Whitchurch

Only about an hour’s travelling today. The day started with with a cooked full English, not easy for six in the limited space. A slow chug back to the Whitchurch Arm where we unloaded all the Downs family stuff into their car and waved them goodbye. We cycled into the town to do a bit

Near Tilstock park lift bridge

Another really warm sunny day. An earlyish start( with two small girls on board you don’t get a lie-in!) then on through the very pleasant countryside. We needed a pumpout. I called Whixall marine, but no answer. As it was a bank holiday I guessed they were closed. As we passed Maestermyn I asked if

Chirk

For the last few days we have been having problems with the alternator. For most of the day it’s been charging correctly, but as the batteries get full it suddenly raises the voltage to over 15v, sometimes up to 16.5v. After much discussion on the Internet with people who know these things it was decided

Llangollen

A day of various hold ups today. At New Marton locks we came up behind a hire boat with some Americans on board. This was their first ever lock, and they couldn’t quite remember what they had been told by the hire company. So we helped them through.¬†Later they pulled over to let us pass.

Ellesmere

A lazy start, we tidied and cleaned while waiting for our guests. Daughter Nikki, son in law Paul and their two girls are joining us for a few days. They arrived at 11:45, unloaded, we had lunch and we’re away by 1:00. They brought the good weather with them. It’s been really sunny today. We

Whitchurch

A very easy day today. We set off at our usual 7:00 start and arrived here at 11:30. A short wait at Grindley Brook staircase for 4 to come down before the lockie let us up. We needed a pumpout, but the machine  was on the wrong side. Luckily there is a winding hole at

Wrenbury

A long cold day today.we left at 7:00 expecting the locks to be in our favour but, we discovered later, another boat had left at 6:15, so we had to turn almost every one. They were a couple of upcoming boats but other than that they were a against us. Breakfast was taken after we

Adderley bottom lock

Woke up to a totally blue sky – and slightly warmer than yesterday. It is 15 years since we have been on this part of the Shroppie and I couldn’t remember it at all! A short stop in Market Drayton for some shopping then off again. We stopped earlyish at some very pleasant moorings between

Norbury Wharf

Another early start down the rest of the ’21’. We didn’t see another boat until we were approaching Autherley junction, then we were in a queue. First for the temporary stoppage round some dredging, then for the junction itself. A stop at Wheaton Aston for fuel (47.9 p/l cheapest on the network?) then on to

Lock 6 Wolverhampton flight

A lazy start today. Our niece Emily, her husband Jim and their two boys live in Birmingham and we had arranged for them to come and visit. They arrived about ten, bearing muffins and cakes. So after a tea and cake break we took them for a short trip. First around the Oozells loop then