Brownhills to Anglesey basin and return

On Thursday we headed back to Anglesey basin after filling up with water and doing the necessary sanitary bit (a boaters obsession). This time we managed to moor at the very end. There was one boat already there so we pulled alongside, it was a little bit shallow for us, but we waited until the other boat moved off then moved to their spot, which was a little deeper. Alot of carp in the clear water, and Charlie managed to catch one.

A rather large carp

A rather large carp. It just about fitted in the landing net

On Friday I saw a deer walking along the ridge, and as I took Izzy for a walk I managed to capture a photo of a group of them; it was quite early in the morning.

A small group of deer on our early morning walk.

A small group of deer on our early morning walk.

We cannot go any further!

We cannot go any further!

Charlie needed a haircut and we keep  a hair cutting tool onboard. He settled down for me to do this, but the cutter wasn’t cutting very well. He likes a grade 1, so he took the comb off the head and oiled the cutting blade. I didn’t think to check that he had put the grade 1 comb back on, so promptly started cutting. It wasn’t until I went to tidy up the neck area that I noticed it wasn’t on. Oh dear he now has a convict haircut! I thought it was quite funny; he will have to keep his cap on.

Saturday our daughter and grandchildren came. They had asked if they could sleep over. A tight squeeze now they are growing up. They brought their scooters to play on (bad move on my part in telling them to do this as we now have a chip in the rear door courtesy of my grandson). Sunday the weather was set to improve so we spent most of the day at Chasewater park.

We had a train ride pulled by a steam engine, albeit a small one.

We had a train ride pulled by a steam engine, albeit a small one.

Waiting for the train to move

Waiting for the train to move

Noel on the train

Noel on the train

and Charlie posing as usual.

and Charlie posing as usual.

We went to the end of the line, then returned to Chasewater Heath and got off to look around the park for deer. Didn’t see any this time, so walked back to the station and had an ice cream before getting back on the train for Brownhills West.

Nostalgic sights and smells

Nostalgic sights and smells

Back at the main park we didn’t quite make it past the go kart track.

Supposed to be 10minutes but they managed half an hour

Supposed to be 10 minutes but they managed half an hour

My daughter and son in law collected the children late afternoon, and we were once again on our own in the peace and quiet. We had our post and parcels to sift through.

Yesterday (Monday) we moved back to Brownhills. I bought a venetian blind from Wilko for the kitchen window, which Charlie fitted today; and I may add looks quite smart. We topped the larder up, and will probably move away from this area in the next couple of days, otherwise we will be outstaying our welcome. I have also ordered a new sofa bed. The one we have onboard came with the boat, and we have made use of it for the 3 years we have owned it; but now it is time to get one that is a bit more comfortable. Only thing now is finding a suitable postcode to get it delivered to in 4 weeks time; oh and getting rid of the old one beforehand. This should be the last big purchase.

and as promised the Miners statue that greets drivers into Brownhills. Reminding everyone of why the town was built here in the first place.

and as promised the Miners statue that greets drivers into Brownhills. Reminding everyone of why the town was built here in the first place.

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