As it was forecast to be a bit of a wet day at our cottages (click here) it was decided that we would go to the Churnet Valley Steam railway which was about 30mins from our cottages (near Leek). The journey there was very easy although Smudge grumbled all the way. When we got there we assumed we would be going for a walk. But oh no. First we had to go for a coffee (well at least mistress and master did) we then had a brief walk up and down the platform and the posed photograph. Then all excitement as the steam engine arrived. Mistress muttered something about boy’s toys and let master get on with photographing it while we watched. Its a bit of a noisy hissy thing so we kept well away from it.
The journey was great fun or at least I thought so. Smudge wasn’t too sure especially when we went through a tunnel and it went all dark until the lights came on. We even got our own compartment. Every time someone thought about coming into ‘our’ compartment we (smudge and me) gave them one our ‘we are vicious dogs’ looks. So they moved on. All in all I don’t suppose it was too bad even if we didn’t get a walk. Master seemed to enjoy it and took loads of pictures. When we got back to the car it was raining so it was decided that we would drop in to Leek to do some shopping. Now I quite like shopping as there is always loads of things to see and other dogs to talk to. For some reason we are never allowed into the shops which can be a bit of a drag but over all its not too bad. Unfortunately we were left abandoned in the car while they went off. Smudge was happy as he could got some duvet time in. Me I was not happy – all those things to see and explore and I am stuck in a car with Smudge. Anyway they were not long and we were back home in no time.