Friday, July 29, 2016

Back At Whixall But Going Cruising

Last week was a busy one catching up with doctors,  dentist and all sorted for a while. Walks everyday with Ben and Poppy, my daughter's dog took us to walking in the grounds of Tredegar House. Here we found the shade we needed in the hot weather when we ventured out. One day it was so hot we didn't get far, Ben was quite happy to have a lazy day too. 

Gwen our grandaughter enjoyed a visit to St Fagan's, a natural history museum where properties from around Wales have been rebuilt to show how people lived in the past. It also included an old school room with the long desks and benches and a few paired desks but they didn't have ink wells which I remember from school with scratchy pens. That's before fountain pens and biros made an appearance. Showing our age now! I loved the row of terraced houses complete with their gardens, pigeon loft and outside toilet. They  were furnished to show a newer era as you travelled along the row.  It's well worth a visit and you pay £5 parking with free entrance which makes it a cheap day out at today's prices. The icecreams had to be sampled.......delicious.

On Wednesday we took the dogs for a walk and took Poppy back to her house before leaving Newport. Thanks to Clare and Ben for letting us stay, see you soon. Three hours later we were back on the boat and it was 85 degrees F when we opened up. Windows and doors open it slowly cooled down to a bearable heat.  Bags unpacked and Ben the dog flaked out on the floor alongside the bed, I sorted out the washing and made us something to eat.

Yesterday I did  a few loads of washing and drying in the laundry at Whixall Marina so today we are ready to go cruising. We're heading to Ellesmere and then down the Montgomery Canal before returning to Whixall as we're needed in Newport after that for nanny duties,  looking after grandaughter Gwenllian who at eight years old keeps us on our toes.

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