It’s been a week now since we got back on board (wow that went quickly), and I thought I had better do a catch up blog and get everyone up to speed with where we are now. As planned we spent a couple of days in the marina, and managed to get washing done as on water and electric. On our walk around the marina we saw this boat
It seems we are never too far away from Cornwall
We also made 2 trips to the ice cream farm (on different days I may add), and managed to sample 10 flavours out of their 40 repertoire. It would have been rude not to try the ice cream being so close. Needless to say it was all lovely (and not a bit unhealthy as made with milk!).
The next job was get some supplies in. Luckily I had left a full freezer and we lived on that when we got back. Now time to stock up again. We were going to walk into Tattenhall town as there was a small supermarket there, but we saw Mr Tesco and thought we would save a journey along a very busy road, and order from them instead. I haven’t used online ordering for some years, but managed to list what I wanted. At the checkout the billing address was an old one, but when I went to change it to our new one it was having none of it, as our address wasn’t listed, and they have no way of adding it manually! Crazy in this day of modern technology. A few phonecalls later they still couldn’t help me. As you can imagine I was a little annoyed having spent 2 hours on this and getting nowhere. So I tried Asda, and they did have our new address listed (hooray), so needless to say they got my custom. We had the delivery on Thursday before we left, so with full cupboards we set off at midday and got back out onto the cut heading for the Llangollen canal.
We had one overnight stop after 1 mile as the weather was lovely and warm, and we didn’t fancy doing any locks. Dinner al fresco with a bottle of red!
Friday we decided to try and get as close to the Lllangollen as possible, as Saturdays weather forecast was awful.
A little bit more traffic on the canal from the last time, and alot greener. Along the way we saw
a deer that did have ears but the boat moving proved difficult to capture
A buzzard looking for his next meal maybe
A family of swans with their new brood
The weather was very hot and steamy. Izzy was very well behaved
sporting her lifejacket
We arrived and the junction with the Shroppie and the Lllangollen so decided to crack on through the 4 locks at the junction. We had already done 6 locks, one of which a double staircase at Bunbury, and I managed to persuade the chap coming down to let us come in the lower lock and change over in the middle. Charlie even got a bit panicky, but I knew what I was doing.
The start of the locks on the Llangollen branch
We had to wait on the lock landing as a boat was coming down, another boat turned and tried to jump the queue, but we soon put him right and made him wait. We journeyed through the 4 locks and stopped a bit further on as we had been travelling nearly 6 hours, and with the steamy heat we were quite tired and ready for lunch.
Today the weather was heavy rain, so I made a cake and bread. It has stopped raining now so we took the dog for a longer walk as I only managed a quick one in the morning as we got wet. The hedgerows are certainly blooming with more flowers now. Now follows the wild flower pics that I am so fond of.
Red campion (I think)
We also noticed a sign for another ice cream farm! Oh no will we have to try their flavours too? I’ll let you know if we do.