On Tuesday we met up with Nick and Liz in Ellesmere and went by car for a lovely meal in Fouzi's in Llangollen. The food never disappoints and we had some lovely coffees too.It was time to say goodbye for a couple of months as they are off on their travels heading towards Chester to get some work done on the boat. We'll meet again in a few months when they come back for the Llangollen Eisteddford by boat.
We're currently staying at Clare's house picking up prescriptions in Newport, just a quick trip as we'll be back for Gwen's 6th birthday party next Saturday and my dad's 87th birthday get together for Sunday lunch at the Rhiwderin Inn.
After that weekend our daughter Lisa and grandaughter Gwen are coming back with us for some time on the boat ....it's the Easter holiday so we're planning a little cruising on the Llangollen Canal before they return to Newport by train.
Then it'll be time to start our Summer cruise heading down the Llangollen and down the Shropshire Union Canal, the Staffs and Worcs Canal, then the Trent and Mersey, the Coventry Canal, the Oxford Canal to Braunston picking up the Grand Union Leicester Line to head up the River Soar to and the River Trent to Nottingham to visit Anne........stoppages hopefully will not get in the way. Then it'll be back along the Trent and Mersey to Great Haywood and probably up the Trent and Mersey Canal and across the Middlewich branch of the Shroppie back to Whixall on the Llangollen in time to pick up the car again and visit the family in Newport. We had planned to do the cruise in a clockwise direction but there's a big problem on the lock we need to go through to get to Nottingham so hopefully it'll be sorted by the time we get there.
Well that's our plans but who knows what will happen because something often changes the route. When we get back from that cruise we'll be thinking of another one as we've spent months in the marina and it's so nice to be out cruising after all a boat is meant for cruising even though it is our home as well.