We've been busy this week for the beginning of the cruising season, so it should be a more boaty blog from now on, although Ben and I will still be doing a lot of walking. First of all , it was make sure there's plenty of food in cupboard, fridge and freezer to keep us going until the next port of call. You get used to being near shops when you're moored up on a winter mooring so you can always pop out for anything you need. The washing all done and has been blowing in the wind, lowering the tone of the moorings. The boat's been cleaned inside and outside, but it never stays clean long.....it's a boat! The coal man delivered some coal to keep us going while the evenings are still cold.
Before we leave Llangollen Angela and Trevor (NB Libertybelle) invited us up to see their new home ...a house on dry land. After many years afloat they've settled in Llangollen, a town I could quite happily live in if I wasn't living on a boat. After four years afloat I still love the changing scenery and being able to see different parts of the country. Of course there are places we repeatedly come back to and those we say never again.
This year we'll be cruising old haunts, the Shropshire Union Canal, the Staffs and Worc Canal, the Trent and Mersey Canal and discovering new places...the Erewash Canal, River Soar and the Grand Union ( Leicester Line). But after that who knows where we'll cruise it's seven months before we need to think about winter moorings again.