The sun woke me up quite early this morning as it came streaming through my porthole. Immediately alert, I woke my bearded one up in the usual manner with the tongue in the ear routine and took him rather reluctantly for his early morning walk. He enjoyed it once he was out because it was a lovely day even if it was only 06:00. As it happened we all went to sleep quite early last night as it had been a long day and so I think I had allowed him more than his eight hours sleep allowance!
Today we have as our main objective, the Atherstone flight of 11 locks as we move east gently on our clockwise route. The first part of our journey through Tamworth, a once busy coal mining area now a mass of new housing estates, is well described by J M Pearson as “having a past more interesting than a present!” The lovely countryside returns as we pass through Polesworth and arrive at Atherstone.
I am writing this diary page in the early afternoon of another beautiful day and we have arrived at the top of the locks after three very entertaining and social hours. See my photo today, me with a new little friend called Jessie with her grandparents. I was very helpful to my long haired one and much admired by everyone.
Moored up, they had lunch, I got nothing. My bearded one is resting and he says, when he wakes up, we are going to overnight near a house called The Anchor Inn at Hartshill. Just an hour away and this will complete our journey today – was a total of ten miles.
Love Douglas x