Monday, July 28, 2014

Good News

Ben the dog may not make it to the  top of Castell Dinas Bran again but he has been cleared by the neurologist  at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital, so we're delighted.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sshhh ! At The Mere, Ellesmere

Yesterday we headed for Ellesmere for a quiet walk in the woodland area next to the Mere. It was lovely and cool under the trees and at the end we had a photo by the sshhh wooden sculpture.....this time of me and Ben the dog.
We took some bits and pieces to the charity shop as we'd been sorting through cupboards this week to get rid of stuff we don't need. With limited storage you really need to keep just the things you use. On the way to the charity shop we passed a cafĂ© with seats outside......someone was eating bacon sandwiches .......very tempting so we sampled some  on the way back.
Back on the boat it was another warm afternoon with temperatures of 80 degrees F with all the windows and doors open. The fan was working hard but I don't think it made a great deal of difference other than creating a breeze when it was very still outside. It's supposed to be a bit cooler next week......I hope it is.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Walk Around Colemere

A view across Colemere
Today we headed for Colemere by car as we knew a walk in the woods surrounding Colemere would be cooler than a towpath walk. I acquired one horse fly bite.....they just love me, but I'd already taken antihistamines for hay fever it shouldn't swell up.
Colemere is one of Shropshire's  meres or lakes formed by rain water accumulating in deep  hollows caused by glaciers in the Ice Age. It's a peaceful place to walk the dog and we didn't meet many dogs either. It's a long walk as far as Ben's concerned and he did well with no problems, just enjoying the difference places to smell and water as dog's do.
Eric & Ben at Colemere

The ride back to the marina was with all the windows open so it was lovely and cool. Back on the boat we had all the windows, side hatch and doors open to try and keep the temperature down. I've had enough of this heat now...I'm ok at 70  but over 80 degrees F I melt!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Walking In The Rain

Connie & Ben playing

Looking through some photos I came across this one when Ben was quite happy to play with he's just not interested. At present Connie is recovering from an operation on her knee and wouldn't be up for a rough and tumble anyway.

Since we been back  at the marina it's been unbelievably hot on the boat so we've been sat underneath the  big oak tree  in the marina grounds to cool off. Ben and I have had some short walks and yesterday we had a walk in Ellesmere while Eric took the shopping list to do the shopping......he did well too.

Last night we had  the forecast rain with some thunder and lightening and of course Ben came to sleep under the pullout part of the bed.  He spent most of the night there until the torrential rain eased. 

This morning we ended up walking in the rain but it was so much cooler I didn't really mind. Ben had a rub down with a towel so he was happy too.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Back Home To Whixall

Whixall Marina

Today we left our mooring at Grindley Brook and cruised for about two and a half hours  with five lift bridges to do before stopping on visitor moorings just before the Prees Branch. We stopped so Eric could finish polishing the side of the boat. Now both sides are shiny and we have a nice painted front deck but there's  still have an endless unwritten list of jobs to do.

Once the polishing was done we did the final run down the Prees Branch to the marina.....two more lift bridges too. We stopped to fill up with diesel and get the mail.....a package of tablets for Ben the dog from the animal hospital. Now we are moored up and  back on shore power. We enjoyed our three week cruise but it's nice to be home.  I entered the photograph above in the BWML photo competition.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Marbury To Grindley Brook

Ben tied up waiting for me 

Today we worked through the three locks before the six at  Grindley Brook. At Quoisely Lock we bought some lovely duck eggs from the man who always helps us through the lock. He now sells bottled water as well as fresh veg, bacon, eggs and bread. At Willy Moor Lock the pub was shut as it wasn't yet midday. 

As we approached the bottom lock  of Grindley Brook a moored hireboat pulled out in front of us, not that it mattered as most of  the boats were climbing the locks anyway and we had to turn some of the locks. Two locks up we met a boat coming down and then we were amongst the next three boats going up the staircase once I checked with the lockkeeper.

Above the locks we did the filling, emptying and getting rid of rubbish before mooringnup just past the waterpoints. Then it was just a short walk to the '@29 Cafe' for a coffee and a scone with cream and jam.......very nice too. There's some very cheeky sparrows in the cafe garden that  sample your cake before you do, if you don't keep your eye on it. They are very tame and take crumbs from your  hand.

It's certainly blowy up here but it's not raining yet so maybe Eric will get a bit more polishing done on his very own 'Forth Bridge'. (because it's endless).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Just A Little Further

We left a very busy Wrenbury behind after Ben and I went to the village shop for a paper. In the shop something went bang and everything went off including the electronic till so it was back to basics with paper and pen recording the items sold and the cost.

No plans to go very far after we worked through Marbury Lock as the towpath had changed sides and Eric wanted to wash that side of the boat before polishing it. He did the final coat of paint on the deck before lunch as I am a messy painter......I always end up with it on my hands although this time he did too!

Ben enjoyed running back and for between us on the towpath alongside the boat before he jumped back on the boat, luckily a shouted "No" stopped him front jumping onto the wet paint. It's a bit cooler today but still plenty of sun on the solar panels.

Eric's setting up the satellite dish for the cup final, thank goodness for i player then I can watch something else.