NB Bendigedig has been moored on Llangollen Wharf for five months, algae has grown on the waterline and yesterday we started getting ready to move on Sunday morning. Eric's brushed off the accumulation of leaves and debris off the roof to give it a wash and it looks so much better. It was a combined effort to wash the dirt of one side of the boat, and we'll do the other side when we turn around. Today's plans include an engine check, battery check, filling up with water and emptying cassettes so we are ready to unplug our umbilical cord ( shoreline) for another seven months cruising in the morning. I will miss the lovely town of Llangollen surrounded by beautiful scenery, the hills and mountains and the friends we meet each year........but we'll be back.
We're looking forward to being on the move again and heading first of all towards Ellesmere where Ben has his annual booster at the vets. For a dog who drinks canal water rather than fresh water from a tap, whenever he can, I need to keep his vaccinations up to date. The vet always weighs him and checks him over. Then we're be heading for Whixall Marina where Maestermyn have a dry dock as we're having the boat blacked, additional anodes fitted and a new propeller while it's out of the water. Mainly because when we had a problem with the prop a while back we couldn't get the size we needed so had one a little smaller and it made a big difference to our stopping ability. It also meant our tick over was slower too.
What are our plan's this year you ask......well we have some but we don't yet know if water restrictions and timed lock passage will affect them. Of course our plans are liable to change anyway. First of all it's down the Shropshire Union Canal enjoying the cuttings, embankments and long straights. Then the windy Staffordshire and Worcester Canal following the contours towards Great Haywood to get some plants for the roof in the lovely farm shop. After that it's down the Trent and Mersey Canal as far as Fradley Junction where we take a right turn down the Coventry Canal as far as Fazeley Junction.
We've not cruised the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal so that's our route into Birmingham, a first visit on own boat and then we'll brave the Tardebigge Flight of locks on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal turning onto the Droitwich Canals to take us down to the River Severn. Then it's down to Tewkesbury and a new cruise to Gloucester and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
We're then heading back up river to Tewkesbury and cruising on the River Avon to Stratford and then onto the Stratford Canals. The rest of our route is undecided, it very much depends on water levels on the Grand Union Canal and Midland Canals but eventually we'll be heading back to Llangollen.......our winter home. We aren't in any hurry, our time's or own, no need to watch the clock so I've no idea where we'll be when, but we hope to see some familiar boats and faces on our travels.