Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Back To Stormy Whixall

After a busy time in a very rainy Wales we are back here in Whixall Marina.  At least here the pontoons float so we are ok, watching the boats up north on the Facebook Narrowboat User Group posts  as they struggle with the floods has been awful.


We have a lovely time in south Wales with our family and for the first time we had Christmas dinner without shopping or dishes.  The food was good but the place failed on atmosphere, no festive music and a bit of a rush. I think I prefer my Christmas dinner even with having the shopping and washing up to do.


Ben surprised us by managing up and down the stairs so he must be feeling better. We even had a longer walk down Newport Wetlands with his mate Poppie and Ben the man. Hestayed fairly clean but Poppy found something disgusting to roll in!


Last night we were buffetted by the current storm but today it's not quite so wild and windy but it's raining. Eric took Ben for a walk and it absolutely poured down so they were both dripping wet. All dried off now. Enjoy your day.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Christmas


Ben's happy with this Christmas present from Clare! Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Back in Wales for Christmas

My two grandaughters Scarlett and Gwen

Before we came back to Newport for Christmas we had a checkup with Ben at Leahurst Small Animal Hospital and he's doing OK. He's still wobbly but it hasn't got any worse, he's certainly jumping about on his long lead and we can persuade him to have longer walks. Two more months of medication and he's eating well so we'll have to keep an eye on his weight.


We're staying with our daughter Clare, her hubby Ben and their collie Poppy who was delighted to see Ben the dog.  Thanks for letting us stay once again.


Today we had grandaughter Gwen for the day, and this afternoon we had grandaughter Scarlett's second birthday party so I'm certainly enjoying being a 'nanny' today. The photo shows them having a cwtch........welsh for cuddle, such a lovely word.


Another birthday yesterday too, Happy Birthday Paula .....retirement is great apart from the aches and pains nobody tells you about. Love you loads.


We have still got to face the supermarket chaos for Christmas food but this year we're going out to lunch  on Christmas Day so no cooking turkey for dishes for me. I am quite looking forward to  a Merry Christmas and I hope the food lives up to our expectations at 'The Three Horseshoes'. Paper plates too for the Boxing Day get together so less washing up again.




Friday, December 11, 2015

A Visit To Newport And Home Again To Whixall

We went down to Newport to get the dentist over and done with and I had a filling but Eric has another visit just before Christmas as he's having a tooth capped.xt. Paula looked after Ben  for us as we couldn't leave him at Clare's on his own because of the stairs. A chance to see family as well as getting a pre Christmas haircut.  I also enjoyed a little retail therapy,as the new Friars Walk has finally opened in Newport. Ben the dog  was pleased to see Poppy and she gave him lots of licks. Next time we go down it will be for Christmas. 


We came back yesterday in the rain, there was certainly lots of water around but we've been lucky as there weren't any floods.  The boat felt really cold but with a flick of the switch on the heating came. We lit the fire and put a hot water bottle in the bed to warm it up. Ben was very wobbly after a three hour car trip but he's better today. 


Today we went out for lunch to the revamped Jack Myton's canalside at Hindford, with Liz and Nick.  The decor is good  and we enjoyed the food and the company, at the moment I feel stuffed I shouldn't have  that apple crumble! Ben the dog was all alone for a few hours, I hope he didn't bark for too long.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

A Very Windy Whixall

The months seem to be flying by this year, I don't believe it's the 5th of December already. Christmas starts for us with a Christmas Dinner at the Dog  and Bull with the boaters and staff of Whixall Marina. Staff on site consists of Andy so he'll be there. Lots of faces too that we rarely see as when the leisure boaters come they leave the marina straight away anxious to be away to make the most of their time afloat. 


Last night the gales started and battered and blew all right hopefully rocking us to sleep but it was so noisy the erar plugs came into play. This morning it's still very windy but everything's ok on the roof, nothing has managed to escape. Ben must be feeling a little better as he know gets on and off the boat himself which is good as he's not a light weight at 28 kilos. Since we changed the car he can also get in and out of the car as it's much lower and he's got more space to land on. He loves to be with us even if it means a car ride,as long as he sits down he's ok.


Yesterday we went for a trip to Llangollen, we know the way but had to try out our new Tom Tom satellite navigation which we bought as the car didn't have one and my sense of direction is not good to find anywhere. We had fun with Google Maps one day when the data failed in the midst of country lanes and we got lost! Eric alway says all roads lead to another and eventually we found a signpost. Anyway we are very pleased with it. 


We popped up to the see the Winter Moorers at Llangollen and found just three boats. CART have put up the price and reduced the number of spaces to five boats I think. Don't know why they limited the spaces when there's an empty mooring basin which could be used by visitors.  They'd make more money with ten boats even if it was still the cheaper rate we paid when we used to moor up there for the Winter. Sorry we missed you on NBHenry but the ducks were all onboard.


We're off to Newport tomorrow for dentist appointments ....oops I'd better remind my daughter we're coming.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Another Week's Gone By

Nothing much happening at Whixall Marina, it can be very quiet when the cold weather keeps people indoors other than dog owners of course. Ben has been making sure we get plenty of fresh air every few hours. In the morning we get up and do the dog walk although most days he has to be coaxed to keep him going. He doesn't mind having his tablets as long as they are wrapped in ham and when he sees me get them out he's there waiting. 


On Sunday we ended up doing a quick trip to Newport as Eric's eye was sore and needed to see a doctor. in Newport it's a walk in morning surgery so it was worth the drive and the overnight stay at our daughter Clare's house.  All sorted so we travelled back on Monday.


We've had a trip to Wrexham to finish off the Christmas shopping, we hope Ben didn't howl while we out! We also has fish and chips  as it just happened to be lunch time....very nice too. A month until Christmas  but before that we have dental appointments in Newport as I need a filling.


Today Eric's been busy repairing a broken wire on the Mikuni which meant it had no power. All fixed now and having a trial run, the radiators are toasty. The engine also had an hour's run too and this time no leaks. Just filled the water tank but we can't top up the diesel tank as the pump here at Whixal is still out of order. A lazy afternoon is on the cards. Ben is currently snoozing.



Friday, November 20, 2015

Back Afloat In Windy Whixall

We returned to the boat on Wednesday stopping on the way up in Hereford to get some food to keep us going until we did a proper shop. Ben the dog watered the carpark trees in Asda car park. The boat was soon warmed up with the flick of a switch to turn on the central heating. Next job to light the fire and  soon Ben was stretched out asleep by the fire.


Yesterday we didn't go far, Eric cleaned the car and I cleaned the hairy boat. We took Ben for a short walk up the Prees Arm as far as the second lift bridge before he didn't want to go any further and we turned around. Other than that we all had  a lazy afternoon on the boat.


Today we went in to Ellesmere for a walk by the Mere before we did the shopping at Tesco as the fridge and freezer needed replenishing. I popped in the vet's to pay the bill and get them to sign the form to send to More Than for the Pet Insurance for a refund less their deductions.

While we were away the coolie hat made an escape into the cut but everything else was fine as Eric had played safe and removed the life ring and satellite dish. He bungied down the plank, boat hook and pole. The pot of lavender was still on the pier too. We'd moved the boat so that the wind blew us towards the pier rather than away from it in the wind. 


I must dig out the scarves, hats and gloves if it's going to be cold this weekend.At present the boat is toasty and the sun is shining through the windows. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Back In Newport

On Tuesday we made the trip to Leahurst with Ben the dog and we saw the lovely vet who treated him eighteen  months ago. He's now back on steroids and antibiotics which will hopefully  help. This time his balance and coordination is worse but he's not lost any weight so is not so ill. They've taken blood and we have to go back in four weeks. 


On Thursday we picked up our new car a Kia C'eed  and we're delighted with it as is Ben the dog because it's the flat boot estate version and it's not so far the jump in. As an ex demonstrator the price was good too. The Freelander demonstrated it's disgust when the rear window motor failed on the rear door and the radio wouldn't work either. As the Kia is an automatic it took a while to get used to not using a clutch but I'm converted it's so easy to drive.


Our first trip was down to Newport with the final house clearance to do as well as the dental checkups and picking up our prescriptions to keep us going for the next three months. I also made a start on the Christmas shopping using M&S website and the collect at store service. The items were boxed or bagged ready to be collected. It's definitely an easier way to do the shopping.


We've done the last tip run and charity shop trip run today so we're just waiting with fingers crossed for the house sale to go through without a hitch. It was weird seeing the house ready to sell, I felt a little sad too.



Sunday, November 08, 2015

A Catch Up Post

Good morning, haven't been blogging as nothing much going on here unless you count the quantity of tissues being used. Eric came back from Wales with a cold and kindly passed it on to me.  I ended up with a nasty cough with the streaming nose which is finally easing.


The days have been pretty ordinary as boating goes with no boating planned until after the winter we're sitting here being buffeted by the wind and rainy weather. We've managed to get Ben the dog to do a short walk every day but it's not being easy getting him off the boat. We moved to a pier where there's a large area to land on but he's not interested in jumping off so often has to be lifted onto the pier. Walks are pretty wobbly as are his movements on the boat but he's coping,  his appointment is on Tuesday at Leahurst and hopefully they will be able to help him.


We're enjoying our nice new carpet although Ben has already christened when he was sick but it soon cleaned up. He must have eaten his food too quickly as he soon ate the refilled bowl of food  and was ok. It's good not having a puddle under the bed from the leaky calorifier.......but we still check when we put the bed away for the day. We could leave it out but the five foot width restricts the passageway.


Nothing else happening other than the usual household chores, washing, cooking, cleaning as well as the filling and emptying. Ironing is a very rare occasion! We've been shopping in Ellesmere and Whitchurch to keep the cupboard, fridge and freezer well stocked.


The fuel pump at Whixall Marina is now set at 60/40 and 94p a litre which means unless the office is open  (usually 9-10am 4-5pm Wednesday to Friday and 9-10am 3.30-4.30pm on Saturday) you have no choice if you need fuel. 


Quite a few new faces in the marina, some are new residential moorers others here for the Winter because at least you have water, electricity, pump out or elsan at hand as well as a supply of coal, wood, gas and kindling when the office is open. There's also showers, toilets and a laundry which is more than you get on a CaRT winter mooring. Welcome to the new moorers.....it's great to see some new faces as we've always got something to talk about being boaters.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Up With The Lark

It's been chaotic so far this week. On Monday morning we had to be up early at the Beta engineer was due at  nine and we needed to get all the storage boxes off the back of the boat and take up the engine boards  ready for the 250 hour service and leak finding. In the afternoon Eric went to King's Lock Chandlery to get a new calorifier as ours had developed a leak and they're cheaper there than at Midland Chandlers for the same type and size.


On Tuesday morning we had to be up again as the carpet fitters were due at nine and we needed to clear the stuff at floor level. They arrived on time and two hours later we had a nice clean, new carpet  which felt very nice under my feet. Supplied and fitted by  the carpet shop in Ellesmere. 


Today we had to up again as the calorifier was being fitted and we had no idea when the engineer was coming. He came at midday so we could have had a lie in. We now have water without needed to mop up under the bed. It wasn't a quick job as the new calorifier needed different connections  and it involved engine and central heating connections to the twin coils, but it's done now.


In the afternoon we took Ben to the vet for a referral back to University of Liverpool Small Animal Hospital at Leahurst, which is currently being arranged. Hopefully they can help him.


Tomorrow we're definately having a lie in!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

House Clearance In Newport

After a very hectic ten days in Newport clearing and cleaning my dad's house, it's finally up for sale. You just don't realise how much stuff can be accumulated in a lifetime living in the same house. My dad certainly  didn't throw much away.At least on a boat there's just no room to keep loads of stuff.


We're back home to the boat tomorrow with a 250 hour engine service arranged for Monday and with water leaks to sort the Beta engineer will be busy. On Tuesday a new carpet is being fitted  so Ben and I will go for a walk to get out of the way. Hopefully our leaky calorifier has been fixed temporarily by Plumbers Mait until we can get a suitable replacement. We shut the water off and crossed our fingers. 


Ben has had a wobbly week in Newport not coping well with the stairs, I've had to help him up and down holding onto his harness. He finds smooth surfaces difficult too, his one leg seems to slide and he overbalances. He's much more wobbly although some days are better than others. He's definitely having Bambi on ice moments and finds it difficult to turn around.A visit to the vet for a check up although it worries me that the meningoencephalitis Ben had eighteen months ago was only picked up by the neurologist. 


Goodnight, it's way past my bedtime!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Back In Whixall Marina

We arrived back at Whixall Marina after a very pleasant cruise on Sunday afternoon, the last cruise of the year. Ben the dog wouldn't jump onto the pier  as the boat next to us had gone which meant if he missed he would be in the water, so had to be lifted which was going to cause a problem. Luckily we were able to swap moorings to one with a bigger area of pontoon at the bow so with some coaxing we got him back into jumping off fairly happily if you don't count the growl as he jumps.


Yesterday we went to Ikea looking for a new chair which would go through our narrow fronts, we had 22 inches/56 cms width to get through and we  found a chair which Eric said would fit and it did although the size of the box would have defeated us without the load space of a Freelander. The chair is called Strandmon  and much more comfortable than the Poang chairs we had but takes up more room than a Poang, but as we replaced two chairs for one we're ok.





Saturday, October 10, 2015

Here We Are Again- In Ellesmere

Ellesmere
Yesterday Eric was busy painting the gunnels on one side of the boat , today we cruised for an hour and a half  to Ellesmere. We used the services before mooring up on the arm. Quiet here today but by tonight it'll be full up. Just a little bit  of shopping before we had a lazy afternoon. The satellite signal has been found ready for Wales v Australia and the Welsh flag is flying on NB Bendigedig.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Crossing The Border- Back In England

Looking back across Chirk Aqueduct to Chirk Tunnel

Ben and I walked  for half an hour from Whitehouse through the tunnel with the boat as far as Chirk Tunnel. He wasn't too keen to walk through a tunnel but with coaxing he did it.  We waited for a couple of boats to come through  Chirk Tunnel before it was our turn.  Across Chirk Aqueduct and the sign read 'Welcome to England'. A pleasant cruise with nothing ahead or following us and no queues at the locks which was good news.


The last two locks of the season to do and then we moored up below  New Marton Locks as Eric had some more painting he planned to do - undercoating the gunnels on the towpath side obviously. A very small area of roof has had it's sandpaper scraped off as it has rusted underneath, primed and undercoated but it's a big job so it's going to take some time.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Return Trip- Llangollen To Whitehouse Moorings

A quick walk into Llangollen to get a bag of sticks and we were on our way. First we had to turn around in the mooring basin. We followed a boat through the one way narrow section and it turned out to be the slowest ever cruise to Trevor as the boat ahead never went above tick over and stopped for every boat to pass even though there was plenty of room. 


We also came across a boat across the cut with the occupants inside totally unaware  that they had blocked the canal. We pulled over while they retrieved their boat and let the trip boat pass and followed him across  the Pontysycyllte Aqueduct. Lots of tourists walking across and taking lots of photo of the boats. Just one lift bridge at Fron where Ben and I got off to work the bridge and have a walk.


We moored up on the visitor moorings at Whitehouse and  I lit the fire as I was feeling cold. We even had some hot soup as we cruised, the weather's cooler today. Eric had to clear the roof of acorns, twigs and oak leaves from last night. I certainly didn't have much sleep with  everything dropping on the boat. Reminder to self, moor a bit further along! We moored in the same place one snowy winter.


A wintery picture of NB Bendigedig at Llangollen- a few years ago.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

'The Sky Is Falling Down'

On Monday Eric waited to cruise the narrows to Llangollen Visitor Moorings while  I walked ahead to check for boats, all clear so I rang him to say it was OK to come through. There was a space which was the place we always stopped when we moored up here for the winter so we filled it up. We have an overhead oak tree hence the title......acorns are falling on the boat,  which make me thing of the story of Chicken Licken where an acorn fell on his head and he thought the sky was falling down!
 
 
Today we went for a walk along the towpath towards the Horseshoe Falls, and back into town to get some bread and milk. The washing machine has worked overtime as we're on shoreline on a working bollard and paying £6 a day for the privilege so I am getting my money worth. Lunch was Panini's and lattes at Fouzi's in Llangollen where we ate on the outside tables as we had Ben the dog to help us finish our food.


At the moment we have lots of rain falling down, hammering on the roof as well as acorns and the  hire boats are still whizzing by making waves, obviously some crew with no idea of going slow.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Nearly In Llangollen

This morning we worked through New Marton locks after waiting in a queue. I stayed behind at the first lock to help the boat following us through as it was their first ever lock. By the time Ben and I had walked to the next lock it was Eric's turn to go through. We decided as it was such a lovely day we'd cruise as far as the Lift Bridge before Llangollen, going down to the paid moorings in the morning so we could have two days in Llangollen.


It's been really busy today, we've never seen so many boats, walkers and cyclists on the move. The sun on a Sunday afternoon certainly  ups the visitor numbers. Crossing the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct was slow following some day boats but who cares with the lovely views. I always look out for the first view of Castell Dinas Bran  from Sun Trevor but I didn't take any photos.  I don't think we'll be walking up there this visit......my knees are sore and Ben's only does short walks.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Ben Has An Unexpected Swim

Ben's all dry now.
The day started rather wet as Eric tipped his cup of tea in bed, resulting in me doing a load of washing. It didn't get any dryer as while Ben was having a wee near the canal side, he overbalanced and fell in! He practised his doggy paddle along the piled edge while I crawled along to grab his harness and hold on until Eric could quickly moor the boat and help me get him out......25kg of wet dog is not easy! Back onboard one shivering dog wrapped in a big towel. He soon recovered and ate his dish of food. Eric  had said the dog needed a wash!





Friday, October 02, 2015

Moving On Towards Llangollen

Watering up at Ellesmere
Up early then a wait for the carpet fitter to arrive to measure up........does anyone ever come at the time they arrange? We decided to have lunch before we moved and our first stop was the very slow water tap at it Ellesmere Services. Accumulated rubbish binned and cassettes emptied and the tank is still filling up. Eric's been busy painting the gunnels on one side of the boat. We're now heading towards Llangollen with painting to do on the spotty other side of the boat, the gunnels have taken a battering this year after our six hour tow to Streethay in the Summer.


Ben and I had a misty, damp walk this morning but we now have sunshine.......a lovely afternoon for boating.



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Onwards To Ellesmere

We spent last night  near Hampton Bank  which turned out to be a very quiet spot. Eric did a bit more sanding, rust treating and priming making our boat rather spotty.  Today we cruised for two hours to moor on the arm at Ellesmere. A boat passed us by on the way and asked 'Where's Ben the dog?' so I take it they read my blog. 


Firstly we had shopping in mind as the cupboards and fridge needed food. We also arranged for the boat to be measured for new carpet .....after nearly nine years the carpet needed replacing.  I also had to replace the radio as it ended up in the washing up bowl full of water when Eric did a little crashing due to the strong side weirs at the locks entrances. A replacement FM radio £9 in Tesco's didn't break the bank.


The coal boat just gone by to moor at the end of the arm so he's the bringing us a couple of bags of coal in his wheelbarrow.Just lit the fire.....it's chilly tonight.



Monday, September 28, 2015

A Catch Up......Wrenbury To Whitchurch

Our view of the Whitchurch Lift Bridge

We'd planned to get to Wrenbury for the weekend as we wanted a 'Cotton Arm's' Sunday lunch and the roast beef was delicious. Ben had a doggy bag  but he didn't eat the trees aka broccoli. The weather has been really sunny but the nights have been cold so the fire's been lit each evening.


Loads of locks today, but another beautiful day and few boats on the move.  In fact we were the only boat doing locks at Grindley Brook. Above the locks we used the services and topped up the water tank after doing a load of washing yesterday. Then we moved on to stop before the Whitchurch Lift Bridge on the empty visitor moorings.....a nice spot on the off side of the canal.


Oops! I forgot to say hello to the crew of 'Beeston Castle' blogreaders who we passed today. Enjoy your trip.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Batteries Then Up Hurleston Lockss

As we had to be at the boatyard at 8.30am we were up at 7.30am to be washed and dressed and  in the basin waiting for the engineer to come. Eric had to reverse up to the end of the Nantwich Basin  but he  managed it without crashing! Waiting for a few hours as he had an unexpected problem with a dayboat to sort of first. We were just thinking of the lie in we could have had. While we waited we had take out of bacon rolls and coffee from the cafe in the basin........delicious too with plenty of basin. There's also a small shop useful for bread and milk when you don't want the trek into Nantwich.


He arrived replaced the 4 x 135 ah  batteries with  4 x 110 ah ones as the bigger ones were £200 more expensive and more difficult to top up in the limited space. Our boat originally had 110's so there was no problem with the wiring.  Bill paid we were on our way heading for the Llangollen Canal.


Coming through the bridge below Hurleston it was very windy and if course a small boat was moored in the centre of the moorings. It was a fight against the wind to get in the bottom lock mouth but  Eric managed it. We went up the flight, the lock keeper stayed up the top as usual. He noted the boat name on his sheet as part of a boat count, so CaRT know where we are.


It's wild and windy as we head for God's country........Wales of course. We're going to Llangollen before we return to Whixall and tie up for the Winter.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Moored At Nantwich

Up this morning and away down the last three locks to leave Audlem behind. We filled up with water by The Shroppie Fly  but the elsan point is currently being refurbished. As usual Ben and I walked but got back onboard further on as Ben is frightened by the noise of the clay pigeon shoot near Coole Pilate. A farmer was muck spreading so we had the awful smell as we cruised. How do they work in that smell?


We pulled in at Nantwich and moored up before the aqueduct, planning to walk across the bridge to get to Nantwich Chandlery but the bridge was closed. We decided to get the boat and moor the other side of the aqueduct, At the chandlers we enquired about replacing our batteries, as we needed them to be fitted. Very obliging staff..... they are being fitted tomorrow at 9am so we'll definitely need the alarm tomorrow. Eric was pleased as they sell Carnuba polish and  the wash in a promotional pack for £25, much cheaper than the two bottles sold individually.


The dot in the sky has been found, so  we're currently relaxing watching TV after a very nice homemade shepherd's pie for tea.



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Twelve Locks To Audlem

Audlem Mill

Moored by Audlem Mill
The Shroppie Fly



We stayed put yesterday at Adderley due to the rain but it turned into a lovely sunny day so Eric gave the boat some TLC with sanding and priming in the bow area. The well deck has been sanded, rust treated, primer and undercoated but the top coats haven't been done yet.
Ben and I had a walk in the rain but we didn't go far as he decided he wanted to go back to the boat and turned around.


Today we did cruised to the top of the Audlem flight and down the locks we went with Ben  walking with me. It took us 2 hours to do 12 locks even though we had to turn a couple of locks with no boats in sight coming up. We were in luck with room for us next to Audlem Mill, not the quietest of places but I am so knackered  I didn't care. I can also pop in and get the Christmas cards rather than get them online from IWA.


We need some fresh food from the Coop as it's so close to the boat. The next place for shopping is Nantwich and it's a fair walk back from  Morrison's  with shopping.  Lazy tea tonight.....there's a lovely fish and chip shop and it should be open today.






Sunday, September 20, 2015

Down The Adderley Locks And A Nice Pork Pie!


Today we cruised from Market Drayton  to the  Visitor Moorings   below Adderley Locks.  At
At the top of  the locks the farm shop was displaying it's goods with a warning that the stall is monitored with a camera. We chose our lunch......one of their tasty home made pork pies.A boat came up the flight so we were in luck as the locks were mostly full apart from leakage through the bottom gates.


We moored up and Eric went down the engine hole to sort out a few  water leaks, he tightened up the jubilee clips just half a turn......hopefully that will do the trick. The central heating has been out of action as no power was getting to it so he checked that and found  a broken wire and one of the fuses gone, so power has been restored with some solder and a new fuse. Of course all done in time to watch the Singapore Grand Prix, just the highlights today.




Tyrley Locks To Market Drayton

On Saturday it was a lovely day after a misty start, the sun came out and we went down the flight of five locks. We did follow a boat down but at least we didn't have a queue like the half a dozen boats waiting to come up the flight. It took us two hours in all to do the locks and cruise the short distance to Market Drayton, lots of waiting around at the locks. A young girl was single handed going up so with no mooring in the first pound meant she needed help to prepare the next lock. One of the boaters in the queue helped her on her way.


Room for NB Bendigedig at Market Drayton so we pulled in and tied up. We walked into Market Drayton and got some food at Asda, we used the  granny shopping trolley as it's easier to with heavy stuff than shopping bags, Anyway I am a granny! Back on the boat we had a lazy afternoon and Ben slept......it's a hard life!



Friday, September 18, 2015

No Room At Goldstone Wharf.......Some Lovely Historic Boats








Yesterday we cruised from Wheaton Aston to Norbury Junction where there was plenty of room to moor. Today was a different story, we planned to stop at Goldstone Wharf but the Visitor Moorings were full with a collection of historic boats moored two abreast. We continued on own way and stopped at Tyrley Visitor Moorings where there was plenty of room.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Onwards And Upwards To Wheaton Aston

The weather forecast was torrential rain but I am very glad to say we missed it. Leaving Bridge 8 moorings the sky looked a bit dark over Wolverhampton but as we headed north we were treated to sunshine. Ben and I walked as far as Brewood, some of it was mud larking in one cutting but it soon washed off my boots and Ben stayed remarkably clean.


At Brewood we left Ben on the boat and went to get milk and some lovely filled rolls from the bakery. Arriving back at the boat to find Ben barking and howling, we'd only been gone half an hour!  We left the radio on but he obviously didn't want to be left home alone.


It's dark and dismal in the cutting at Brewood so we decided to move on towards Wheaton Aston with just one lock before the services which were totally deserted. Eric pulled in near the Elsan point and we did the usual filling and emptying. New recycling bins for mixed dry recyclables are popping up along the cut in the refuse disposal areas which makes it easier to recycle.


The mooring just after the water points was free so we pulled in and moored up for an overnight stop. Eric found the dot in the sky.Usually there's no room and we have to moor under trees after Turners', where the diesel is cheaper than anywhere  else. Tomorrow we'll top up the fuel tank and then continue our journey to Norbury Junction.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Back On The Shroppie

After a very quiet night all on our own at Bridge 74 on the Staffs and Worcs Canal we were on our way this morning heading for the Shroppie. Eric's been busy getting the front deck ready to paint, it's been scraped, sanded treated with rust converter (kindly donated by son-in-law Ben). It's now had a coat of primer and a day later a coat of undercoat. Ben the dog has been highly confused going off the back of the boat for a wee when we're moored up due to the wet paint.


Ben and I had a walk as far as Coven but had a cold shower on the way, the heavens opened and my hair had a second wash of the day. We ended up waiting in a queue of seven boats at 'Pendeford Rockin',which is the old boatman's name for a shallow, narrow cutting through a band of sandstone. Half a dozen boats came through from Autherley Junction and our convoy began the journey through only to be met by an irate women on holiday annoyed that their boat had to pull in and wait for us all to pass.


Of course we queued at the Stop Lock enjoying a chat with a Scottish man who was more used to sea travel as he used to race yachts in his younger days. It was his first time on a narrowboat although he had used much larger locks on the  canal which crosses Scotland called the Caledonian Canal.


Eric stopped the boat just before Bridge 2 so I could get some shopping at Morrison's in Pendeford, a ten minute walk from the canal. An hour later we were on our way after giving a directions to another boater looking for a shop. We pulled in at Bridge 8 where there are rings for visitors, a passing cylist made me smile when he said 'we'd landed'.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Lots Of Locks Back To Gailey

Yesterday we ate out in The Radford Inn, although Ben wasn't keen on us going anywhere. I had roast beef while Eric had fish and chips. I also popped on the bus to Stafford to get some food. It was slow on the bus as there's roadworks everywhere. An Aldi is being built where the garage was at Radford Bank so it'll be much easier food shopping in the future. Of course I'll still need an occasional visit to M & S.

I bought Ben the dog a pink flamingo dog toy and it didn't stay intact long as he pulled off it's beak. He watched while I sewed it up and hasn't yet completely destroyed it, he's just carried it round.



After raining all night we just had a few heavy showers this morning and it turned into a beautiful sunny day so Eric wanted to keep cruising. Busy on the Staffs and Worcester Canal with long queues at the locks  going towards Autherley Junction. We worked through about eleven locks and I am rather tired this evening. Tomorrow is definitely  going to be a rest day!


Sally put this picture on Facebook.....so I thought I'd share it with you.


Sally and Scarlett

Friday, September 11, 2015

About Turn- Back The Way We Came

We enjoyed the peace and quiet of Tixall Wide, so went down to Great Haywood to use the  water elsan and rubbish disposal and come back to moor up for another night there. I walked with Ben and stopped to chat to the crews of NB Blue Boar and NB Klara, I took ages so Eric went on without me. The crew of NB Klara are welsh from South Wakes.....so we had a great chat.  Eric was already on the waterpoint filling up from the very slow tap.


I popped across to the Farm Shop for bread and milk and came back with some of their delicious strawberries and a bag of sticks. Eric was just finishing off putting the hosepipe away. Lots of chat at the waterpoint about the stoppage at Stone. One hireboater from the Macclesfield Canal was being transported back from Stone by minibus by their hire company as they couldn't get through the stoppage. We had an email telling us about the stoppage but no information  yet  about how long it was to be for. According to CaRT website it should be reopened on Monday.


We decided to retrace our journey on one of our favourite canals, the Shropshire Union Canal. We're hoping to get  some jobs done on the boat like resealing the shower and painting the front deck of the boat. The gunnels need some TLC too before we get back to Whixall Marina. Let's hope we get some dry weather.



Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Moored At Tixall Wide




NB Bendigedig on Tixall Wide

Our journey from Radford Bank was a bit of an obstacle course manoevering past overgrown stretches of reeds and meeting boats on blind bends but we made it. Ben and I had a lovely walk with the boat,  my painful knee has eased. We found a space to moor and we actually have a satellite TV signal which is sometimes not possible here due to the trees.


Ben and I had a short walk along the moorings. Lots of people armed with paint brushes making good use of easily accessible gunnels as the canal side is low here. I also met a Bedlington /Lurcher cross called Elsie and their owners said she was a very good dog! Ben didn't want to go far, so we returned to the boat.


Eric had a look in the engine hole at the Mikuni heating unit  as we didn't have a red light showing any power to it and found a broken wire so at least we know the problem is and can get it fixed when we get back to the marina.


Waiting now to see if the stoppage at Newcastle Road Lock has been sorted, before we go that way.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Moored At Radford Bank

Yesterday we worked the locks down from Penkridge to moor above Deptmore Lock. A lovely day with lots of sunshine and lots of boats on the move. One boat passed us by telling me they read my blog and were on their way to Whixall Marina to spend the winter there. I didn't ask your names or even note the name of your boat, but I did say see you both when we get back to Whixall. Halfie and his wife (NB Jubilee) stopped alongside our side hatch to have a chat about what we'd been up to since we last saw them at Fradley. Nice to see you both again.


We were glad to moor up at Radford Bank as the day didn't start well as Eric was suffering with his right eye. A pinpoint pupil showed his uveitis had flared up again so he needed an emergency prescription. A trip to A & E at Stafford where the staff were helpful solved the problem but it took a few hours. We didn't try and get a doctor's appointment as they always send us to the nearest hospital  as it needs specialist treatment. If you ever need the hospital in Stafford the No 74 bus from Radford Bank goes there.  Eric is having a bad time this trip, perhaps he's trying to visit the hospitals in each county!



Sunday, September 06, 2015

Moored At Penkridge

At Gailey yesterday you could hear some sort of reenactment from our mooring, it sounded like fireworks. This morning I could hear talking and thought it was someone fishing behind the boat. It was actually the public address system from the reenactment which was continuing today.


Today it was boating in sunshine, a lovely day. Down the locks from Gailey to Penkridge Visitor Moorings was made easier by boat traffic as we could leave gates open for the upcoming boat. A few times we had lock gates open for us too. Some heavy lock gates and deep locks but we arrived at Penkridge to find a space just right for us, Eric moored up and popped to the shop by the next lock to get a Sunday paper and came back with white chocolate Magnums. ....yum!


He found the dot in the sky to watch the Italian Grand Prix, which is receiving his full attention at this moment.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

We're At Gailey

The Roundhouse at Gailey Lock
Last night was spent near Coven and this morning we cruised as far as Gailey, just one lock down to moor up as far  as we could gate away from the road. The elsan and toilets are out of order at Gailey.........some boaters will be crossing their legs!


I had to take a picture of the Roundhouse at Gailey Top Lock, now a gift shop selling painted canalware amongst other things. I Googled it and found it was built in 1805  to collect tolls from users of Watling Street, now the A5.


The sun is out so my next job is to put a coat of yacht varnish on  our new boat pole and leave it dry in the sunshine.

Friday, September 04, 2015

On The Staffs & Worcs Canal

We left Wheaton Aston and headed towards Brewood to stop and shop as we didn't want to stay overnight under all the trees. Ben the dog came shopping too and waited with Eric  next to a very convenient bench which Eric sat down on, while I did the shopping. I wanted a steak and kidney pie from the butchers' shop for our tea. I bought some freshly made ham and salad rolls in the bakery for our lunch too. Shopping done we continued to the visitor moorings at Bridge 8 for an overnight stop. 


This morning we headed down the Shroppie to Autherly Junction and there a decision was made. We decided against a trip to Stourport and river travel  due to my concerns about Eric and his cracked rib. On the canals I know we'll be fine but other factors are involved on rivers. So we're quite happily mooching along in familiar territory towards Great Haywood. We've got water beneath the boat and the peace and quiet of the countryside so it doesn't really matter to us where we are.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Cruising To Wheaton Aston

Looking back from Cowley Tunnel

Cowley tunnel

At Wheaton Aston
Sunshine this morning at Norbury but we did have some heavy raiin  on the way to Wheaton Aston. Ben and I had a lovely walk before it rained.In convoy this trip with a slow boat in front and another following behind. All three boats pulled in and moored up at Wheaton Aston.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Moored At Norbury Visitor Moorings

Arriving at Norbury first stop the chandlers for diesel and elastic thingies for the cratch cover. We ended up buying a new boat pole and  boat hook as ours were in a bad way....well past painting or varnishing. We then topped up the water tank and got rid of rubbish before pulling in to moor at a nice sunny spot. Loads of space here today too.


Checked the Three Mifi to see if we had green to show a signal  and yes we did. It can be orange which shows a poor signal or red which is no signal. A lazy afternoon to follow.

Boating In The Rain To Goldstone Wharf

When we left Market Drayton the rain had stopped but started again as we got to Tyrley Locks. Ben and I had walked from Market Drayton .......a very muddy walk. Slow going up the five locks as an inexperienced crew on a hireboat was setting a lock ahead even before they reached the lock before. We just waited until we could go up, helping them on their way.


After the locks we cruised through Woodseaves Cutting and moored up at Goldstone Wharf. No internet signal or phone but we did have satellite TV so it wasn't all bad. Today we're heading for Norbury where the internet signal varies greatly, so we maybe lucky but maybe not.  We need to top up with diesel too as it's usually near enough the same price as Turners in Wheaton Aston. Today it's not raining but we seem to be meeting lots of boats at bridge holes.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Quiet Day And Nightime Music!


We had a quiet day yesterday as Eric wasn't feeling fit to travel, a bit spaced out on pain killers for his cracked rib. My sore knee appreciated a rest day too after Ben and I had a walk up the locks to Adderley Farm Shop.


All change in the evening when a party stated at the house by the canal bridge with a live band. We could hear every word of the songs and the music was loud which didn't really matter until we wanted some sleep.  It didn't stop until the early hours of the morning and  I was glad when it did. Eric will sleep through anything so he was ok.


Today we did the five locks at Adderley  and then cruised on to Marker Drayton stopping at the waterpoint to use the facilities. Under the bridge we found the moorings very quiet with just three boats moored up, quite a change frim last time we tried to moor here when there wasn't room anywhere.


I popped into town, well as far as Asda to get a few bits and pieces while Eric and Ben stayed on the boat and relaxed. Fun and games trying to get a freeview signal as the houses nearby all had aerials pointing in different directions. We're having a roast for tea which in cooking in the oven......smells lovely.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Up Audlem Locks With A Little Help



After we'd topped up the water tank we were ready to go, with thirteen locks to work through. We were able to leave some top gates open with boats coming down and they left the locks ready for us. We did have some welcomed help too from two youngsters on bikes, armed with windlasses who set the next lock for us. Their parent's boat was moored at Coxbank broken down and they were bored! They helped us through the rest of the locks to Coxbank and were rewarded with some pocket money.


Just two more locks to do and we moored up Adderley visitor moorings, thirteen locks was enough for one day. Eric was on light duties only which meant no heavy lock gates to open or shut. Currently relaxing even the dog's asleep.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Room At Audlem


White water boating on our last time in Audlem

On Wednesday we had a short cruise from Coole Pilate and went up the first two locks of the Audlem flight of fifteen locks. We were in luck as there was room to moor up,  because we wanted to work through the rest of the flight when it wasn't going to rain. I walked across the recreation ground behind the Shroppie Fly to get us some freshly cooked fish and chips for lunch from the shop. Very nice too, Ben had a sausage!


Later on we took Ben for a walk to get a pump as we'd left ours in our lockup box with the bike at the marina. We needed to pump up the wheel barrow wheels we need for the Shroppie shelf. We stocked up with bread and milk at the Coop on the way back.


Today we're staying put as Eric needed to visit the doctor, he's in the wars again he's in pain with a suspected broken rib and needed some  strong painkillers.The Audlem Medical Centre  confirmed the broken rib. They were great and looked after him really well even without an appointment.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Down Hurleston Onto The Shroppie


At the top of Hurleston Locks
Going down!


After a stop to use the facilities above Hurleston we were ready to go. A quick descent down the flight of four locks with no lock keeper in sight....he'd probably gone to lunch. Boats passing in the pounds too and the water levels were ok.....very different from our last passage through these locks when we had to let water down as the one pound was so low.


Just a right turn then onto the Shroppie  where Eric picked be up at the bridge hole and then onwards to Nantwich. All the moorings were  full before the aqueduct but we there was room after that, so we pulled in and moored up. Confusing signs though one sign said long term moorings and the next sign showed 48 hour moorings in both directions.


We popped into Nantwich to get some fresh food at Morrison's, taking Ben the dog with us. Eric waited outside with Ben and then we walked back through the park with our rucksacks on our backs. Eric didn't feel too good so were glad to be back on the boat to have a cuppa. 


A quiet night on the embankment and we slept in, not waking until 9.30am.  I took Ben off for a wee then had a shower and got myself up. After breakfast we decided to move as far as Coole Pilate, hoping to get there before the rain. The washing machine washed a load of washing ......well it tried to but stopped at the rinse stage as the water pump switch had been accidentally turned off. The Travel Power is working fine although we do make a point of keeping the revs up to 1200 as much as possibly.


Just moored up before the  rain came and NB Blue Diamond arrived just in time. On the way we saw Linda from Cheshire Cats Narrowboats was showing one of her hirers how to do a lock at Hack Green. She helped us through the top lock. Just moored up before the rain came and not long after NB Blue Diamond pulled in front of us.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Moored At Bridge 5, Llangollen Canal

On Saturday we woke expecting horrendous weather but it was sunny and warm, although we'd had rain in the night.  A walk to the shop to get a paper, milk, bread and chocolate first with Ben the dog. We decided to move onto Bridge 5 with the electric lift bridge at Wrenbury to go through first where I held up just three cars. A walk then to the next lift bridge and back on the boat for a ride to the three Baddiley Locks. The weather got  hotter as we worked through the locks, Ben waited patiently at each lock and then we walked between them.


A ride then to Swanley Locks.....just two to do before we moored up. It was hot inside the boat with doors and windows open too. At eight o'clock the heavy rain and wind came along with thunder and lightening. We knew it was coming by a few earlier rumbles in the distance causing Ben to jump back on the boat. He finds a dark place to go when it thunders usually down the back of the boat. The wind was so fierce we lost our satellite signal but it was soon found again when the storm passed in time for me to watch Casualty. 


A restless night.....I find it difficult to sleep when it's hot! Morning came and we decided to stay put as Eric wanted to watch the Belgium Grand Prix and I wanted a roast for Sunday lunch. So after a short walk, Ben didn't want to go far so we turned round and headed back to the boat. Of course I had a chat with some of the boaters on the moorings, so Eric was wondering where I was.


So the roast is cooking, the Grand Prix is about to start and Ben the dog is fast asleep. Everyone's happy!



Friday, August 21, 2015

Onwards To Wrenbury


A photo near Platt Lane
This morning we didn't think we'd be going anywhere as the oil warning light came on when we started the engine. The Beta engineer from Whitchurch checked and turned up the revs and the light went out and the beeping noise went off. We'd panicked, too worried to put the revs up.Everything is fine thinks it was an electrical blip.


Four locks today taking us to moor at Wrenbury, where NB Blue Diamond were headed for as they passed us this morning. We met them coming from 'The Cotton Arms' and they turned round and came back in with for another pint and a catch up chat. Ben the dog wasn't keen on being left home alone but he enjoyed the doggy bag  I brought him.


Looking at the weather forecast we'll be staying put for a few days.......it's rain, rain and more rain.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Love A Duck

Ben loves his duck!
Clare and Ben bought Ben the dog a present and he loves it.

Down Grindley Brook Locks



Today we worked three lift bridges and passed the Whitchurch Arm by heading for  the locks at Grindley Brook. A queue ahead but with four boats going down we didn't have long to wait.....just long enough for a coffee and a sandwich.  A very helpful Amy was the lock keeper at the top of the staircase.  After seven locks I was happy to moor up on the visitor moorings below Grindley Brook and Eric didn't mind stopping. Not long after we moored up the rain started, but we're ok.  All settled until tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

We've Escaped







This morning we were up bright and early, the sun was shining so we were off after breakfast once the water was topped up. We bought a couple of bags of coal in case it turned cold in the evenings. Next job fill up with fuel as we didn't want to run out again.  


Those arm muscles got a work out on the three lift bridges and Ben had his morning walk while it was still dry, Back on the boat it wasn't long before the rain started so we stopped on the new visitor moorings by Bridge 37, there's picnic tables and barbecue stands nearby if it wasn't raining.


It's nice to have a full length  grassy towpath next to the boat and to know we  are out of the marina without any time constraints. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SPAM EMAIL

Someone has used my hotmail address to spam my contacts with an email supposedly from me. It tells of a family accident of one of my children and their family in Ireland. It is spam and total rubbish. Email subject was MY SISTER.......I haven't got a sister!

Monday, August 17, 2015

We're Going Boating Again!

We're back from our looking after one of grandaughters, Gwen in Newport last week. We had a busy week fitting in doctor's checkups as well as trips with Gwen. I also had a haircut. We had the usual dog walks with Ben the dog of course.  On one rainy afternoom we watched movies complete with toffee popcorn and icecreams. Gwen hadn't seen the Disney  'Beverley Hills Chihuahua', so that was one of the films we enjoyed.


A few things to get sorted before we're ready to cruise. Eric checked and topped up the batteries yesterday and the Beta engineer came as arranged this morning to do the 50 hours service and sort out a few leaks. One was a small fuel leak after  the water separator and we had a small water leak in the pipe to the skin tank. No leaks now!


Once we get the car back from it's service and MOT we'll need to do the big shop to fill up cupboards, fridge and freezer  so we really are ready to go. Plans made but who knows if they'll happen, as river cruising depends on water levels. I hope there's not too much rain on those Welsh hills as we want to go down the River Severn from Stourport.  Hopefully our trip will begin on Wednesday.....watch this space. 



Friday, August 07, 2015

Happy Anniversary To Us

Our selfie!
Today is or 44th Wedding Anniversary and we've spent this morning at Whitchurch Minor Injuries Unit. Eric trapped the top of his index finger in the heavy metal gate at the marina when the wind caught it a few days ago. He has a very black fingernail and swollen finger tip which was becoming  very painful so we decided to pop in the M.I.U at Whitchurch Community Hospital as it's a walk in service.


At the hospital the finger was x rayed and  the tip is fractured!  They relieved the pressure by piercing the nail with a new fangled gadget (they don't use paper clips anymore!), then bandaged it up and gave him antibiotics.  An excellent service  and his finger feels more comfortable.  He also got  telling off for not going sooner! 



Sunday, August 02, 2015

A Week At Whixall

We've had a week of dog walking, shopping and just living on our boat in the marina. Before we can go boating again we need the 50 hour service on the boat and it's arranged for after our visit to Newport. It's been really quiet in Whixall Marina this week.  


We went by car to Llangollen on Friday and it was busy as usual in the town.Eric dropped Ben and I off at Sun Trevor and we walked the rest of the way along the canal tow path. We didn't see any boats moving. Near the lift bridge I spotted Maggie and NB Blue Diamond and  we had a catch up chat as she walked with me. Eric came to meet us once he'd parked the car. 


Eric and I  had lunch at Fouzi's sitting at an outside table as we had Ben the dog with us. Panini's and coffees went down a treat and Ben had some of my chicken. A good spot for watching the world go by as it was very busy.


Today we left the car at Ellesmere Tunnel and did a circular walk taking in the canal towpath, Ellesmere Wharf with lots of moored boats and alongside the Mere before we got back to the car. Ben was thirsty so he was happy to drink out of a dish by the ice cream shop. We sat on a bench by the Mere enjoying our ice cream and once again watched the world go by.



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Back Home Again- Whixall Marina

Locking up Grindley Brook was speedy this morning with a procession of boats coming towards us. We didn't have to wait at the staircase either with two lock keepers helping us through. The volunteer lockie said I'd asked the organ grinder not the monkey if we could come up the locks after the boat coming down. He was a chatty fellow while the actual lockie doesn't usually have much to say.


Soon we came to the three lift bridges, Ben and I walked and opened them up for the boat to come through. The fourth lift bridge further on was permanently open until it can be repaired, damaged by a vehicle not a boat!  


Before the bridge where the salvage yard was the boat was sounded a bit rough only wanted to go on tick over, finally it didn't want to go at all......we'd run out of fuel! Eric walked down the Prees Branch and bought a can of fuel to get it started so we could get back to the marina. He had to bleed the fuel system to get the air out and then it started first time. There was fuel in the tank but it must have been below the fuel pipe.  I thought we had enough fuel to get back....but we didn't.


Back on our berth, all plugged in catching up with the washing. Tea was duck eggs and chips and you could certainly see by the yolks how fresh they were.



Friday, July 24, 2015

Boating In The Rain!

When we set off this morning it wasn't raining, but we decided to keep going when it did. In luck today as lots of boats were heading towards Hurleston, which meant empty locks with gates open ready for us. Nine locks and two lift bridges before we were moored below Grindley Brook. With a boat ahead at the lift bridges, I ended up doing just the electric one at Wrenbury.  As usual lots of cars were kept waiting, I suspect I wasn't  popular. 


At Quoisely Lock the bearded gentlemen was there despite the rain selling logs, sticks, firelighters, potatoes, onions, carrots with the green still attached and eggs. We bought some of his lovely duck eggs.He always help the boaters through the lock. The pub at Willeymoor was shut...it's rarely open when we pass by in the afternoon.


Ben and I did some walking in the rain, we didn't mind it's only water. Shepherd's Pie for tea it's cooking now and smells lovely.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Up Hurleston Locks Onto the Llangollen Canal

Eric happy he's on the Llangollen Canal

Old boats breasted up at Hurleston Junction

Waiting below  Hurleston Locks

Today went up the flight of Locks at Hurleston ......what a palaver! The middle pound was low, the boat going up in front of us got stuck on the side and I asked the lock keeper to let down some water but he didn't and Eric couldn't get over the cill of the lock to leave it. So I walked up and let some down telling him we were stuck on the cill. Eric then managed to get out of the lock.


At the top we used the services before stopping at Bridge 5 on the Llangollen  Canal. Eric's happy......it's his favourite canal.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Moored In Nantwich

This morning we were the last boat to leave Coole Pilate but we've never been early birds. Too many years of having to get up for work means we don't use an alarm clock. Sometimes I get caught in my pj's in the cratch with Ben outside on a long lead  having a wee!


The weather caught us out before we reached Hack Green Locks as light rain became very heavy and I  didn't have waterproof trousers on. Eric said something about  the rain coming down like stair rods, I haven't heard any mention of stair rods for years, they were used to keep the long runner of carpet in place on the stairs.....in the old days! After the locks Ben and I got back on the boat, he had a rub down with his towel while I had to change my trousers.


We decided to moor at Nantwich so we pulled into a space before the aqueduct knowing it's always full on the other side. NB Poppy was there so we had a welcome party, we hadn't seen them for ages. The dog Lola  had a good bark too.


We walked into Nantwich to get some fresh food at Morrison's and Ben came for the walk, he really didn't want to be left home alone. Now back on the boat I am feeling  lazy while Eric started to continue polishing the one side of the boat until rain stopped him. Perhaps it'll stop and he can do a bit more. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Locking Down The Audlem Flight

Today we timed it wrong, when we left our mooring at Cox Bank and continued down the 13 
locks left of the Audlem Flight. Every lock was against us except two, which meant filling the lock before we could go through. We made it but we're tired! My sixty five year old knees hurt!  It's so much easier when other boats are moving. 


Audlem itself was chaotic with moorings taken up for the Historic Boat Gathering this weekend. The only place left to moor was after Lock 15, but we'd decided to carry on to Coole Pilate Visitor Moorings.I didn't take any photos but I should have done, Saturn was moored outside The Shroppie Fly. 


We  walked down into Audlem yesterday hoping that the fish and chip shop was open but it was closed on Mondays. The Shroppie Fly  allows dogs in the flagstoned area so we had lunch there instead with some liquid refreshment, before we walked back up the locks to the boat with our food shopping from the local Coop.