A great day this was, the weather was mostly sunny, no rain until we moored up in the evening at Stone.
First thing I took him for a very pleasant walk along a paved but empty cycle path in a smart area just north of town centre where we moored last night. We had a fairly leisurely start as we were back on schedule.
After a few minutes we arrived at the top of the four lock flight and there was ‘Rob the Lock’ his arm is now better and he is as happy as ever. We were helped through the top lock by some volunteers, Rob was helping another boat ascending, but our descent was relatively easy and we passed gently through Stoke – a pretty ride – without incident.
Of course my long haired one cannot pass the site of where Mr Wedgwood has a huge pottery and so we stopped and had a fifteen minute walk to his place. It was lunch time and we all had some. The nice lady who served us gave me a bowl of water and three bone shaped biscuits. There was a bit of shopping to be done in the pottery shop whilst my bearded one had a beer called ‘Stone the crows’ odd I thought.
Back on board for a short while until I joined my long haired one for a walk along the tow path. My long kennel was keeping station with us. We met up with another human lady and she had a puppy called Ellie from the Welsh Border Collie tribe, we are sort of distantly related. Anyway we had such fun bounding, bouncing and rolling over each other. We settled down and as we walked for miles l was giving Ellie a few behavioral hints which earned us both a piece of delicious sausage that her long haired one gave us.
We were all tired after a busy day and my bearded one decided that we would go through the next flight of four locks at Stone but then call it a day.
My photos are one of me on my own and one of me, my long haired one, my long kennel and a swan. We are half way down. We have another flight of four to do in the morning.
We found a pleasant mooring just as it started to rain. We settled warm and dry in front of the fire and went to sleep.
Love Douglas x