We’ve spent the last few days over the border, but crossed
back into England yesterday.
A pile of logs from a blown down tree at the north end of
Chirk Cutting will wait until next year…
But this blow-down was too good to ignore!
Mark on Great Escape, the boat in front, helped to
haul it out as I chopped it up into logs, and he took the thinner bits, not
having a chain saw.
There it was, gone!
Back across Chirk Aqueduct into England.
The stoppage at New Marton Locks, originally planned to be
starting on the 21st, has been bought forward a week. So there are a
fair few boats heading downstream.
We’d arranged to meet Val and John at The
Poachers, but decided to pull in at Monks Bridge instead in case the Poachers
moorings were full.
We had a good afternoon chatting and catching up, before
they left us to head home. They brought us our mail and some bits I’d ordered
online, and some beautifully fresh leeks uprooted from John’s veg patch that
We stayed here last night and will be moving onward
tomorrow. We’ll be needing water soon and the nearest tap is just this side of
New Marton Locks.
I mentioned last week that we were waiting for Mags’ ERCP
appointment to come through, but to move things along I rang the hospital directly
instead. I was surprised and pleased when they offered Mags an appointment for
the 17th! I thought we’d have to wait longer than that, the way
So I arranged for a hire car for Monday 14th, a
taxi to get me there to pick it up, and passage down Frankton Locks for the
Friday before. The plan is to go from Queens Head down on the Montgomery Canal.
Feeling rather smug with my logistics prowess I unearthed my
driving licence (not used for a while) and you can imagine my reaction when I
found it had expired in the middle of January!
So Saturday morning was spent cancelling everything I’d
sorted the day before!
There’s no chance of getting a new one in the time available,
I can’t apply online without a current passport and that expired 25 years ago!
So my paper application along with a new photo is winging it’s way to Swansea
as you read this. When I know the new licence is coming I’ll do it all again.
Did I mention that I’d bought a new laptop before Christmas
to replace my aging HP? It was cheap, a Huawei Matebook D15, even cheaper as I
opted for the cut-down version with only a 256Gb SSHD but with a spare drive
bay. The plan was to install a second drive, just a standard one though, for
data. The stuff that Val and John bought included a 1Tb drive and SATA
connecting cable. I knew it was an easy job, there are several UTube videos
demonstrating just that. What I hadn’t realised was that they related to the
2020 model of the D15, not the 2021! This one doesn’t have the SATA connection
on the mainboard! Why not???
I do have a spare hard drive enclosure so the large drive is
now permanently plugged into a USB socket and is recognised as D drive. A bit
slower to access than it would have been, but I’ve now got 1,256Gb of storage.
It’s amazing to think that my first proper PC had just 2.1Gb!
Chirk Aqueduct and railway viaduct from below this morning.
Locks 2, miles 3¼