Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Quick Update...The Last Post Of 2012

Lisa and daughter Gwenllian
Our holiday to south Wales is coming to an end, it's been hectic but we've enjoyed the change being in Clare's house and seeing the family of course.  Gwenllian has been feeling poorly for most of our time here and today she was back to her normal happy, chatty self. Ben loved having someone to play ball with too.

Ben and Gwenllian
Clare lives at the top of a steep hill so all the dog walking ends with Ben pulling me back up the hill. As everywhere else the weather has been awful, days and days of heavy rain with just a few times when our walk was atleast dry overhead. Walking in the woods has been extremely muddy but has given Ben the chance to be off his lead. Walking back along the canal towpath (Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal) means Ben has a wash in the shallow sides of the canal before we climb the hill up to Clare's house. Eric greets us with a towel and a bowl of water and Ben is soon clean again.
 
 
We're travelling back by train, the cheaper option than hiring a car although we'll have to leave some of presents until the next time we visit as we just won't be able to fit them in the case. We'll be back to normal then in our boaty home........I am sure it'll feel rather quiet!
 
 
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year !

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Just A Few Pictures

Sally & Dave
 
Clare
 

My dad
 

Gwenllian & Sally
 

Eric on the train

 
Ben in unwrapping mode.........he loves ripping paper!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

 
 
 
Christmas has crept up on again and this year we decided to take the train to visit family rather than hire a car. As the presents were already bought and wrapped at Clare's we just had a couple of cases and the dog to transport. Arriva trains decided to have a strike this Friday so we ended up travelling earlier to miss the chaos with very full trains today (Thursday). Yesterday's trip was quiet with loads of room of the train so we had a space for Ben the dog to stretch out on the floor. Ben's an excellent traveller but eagerly got off the train into the taxi to go to our daughter Clare's house. She was still in work so he had to wait to give his excited greeting! He's smelling the presents looking for his present......he likes tearing off the paper!





 Thanks to www.topwallpapersdesktop.com for the picture and animation.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Cold And Frosty In Llangollen

A frosty Santa and a cobweb on NB Henry


Frost on the branches


A frosty scene on the canal near Llangollen

Yesterday we woke to a scene of white, but it wasn't snow just a very heavy frost. On NB Henry Santa had a frosty coat next to a frosty spider's web. The birds outside were feasting on the nuts, meal worms, seeds and suet block. So we were entertained by their antics as  we ate a breakfast. We had an unusual visitor a jay and later a nuthatch as well as the blackbirds, blue tits, coal tits, great tits, long tailed tits, chaffinches and a robin.  Later walking along the towpath with Ben I took a picture of  the heavy hoar frost on the trees and the lift bridge enhanced a frosty scene. A large bird of prey sat in a tree on the opposite side of the canal and it  just stayed there as we passed.....I think it was a buzzard looking at the bird book. An enjoyable walk ............I was wearing thermals and Ben of course has a fur coat and he even stayed clean as the ground was rock hard.
 
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our First Christmas Dinner 2012

As usual we've been dog walking , one day we went to the Horseshoe Falls and other days along the muddy tracks around Dinas Bran butlast  Friday we had our first Christmas Dinner of 2012. Bernie off NB Blue Diamond arranged a get together at 'The Royal' in Llangollen. Company was good, food was delicious and excellent service........we even had complimentary mince pies and coffees provided by the owner. We certainly didn't need any food for the rest of the day!
 
 
The boats at the Llangollen moorings have been getting Chrismassy which delights the little girls from a nearby house, although Ben still barks at any thing that comes near the boat from behind the glass. At times he's a cowardy custard and hides if he hears the steam train blow it's whistle, aeroplanes and yesterday he didn't like the moon and wanted to get back on the boat. Other times he can be an unsociable pain in the backside but I love him to bits.


On Sunday Eric came walking with me and Ben, we walked the route below Dinas Bran in reverse starting from the canal so he didn't have the steep climb alongside Dinas Bran School through the sheep field just a climb up from the horse field. It was extremely muddy and I didn't kill him off!


Today I  went walking in Pen-y-coed woods, it was crunchy underfoot with the frost. We didn't see a soul and it was lovely and peaceful. I expect the very cold weather and frost covered hills put them off.  Last time we were at the woods Liz took a photo of Ben trying to get a huge log through a far too narrow gap........it made us smile. The other photo is a view of Llangollen from the entrance to the woods taken with my camera phone.



It''s too big!


A view of Llangollen from Pen-y-coed Woods
Back on the  boat, nice and warm and cosy now. Hope you are nice and warm too.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Some Views From The Top Of Dinas Bran

Castell Dinas Bran


Yes I made it to the top of Dinas Bran on a lovely sunny Monday morning, accompanied of course by Ben the dog, Liz and her dog Connie. We climbed up the zig zag paths to the top and then back down the rear of the hill. Yes I was slow going up but I did it!!  Here's some photos taken while we were up there with the wind blowing in our hair! ( Mine's too short to blow about!!)
 


Ben with views of the hills ( the nearest hill is Velvet Hill)


Liz with  Llangollen and Barber Hill behind her


Connie on the move


The Vale of Llangollen and  the River Dee


A view down to the town of Llangollen from Dinas Bran
Liz and the dogs going down the hill

 

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Another Week Gone By..............

A view of Llangollen from the towpath

Another week has gone by. Life in Llangollen is a mixture of the usual boaty chores, shopping, dog walking and leisure activities. This week I've been to Aqua aerobics, some short walks and some long walks with Liz and Connie her dog. We walked the Valle Crucis Abbey circuit one  morning and the route around Barber Hill another morning which left me suitably tired after two hours walking in the hills. As usual some lovely scenery for us to enjoy.


Another view of Castell Dinas Bran

Valle Crucis Abbey and Velvet Hill
Castell Dinas Bran and Llangollen Town

Looking at the news we've been very lucky as the floods did not affect us at all other than a loosening of the ropes as the water level rose just a few inches overnight. The CART men were busy overnight opening sluices to keep the levels fairly stable. The streams coming down from the hills have been raging torrents and lots of temporary new streams have appeared as the water struggled to find a way down. The river at Llangollen has been spectacular  and even the canoeists have stayed out of those raging torrents. A few low lying fields have been flooded by the River Dee as it headed towards the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.


The Mandarin Duck family (Winter 2011)

I found this picture of the Mandarin Duck family from last winter, we haven't seen them togetter this year.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Recap On Last Week

What's been happening onboard NB Bendigedig? When things go wrong its usually in threes, we had one which was a leaky water pump, now we've had the other two problems. The other day the fire rope fell off the fire's door so as we had a spare we decided to replace it and get another spare from Watkins and Williams in Llangollen......so no real problem.
 
 
The next morning we had no hot water which meant  getting the mattress off the bed and removing the slats to get at the calorifier. Eric had to  undo a bolt to remove the immersion heater cover, with the power switched off of course. It has two thermostats one of which has a reset button, so it was a case of using a screwdriver to twiddle the thermostat screws in case they had stuck (advice from Nick)  and return to original positions then press the reset button. It now works fine, thinking about it we did notice very hot water the night before it failed so the thermostat must have stuck!
 
 
Other than the usual dog walks in the mud and rain  and shopping in Wrexham I've also started going to Aqua Aerobics at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre with Liz. It was fun and I didn't ache afterwards, although my pace was a good deal slower than the energetic instructor on the poolside. It's just as well nobody could see what my legs were doing under the water! The water was lovely and warm as it follows a mums and babies session. The other plus was the Wednesday morning session is free for over 60's with a Pure card.
 
 
Eric's put up bird feeders so we've been watching the birds, we've had loads of smaller birds including a nuthatch while the bigger birds still come to the wooden bird table on the fence left behind by another boater. The ducks come and feed off the floor too, so we're helping to feed the wildlife. Other feeders are provided by Nick & Liz and Maggie & Bernie so the birds won't starve this winter.
 
 
Thinking of food we had a really lovely Sunday Lunch at the Wynstay Arms in Llangollen, so if you're in Llangollen give it a try.
 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Just Pictures

Mandarin Duck (junior)


Mandarin Duck (adult male)

Each morning we have a young male Mandarin Duck waiting at the sidehatch for food, accompanied by a group of male and female Mallards. He's a plucky fellow and stands up for himself against the Mallards. Last year we used to see three Mandarin Ducks at Llangollen on the canal, the male pictured above, his mate and their youngster, but this year we'll only seen the youngster. The photograph above is the one Eric took  of the adult male which was published in the IWA Calendar 2011 (I think).
 
 
Llangollen after a snowfall
Appearing in the IWA 2012 for December is another of Eric's pictures of  the canal at Llangollen just after a snowfall. It's Nick's bike covered in snow. I wonder if we'll have snow this year?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Walking In Llangollen

Another view of Trevor Rocks


Looking down the Vale of Llangollen


A little closer view
On Sunday Ben and I enjoyed the sunshine as I huffed and puffed up the incline running alongside Ysgol Dinas Bran ( Dinas Bran School) and through a field leading up towards Castell Dinas Bran. At this gate we are always greeted by three long haired retrievers in their garden who bark at Ben and he can't wait to get past them. We followed  the footpath signs which eventually took us back down to the canal with only sheep  in the one of the  fields.
 
 
On Monday we repeated the walk but this time we had the company of Liz with her dog Connie and plenty of rain.  The dogs enjoyed the walk but this time there were some inquisitive horses in the last field and Ben couldn't wait to get away from them so he pulled me across to the stile. Lots of mud too after last night's heavy rain, so the dogs needed a wash before they could come inside their boat.
 
 
Monday afternoon's exercise took a different form as I went swimming at Plas Madoc with Nick and Liz. Being over sixty has it's advantages after all as swimming is free with a Pure card purchased at Plas Madoc. I enjoyed myself and hope to improve, I've never been much of a swimmer so I can only get better!
 
 
Back In Llangollen we had some Costa coffees and gave the cakes a miss.......what willpower.....not really I already had a custard slice waiting in my fridge!
 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Walking With Lovely Views

Castell Dinas Bran


The mist behind 'Velvet Hill'


A view of Trevor Rocks
Todays walk took in these views before the camera battery died. I really am not used to hills and progress was slow on the inclines even though we didn't climb up to the heights of Castell Dinas Bran. Instead we did a circular route around the base of the hill and Ben enjoyed being off the lead as there weren't any sheep. Talking to a farmer who was talking to his saddleback pig and having a smoke, all his sheep are wintering in a barn rather than braving the elements. Downhill was easier and a hour and a half later we were back on the boat.
 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Back In Llangollen

Ben on the towpath
We arrived back in Llangollen yesterday afternoon just as it was getting dark. It seemed to have been a long day starting with a long walk for Ben before we left Newport. The train journey was just two and a quarter hours and we were lucky enough to find a pair of empty seats with some room at our feer for Ben to sleep the journey away. He was glad to get off the train at Ruabon and then it was a fifteen minute bus ride to Llangollen.
 
 
Back on the boat we turned on the gas, water and water pump only to find the pump was leaking badly. It's been a pain of a pump which usually has an occasional drip from the pipe connections to the pump when it's switched off but we didn't want to leave the water on to find it had emptied the water tank into the boat.  Eric's changed an o ring which seems to have done to trick......fingers crossed!!
 
 
After we'd unpacked we decided to go and get something to eat and ended up in the Wynstay Arms. On offer was two steaks and two drinks for £20 and the food was delicious, the bar warm with a lovely coal fire and  the staff friendly. Definately worth another visit.
 
 
Today I've been catching up with the washing and the water pump is behaving. The washing machine has erratic moments when it sticks on a wash program, but most of the time it works fine.
 
 
Ben and I enjoyed a lovely walk up around the bottom of Castell Dinas Bran then I followed some footpaths across the fields and back down to the canal. There are new stiles, gates and new signs  with just some sheep in one field who on seeing Ben moved away from us. He was on a lead of course.
 
 
Llangollen seems quiet and peaceful after a busy city like Newport. Yes it's good to be back on the boat although it's always nice to see our family.
 

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Busy, Busy In Newport

The last week has been busy, busy with dog walking, shopping and hospital visiting. It's been quite strange living in a house for over a week. Usually our spell as landlubbers is for a few days before we return to our normal life on the boat.  We've been staying in Clare's house while she resides  in her hospital bed suitably doped up and pain free. At the moment we're still don't know what's going on, but she has crutches and can move if she's pain free.
 
 
Ben and I have been walking in the local area as the Mon and Brecon Canal Crumlin Arm runs nearby, which can be reached by walking through the nearby Nature Reserve down to the canal. Wherever we walk the route always involve walking up or down a very steep hill, so I should be getting fitter......but maybe not. I am just thinking of Liz and Nick speeding up the hill on which Castell Dinas Bran lies in Llangollen compared to my usual pace of climbing it......but then they're much younger than me!!
 
 
I'm really ahead of myself this year as I've done nearly all my Christmas shopping and it's all packed ready so it can stay in Clare's spare bedroom until Christmas Day. There's no room to store parcels on the boat so it was easier to shop here.
 
 
Besides visiting Clare, we've been visiting my dad who was busy planting daffodil bulbs in his garden ready for spring. Each year his flower beds are bursting with flowers, he loves his garden and is always busy even though he's 85. We've also caught up with grandaughter Gwenllian, and daughters Lisa and Sally with their partners. Eric's sister Paula has been busy visiting Clare too, keeping her spirits up!

UPDATE:
We had a phone call this morning and Clare is now home waiting for a specialist appointment in the post. With painkillers she can now move and hopefully the steroid injection she had in her spine will cause some improvement. We'll see how she gets on before we head back to Llangollen.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

A Visit To Newport

Gwen the witch (left) with her witchy pal!
We've a busy few days starting with a slightly earlier than planned journey to Newport following a phone call telling us our  daughter Clare was in hospital. She's had a bad back for a while and it got so bad she  couldn't cope with the pain.....even morphine had little effect. The on call doctor came and arranged an ambulance. In hospital an MRI showed a disc in her back with a bulge pressing on her spinal nerves which at least explains the pain and lack of feeling in her leg and one foot. A steroid injection followed and  she's awaiting the effects of it as sometimes it doesn't work.
 
 
Ben was excellent on the train, lying by our feet for the two and a quarter hour journey. He couldn't wait to get off the train at Newport but wasn't keen on the hustle bustle and noise of Newport Station. Eric's sister Paula was kind enough to meet us at the station saving us the task of finding a taxi that would take a dog. She's been great looking after Clare while we were still away, during the painful days until they finally admitted her to hospital.
 
 
Today we caught up with daughter Lisa and grandaughter Gwen ( above as a Halloween witch) and my dad before we did the evening visiting session at the hospital. She must be feeling better, she's more her usual self although still on a lot of pain killers once the anaesthetic wore off.
 
 Update

Still in Newport visiting Clare each day. Looks like we'll be here for a while as Clare may need an operation.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A View From The Side Hatch

Castell Dinas Bran from the side hatch
We woke this morning to the early bird boaters' passing us by at eight o'clock. Later in the day the sun was shining and you could see Castell Dinas Bran ( the castle ruins) on the hill top but it's too small in the photo.
 
 
Ben and I walked down to Llangollen to see how full the online moorings were and found them totally empty. I rang Eric and let him know there was just one hire boat going towards him in the narrows, after that it was ok for him to come through. The crew of NB Lacewing waited patiently for him to come through.
 
 
Soon we were moored up in our favourite spot. Later a few more boats arrived and moored up too. All settled now regardless of what the weather throws at us.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Welcome To Wales

Chirk Aqueduct


Chirk Tunnel
On  Saturday we had a long cruise finally stopping at Sun Trevor, a rather noisy spot but we didn't think there would be any room at the Lift Bridge moorings......but that's the end of the story.


Progress was incredibly slow with leaves fouling the prop making it hard to get across Chirk Aqueduct with the 'Welcome to Wales', you could have walked across faster! Chirk Tunnel was even slower with the flow of water in the tunnel slowing us even more. But we got through eventually. At Whitehouse Tunnel the boat behind us resorted to pulling his boat to help the engine, it was deep drafted too which didn't help.
 
 
Near Whitehouse Tunnel we passed NB Blue Diamond with Maggie and Bernie on board and continued slowly on our way. One more lift bridge to do at Froncysyllte then the a slow cruise to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. We waited for the Llangollen Trip boat to cross and then it was our turn. Crossing wasn't too bad as the wind was in front of us, sometimes a side wind pins you to the side of the metal trough which makes crossing even slower.
 
 
At Trevor Eric reversed in alongside a boat to fill up with diesel at Anglowesh, loads of their hire boats ready to go......it's going to be busy in Llangollen. The final stretch from Trevor to Llangollen is always slow but we finally made it to Sun Trevor and used the space left by a boat leaving. Richard off NB Cartref came out to help us moor us and say hello.
 
 
On Sunday Ben and I went for a walk into Llangollen to get a paper, and see if there was any room at the Lift Bridge moorings. Walking back to Sun Trevor we met Maggie closely followed by Bernie on NB Blue Diamond going to moor near the Lift Bridge . I rang Eric and he started off through the first set of narrows once no other boats were coming through.
 
 
So now we're all warm and cosy despite the wind and the rain outside and getting closer to our winter mooring spot.

Friday, October 26, 2012

On The Way To Llangollen

The last lock til next year! (New Marton Top Lock)
On Thursday we left the Montgomery Canal via Frankton Locks, Liz and Connie came up to say hello at the bottom of the locks as they'd moved to the Weston Arm. We did a right turn at the top to return to Ellesmere to get some food shopping so we moored on the Ellesmere Arm overnight. By dusk the moorings were full but it was fairly quiet until the people who'd been to the pub came back about midnight and Ben had a bark! Before I forget 'Hello' to the lady from  NB Parisienne Star who reads the blog, unsure of the spelling of your boat name.
 
 
This morning we began our journey to Llangollen, although the sun was shining it was very cold on the back of the boat. Ben and I warmed up with a brisk walk along the towpath. We worked through the last two locks of the year, New Marton Bottom and Top locks feeling quite chilled and glad to stop on the moorings above the locks to warm up with some hot soup.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Week Away From It All

The last week has been spent in the peace and quiet of the Montgomery Canal. It's been rather damp and dismal with drizzle and mists down at the bottom end but incredibly quiet. Opposite the boat you could watch pheasants and rabbits  frolicking in the field.
 
 
On Sunday afternoon I walked to the top of Aston Locks with Ben the dog and found NB Henry coming down so I helped them through before having a ride back down to Maesbury Marsh. Ben and Connie did their usual rolling around together play fighting after seven months apart. Ben got a bit carried away with lots of teeth but no biting thank goodness so I had to tell him that was enough. Then they just ignored each other for the rest of our walk. Nick and Liz  moored their boat up next to us at Maesbury Marsh. and we had a few days together.
 
 
I visited the nearby cafe, it used to be a post office/shop but sells very little in the way of basics, just milk, bacon and sausages. Of course the cafe had various cakes and scones on the menu. So on Monday Eric and I went for a long walk to West Felton as we knew there was a shop there, we needed bread and some biscuits and chocolate! It took us an hour and a half to walk the three miles and then we had to walk back! Ben enjoyed it but we were shattered. My boots had decided to give up the ghost and leak so I had very wet feet. I've got some news ones but I've been keeping them until the others died.
 
 
On Tuesday Nick and Eric took the boats down through the lift bridge to wind at the last winding hole. The lift bridge wouldn't go all the way up so the boats only just fitted underneath. We moored up just after The Narrowboat Inn. On Tuesday evening  we caught up on all the events of the summer over a few pints in the pub.
 
 
Today we headed back up to the Weston Arm as Eric wanted to finish painting the gunnels on the boat. We are now ready for our passage up the Frankton Locks on Thursday lunch time. Bye to Liz, Nick and Connie but we'll catch up in Llangollen as we 're mooring up there for the winter.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Foggy Maesbury Marsh

 
The wildlife on the 'Monty'
 
We woke this morning to a very foggy Maesbury Marsh but it soon cleared. Eric and I took Ben for a walk along the newly restored section. It's in water and the plants are flourishing along the banks. We continued our walk to see the section being restored by the Shropshire Union Canal Society and further down a section is also being restored by the Waterways Recovery Group. Ben managed to get a thorn in his paw but I pulled it out and he's fine.
 
 
Back on the boat it was roast lamb for three as Ben loves a bit of meat and vegetables. Rice pudding to follow and Ben even had a taste of that!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sunset On The Montgomery Canal

Sunset on the Montgomery Canal
Today Eric has been busy painting the battle scarred gunnels black. His efforts were rewarded by this amazing sunset! He took the photograph too.
 
 
We  met a lovely couple Gaynor and Bill, this afternoon who are looking at buying a boat. We probably overwhelmed them with information showing them around the hairy (dog hair!) boat. Ben wanted Gaynor to play ball with him! We hope to see them both on the canal soon with their three cats.......Ben will give the cats a wide berth.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Down The Montgomery Canal

Waiting to go down Frankton Locks
Yesterday we left Ellesmere and headed for the mooring at Frankton Junction to go down  the Montgomery Canal today. We arranged our passage over the phone with CART and as long as you rang before 10am on the day you intended to travel it was OK. 
 
 
We had a quiet night and in the morning three more boats arrived to go down onto the Montgomery Canal, so there were four boats going down and four coming up the  locks. The lady lock keeper arrived and unlocked the gates and we were soon on our way.
 
 
We didn't go far taking a left turn to moor on the Weston Arm as  Eric wanted to touch up the black on the gunnels as long as it stayed dry.Just us on the Weston Arm tonight and one side is now spotty with primer awaiting a coat of black! More painting to do tomorrow........weather permitting!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Winter Mooring Booked On The Llangollen Canal

Moored near Ellesmere
Well the annual wait for Winter moorings to come online is over, as usual it was delayed from the original date and then the laptop wouldn't load the page to let me do it. Thanks to my Samsung phone I was able to book the mooring without using the laptop, although I had to find the pages to print off on my account later in the evening.  It took a while to find it in 'my profile' 'my vacancies' but now it's all done!
 
 
Today Eric and I are having haircuts in Ellesmere, he needs to get rid of the Captain Birdseye curls but he's keeping his beard of course......I like it!
 
 
We don't know what we're doing for the next week or so, we may take a trip down the Monty for a few days. Today we are definately staying put ..............the wind is blowing!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Slow Boat In Ellesmere



The last few days have been spent doing the usual stuff, walking the dog in the rain and doing some shopping. We spent our 72 hours down on the Ellesmere Arm with a nice hard surface alongside the boat, but now we're next to the usual wet grass and mud which towpaths often are. There is a stretch of that horrible gritty path we could have moored next to but the grey dust gets everywhere. Lots of familiar faces amongst the boaters at Ellesmere, some waiting to take up their winter moorings in Ellesmere others going to continuously cruise for the winter.
 
 
We moved yesterday after using the services to fill and empty things, so now we're just sitting here before continuing on our journey to Llangollen for the winter months. Ellesmere is a lovely little place and Ben loves the walks through the woods alongside the Mere and the canal towpath. Today the sun is shining so it'll be busy with lots of walkers and dog walkers about.

 
A view of the Mere at Ellesmere, Shropshire
 
 
There's lots of Canaltime and Viking Afloat boats speeding past us this morning at the crack of dawn who needs an alarm clock! But we still love to stay in Ellesmere!
 

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

LIft Bridges And Mosses At Prees Junction

Leaving Grindley Brook behind we cruised up to the Lift Bridge at Whitchurch, the first of five which would take us as far as Prees Junction. Ben and I got off the boat at the bridge hole to start our walk and do the bridge, but it was open and a hireboat let us go through before they closed it. The next one I did and the one after that was opened by a boat coming towards us.   After that I did one and the next one was left open by a hireboat to let us and another boat through, the hireboat crew had already gone so we had to use the boat as a bridge to get across the canal to close it.
 
 
At Prees Junction Eric took a left turn down to get fuel at Whixall Marina which meant two more lift bridges......oh no! Ben was already waiting on the bridge for me to catch up! At least both the bridges are operated by hydraulics so dangling from a chain is a thing of the past......I could never open it! At the Marina we used the automated diesel pump set at 0%  (90p a litre) to top up the tank. It uses a card reader so it now doesn't matter if the shop/chandlery is open or not, today it a was shut.
 
 
So it was two more lift bridges to get off the Prees Arm and moor up on a boat length of armco on the long straight next to the Mosses and Fens. This morning we woke to a typical autumn mooring surrounded by a cold wet mist which came down overnight, it's beginning to lift a bit so we can see the boat moored a few hundred yards ahead of us.
 
 
 
I've just finished using this secondary double glazing film which I managed to find in the hardware shop in Nantwich. I got the last lot we used in Homebase but I tried the Market Drayton store and they didn't have any. It's amazing stuff you just put the double sided sticky tape around the frame and cut some film slightly bigger than the window and stretch it on, trim it to tidy it up and hairdryer it to get rid off any wrinkles. It's advantage is no more windows running with condensation when it's cold outside, although we've left the kitchen window, bathroom and bedroom port holes without the film so we can open them.
 
 
The fire's lit, the windows are done............all set for winter!!!