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Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2015 – Day 18

Posted by indigodream on 4 August, 2015

Saturday 18th July

Rodley to Shipley

Six go boating! From the left: Max, Archie, Henry, Ollie, Freya and Dottie

Six go boating! From the left: Max, Archie, Henry, Ollie, Freya and Dottie

We had planned to travel to the boat last night but we were saved from a late journey round the a gridlocked M25 by Henry Hound’s spectacular bout of sickness and an after-work vet visit. Luckily it wasn’t anything serious, though he did look very woebegone and the vet was careful to inject him with some long-acting heavy duty anti-sickness medicines so that he’d be well for the five hour drive in the morning. Luckily, Henry recovered really quickly and was well for the rest of the weekend.

We set out early on Saturday morning and had a great drive up. Although we were on a deadline, we made time to stop at Watford Gap services, where I could get a quirky gift for my sister-in-law’s birthday (spotted on our previous visit there) and chat to a fine blue greyhound – we found each other on Facebook later – I love social media πŸ™‚

We were on a mission as we had a special guest coming to the boat at 2pm – Max Greyhound (from twitter) and his humans Anna and Michael.

Although we got to Leeds before midday, we were watching the time, so when we passed a Tesco store near to the boat, Richard dropped me off to shop while he took the hounds to the boat and got set up for the cruise. The Bramley Shopping Centre (LS13 2ET) was a bit down at heel but had everything that we needed for a weekend’s cruising and more.

The Leeds and Liverpool is a lovely canal - bt there is so much more to come...

The Leeds and Liverpool is a lovely canal – bt there is so much more to come…

As I got to the checkouts, I rang Richard and he soon picked me and the shopping up – efficient or what?!

We were pottering round the boat when our guests arrived – Max is younger than our boys and has been in his forever home for less than a year. He’s renowned for being naughty, but we knew that he’d be fine on board! We introduced the hounds to each other on the towpath – as anticipated, they soon formed a bit of pack, though Archie having a wee all over Max wasn’t a typical Indigo Dream welcome! We found out that as well as having the love of greyhounds in common, Michael is a retired pharmacist – this cruise was meant to be πŸ™‚

We soon settled on board and set off along the canal – it was a lovely afternoon and we were almost too busy chatting to say much about the shy delights of this section of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. It was slow going, the canal’s not deep and the huge staircases and endless swingbridges take a lot of time, but once our guests were on board, we weren’t on a deadline.

I didn’t write any notes, though I must say that Max was a natural boater who had the time of his life – he’s an Olympic Looking medal contender πŸ™‚

Before I cruised here, I never appreciated just how many staircase locks there are on the L & L, or swingbridges!

Before I cruised here, I never appreciated just how many staircase locks there are on the L & L, or swingbridges!

We were aiming for Shipley and got there late afternoon. Just as we arrived at Dock Swing Bridge, we were hailed by our next guests, long time blog readers Kristel and Iain from nb Destiny with their greyhounds Freya and Dottie.

We had a merry time with a cream tea on the back deck while Richard cycled back to get the car. Once we had transport we all piled into the cars and drove back to Rodley. Max and his family left us here, we’d had a great day and I really hope that they’ll come cruising again.

We’d planned to eat out with Kristel and Iain, but we found that the Railway Inn at Rodley (as recommended by another tweeting boater) had finished serving food at 8pm (early for a Saturday we thought) and the other local pubs were not serving food. It looked as if we’d have to go back to Shipley/Saltaire to eat but it was getting late and our friends needed to get back to their campsite before dark (long story). We said a regretful goodbye, we’d hoped to spend more time with them. We were really pleased when they agreed to come cruising with us on Sunday πŸ™‚

We wended our weary way to Saltaire, arriving at the Boathouse Inn 15 minutes before they were due to stop serving food. By the time they’d kept Richard waiting at the bar to be served, the deadline had passed and the chef refused to take his order, saying that he’d shut his kitchen down and everything was cold. This might have come as news to the people who’d placed a food order just 2 minutes before us! We were vexed! We were heading back to the boat when we decided a last-ditch attempt to find a pub! We were passing the Noble Comb on the way back so I gave them a quick ring – they were serving food until 10pm and offered really good customer service. It belonged to the same chain as the pub in Stanley Ferry so it didn’t take long for us to find our favourites on the menu.

Wow, it had been a long day but how wonderful to cruise with such good company (as the photos show) and to introduce greyhound Indigo Dreamers number 41, 42 and 43 respectively πŸ™‚

Photoblog:

Family resemblance - Max is related to Archie, Henry and Ty, but, amazingly, they're not brothers!

Family resemblance – Max is related to Archie, Henry and Ty, but, amazingly, they’re not brothers!

Max - a natural talent for the Olympic looking team...

Max – a natural talent for the Olympic looking team…

Max is a fine hound :-)

Max is a fine hound πŸ™‚

THE Indigo Dream pose...

THE Indigo Dream pose…

Why am I smiling? Well, I'm on the helm on a fine canal with good company and I'm enjoying greyhound cuddles - what's not to like eh?

Why am I smiling? Well, I’m on the helm on a fine canal with good company and I’m enjoying greyhound cuddles – what’s not to like eh?

Probably best to avoid sitting on the front deck - quite a few of the locks are equipped to give the bow a good wash!

Probably best to avoid sitting on the front deck – quite a few of the locks are equipped to give the bow a good wash!

Ollie enjoying a bimble....

Ollie enjoying a bimble….

And here's a triple staircase - we're climbing up to the dales so quickly :-)

And here’s a triple staircase – we’re climbing up to the dales so quickly πŸ™‚

Pressure washer...

Pressure washer…

Max learning another key Indigo Dreaming skill :-)

Max learning another key Indigo Dreaming skill πŸ™‚

I love this photo - I'll treasure these cruising memories..

I love this photo – I’ll treasure these cruising memories..

You can't have too any happy greyhound photos :-)

You can’t have too any happy greyhound photos πŸ™‚

 

One Response to “Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2015 – Day 18”

  1. Kristel said

    Brilliant photos of gorgeous greyhounds. So pleased we were finally able to meet and enjoy your wonderful hospitality. We had a really memorable couple of days and Dottie and Freya felt very honoured to be the 42 and 43 greyhound on Indigo Dream. Freya is also delighted to have some greyhound relatives down south!

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