Every few months we hire a car and go "up north" to visit our daughter's family. As usual we rented from Enterprise Car Hire who collected us from Chirk. We took Chico to the kennels - Plumtree Boarding Kennels in Oswestry - and set off up the M6. It's a really beautiful stretch of motorway through the lake district and there was still snow on the tops. Our sat nav took us the scenic route from Carlisle to Northumberland. The views were spectacular as we drove across the moors and through the artillery ranges. For most of the way the road was single track and at one point I had to get out and open a gate. I'm sure there was a more direct route along A roads but it was so pretty up there that we returned by the same route on Monday.
We had a great time with our grandchildren. It was even wonderful to be woken up at 6.30 am because "it's time to play Granny!"
On Sunday we went to the local National Trust property Cragside. It was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity and both the house and grounds were fascinating and well worth the visit.
The former owner Lord Armstrong was a keen landscaper and collector of pine trees from around the world. Some of them were huge!
After a lovely weekend with gorgeous warm and sunny weather, we're now back on the boat. We're currently moored at Ellesmere where I stocked up at Tesco, but this time it's just a one night stay and we'll be on the move again tomorrow.
Bye for now,
Come back soon