A very sad day for us, as Neil from Guide Dogs came to collect Tiana to take her into Tollgate. We were expecting him at about 11 am but he arrived at 9.30am so we did not have much time to have our last cuddles before she was gone. No matter how many pups we have we always feel sad when they leave us but Tiana is a bit special. She is the first Standard Poodle we have had and she has such a lovely character and loving ways. She has been a real pal to me and I will miss her company very much.
Last nights mooring was also a bit special as we had fairy lights strung across the canal above the boats and along the nearby pub giving it a very holiday feel.
After shopping in Stone and saying our farewells to Nb Yarwood we moved off the 24 hour mooring and up the last 3 Stone locks passing the old Stone Brewery and Stone Boat Building with its very well stocked and friendly chandlery.
Just above the locks is this boat yard where they were renovating some old working boats.
As we left Stone we passed their Welcome Board proclaiming Stone as the birth place of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
We moored up just out of Stone opposite some nice houses and with lots of large well fed rabbits playing in the field next to us. We had travelled up in lovely sunshine but just after mooring down came the snow-sleet-hail in a typical April shower.
Parked on the drive of one of the houses opposite is this lovely old Morris Traveller.