Friday, June 30, 2017

Good Morning It's Not Raining!

Des who trades on the canal as 'Stow-Away' made me a lovely window box to match the new paint job. He also makes  super 3ft maintenance free  roof boxes complete with covers. (07866099097)

We've just spent a couple of  days in Nantwich mainly because the weather has been wet. We did go into Nantwich later for  a Morrisons shop. The 'Shop on the Canal'  in Nantwich basin was useful for bread and milk when we stopped at the  services.

Yesterday we moved five  miles so we were far enough away from the noise of the clay pigeon shooting as Ben won't  get off the boat if he hears guns. We worked through Hack Green Locks with people coming down in such a hurry   they turned the lock against us as we approached in the short pound. It takes all sorts!

Today were moving on a little way hoping to stop at Audlem if there's room for some milk. Maybe we'll do the Audlem 15 locks........if we're feeling energetic and it's not raining.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

On The Shroppie

Ben the pup April 2007

Looking through all the old photos on my laptop I came across this one of Ben the dog as a new pup ten years ago. Where have all those years gone? Now he's a big boy and at the moment not at all keen on going for a walk although we walk alongside the boat. After half an hour or so he's quite happy to get back onboard.

We had our Sunday lunch at 'The Cotton Arms' and headed back to the boat with no room for a pudding. Ben was waiting for his meat which I kept for him from my lunch. We expected the pub  to be busy but most the parked cars were for the Elvis Tribute Event in the caravan park.

Monday morning we set off with the last two lift bridges for a while. A pair of wagtails had chosen the nest in one of the bottom lock gates on the Baddiley flight of locks. One waited patiently with food in her mouth until we'd gone through the lock to feed the young in the nest. Just the Swanley Locks to do and we were moored up at Bridge 5, the boat next to us didn't like the country smell but I didn't even notice it. We must be used to it  living at Whixall Marina.

Tuesday morning Ben and I walked to Hurleston Locks. We started off at eleven in the morning and by twelve we'd topped up the water tank and gone down the flight of locks. The two lockies on duty were great as they  prepared the locks and opened the gates for us as it was so quiet. As I opened the bottom lock a boat came to go up so that was good too. The Elsan at Hurleston hasn't been repaired yet, I wonder how long that will take?

Turning right  Eric picked me up at the bridge and we cruised to Nantwich finding a space after the Nantwich Aqueduct. We walked into Nantwich with the shopping trolley to top up the food at Morrison's, Ben came too. It's quite a way so we were all tired and Ben had a sleep. We planned to stay put today with the rain coming as forecasted. We'll be on the move tomorrow.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ellesmere To Grindley Brook

We took the boat to Ellesmere but couldn't moor on the arm to get the shopping. It was no different the following day so I bought a new shopping  trolley so I could stock up the cupboards. I didn't buy much for the fridge as it was  having trouble getting cold enough and the milk went off. Now the weather's cooler it's back to keeping between 0 and 5 degrees Celsius. So we're  ok for now if that heatwave was the only exceptionally hot weather this Summer!

Leaving the madness of Ellesmere  on a windy morning was fun and we stopped  off by the Prees Arm to get the post and pick up the car so we could pop into Wem  to get fish and chips at 'Fry Day'  by the Coop. Ben the dog had his sausage.

Today after 5 lift bridges and the six locks of the Grindley Brook  I'm tired. My arm's  and wrists aren't used to all this exercise.....I have trouble opening jars! Quiet at Grindley Brook so we only had to wait for  one boat  to come up the staircase locks. The lockie was his usually chatty self......I'm joking!

We're currently staying at the bottom of the locks  and heading for Wrenbury tomorrow. We couldn't get there on a Sunday and not have Sunday Lunch at the Cotton Arms.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We've Escaped Whixall

Yesterday we left Whixall Marina on the  boat to  visit Ellesmere. Boats  everywhere  but  we stopped  at  Hampton  Bank as  it   was so  hot! Moored  near us  was   Sarah  and  Darren  on their boat.

We kept Ben the dog cool by covering him with a wet cold towel as he was panting so much we were worried. He stopped panting and  went to sleep still covered by the wet towel.

Today it's  a bit cooler actually quite nice to  be out  boating. The  coolest  place  we  found was in Ellesmere Tunnel but we had  to come  back out into the sunshine.

As expected  we couldn't get   anywhere   near Tesco  to get  the shopping so  we'll  try   again tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's So Hot In Whixall Marina

We're currently not enjoying this heat's just too hot for me. It's OK if you're up to your neck in a lovely blue sea somewhere nice or even in a paddling pool.  Ben currently  had a fan blowing on him when he decides to sit by it. We've  been sitting under the tree as well as it's  a bit cooler there.

Eric's gone to Shrewsbury Hospital for another outpatient appointment  as he has an inflammation of the  eye called iritis. It all started a week ago with an urgent appointment at the doctor  followed by a same day appointment at the Urgent Eye Clinic in Shrewsbury Hospital. Hopefully he won't need to go back again but will have to finish the course of eye drops.

We're hoping to go out for a  cruise this week so watch this space.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's Windy At Whixall As Usual

It's  windy at Whixall but the satellite dish is staying fixed (so far) to the roof by it's suction base now that we have a shiny roof. The wind always makes it difficult to get in and out of our berth but we're not going out yet so it doesn't matter.

We're  feeling thoroughly lazy this afternoon although I've been busy this week making the rest of the boat curtains. They're  all on their poles now without any hooks or rings thanks to the heading tape from Ikea which fits straight on the pole.

Still some jobs on the to do list for this week such as  tidying up and resealing the inside of the windows where they've  been taken out for painting and put back in.

Ben the dog and I have been  out walking mostly missing the rain. He wants to go out but just plods along......a bit like me when I don't really want to go either.  He only speeds up when we're  on the way back to the marina.

Tomorrow the part of Alders Lane up to Whixall Marina is being repaired  but it  does says we'll be able to get past. It was damaged by a huge crane as it was reversing up the narrow road, which came to lift the CART work boats out onto low loaders.

So another week's gone by. Eric's had a haircut so looks less like Father Christmas  and mine is being cut on Tuesday at 'No 4' in Wrexham so it looks like it'll be fish and chips for lunch as there's a lovely cafe nearby.

The red arrows have just flown over us here at Whixall which Ben's hiding......he hates the noise of jet engines.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Back In Whixall Marina

A view from the side hatch

We're  currently back in the Marina with a few things we wanted to do before we go out cruising. I've been making new curtains and have three more pairs to make. We needed four pairs of porthole sized curtains, a door curtain for the front doors and five pairs of curtains for the saloon and galley windows so it's been quite a task.

The new curtains in the saloon

The new port hole curtains in the bedroom

Yesterday during the torrential rain we had a leak and wondered where rain was getting in. Luckily we were in waiting for the rain to stop, as it came through in big drips where the TV and broadband hub was. Somebody hadn't sealed around the wooden block on the roof when they put our boat back together. Clear sealant used by Eric soon sorted the problem.

I've been catching up with a washing mountain this week too. It's  always windy here but today it's really windy. Last night the noise from the rain on the roof was really loud so I found it difficult to get  to sleep until I found my ear plugs

We've  had the central heating on as it's  been cold after the hot weather we had last month. There's  smoke coming from quite a few chimneys. Eric feels the cold anyway while I'm usually hot.

Just a note if you want fuel at Whixall Marina it's only available Tuesday to Saturday between 9 am and 5 pm.