Friday, August 25, 2017

Just Relaxing At Whixall Marina

Just relaxing at the moment, the flowers on the bow of the boat are still going strong. Nothing much going on with us other than some  dog walking in Ellesmere, Whitchurch, Colemere and the Whixall  area. The weather has been kind to us too.

At the marina the facilities block is being revamped with five separate wet rooms each with its own shower,  handbasin and toilet. Two are finished now and looking very posh.

Phil and Darren have been busy cleaning out the very overgrown pond here at Whixall Marina, relining  it and filling it back up with water so the fountain is working again. Today's job is  mowing the lawns. I must admit I like not having to do gardening, it's one of the perks of living on a boat.

Eric's busy rubbing down the cast iron stove ready to repaint it before the cold weather comes again. It needs new seals and a replacement glass too so that's on the never ending list of little jobs.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back In Whixall Marina

Gwen hugging me in Clearwell Caves 

We've  just come back after two weeks in Newport.  We had a good time but it's nice to be back onboard. Ben the dog has slept since we returned. I'm catching up doing a few loads while the laundry is quiet. Luckily the two machines were not being used so I could do two loads at the same time.

One day we took Gwen to Clearwell Caves and we also took a picnic for lunch. I didn't remember the caves although we had been there before when our three daughters were a lot younger. I found an old photo of Clare and Lisa but can't find one with the three of them on. I wonder where Sally was.

Looking at old photos brings back so many memories of days out when the girls were a lot younger  and I was a lot younger too.

L to R  Sophie (Westie) Lisa, Sally, myself and Clare

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dinosaur Babies In Wales

We've  been to 'The National Museum'  in Cardiff with Gwenllian to see the 'Dinosaur Babies'. We found out about the different eggs of the different types of dinosaurs. Lots of skeletons on display and a nest of eggs.  Eric's sister Paula came too and  we also looked at lots of other areas. My favourites were the rocks and fossils. We were glad of a coffee and a sit down although Gwen could have gone on for ever.

Gwen with a baby dinosaur

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Happy Anniversary To Us

We're  currently  in Newport   for a week or two.  Yesterday we went out for a meal at the local Flaming Grill to celebrate fifty years together. It's  actually our forty sixth wedding anniversary but we met when I was seventeen and Eric was nineteen at a youth club. No computer dating, mobile phones and Internet seems a long time ago.

We went to the seaside too and I accompanied Gwen on the dodgems. Not easy to get in or out of but she enjoyed it. We renamed them 'crashems' as we did a fair bit of crashing. She's practising driving for when she's older as driving in Newport is an experience all on its own. Signals not existent and just I'm  going whether you like it or not on round abouts.

Here's  a few photos of Gwenllian in Porthcawl.

Today we're going to the National Museum  in Cardiff there's  an special exhibition of dinosaur babies.  First of all we need to walk the dog as he's not allowed on this outing.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Off To Newport Very Soon

Our granddaughters having fun!

We're  enjoying being back home in Whixall. Eric has missed driving his car so we've been out and about by car.  We went to Shrewsbury and had a walk at the Quarry by the River Severn. There's  lots of work going on there getting ready for the  Shrewsbury flower show.

We headed for  McDonald's  but it's  been revamped so tried Burger king at Battlefield roundabout..... but never again! The double cheeseburger was so tiny (it tasted ok), chips ok and the coke was undrinkable! They did ask if we wanted the extra large one but we didn't know the normal  size was so small. Much better quarter pounder cheeseburgers at McDonald's.

At the weekend we're off to Wales to visit our family. Our daughter  Sally  took this photo of her daughter Scarlett  having fun with foam in her garden with Gwenllian. Looking forward to seeing them. See you soon.