The cruising season has certainly begun if the boats going past our mooring in the early morning is anything to go by. Loads of Black Prince boats coming from Chirk- a trip we did many years ago. It didn't put us off even though it turned into a holiday from hell. We had a little Yorkie and he had rescued from the water by our daughter Clare who emerged from the water and got stung by nettles. Eric got an infection in his leg which ended in a stay in the hospital at Wrexham. The car was in Chirk, I was in Llangollen with the girls and Eric was stuck in Wrexham! What a holiday!
We've since come to love Llangollen and have returned here for the past three winters paying a mooring fee to British Waterways. Our mooring finishes on March 31st- it says so on our window sticker but BW has informed all the winter moorers here by post that our mooring finishes shortly. If they have done this to all the winter moorers on the system it's certainly a waste of their resources. The letter also tells us to look at the online site for a mooring if we want one (we don't) and the rules if we intend to continually cruise- as if we didn't know the rules after three years!
Ben and I have been enjoying our walks this week as it'll be a while before we walk in these hills again. He loves the circular walks in the area especially when he gets the chance to run free off his lead. This morning it was pouring with rain so we didn't go far- I didn't want his bandage getting wet. So you ask 'what's he done now?' Well yesterday Eric and I took him up the field to play ball and he was having a lovely time until we noticed blood dripping from one of his pads on the back of his front leg. He'd obviously cut it, so tissues and a man's hankie made a temporary bandage until we got back to the boat. By the time we got back to the boat it had stopped bleeding and Ben was an excellent patient as he let me wash it with antiseptic and dress it to make sure it didn't start bleeding again. He likes a bit of sympathy and lifts up his foot to show you when you ask him to! Anyway the bandage is off now and he's got us playing ball along the boat.