Tuesday, 9 February 2016

A rare burst of speed!

From us....not QISMA!  Sunday at 1pm. Looking at the forecast and the sky. We have to be in Ellesmere by Friday. Regular readers will guess this can only mean one thing....LJ is having his hair cut!  Oh yes...we decided that Mi day and the aqueduct was never going to happen. We were full of water so...at 1305, with a quick goodbye to Louise Fron NB Darwin...we were on our way.

Pulled in at Fron at 3.20 pm two minutes before the next band of rain. Not another boat moving.  Perfik.

It's certainly easier coming back from Llangollen than getting there!

Reading Tweets from Louise last winter tempted us to move from the Fens! Really nice to have caught up with you!

6 boats in during our stay in the basin.

The views aren't bad.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Llangollen...at last ..a taster

 Slowly, slowly up to Llangollen. Admiring the scenery along the way.

 And, enjoying the luxury of having this stretch of canal all to ourselves! We didn't make it to Llangollen last trip..in 2010.  Our depth means it is slow going and we didn't want to disrupt traffic. I walked it. This time no such worries.

 LJ not concerned about the scenery.this is the most interesting field he's found in a long time!

More to follow when I get phone signal to transfer pics.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Just what I needed.......

A day off!! The weather pretty filthy morning so a day off was declared. After all the road travelling over the last 10 days I needed it!

We are on a lovely mooring. All on our own. Though two time share boats came last on Tuesday late afternoon. I confess I was worried one of them would stop!!

Happy to report rain stopped at ,inch time and all god walking completed in sunshine.

Today we are heading for Llangollen. NB DARWIN went up yesterday and 3 came down so time for us to make the move. Louise's Tweets from Winter 2014-2015 are the reason we are here now... and we thought we would never leave the Fens!!

LJ and I won't be fighting our way through this! Fortunately not on tow path!

 Chirk Basin

Heading here today the turning left

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Catching Up

That's what we have been doing. Some time at Glasbury. Two nights with Alistair's daughter, hubby and gorgeous girls. For nights with his parents...poor Ma in Law has broken her right arm so was glad to be there to help out a bit.

Broke the journey back from Dorset at Glasbury. Back to Chirk Marina. Must say the team there are excellent. Had done some work and a service. Great job. Engine positively purring...quietly?

Then I took car back to Glasbury. One night there...fortunately friends in recovery from party weekend so I was able to tell them to ignore me and go to bed when visitors departed... as I was arriving! Shut myself in the flat with fire, hot bath, Kindle and music, only disappointment was Radio 2 pre recorded all afternoon ...morning coverage following death of Sir Terry Wogan gad been brilliant. I was hoping afternoon was going to be the same.

Like so many Terry's breakfast show had taken me to work year after year. More often than not with tears of laughter running down my face. I vividly recall sitting in my little 2cv on A30 at Bagshot. Laughing,so much that if I'd been moving I think I would have had to stop. I looked round at others in the jam. You could see who was listening to Wogan from their faces. My own faves were the Raising of the Raleigh from Carshalton Duck Pond...and of course..the cones and Janet and John.  I genuinely did have a weep on Sunday morning and again in the car when they played Gretchen Peters singing When I Get Old.

Yesterday...back to Abergavenny for train back to Chirk. Made time for lunch with Janue at splendid station cafe at Aber. Not to be missed!

Boat was already in position on great mooring by tunnel so the boys met me.

Pictorial catch up!

Current mooring

Chirk Aqueduct

This amuses us as houses are way down in the valley

Moving towards Trevor

Which involves .....

Brecon Beacons

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Bimbling Along

Up and off the Monty in bright sunshine. Great day for a cruise. 

 Went as far as Churk. And across the acqueduct...no, not THE acqueduct ...the other one!

Moored just before Churk tunnel. Great butchers and greengrocer.  We were running short on provisions. 

Heard by chance of potential drop in Water levels ahead. Joined in on some questioning of CRT. Work on bridge 45W has been in works programme for months. Why wait until evening before work starts, to tell boaters that levels from bridge 28W to Llangollen might fall by as much as 8" during the repair!! And then only tell boats moored on them arm to Llandollen...nothing on the web at all. Another example of  their bad communications. 

Moved on. We are away for a couple of weeks soon so none of this disturbs our plans but as,so often the case, no thought of the implications for boaters.  Local Office finally blameWinter Stoppage Notice Team...I wonder what they will say?  And how many times did they try to avoid answering the question....why wasn't it included in stoppage notice ...by answering a question I hadn't asked and already knew the answer to!

Even atfter a fair bit of interest there is still nothing on the web and at bridge 28W there is still no warning notice. 

Monday, 4 January 2016

By special request

We didn't manage to fit the Montgomery in on our 2015 UK tour say Team NZ. Can we have more pics? Of course you can. Saves on the writing!


Thursday, 31 December 2015

Health, happiness and plain sailing

Wishing everyone health and happiness for 2016. May the road, or waterway, ahead be clear. May the views be stunning and the company good. I wish you joy.