|Ben the pup April 2007|
Looking through all the old photos on my laptop I came across this one of Ben the dog as a new pup ten years ago. Where have all those years gone? Now he's a big boy and at the moment not at all keen on going for a walk although we walk alongside the boat. After half an hour or so he's quite happy to get back onboard.
We had our Sunday lunch at 'The Cotton Arms' and headed back to the boat with no room for a pudding. Ben was waiting for his meat which I kept for him from my lunch. We expected the pub to be busy but most the parked cars were for the Elvis Tribute Event in the caravan park.
Monday morning we set off with the last two lift bridges for a while. A pair of wagtails had chosen the nest in one of the bottom lock gates on the Baddiley flight of locks. One waited patiently with food in her mouth until we'd gone through the lock to feed the young in the nest. Just the Swanley Locks to do and we were moored up at Bridge 5, the boat next to us didn't like the country smell but I didn't even notice it. We must be used to it living at Whixall Marina.
Tuesday morning Ben and I walked to Hurleston Locks. We started off at eleven in the morning and by twelve we'd topped up the water tank and gone down the flight of locks. The two lockies on duty were great as they prepared the locks and opened the gates for us as it was so quiet. As I opened the bottom lock a boat came to go up so that was good too. The Elsan at Hurleston hasn't been repaired yet, I wonder how long that will take?
Turning right Eric picked me up at the bridge and we cruised to Nantwich finding a space after the Nantwich Aqueduct. We walked into Nantwich with the shopping trolley to top up the food at Morrison's, Ben came too. It's quite a way so we were all tired and Ben had a sleep. We planned to stay put today with the rain coming as forecasted. We'll be on the move tomorrow.