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.