Saturday, February 07, 2009

We wanted to leave !

We did spend an afternoon searching for a few of those ‘Geo Caches’.  Found two of them easily then collected clues for the third but ran out of time.  Apparently J R R Tolkien once lived here in Great Haywood.
We got up early next day.  After breakfast Bruce on Sanity came round the corner to the water point.  We agreed to swop places later.  Then Anglo Welsh started moving boats about with a huge crane so now the canal is blocked.  We had time for a drink while taking on water and waiting for the navigation to open. Finally got away by late morning and covered 13 lock miles to stop just short of Penkridge during a sunny but cold day. 
Woke up to find ice had formed over night.  Some determination is required to continue on our travels for we need the services of a vet for the cat and a medical centre for me. We were just getting ready to move when, would you believe it, a hire boat came by breaking up the ice.  So we followed them all the way to Penkridge.
It was there that we took Tara, our 15 year old cat, to see a vet one more time.  Tara had been suffering for some time from an overactive thyroid and had gone blind as well.  The vet agreed ‘to do the kindest thing’. We could not stay in Penkridge after that so continued on our travels and stopped at Gailey.  Several other boats were on the move so we found the ice all broken up.

5 comments:

Roger NB Windsong said...

Sorry to hear about Tara, she was a lovely old girl. We know that you will miss her.

Love
Roger & Pip

John and Fiona on nb Epiphany said...

Chas and Ann,we are so sorry to hear about Tara. she will be missed I am very sure. Good to see you are on the move again.
John and Fi

Chas & Ann said...

Thanks Roger, Pip, John and Fi,
It will take a bit of time to get used to the loss after 15 years. It is the mornings and evenings that are difficult. See pet pics on our web site.
Chas n Ann

Jill and Graham said...

We are so very sorry to hear your sad news. It breaks your heart but, eventually, you are able to remember the good times although that's not much consolation right now.

Geoff and Mags said...

Hi both
Sorry to read about you losing Tara.
We look forward to seeing you again further up the Shroppie...