Saturday, It is a lot warmer today and although overcast it is really quite pleasant. I have recovered from my enormous walk of the other day and my little sickness. I know this latter was self inflicted but I really cannot help myself, if I smell food of any sort, I have to eat it particularly if it is un-attended and on the floor, within range or at my very sensitive nose level.
Anyway, we still haven’t been anywhere in my long kennel but it is our plan to go for a little cruise if the weather forecast is as broadcast on the tv. Today we are having our diesel tank “polished”. I know this sounds strange but what it really means is that our fuel is being filtered and cleaned. Apparently this is a necessity now and again particularly in recent times. The fuel that we buy is commercial diesel and by law it contains a percentage of bio-fuel. This is a nuisance for, In short this is allegedly prone to attracting diesel bug! I’ve not seen one but our diesel was pretty mucky.
Sunday dawned as forecast bright and sunny. My bearded one was up early and after our walk, his porridge and my Bonio, he became very busy getting my long kennel ready for our departure. Today we are going to meet up with my bearded one’s daughter’s husband’s father! He is called John. (Aka Grandpafixit). He is good at DIY and lives nearby our Marina and we are going to meet at The Swan at Fradley. (Picture, note my long kennel on the left). This is the marathon we walked to a few days ago but today we are taking my long kennel and going to make a day of it, we are going to get there on a roundabout route, a bit of a shake down cruise, as this is our first actual adventure this year in my long kennel.
We left our Marina and turned north to visit a small village called Hardacre, this is only about 45 minutes away from our base where we are able to turn around and then we headed back south towards Fradley Junction. This short but very pretty journey on our local canal, the Trent and Mersey, is one section of Staffordshire that is going to be carved up by the HS2 project. (Much to the future shame of the planners for this pointless destruction of one of the most beautiful parts of unspoilt rural woodland and farmland in England). Moan over, this took only a total of three hours at our speed of walking pace and we descended three locks. My bearded one was very happy to report that Albert, my long kennel behaved very well on this first outing of the season. It was great to be out again, I met lots of my kind and the sun shone most of the day. Lunch was the normal affair me lying under the table staring at three pairs of human legs for a couple of hours. Then it was time to go back to our Marina and I took my long haired one for a lovely walk for some of the way home in the early evening sunshine. (See photo).
Love Douglas xx