Day 36 Newark to Hazelford Island.
We do like this town, we are staying for another day, leaving this afternoon. It is a very pretty town with lots of interesting things to do, walks and parks. I have taken my bearded one for his walk with my ball launcher this morning in the park by the castle, he likes that while my long haired one is busy provisioning for the next stage of our journey.
Today we are going to be joined by Lawson and Jan, old friends who live in Cambridgeshire but have a house near us in Vinuela in Spain. It is hot and sunny here today and certainly it is the 7th day of summer. A whole week without rain!
Lawson and Jan arrived complete with lunch (for them) and a treat for me. We had an enjoyable feast and made ready for departure. We felt that, as it was a really beautiful day and a weekend, moorings which, at the best of times are like hens teeth on the river will be scarce today.
We set off and said farewell to Newark and arrived at Farndon hoping to stay here for the night but there was no room. We cruised on to the next possibility to find that was not only full but very difficult landing for me, a dog. The walls were 20 feet high! We cruised on to Hazelford lock.
My bearded one performed an amazing manoeuver mooring my long kennel in a space just six inches longer that our 56 feet against a swift current and a 20 ft wall, only to find that I could not get ashore. Again the walls were way above the roof of my kennel. Unceremoniously, I was lifted off.
After a lovely walk around, we discovered that we were on an island and we also found another mooring this one, just 56 feet 2 inches in length and my bearded one, moved my long kennel and he made a remarkable nay an astonishing job of mooring and from here I was able to get on and unaided.
This is a very exciting place, being an island there are lots of rabbits I am having a lovely time. I have not caught one yet but I will, I will.
My photos today: me in the park at Newark, my long kennel in the lock at Newark, our final mooring today at Hazelford Island.
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