Wednesday 5 October 2011

Summer Autumn Cruise 2011 (7-3)

Wednesday October 5th

Southfield Reservoir.
Day 45

Very windy and so we have decided to stay here for another day.

I was up and out with the dogs for a good walk very early. I had been jolted awake by cramp in my leg. I knew that a good trog along the tow path would help to walk off the ache. During my walk I came across a Greengage loaded with fruit. So I picked a few to eat on the way back. I would need to get the boat hook to get more than just a small handful. I shall put this location in the diary for some Greengage scrumping when we pass by next autumn.

At 11:30 Humber Pride passed us as she made her way empty towards Goole. An hour later the Humber Princess, also empty, passed us heading back to Goole. At 5:30 Rose H passed also empty heading to Goole.

Met Mick and Diane on their boat moored nearby who were having problems with their satellite system. I had it up and running in time for them to settle down for their first night of TV on the canal. However the wind was building in strength so that it kept moving the dish off the satellite.

No bats detected this evening. The wind and occasional rain squalls must make it an unattractive prospect for the bats. There was a Tawny Owl calling from time to time and Poppy was growling whenever we heard a fox calling off in the distance. As a Fox Terrier it must be an instinctive urge that she is reacting to. Generally she is quite placid most of the time. Recently we watched a program on TV about urban foxes. She was much more interested in the TV than normal and whenever there was a close-up shot of the foxes she would give a deep low growl. Yes, we consider our dogs to be domesticated. However, under the fluffy fur and behind the soft brown eyes still lies the primeval instincts of a wild animal.

Another night for lighting the stove!

Daily Total
Distance: 0 Miles.
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 1971.1

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