Douglas diary Weekend 2nd-4th October 2015
I am sorry about the daily entries, they somehow didn’t happen. In brief summary, we have had a really lovely time exploring the Caldon Canal in the last few days of glorious summer. I am helping my bearded one write this as the rain lashes down outside and the wind buffets my kennel, he has already lit the fire and it is nice and warm and snug this Monday morning. We seem to be going nowhere. I have done an enormous amount of walking and am happy to rest.
We are just leaving the Churnet Valley where we have been exploring these last few days without any means of communication. We have been in the wilds of Staffordshire uniquely a valley with no roads, only walking trails and a river – the Churnet which the short but delightful Caldon canal has accompanied and a steam railway that pops in and out of view, only this system connects the delightful small villages. We have lingered in the last three, Cheddleton, Consall Forge and Froghall. We have watched the steam train puffing up and down visited some very hospitable houses – notably the Black Lion – four miles from the nearest road, where chickens roam in the garden, I was not allowed to play with them, and I met lots of my friends from many different tribes.
Our friends Mair and Tony had to leave us yesterday. Today we are heading back towards Stoke on Trent and turning North to continue our journey.
My long haired one has been doing a lot of washing and my kennel resembles a market stall. I hope to be able to get him to write more later. Love Douglas x
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