Douglas Diary Summer Holidays 2018
Stretton Stop to Hill Morton
Well what an exciting day it has been today. In the first place, please notice the picture my bearded one took of me asleep in my quarters over the engine at 0810 hrs this morning. Yes I had a sleep in I was exhausted after yesterday.
He got me up because he needed his walk and after breakfast (dried biscuits) we set off towards Newbold Tunnel, about an hour away on the outskirts of Rugby. The tunnel, if you can call it that is only 250 yards long, I was quite un-impressed but I know we have got two very long tunnels ahead of us in a day or two. We have an important shopping expedition today and we can moor right in the heart of the town of Rugby in a park just a short walk from a huge Tesco’s. Some of you will remember when I was a little younger, I went into one of these huge shops on my own and was rescued by Mr Tesco. I remember it well but not today, my bearded one and I stayed outside while my long haired one did the provisioning, she is good at that. He read the newspaper.
Back on my long kennel Albert, we unloaded my Chappie and more dried biscuits and other human type provisions and then my long haired one thought it would be a good idea if we polished the other side of my long kennel as we were moored conveniently for that very purpose. This they did while I supervised again. As we were moored in a park, we had a picnic (well they did) at one of those big park type bench tables.
It was a semi sunny day but warm and pleasant so after we had filled up with water, we set off for Hill Morton. We arrived at about 15:30. Here there are three double locks (side by side) but unfortunately, due to water restrictions only one side of the locks were operating and with a lock keeper in attendance. There were four long kennels ahead of us and so they had a cup of tea I had a biscuit. It was an hour before it was our turn to ascend and we were the last kennel that was allowed through as they closed at 17:00 for the same water restrictions. Here there was a bonus. We moored on our own private mooring, a lock landing that would not be in use until 09:00 tomorrow, – perfect.
Love Douglas x