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 ....it'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.