Friday, May 06, 2016

Going Down The Hurleston Flight

Hurleston Top Lock (Lock 1)

Going down Lock  2
I am suitably cooked today from the sunshine walking the dog to Hurleston Locks. Factor 50 sun protection on otherwise I fry.  Eric stopped at the top of the locks to fill up with water, empty cassettes and get rid of the rubbish. No recycling facilities here! there were two lock keepers working, one at the top lock and one at the bottom lock which was a great. They actually helped by winding paddles, filling locks and opening gates. All the boat traffic was going downhill today and then we turned right heading for Nantwich, I hope there's room for us.

Before the aqueduct was full but we found a space after it. A quick chat with Sue off NB Barney then  my plan was to walk into town along Welsh Row and find a hairdresser to get a haircut. Eric and Ben came too. We did a bit of shopping.....just a rucksack full of fresh stuff, as It's too far to carry heavy bags.

Back onboard Ben is fast asleep and I need a quick shower to get rid of the itchyness from the haircut. Enjoy the rest of your day, we've had a lovely day.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Five Locks And Two Lift Bridges Later

Wrenbury Mill
We left our mooring  before the Wrenbury Electric Lift bridge, Ben and I went ahead to open the bridge for us to go through. By the time I closed it half a dozen cars were patiently waiting. We walked down to the next lift bridge and  opened that using the windlass. The ice-cream boat was coming the other way so we let them through too and they were pleased about that. The weather's lovely today and Eric has even taken off his jumper!

Eric's taken his jumper must be warm!

Approaching one of Baddiley Locks

Having a rest at Swanley Locks
Ben and I  enjoyed the walking although some sections were very muddy. Hello to the young man who  left the lock gates open for us, nice to know somebody reads my blog. Relaxing now at Bridge 5.....we really aren't used to all this exercise........even Ben's out cold!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Grindley Brook To Wrenbury.....Ten Locks!

Leaving Whitchurch Visitor Moorings
Ben the dog and I walked down to Grindley Brook leaving Eric untie the boat and follow on behind us. The sun was shining and warm enough for Eric not to have his coat on, although we did see lots of boaters well wrapped up. The two lock keepers on the staircase had the top gates of the staircase open for us as we approached, they hadn't seen a boat for an hour so they'd been gardening.

Grindley Brook staircase done

Three single locks to do

A grey wagtail at the locks

Going down

Grindley Brook bottom lock

Bluebells in the wood.....Eric's photo
We were very lucky as the locks were ready for us apart from raising the water level slightly to open the top gates for the rest of the locks at Grindley Brook. For me it was a mixture of walking and cruising with Ben the dog with four more locks to take us to Wrenbury where we moored at the end of the Visitor moorings before the electric lift bridge. The bluebell wood we passed after Marbury Lock was beautiful with a lovely smells as we passed by. Great to be cruising......we've all had a lovely day.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Escape From Whixall Marina


Just a few photographs as we escaped Whixall Marina for a cruise, the water movement is from our boat. We filled up with fuel at the card operated pump and  then away we went......fingers crossed for some nice weather.

Just through the first bridge.
Ben and I got off the boat at the first  bridge to walk ahead to open the lift bridge. Only one to do on the Prees Branch as Stark's Bridge needs repairing by Shropshire County Council. Luckily they organised for the platform to be lifted by crane so the boats aren't stuck in the marina. It's only a foot bridge  so I wonder how long it'll take to fix it.

Stark's Bridge platform has been lifted off by crane.

Cruising on the Prees Branch

NB Bendigedig at Prees Junction turning right!
Ben and I walked as far the next lift bridge by the old scrap yard and Eric brought the boat to the bank for Ben and I to get on-board then he lifted the bridge while I steered it through.  Four lift bridges later we moored up just past the Whitchurch Lift bridge. Time to chill!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stitches Out.......Bump Free!

On Tuesday we drove down to Newport with hail, snow and rain on the way. We stopped at Queenswood Country Park on the way down as it's a good place to walk the dog, get  good takeaway food and drinks as well as nice clean toilets too. It used to be free to park but it's a pound for an hour, so it's still a good place to stop. Today Ben was rather surprised by a snow storm as we walked in the park.

Traffic was busy coming down the A49 and we followed a heavy load unable to pass it with all the traffic, luckily it turned off before Hereford. Eric and I popped to Shepherd's Fish and Chip shop at Maesglas to get fish and chips for four, very nice too. Still hot as it's served in  cardboard boxes and well wrapped too. With the added bonus of no washing up either.

On Wednesday we took Ben for a walk and did a bit of shopping before my appointment to have the seven stitches taken out of my scalp. Glad that's over and looking forward to a haircut  when I don't have to make sure the bumps don't show. At the moment it's too tender for a haircut. In the afternoon we had a mammoth visiting session, going to see Eric's sister  Paula,  daughter Sally and then  daughter Lisa and grandaughter Gwen. Scarlett our other grandaughter slept through our visit but we'll see them all soon.

Today we  had a quieter day, just dog walking and a trip into Newport to get a few things.We still haven't got our prescriptions as I need a blood pressure check and blood tests before I can my three months prescriptions. Eric also needs a visit to the doctor for a review. Hopefully we'll get it sorted tomorrow  and we can go home to the boat. We want to go boating!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Another Week Gone By

Back in Newport for a few days as I'd arranged to have two pilar (sebaceous cysts) cysts removed from my scalp. You can find YouTube videos if you like  the gory details. My husband Eric referred to them as my motte 'a raised earthwork'  and barrow from the ancient burial chambers due to their shape which the surgeon found amusing. These cysts are a family thing and my dad had one removed many years ago. So my daughters have inherited them too.....sorry!  Anyway stitches out next week and my annoying lumps are gone. Just the doctor and dentist to visit and we're going boating.

Last year we didn't get very far with engine problems leaving us boatless for months, so were keeping our fingers crossed this year for no major disasters!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

To Newport And Back Again

We've lots more candles on her birthday party cake

Lots of puff needed for this cake

Gwen's first cake on her birthday

Scarlett enjoying her chocolate with mum Sally

We are back on the boat now after a busy week in Newport with our family. We stayed with Clare and Ben, thanks for letting us stay again. Poppy their collie enjoyed coming for walks with Ben the dog.

We visited Tredegar House to walk the dogs in the grounds several times but the children's park is not much fun anymore with just a few swings and climbing frames remaining.  The play area at Llantarnum is amazing with zip wires and lovely new climbing frames, so Gwen had more fun there before the rain came down. 

We walked Gwen's legs off in Penarth as well as mine but it was a lovely day. Ben the dog had a big drink of water when we got back to the car. Of course we had to sample the ice creams as the sun was shining. 

On Friday we had cake for Gwen's eighth birthday and Sally and grandaughter Scarlett came to visit Gwen and Lisa. Scarlett enjoyed unwrapping the contents of the carrot shaped box and sampling the chocolate with a little help from her mum. Gwen and her friend Lily kept us entertained while Ben the dog stretched out and went to sleep. 

Just one candle on her cake at home but lots on her party cake at the Riverfront in Newport, where she needed more puff. She had a dance party where her friends had a session with a dance teacher and performed the routine for the parents followed by a very good buffet with birthday cake.

Since we've been back we've been on a few car trips to Llangollen with Ben the dog and Shrewsbury where we had a bit of retail therapy in M&S while Ben stayed onboard. I treated myself to some new underwear (picture Eric hanging around lingerie section of M&S holding  underwear I'd chosen, he didn't mind!) and a new dressing gown. He was very patient while I tried some stuff on,  so we went to the men's dept and he had some new trousers.

Today we're going mudlarking along the towpath with Ben the dog......such fun!