Monday, 2 April 2012

It's the M25!

It's amazing how many boats have suddenly appeared on this canal!  We must have seen 40 moving boats today, mostly hire boats but some private ones too.

On Saturday we moved back to Froncysyllte. It's a lovely quiet mooring, and there's one particular spot where we can get Satellite through the trees.  Yesterday we crossed over the Pontycyllte Aqueduct again, (yes, I hid inside again) to go to the Anglo Welsh hire base at Trevor as we needed diesel.  It was 89p/litre domestic rate and they do any split. As we were going through the lift bridge before the aqueduct about 10 canoes were being launched into the water. They were paddled by total novices who then followed the trip boat across the aqueduct. This is against the flow of the water and it took them a good 20 minutes to cross as some of them were so weak they could hardly make any headway and others kept stopping to admire the view. Needless to say they caused a bit of a hold-up as boats had to wait for them to get out of the way.  They were quicker going back as the water flow pushed them along.

About 50 yards from where we were moored was an overhanging tree and we kept hearing hire boats scratching their paintwork on it when they got too close. So this morning, as we were leaving, we stopped just past it and got the saw and secateurs out and chopped it right back.  The branches were dead and fairly brittle so it wasn't too hard a job,  but they were covered with large thorns so you can imagine the horrible scratches they must have caused.

half chopped back
You may remember me commenting on the fruit trees that have been planted by the Shropshire Union Canal Society at the moorings by Whitehouse Tunnel. When we passed today I noticed that one of them has been dug up, presumably stolen.

Chico had a very successful training session on Saturday but unfortunately it was his last one with Karen as we have to start heading down and off the Llangollen Canal.  I'd like to come back later in the year so he can have a few more lessons, we'll have to see how things work out. In the meantime Karen recommended this book to help us continue with his training so I've bought a copy on Kindle.

We're now moored back at Chirk Bank, hopefully for the last time, and for the first time for 3 weeks we've had a spot of rain. It didn't last long but was enough for me to need a raincoat.

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