Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Sign Writer's Busy Today

On Monday we made a trip to Whitchurch for reviews at the doctor's, we'd  planned to be back afloat by then. All sorted with no fuss and we have two months medication sorted  for our Summer trip out on the cut.

We also visited our boat in the paint sheds at Aqueduct and we're extremely pleased with our shiny boat. The painter was due to finish on Wednesday and the sign writer was due to be there on Wednesday and Thursday.  He rang with a few queries and told us he did the sign writing when our boat was new ten years ago. So it is nearly done and we'll  have to be patient a  little longer.

On Wednesday  our day started earlier than planned when Eric had a really  bad pain in his chest and collapsed on the bathroom floor. To cut a long story short  the ambulance came in ten minutes and we had a day out in A&E and he was thoroughly checked out.  It was angina but still very frightening.

So we're  still waiting but we should hear from Aqueduct very soon. 


Monday, May 15, 2017

Another Week Gone By


We're  into the sixth week waiting for the paint job to be completed and a few other  jobs done including sorting out the tiller  bearing. Aqueduct phoned to check on the size of the panels with the boat's name on so hopefully it won't  be too much longer.

We've  been up to Goytre Wharf a small marina on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.  We were reminiscing as over thirty  years ago we had a little Norman Cruiser moored in this marina. It was very basic and more like camping on a boat. Water had to heated on a camping gaz  portable camping stove and the loo was more like a covered bucket. But we had some fun with our three small children!

On Sunday we went to Porthcawl to see the  sea, the Bristol Channel's water is nothing like the blue/green water in Cornwall but it was nice to see the waves and walk along the promenade. There's also a lovely fish and chip shop opposite the park so we had to have some. We sat on a bench watching the  world go by  as we ate our lunch. Ben likes fish so he helped me eat mine.

Back in Newport  we had a Sunday Roast at teatime and  we were  stuffed.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Different Boats In Cwmbran


At the boating lake were many lovely model boats moving gently on the water.  Another lovely sunny day for walking the dog. Ben enjoyed the children giving him a stroke.

Ben was left for a few hours last night with Lila for company while we went to my uncle Dave's 90th birthday party in the Sergeant's  Mess at Raglan Barracks.  A chance to see family we usually  only see at funerals also or the occasional wedding.

We've  not been busy this week although  the staff at Tredegar  House have been pleased when we walked the dog in the lovely grounds as they get  £5 everytime they scan our National Trust Membership cards towards the upkeep of Tredegar House.

Shepherd's pie in the oven cooking for Sunday Lunch after that we're  just having a lazy afternoon.



Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Back In Newport Just Waiting!

The journey back from Cornwall to Newport was amazing with no traffic jams or delays. We stopped at the services to give Ben time to stretch his legs. Time for coffee for us and a toilet break.

We're currently staying at our daughter Lisa's house at the moment. My  cough and cold has finally eased so hopefully it'll  be gone soon. I hope I haven't shared it with Lisa and Gwen. I've  already passed a cold onto Eric!

We were hoping the  work on the boat would be finished by the 8th of May but it's not going to happen. It's going to be another two weeks later. It's primer grey at the moment but Aqueduct have promised to keep us informed.


Today we went for a walk in the grounds of Tredegar  House  with Ben the dog and then I went and had a haircut in Joseph's in Newport as it's  a no appointment salon.  I even did a bit of shopping mainly because the strap of my shoulder bag  parted company with my  bag so I bought myself a new one.  Luckily the contents of the bag did not end up all over the floor in Debenham's. 



Friday, April 28, 2017

Boats At Boscastle




We went to visit Boscastle  and had a look at the boats in the harbour. In 2004 Boscastle was flooded as the swollen river met the sea and buildings were destroyed and cars washed away. Today you would never know it happened. A lovely quiet place this time of year and we enjoyed a little walk alongside the river as well as having a look at the boats in the harbour.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Visit To Trengwainton Gardens





First thing this morning we took Ben the dog down to Sennen Cove for a walk on the beach. It was freezing down there today with the cold wind so we returned to watch the crashing waves from the car. We has a take away coffee to warm us up.

We'd looked at that National Trust App to find places near us we could visit with a dog and decided on Trengwainton  Gardens near  Penzance. It was much warmer in the sheltered gardens where azalea, camelia  and rhododendrons  flourished. I loved the huge tree too. There were bluebells and the white flowers of the three-cornered leek all mixed in together. 

A lovely walk up to the terrace overlooking the bay and a view of the house which is private. Water loving plants flourished along the stream through the grounds too. An unexpected  surprise it was lovely there  and they even gave Ben a biscuit which he didn'the want to eat!




Lunchtime At Lizard Point



Yesterday we visited Lizard Point, which is Britain's most southerly point and managed by the National Trust. The weather was lovely and we were surprised to find The Polpeor Cafe was dog friendly as well as an extensive menu. We decided to have some lunch overlooking the sea. After a nice lunch we went for a short walk along the coastal path   before returning to the car.


Lots of flowers on the cliffs Including large swathes of stone crop showing as orange on the pictures.  We thought the  plant growing amongst the bluebells was wild garlic, but it was three-corned leek (Allium triquetrum) with the crushed leaves smelling of onions rather than the strong garlic smell of wild garlic. A lovely bit of countryside and well worth a visit.







Friday, April 21, 2017

A Walk Along Sennen Beach

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We popped a few miles down the road  to have a look at Sennen  Cove thinking we'd  have to just look with no dogs signs posted. We'll the ban on dogs starts on May 1st so today we could walk the dog  on the beach. Lovely blue water been enjoyed by a few surfers.  Another beautiful day we've  been so lucky with the weather.

We decided on a pasties for lunch from Warren's  in St Just and went back to the cottage just five minutes away for a lazy Friday afternoon.  Dog's asleep so I'm  going to read a book on my Kindle.