Long Itchington to Royal Leamington Spar to Warwick
We all slept well and in fact I had to be woken up! Well, is is not surprising, I did do a great deal of walking and my legs work faster than theirs as I did my checking, smelling and supervising down the Locks yesterday and I am not as young as I used to be. I am as old as my long haired one and catching up on my ancient bearded one fast, this is possible because, as you probably know, my dog years are much shorter than human years. But, come to think of it, I don’t get that many birthday celebrations.
The start of the day is lovely, albeit the sun is struggling to break through the pale grey clouds, the birds are singing and there is not a breath of wind. We have five more locks to complete (the big double ones) before we reach Leamington. My photo today is somewhere in mid flight of the Stockton 21.
We left our mooring after a leisurely breakfast for them (biscuits again for me) and the early morning walk of course. This was quite short today as my bearded one reckoned it was enough because I would get a fair bit of walking later as I assisted my long haired one with the forthcoming lock duty.
Each of the five locks in this section was placed by the engineers conveniently and roughly a ten minute walk apart. This was nearly 600 dog years ago when this section was widened to have double locks but anyway it enabled me to accompany my long haired one on what became another quite a long walk. I have to say that this was the best part. The locks themselves not much fun, they are extremely heavy designed for the no doubt hairy and robust crew of two boats and sadly we were alone again, just my long kennel, my long haired one and me and occasional help from my bearded one on this final descent.
The weather had by the time we finished turned somewhat cold and was delivering a persistent drizzle. The birds had stopped singing. ‘So it was with some joy that we arrived at our safe and friendly mooring at Satisford Canal Centre. I will tell you more of this tomorrow, we will be staying here in Warwick for a couple of nights. My bearded one is threatening to light our fire.
Love Douglas x