A blog to update our progress

What an eventful few days since my last blog. We have slowly made our way off the Llangollen and back onto the Shropshire Union main line since my last blog, which seems ages ago. Last Thursday we started our progress through Hurleston Locks to leave the Llangollen after nearly 6 weeks there. It was getting rather busy with holiday makers and we were glad to be leaving. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip though, despite all the knocks and bumps.

Leaving the Llangollen through Hurleston Locks. Me at the tiller and Charlie lock wheeling!

Leaving the Llangollen through Hurleston Locks. Me at the tiller and Charlie lock wheeling!

A bit too dangerous for my liking!

A bit too dangerous for my liking!

We were doing really well and I was proud of myself as didn’t knock Breakaway. Picked up my crew after the locks and turned right back onto the Shropshire Union. All going well so far…until hubby decides to check the Iphone for a message; I told him to leave it alone as it was running navvygator, but oh no he had to fiddle, and in trying to remove the cable lost the phone over the side and into the canal. Imagine my horror as everything was on the phone (I had had it for 4 and a half years with no breaks on it) and inside the cover was Charlie’s bus pass! Well I said a lot of words I cannot repeat, cried a bit, and as we were stopping at Nantwich we had to get a new phone asap if possible. Into Nantwich and they didn’t have a 3 store. Off to Crewe on the bus as there was one there. (had to pay for Charlie as bus pass in bottom of canal with phone). Success 3 store visited and after an hour or so a new Iphone 5c (slimmer and lighter) was mine. Contacts and appointments were still saved, but all my passwords that I had were gone. It should be interesting trying to log in to some sites guessing passwords! Think new ones will be needed. Anyway after I had the new phone I contacted my daughter (who was the sender of the message that hubby was trying to view), to be asked if we could have the grandkids till Sunday. Which we did….

by one of the sculptures that lines the canal in Nantwich

by one of the sculptures that lines the canal in Nantwich

The weather was poor whilst they were with us, and not knowing the area couldn’t find any playparks. We went to Hack Green secret nuclear bunker which was interesting, and the kids did a spy trail (finding hidden fluffy mice) which kept them amused. Interesting to see the pamphlets again that were distributed to every household in the 1980’s on how to survive (or not).

secret nuclear bunker which would have housed the government in the event of a nuclear attack. Decommissioned in 1993.

secret nuclear bunker which would have housed the government in the event of a nuclear attack. Decommissioned in 1993.

The next day Saturday was wet and we had to get through Audlem locks. There was a festival of transport there at the weekend, so lots of old boats were lining the route. There are 15 locks in the flight, and I had some help…

Charlie helping through Audlem locks

Charlie helping through Audlem locks

Noel's turn.

Noel’s turn.

Old cargo boats attending the festival

Old cargo boats attending the festival

Audlem locks

Audlem locks

Sunday we stayed put as weather wet and cold. Kids managed a bit of fishing and Noel caught a fish which pleased him (wasn’t quick enough with the camera).

Spot of fishing!

Spot of fishing!

Kids collected on Sunday afternoon by my daughter and son-in-law, and we collapsed in a heap! Early night as we needed to tidy up as we have visitors on Tuesday who we are meeting at Market Drayton. Weather still cold and damp (sure it isn’t November?), and today we are on the outskirts of Market Drayton to meet our visitors. Also need Lidl again to replenish the food that my grandchildren have consumed. I have a brilliant signal here so blog done first so my readers don’t think we have disappeared in the wilds of Shropshire.

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