Although this blog is not strictly about our boating experiences and apologises if recent blogs have been more dog than boat orientated, the blogging world needs to know that Duggie can swim, a relief to both him and ourselves.
After a miserable wet Saturday, Sunday was lovely and mid morning we set off for a walk. From the marina up the hill to the straggly but picturesque Napton village and down the other to the first of the Napton locks where we stopped for the first ice cream of the year and a long chat with the friendly owner of the shop. We asked him how the Folly Inn was doing under the new management and he said that it was much improved, however we felt that it was still too early to pop into the pub for a cider and decided that by the time we had walked onto The Bridge pub, we would be able to justify calling in. Not to be!
Duggie has chased lot of ducks from around the marina and sensible has not followed them into the water, but the two, sitting quietly on the towpath gently glided into the cut as Duggie approached and this time he obviously felt that whatever they can do, so can he. His entrance to the water was not as serene as the ducks had been, but fortunately he immediately turned to the bank, doggie paddled back and pulled himself out and stood looking confused and forlorn, whilst we just laughed and took photos of him, how cruel. There was no way we could now take him into the pub and the wind was a bit sharp to have sat outside, so we continued walking home, by which time he had pretty much died off. Not for long though, this was the perfect opportunity for Jacquie to get him into the shower, where he stood meekly whilst Jacquie shampooed away the smell of the cut. It’s good to know that he can swim and hopefully he won’t be making a habit of it.
It’s always good to receive comments to the blog and on the 21st a comment was left on a recent posting from Touch, but as a few others recently received, the message is in oriental characters, which not surprisingly I don’t understand, but thank you to Touch and others who do leave understandable comments.