I am ashamed to say I have not written in my diary since last year and here we are now enjoying summer already. This is not an excuse but I expect you know that there has been a bit of a human crisis from the start of this year with lots getting sick with a virus and everybody has been told to stay at home? This was called operation lockdown!
My life has been quite normal I noticed nothing. I have been able and allowed to take my bearded one and my long haired one out for their walk into the campo (this is what they call the outside countryside here in Spain) each and every day during this period and that is obviously when I am not otherwise asleep at home. These are two of my favourite things: walking and sleeping. The other and best of all is eating!
My bearded one says it is very good that I am able to exercise my long haired one after her accident as it helps her get better, she is doing very well by the way and generally wants to walk further than I do! Well, as I remind her sometimes, I am over eighty in dog years, rather older than she is and about the same age as the bearded one.
Just recently things have relaxed a bit on the lockdown front and I have been taking them out a bit further afield on occasion and including visits to our local bar which has now re-opened. (Outside tables only under which I like to sit). It is interesting that I see all the humans including mine are now wearing masks covering their faces when walking about (not when eating and drinking) and I can now understand why there is not much gathering together, greeting and hugging going on. It is obviously because they find it hard to recognise each other. You see they don’t use smell like I do.
Enough of this. We are all fine I have some sad news – they are selling my long kennel!
Obviously I and my whole family are very sad about this and I have heard them discussing it over many weeks and I do understand that as none of us is getting any younger, the time has now come. This lockdown has certainly placed the kibosh on our cruising this year and for 2020 so now the decision has been made.
I have spent my whole life, every summer holiday helping my family navigate the lovely inland waterways and I think with my help we have covered pretty well the whole system together. I have loved it all and I hope you too have enjoyed sharing some of those adventures with me through this diary.
Now is the time to say goodbye to my long kennel Albert. I, me Douglas, am not saying goodbye. I will be writing again one day but in the meantime here is a link (they made a video to show inside and out) just click it to see my dear long kennel on brokerage at Great Haywood Boat Sales or click the play button below.
Albert is still at her mooring quay 101 in Kings Bromley if you want to say goodbye in person.