Well, it was a grey start this morning and it took me a few moments to get his attention for his walk. I made several appeals verbal and paws on. By the time he was up, washed, showered and dressed ( I do none of these silly things) it was gone 8 o’clock. We surveyed the canal path through much of Macclesfield but decided we would tally no longer as my long haired one was quite anxious to source some laundry facility. We have a washing machine in my long kennel but we have, as you will note if you have followed my diary from the beginning this year, a problem with our 240 volt supply which renders it useless.
We were also looking for fuel and water this morning. We anticipated some assistance at a boat yard that was clearly indicated on our maps a mile away to discover that our map was at least 17 years old. And the boat yard we were expecting was a housing estate. The first sign of anything helpful to our needs appeared long after we had left Macclesfield and we were in fact at Bollington. I got a long walk however which was good news.
At Bollington Services my long kennel took on board 132 liters of diesel and rather more of water.. Micky Jay did the same and by now it was raining. All replenished we cruised on a little further under umbrellas to an aqueduct where we were able to moor both our long kennels, we decided this would be enough for today and they were all hungry (I don’t get food at lunch time except under extreme circumstances).
As it happens there was an extremely welcoming ‘waterside cafe’ across from our mooring to which we all repaired for a three hour lunch break. I was made most welcome but got very few treats but then when they all left it was their tea time but my supper time and I got a bowl of Chappie and biscuits O what a surprise that was!
Tonight we are going to stay in our long kennel and watch television while it rains outside, I quite like it when it is like this because my bearded one lights fire and it is very cosy.
My photo for today is a picture of the waterside cafe building in the rain across the canal from our mooring where we had a long lunch today and which you will observe is a tiny part of a big old Mill now converted to house various businesses and offices and probably some residential flats.