Monday 4 August 2014

And then there was one,again

So now I can reveal one more reason for not making the Anderton lift yesterday. I kept it quiet to prevent it going global (as they say ) before members of my family were told personally .  Sadie, for the third time in 3 years has done a runner. Last year she went missing for four weeks near Wolverhampton, the year before it was two days in Stensen Marina. Each time we have retrieved her via extensive and time consuming searches or via her digital chip. This time she showed extreme cunning and a real element of surprise and adventure.we approached Anderton services for water and to empty cassettes, but had to double moor as all the places were in use, which required Lynne to get to our bow filler cap via the front escape hatch. We finished our tasks before the boat we moored against and set out for the boat lift a short way down the canal, only for a panicky Lynne to rush through the boat shouting "we've lost Sadie", which we apparently had. Our only theory is that somehow she got onto the front of our boat and across our neighbours without being spotted, thereafter disappearing into thin air. Several hours of searching and calling followed without success. By the time we collapsed into bed exhausted the whole marina and moorers on the cut knew of our plight and relevant phone numbers.    
From the last few years experience we are confident she will be found and we will be reunited, but just for good measure we moored the boat overnight closest to where she vanished and cruised back along the canal this morning together with more calling ( which she has always ignored if it suited her ), before queuing for the lift and a cruise down the Weaver Navigation (river), again in brilliant sunshine . Tonight we are moored on the edge of a cow-pat filled field. The weaver is extremely wide with great scenery, but lacks the intimacy of canals , so we will probably go back up the lift tomorrow.

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