Day 40 Off to Burton.
The drought has broken – no call for a hose pipe ban yet. It rained last night but it is another beautiful and sunny morning. We are in the tranquil wilds of Derbyshire amongst fields of recently cut wheat, corn or barley moored, as we discovered at 8:00 am, immediately adjacent to a busy rudely working quarry, hidden from our view by a thicket of trees. What a surprise!
As we drifted further on our journey through the border of Derbyshire into Staffordshire, nothing much in the landscape changed, there was only sparse evidence of human or indeed animal habitation.
All the fields were now neatly cropped and the harvest safely rolled up or stored away. No sign of any creatures for me to chase or play with except the odd duck. It is great walking country however and I managed a mile or two with my long haired one between the frequent locks.
The wind today is a bit strong and a touch capricious in nature. This can make manoeuvring in tight spots with currents and side winds somewhat unpredictable with 56 feet of floating wind break.
Such was our situation today when it appeared prudent that our forward motion should be terminated in a rope assisted stop. The result was that my kennel took on a sudden and exaggerated list momentarily placing unsecured objects into an unstable state. Today it was two soup bowls, three dinner plates and a mug.. My bowl is intact, it is made of tin.
As it is a sunny and dry day but with a forecast of rain tomorrow, my bearded one and his friend Lawson decided that it would be a better idea to cruise through lunch (sandwich and soup – in a surviving cup – for them at the helm and nothing for me) and aim to moor the other side of Burton, rather than in it, for a peaceful and secure overnight mooring.
In the event, we found a lovely mooring at Branston just outside Burton on Trent at the edge of a water park – lots more walking with all the humans – and outside a pub called The Bridge. This is of course the home of Marston Brewery, that means there will be Mr P. Degree inside, whoever he is. They are going to visit him for their supper.
I have walked so far today and I know I’m going to be on guard duty tonight, I do not mind.
My photos are: the water park, outside The Bridge, me at a notice – they must be joking!
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