look realistic.

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    Heron today and gone tomorrow Terry!

    Robin, you're being subliminally lead into the next trip fella, which ain't a bad thing! (With your post now affirming your safe return from your latest sub-continental trip )

    What with a chance now of a Cantonese brisket of beef with stir fry vegetables - and thereafter, a chance of a mad women occupying yer hammock, when you need it the most, just after the fire goes out!

    I'm signing up 'reet the noo' for the next River Nene Trip! - Hell Yeah!

    Can I send the £10 now,, whilst I've got it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Robin, you're being subliminally lead into the next trip fella, which ain't a bad thing!

    I'm signing up 'reet the noo' for the next River Nene Trip! - Hell Yeah!

    Can I send the £10 now,, whilst I've got it?
    Mark - let me know the dates you're thinking of for the return of Kenny the Kangaroo to the Nene and I'll sort it out with the Friends of the River Nene - can't guarantee women climbing into hammocks though - Dick
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    The return of Kenny the Kangaroo (garoo-garoo) on the Nene for the week-end 26th-28th January 2018 would tie-in quite nicely with a Burns' Night Supper!

    With a suitable donation from each of those attending,heading in the direction of The Friends of the River Nene if we're once again allowed to overnight on that island with it's super winter sunrise!

    The best that I can do now, is rally some troops with the promise of another Haggis-Stuffed Tandoori Chicken and this year, a decent fillet of Poached Salmon!

    I'll leave the paddling details, and recce for expected no's overnighting on the island to you! (Which I know, is well within your remit! )...and you'll get bonus points if you can get Terry Young to turn up for this one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    The return of Kenny the Kangaroo (garoo-garoo) on the Nene for the week-end 26th-28th January 2018 would tie-in quite nicely with a Burns' Night Supper!

    With a suitable donation from each of those attending,heading in the direction of The Friends of the River Nene if we're once again allowed to overnight on that island with it's super winter sunrise!

    The best that I can do now, is rally some troops with the promise of another Haggis-Stuffed Tandoori Chicken and this year, a decent fillet of Poached Salmon!

    I'll leave the paddling details, and recce for expected no's overnighting on the island to you! (Which I know, is well within your remit! )...and you'll get bonus points if you can get Terry Young to turn up for this one!
    I think you should have Tandoori Chicken Stuffed Haggis. And when you say poached salmon do you mean the style of cooking or the style of acquisition?

    And don't forget the Cullen Skink and Cranachan.

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    That weekend is good for me.
    I couldn't make it last year due to work and it looked like a terrific weekend.

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    Just a fabulous record and the photos were utterly wonderful, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurence milton View Post
    Just a fabulous record and the photos were utterly wonderful, thank you!
    I'll second that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    The return of Kenny the Kangaroo (garoo-garoo) on the Nene for the week-end 26th-28th January 2018 would tie-in quite nicely with a Burns' Night Supper!

    With a suitable donation from each of those attending,heading in the direction of The Friends of the River Nene if we're once again allowed to overnight on that island with it's super winter sunrise!

    The best that I can do now, is rally some troops with the promise of another Haggis-Stuffed Tandoori Chicken and this year, a decent fillet of Poached Salmon!

    I'll leave the paddling details, and recce for expected no's overnighting on the island to you! (Which I know, is well within your remit! )...and you'll get bonus points if you can get Terry Young to turn up for this one!
    I'm very much in for this one!
    Great report on the hammocking barbeque. It's a beautiful river!
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    Might need to get the thermals out again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    The return of Kenny the Kangaroo (garoo-garoo) on the Nene for the week-end 26th-28th January 2018 would tie-in quite nicely with a Burns' Night Supper!

    With a suitable donation from each of those attending,heading in the direction of The Friends of the River Nene if we're once again allowed to overnight on that island with it's super winter sunrise!
    I have just had confirmation from the Chair of FOTRN that we can hold our Burns Night Supper on Peartree Island.

    The only proviso is that all attendees are members of FOTRN - this is to comply with the terms of their agreements with the landowners of their various moorings and the FOTRN insurance.

    I appreciate this is a tenner you'd rather spend on beer but I don't think you'll find a better mass hammock venue anywhere and it gives you access to 6 moorings for camping on the Nene for a year, newsletters etc

    Membership form here http://friendsoftherivernene.co.uk/F...hIp%20form.pdf

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    Well done Dick, on the form it asks for the boat name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirus View Post
    Well done Dick, on the form it asks for the boat name?
    Just put ‘canoe’ ..... I know they are happy with that.
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    £10 seems very good value to me. An encouragement to get over to the Nene more often ...

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    I’m happy with that. Leaves the possibility for a Hallownene


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    The return of Kenny the Kangaroo (garoo-garoo) on the Nene for the week-end 26th-28th January 2018 would tie-in quite nicely with a Burns' Night Supper!

    With a suitable donation from each of those attending,heading in the direction of The Friends of the River Nene if we're once again allowed to overnight on that island with it's super winter sunrise!

    The best that I can do now, is rally some troops with the promise of another Haggis-Stuffed Tandoori Chicken and this year, a decent fillet of Poached Salmon!

    I'll leave the paddling details, and recce for expected no's overnighting on the island to you! (Which I know, is well within your remit! )...and you'll get bonus points if you can get Terry Young to turn up for this one!
    I'll see if I can coax Kenny back to the fire-side. I think he may require audience participation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadsman View Post
    I'll see if I can coax Kenny back to the fire-side. I think he may require audience participation.

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    That should keep the numbers down
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    Are conventional tents acceptable or must one be suspended 'twixt heaven and earth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesRden View Post
    Are conventional tents acceptable or must one be suspended 'twixt heaven and earth?
    Most of us use tents here, so no problem. Just a few weird tree hanger types...
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    Great blog, great place!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    Great blog, great place!!
    ...and a great place to experience a Super Sunrise!

    If you're up on time...


    If not, then stay wrapped up tight and toasty..as it'll be while now before we manage to defrost breakfast!


    There were a few 'Kippers' on that island that week-end! (and not all frozen by dawn!)

    Looking forward very much now to the 2018 experience!
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