You may notice that I have not moved my long kennel and I have to say if you were here with me you would not move either. We are still moored in the same place outside the Black Lion. It is very pretty and there are other advantages.
It was a beautiful morning and on our walk I very nearly caught a squirrel this is a promising start. Yesterday’s diary I am afraid turned up a day late only because we might as well be on the dark side of the moon as far as communications are concerned my bearded one says.
This total blackout means fairly constant visits to the Black Lion for my bearded one and his friend Mike because they have hacked into their wifi system. A good signal but a real inconvenience as I am sure you my reader can imagine.
We went to Froghall on a steam train – very exciting. Did I mention that this is a special Gin and Train weekend for the Churnet Valley Railway? Well anyway it is and it is the start of the August Bank Holiday weekend.
We bought our tickets (I went for half price because I am a dog, they went for half price because they are old.) there are two equally old trains one steam and one diesel and they shuttle back and forth all day between Cheddleton and Froghall stopping at our station Consall which is just conveniently located by the Black Lion in order to load and off load lots of merry passengers mostly clutching gin glasses.
My humans and I left the Black Lion when we heard the haunting distant train whistle and made the short walk to the station platform and waited a short while until the shiny black steamer puffed into position and we climbed aboard. The whistle blew again and we were off in a cloud of steam and smoke. I wasn’t frightened. We trundled along for about 30 minutes until we arrived at Froghall. Here we all climbed out again onto The Froghall Station platform where they bought some special embossed gin glasses to celebrate the day – one each (but none for me) the size of goldfish bowls I thought and they had them filled with special gins. Then we all climbed back onto the same train for the return journey which was just as exciting for thirty minutes only this time we were travelling in a first class carriage, very comfy on the floor! They seemed to enjoy their gin and the ride.
Love Douglas x