Douglas Diary Saturday 10th October 2015
We had a lovely mooring at Audlem complete with barbecue frame and picnic table supplied by the local council and we had a ready to go disposable barbecue but sadly we had no barbecue food. Ît was such a lovely evening too. Actually as it got dark it became quite cold and I had my chappie with biscuits and they seemed very happy dining on a delicious homemade fish and chip supper in my long kennel this was followed with black berry and apple crumble harvested only a few hours earlier on the canal side.
After breakfast we left for the rather daunting twenty five lock ascent just a mile or so away. The Audlem flight was very exciting and I walked for miles supervising the locking procedure, my bearded one pulled the Captain rank and stayed on board while my long haired one and Bob and Sheila operated the locks. (Our dear friends thought they had come just for their good company!)Three hours later we had raised my long kennel nearly 150 feet and we headed for Market Drayton our expected overnight stop.
We were a little disappointed with Market Drayton. Time appears to have passed by this little town, and so shall we (to mis quote Peter Sellers) however the only surviving pub (several were closed) within walking distance from our mooring was called The Talbot. I was left in charge of my long kennel while they went to visit – it was remarkably good they said – well bully for them, I complained and got a biscuit.
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