Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Great News My Lost Purse Was Handed In.

We braved the rain on Saturday morning to drive down to Wales for a few days, it was bad on the roads with the rain causing a lot of water on the roads and on occasions it was like the log flume at Barry Island going through the water. We obviously took our time and came down the scenic route via Llandrindod Wells where we stopped to walk the dog and get some lunch.It was a paddle for Ben on the paths alongside the river although we weren't the only people braving the elements to walk their dogs. Our luck was in as I went in The Strand Cafe by the car park to ask if we could have a meal accompanied by Ben the dog and they said yes. He led down by our table and waited for some sausage from our all day breakfasts as it was too hot!  Refreshed we continued on our way popping in to see Paula who made us a cuppa, before we arrived at Clare's house.

On Sunday we walked the dog at Tredegar Park and then had a chicken stir fry for lunch. Later Gwen and Lisa came to visit, so hugs all round. It was lovely to see them both.

On Monday Eric took the car to Kia for a service while I walked the dog in the rain, not that Ben was pleased about that so we didn't go far. It was a strange day as we waited for the phone call to collect the car. Paula was kind enough to pick him up from the garage and take him back later as it's not the easiest place to get to.

Later we popped into Sainsbury's to get some flowers as we were going  to eat at Ben's Mum's.  Unfortunately I lost my purse in Sainsbury's. When I realised we went back and CCTV showed me leaving the store with it peeping out of my handbag, so I must have lost it in the car park........gutted. I stopped my cards which was a bit of a nightmare as they needed a card number but finally put me through to a person and it was sorted. I rang 101 to report it lost just in case anyone handed it in.

Good news this morning, Abergavenny Police rang, it had been handed in with everything still in it. Somebody up there likes me!!!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Moored At Whixall Marina

Well the months seem to be flying by, February already. We've spent the last week not feeling so good, Eric has a chest infection and I just have an annoying cough. He has antibiotics and should be feeling better soon. I invarably get a cough in the winter as I have asthma, roll on the better weather. It's been hot drinks and keeping cosy, although I still have to walk the dog but fresh air is supposed to do you good!

Yesterday we went for a ride in the car just to get out of the boat and ended up at McDonalds for a take out. Ben had a bit of my cheeseburger, which was just what I fancied, as he came too.  Thinking of food we had an amazing Sunday lunch at Sun Trevor last Sunday, the roast beef was delicious as was the desserts. Highly recommended £12.95 for two courses.

I've been online looking for a new mattress for our bed found Made2measure based in Stafford and contacted them about a split mattress for a 150 x 90 bed. They emailed straight back with a price and message  it'll be ready in 5-7 days once I put in the order. Last time we had a foam topped pocket spring mattress which needs replacing, so we are having a memory foam topped foam mattress.....I hope I'm not disappointed.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Visit To Llangollen

Today we went by car to Llangollen for a walk alongside the canal towards the Lift Bridge. This photograph is one taken on a sunnier day, today it was windy and quite dull. We got as far as the bench before the Lift Bridge and had five before turning round and walking back into town as that was as far as we could get Ben to walk. The wind was in our faces walking back so that it felt a little colder. We passed the boats moored on the winter moorings saying a quick hello to Nick and Liz on NB Henry. Their dog Connie came out to see Ben the dog.

In Llangollen we stopped at the little deli near the carpark and bought some filled floury baps which we ate by the River Dee. Watching the water rushing by with white water, it felt like being at the seaside.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Trip To Newport And A Happy Birthday

We knew we were iced in in Whixall Marina when we heard the unmistakeable noise as the boat moved when I got up to use the toilet in the early hours of Saturday. Ben was a bit freaked by the noise and came to sleep down the bedroom end of the boat. In the morning we decided to go and visit our family in Newport and leave the boat keeping warm with an electric radiator. A phone call to my daughter Clare to check it was OK to visit  and we packed a bag and off we went.

We felt like a change of scenery as we were fed up with all the rain and mud associated with living in the country. As we went southwards the temperature got a little higher which was a good thing. Considering it was a Saturday morning the traffic wasn't bad and we  made good time. We had a few stops, one in Craven Arms where there's a green area for Ben and a toilet for us. Clare and Ben's dog Poppy was delighted to see us and gave Ben the dog lots of licks.

While we were in Newport we took the dog to Tredegar Park where there is a pathway making dog walking mud free which made a pleasant change.  We stayed a few days giving us time to see all three of our daughters and their families. Lisa our youngest daughter celebrated her birthday yesterday.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Some Photos Of Ellesmere

A view across the Mere

Ben at the Mere

A view of the church

The big bee ln the wild flower area
Yesterday we had a brief dry spell and went to Ellesmere, taking Ben for a walk by the Mere. It's a peaceful place with just a few dog walkers and their dogs. I also got a new battery for my watch at the little jewellers as it had decided to stop and we did some food shopping. The weather forecast doesn't look good so we needed to be prepared.

Today we decided to get some diesel from the pump even though we had no choice but to pay for 60/40 split from the self serve petrol pump. We needed a dry day that wasn't windy so didn't want to wait until we could get cheaper diesel. The tank is full now so we'll be OK for heating. Water tank filled, cassettes done and rubbish disposed of, so a quiet afternoon occurred.