It’s all been a bit quiet on the activity front. We spent the weekend moored just outside Crick, only 10 minutes over the border into England. The weather has turned around, cold, frosty nights and sunny days have been replaced by mild nights and days. It’s supposed to stay like this all week, giving some hope to those other winter cruisers who’ve been iced in for several days.
We’ve been OK, the constant flow of water down the Llangollen keeps it ice-free in all but the most severe of conditions.
Well, almost ice-free….
A few bits of thin stuff near Moreton Bridge.
Just around here there was a sight that made me want to get the saw out again, but it was on private land behind a barbed-wire topped fence…
Enough there for all winter!
There are quite a few boats about at the moment, it’s half-term so some families are getting an early season break in. We’re between two hire bases, Blackwater Meadow Marina at Ellesmere is home to a few Canal Cruising Club boats, and Trevor basin has an Anglo-Welsh base. So we’re seeing hire boats from both directions. And there’s the odd intrepid crew who’ve come all the way from Wrenbury!
We had an uneventful short trip today, filling up with water above New Marton Locks before dropping down them and mooring below. Jan and Dai (NB Jandai) are here as well.
After a cup of tea and a bite to eat I set to with the chain saw and sliced up the logs on the roof. The rings are now back on the roof, but looking a lot tidier!
We’re now starting to think about short-term plans. Long term we’re heading for the Fens, but before that I’ve and event in Liverpool in March, then another in Manchester in May. So we’ll be hanging around north Cheshire till then, before making a bee-line south and east to Northampton and the link to the River Nene. Sometime we've also got to get Seyella dry-docked for hull blacking. Not sure whether to go for a DIY job or pay someone this year. Anyone know of any covered dry docks for DIY use around Middlewich or Northwich?
Locks 2, miles 3