Douglas Diary Summer Holidays 2018
It is still overcast, still calm and still cool. Not bad weather for exploring the Ashby and undoubtably great for walking and I took my bearded one for his walk along the tow path alongside this small and very pretty village of Shackerstone before breakfast this morning. This is where we had stayed and had supper last night at The Rising Sun, very good it was too.
Apparently we are running a bit low on basic supplies – like milk – and on making enquiries, there are no shops for miles! None in this village or indeed the next where we are headed, two hours away, the end of the navigation at Snarestone. This is what makes The Ashby rather special – virtually no humans. This final section is designated SSIS (Special Scientific Interest Status) and rightly so. The wild life from my position on the poop deck is amazing. I ate a butterfly.
We arrived at the end of The Ashby and spent a happy hour talking with one of the Ashby Canal Restoration Society group and my long haired one supported his charity stall by buying some more bowls, pinching some apples and donating a kettle!
We said good bye and started our return journey, I met three friends from the Labrador tribe, this breed is not very bright, their carer threw a stick away he clearly didn’t want, and they all three jumped into the dirty cold water, chased each other swimming to get it back, how silly is that? You would not get me doing that!
After a full day of cruising (about four hours by my reckoning) my bearded one stopped, moored up and decided he would paint a picture. My photo today is me being a bit bored with the whole thing.
Love Douglas x