Thursday, February 06, 2014

A Walk On The Dry Side

Today we actually had a dry morning so I got Eric to drop  me off  near Grindley Brook and arranged to meet him in Tesco's car park in Whitchurch. I was surprised to see a boat going down the locks although there was a man pointing the brickwork above the waterline from a work boat in  one of the locks, he must have moved for them to get through.

It was nice to have a change of scenery and chat to a few boaters' getting water at the water points. Still plenty of mud not that Ben cared, he always goes straight through it. We crossed the lift bridge and walked up the Whitchurch Arm into town. There's a new information sign showing the old route of the  canal the other side of the brook, which has been built on and the variety of wild life in this green space. There are plans to continue the canal a little further towards town and includes some moorings, but when it'll happen I really don't know.

We walked through the park into town we didn't have to walk up the hill, and met Eric as planned. The end came off Ben's extending lead so I had to tie it onto his collar so we popped in the Pet Shop to get a new Flexi lead, he'd had the last one years so I can't complain about that. The lady in the shop was lovely giving Ben a treat too. Leaving Ben in the car we did our shopping before heading back to Whixall.

While I put the shopping away Eric cleaned the chimney. We knew it needed doing as when you opened the stove door some of  the smoke came out rather than go up the chimney. We let the fire go out overnight  putting some of that stuff on (Hotspot Flue Free Cleaner) which dries up the soot making it easier to clean.  So one messy job done, and we don't have to worry about carbon monoxide poisonong, although we do have a CO alarm to warn us if there is a problem.

It's raining again now but it was nice to be out and about when it wasn't raining.

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