been back on the boat now for over a week now, however, we have been plagued by problems.
Firstly data problems and
secondly laptop problems resulting in
the bloody thing constantly closing down Chrome each time I opened it and
thirdly my camera ceased to function this week.
this year changed from an ancient Apple laptop, to a brand new shiny PC, which
at times I would have happily thrown out of the window. Lets say no more about it except that at the
time of writing this we are still using 2G a day of data and EE and Curry's
plus two son-in-laws and Ken from NB Cleddau have failed to
solve. This is even with the laptop thing switched off and our phones on 4G.
going back to our recent trip. So ages
ago it seems we picked up WaL from
Hayward after our trip home.
had a fine old time, David played golf, winning some competition too which he
was pleased about. I didn't play golf
but had a great time in the HOT HOT sun we all enjoyed in June, it even
involved us swimming in the sea, something which does not occur each year.
Sharers (Amanda and David Lewis) had the boat in our absence, they did some huge ring in a week which would have taken David and I about a month, but they
love that sort of thing. A Reader did
spot them, Hello sir if that was you.
We had a
nice 24 hours with them, then work forced a departure and after a flit to the Farm Shop here to fill up on cheeses, we left and headed north.
years ago when WaL was launched, we went up to Bugsworth Basin, but we had no
memory of the Trent and Mersey Canal, so this was to be a bit of a treat.
totally beautiful just minutes out of Great Hayward, hardly any traffic and peaceful as a very peaceful place.
first night we aimed for Sandon. Last
year we met John and Louise from
Plodding Along, we had nipped over in the car form The Shropshire Union canal
and from The Anchor pub, you know the one, untouched since Victorian
times. Anyway we had really enjoyed the
Dog and Doublet at Sandon and I would heartily recommend it.
day we stopped at Stone. We took time
and fannied about to get good TV reception as Andy Murray was playing in the
quarter finals, ummmmm, afterwards we walked to Co-Op to find it closed as they
had a power cut so walked onto Morrisions.
day we carried onto Stoke. Calling ahead
to the hire base at Festival Park for a pump out, on the phone they were not
that enthusiastic but they did do one for us as it appears there are no
boatyards on the Caldon Canal, where we are heading.
stayed there the night, opposite their base, as Kirsty (daughter) was arriving
with her partner Bob that night for the weekend.
arrived without fuss from London by train and taxi for a supper of Chicken
Caesar Salad (I forgot to add the shaved parmesan oops)
morning was dull, rain due at mid morning so The Insomniac (David) cast off
very early before the visitors were actually awake and retraced our steps to
the junction, just down the way. We had
to fill with water at the junction as you know what it's like with visitors, they use tonnes of water for hair washing.....
got wind that there was the Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop along here
Readers can pass this paragraph), so her loving father stopped by it and the three of us went shopping. I brought a fabulous jug (To add to my
collection) and Kirsty brought a large platter for cakes, it was £50 retail
down to £15!!!
stopped later just past the five locks on a brilliantly south facing meadow
just perfect for more tennis watching, the Ladies Final, I have always LOVED
Venus and was disappointed that she lost, but my new favourite is the Spanish
lady so I managed to be happy.
in the day we set off again for the pub, The Hollybush at Dernford, we had a
drink and then after not intending to and having supper all available on the
boat, we had supper in the pub!!! I had
homemade lasagne salad and chips followed by a delightful sticky toffee pudding with custard, really it was the best sticky toffee I have had and I get through
quite a few of those. Photos to follow.....