Sunday, February 25, 2018

Back Onboard NB Bendigedig

We've had a lovely week with meals out including my birthday breakfast at Seasons in Rogerstone. Gwen and I had pancakes, fruit and yoghurt while Eric had a cooked breakfast. Of course we both had badges, we were celebrating   Eric's birthday too as it's on Tuesday. We also had lunch there another day with Paula which was lovely too.

Gwen and I went to see Status Update at the cinema in Friars Walk,  Newport one day leaving Eric watching the rugby. We booked it online and picked up the tickets at the cinema. I didn't  think I'd  enjoy a teen movie but I did. Lots of popcorn too.

On my birthday we had more food with a meal at the Three Blackbirds,  Llantarnam.  It was a lovely meal with lots of laughter too. Thanks for my flowers, chocolates and presents.

Back onboard yesterday after a pleasant journey with no traffic holdups. The boat was warm as I'd left an electric radiator  on just above the frost stat setting. With the fire lit and the diesel heating on we were soon toasty.

Eric ordered logs and coal from the marina and Darren  delivered it to the boat. We'd stopped  in Whitchurch for food to restock the fridge and cupboards so we're all ready for the snow we are supposed to be getting. Just the water tank to top up now.

Hope you're  warm and cosy too. Keep safe everyone.

Monday, February 19, 2018

In Newport For Half Term

We're enjoying ourselves in Newport. Today we've been to visit Tredegar House  as despite living in Newport  for most of my life I had only explored the house once. We usually walked the dog in the grounds. We love the painted gates so took a picture with Gwenllian.

There were things for the children to do including dressing up and Gwen tried a cloak for size.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Feeling Warm And Toasty On NB Bendigedig

What a week, we've woken up to heavy frosts and snow falling but it soon warmed up and melted away. The marina itself  was frozen for several days  and then the next morning it had gone too. But onboard NB Bendigedig we've been toasty and sometimes needed to open the side hatch to cool down the boat a bit.

We've  not really done much walking without the incentive of taking the dog for a walk regardless of the weather. It"s been so wet and muddy walking by the canal we gave it a miss until it dries up a bit.  We did take a trip by car to visit Llangollen and walked alongside the River Dee but at 3°C it was very cold. We ended up in Fouzi's for lunch which was lovely as usual and warm and toasty eating inside for a change.

I've finished my little rag rug which now has a home in front of the fire. It's very pink because I made it from some of my old pink tshirts when I replaced them for new ones.....I love pink!

We've been shopping in Whitchurch as we needed to stock up the fridge for a week. After that we're spending a week in south Wales as it's half term again and we're looking after our granddaughter Gwen.

Sally, Scarlett, Gwen and Lisa

Monday, February 05, 2018

Brrr It's Cold !

Back onboard NB Bendigedig it was just 10°C, it would have been colder but I left a heater with a thermostat on a low heat to give a bit of warmth. Soon the fire was lit and the Webasco running and we had a balmy 20°C.

We stopped  in Shrewsbury on the way back to get some food in as we may get some snow according to the weather forecast. The freezer needed refilling as I"d left it empty knowing it wouldn't stay frozen if the boat was too cold.

Rocky and Roger  behind him

We enjoyed our weekend  in Newport and the chance to catch up with our three daughters Sally, Clare and Lisa and granddaghters Gwenllian and Scarlett. But first stop was a visit to  Eric's sister Paula and a cwtch from her and her two little dogs Roger and Rocky.

Lilah loves the sofa!
Lilah the sprocker spaniel was very pleased to see us when we arrived at Lisa's home as was Gwenllian who'd made me a lovely Welcome Home card hoping we'd  have fun. On Sunday afternoon we went to see 'Early Man' at the cinema which we three  enjoyed. Eric opted for the rugby match on the TV.

So we're all sorted with coal and logs, food and drink, warm and cosy. Hope you're  all warm too.

Saturday, February 03, 2018


It's been a strange week but we've been out and about. The snowdrops have come out in the flower beds by the entrance of the marina so we decided to visit Attingham Park to see the snowdrops. There didn't seem to be quite so many as we saw last year so perhaps we were a little early visiting.

We also went for a drive to visit  Llangollen and then through the Horseshoe Pass at over 1300 feet where we found beautiful views and snow! There was an ice warning but the Pass was open and the roads were more slushy than icy. We  took a left turn and came down crossing the River Dee and into Corwen. The railway line ends at Corwen so perhaps we'll  get a ride on the steam train now we haven't  got Ben. He always freaked out at the noise of the steam whistle and wanted to be as far away as possible.

It was nice to drive past some of the places we've walked in the past with Liz and her dog Connie. We passed Llantysilio Abbey and remembered the time we met a big ram on the footpath and had to get out of the way in a little picnic area off the track until the ram decided to go back up the hill. He had big horns so no way was I going past with Ben the dog.

We do have some lovely memories of walking the hills around Llangollen when it was our winter mooring each year.

Here's some photos of  a few of our memories with Ben the dog.

Attingham Park in the Autumn 

Barbridge on the beach 

At a Cornish Harbour

Sennen Beach, Cornwall, 

Gwenvir Beach, Cornwall

Ben as a new pup