Douglas Diary Autumn Hols
Part 5 – Milton to Cheddleron
It is a lovely morning, sunshine and blue skies, what a pleasant surprise. Yesterday I thought winter had arrived, anyway, today is summer and I took my bearded one for his walk early.
As I am hosting four pets on board my long kennel and they are humans and I have only one bathroom, it makes good sense for me and my bearded pet to go ashore for a while early, the better for them to get sorted. On our return, all humans were washed, polished and cleaned and had breakfast on its way – of course only for them, I had my exciting handful of dry biscuits!
Milton, where we moored last night is a little unassuming village and as we remember it, the last out post of civilisation for the rest of the journey eastwards on this very rural Caldon Canal and the River Churnet valley.
We arrived here from Etruria Junction after a late, very pleasant and uneventful two hour cruise yesterday afternoon when the weather started to clear up.
This morning there was a bit of provisioning in the local village store before a leisurely departure at 10:30. It was fairly slow going as there were a number of locks to negotiate on our way to Cheddleton our proposed destination for this evening.. We didn’t quite make it on two counts: first we caught up with and therefore were behind a singleton elderly lady who particularly did not want help at the five locks ahead of us. As a result it was a slow but entertaining journey. The second reason, it started to rain when we were about an hour short of our destination. I was wet and my long haired one dressed me in my towelling robe. See photo. We moored up for the night in a wood.
Love Douglas x