Friday, 30 April 2010

Plymouth and a Christening.

Our trip to Plymouth is now over and we really enjoyed it so here is a hotch potch or gallimaufrey of photos' from the trip. I know I am being thoroughly self indulgent but it is my blog, so there!

Elliot and Marmite became firm friends.

Esme thought the climbing frame at the Miniature Pony Centre was great but was not impressed with the riding hat.

This is what the trip was all about, the Christening, Natalie, Mark and Elliot getting doused by the vicar.

The whole grisly crew!

Butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, Jonah, Esme, Elliot and Noah, the grandsprogs!

The next day we had a ride on the Dart Valley Railway.

Esme fed the goats.

Bigbury, paddling, no comment.

The Tamar is a bit bigger than the Shroppie, so are the bridges, that's Brunels Royal Albert Bridge in front of the Saltash road bridge.

A selection of craft on the Hamoaze, you'll not find the like at Norbury Junction.

Shamrock, the last Tamar sailing barge at Cotehele Quay.
We are now back on the Shroppie and will be hunting for a signal after today, I will do my best to keep up but this part of rural England is not well supplied with 3G.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Lack of signal on the Shroppie.

We are now back at Market Drayton after travelling down to Nantwich, no signal for the internet all the way and when we finally got to Nantwich we found only GPRS, makes keeping the blog up to date a bit difficult but we are still alive. We had a couple of days at the bottom of Adderly locks, we think it's one of the most attractive moorings on the Shroppie, we were amazed at how few boats were out and about over Easter, perhaps the weather put people off. Now heading to Norbury Junction to leave the boat for a couple of weeks as we are off to Plymouth for the grandsons christening, one more hired car to notch up.
You can't go through Audlem without taking a photo' of the Shroppie Fly and the Mill. Jill had a good browse and topped up her supply of cross stitch threads and we had a meal in The Bridge, brilliant food, good menu and cooked to perfection.

Took this shot in a hurry, Seaford is my home town and I was unaware that there was a boat named after it, just goes to show.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Up and Down, with a touch of snow.

Well the last week has been spent retracing our steps to Norbury Junction for a service and to get the non-return valve on the toilet fixed, it had forgotten the non bit. We had a great weekend back at

the Anchor, Saturday night had two birthdays being celebrated, the pub was packed and with a jam session it was a brilliant night, felt a bit rocky next day so we took a walk up around High Offley to clear the cobwebs.

One day we'll find the church unlocked.

The manor house is superb, if a little run down.

The Wrekin can be seen, far off to the west, trust me, it is there.

Celandine, spring is here!

Well we thought it was, this morning at Norbury Junction it was back to winter, well it is the 1st of April.

This chap has taken up residence in Grubb Street cutting, yet another avian oddity, not a patch on the emu though. Today has been a day of firsts, our first wild primroses, our first aconites and, believe it or not, the first House Martin of the year, if it's got any sense it'll nip back to Africa. We are now back in Market Drayton and intend snugging down at Adderley for the weekend to avoid the Bank Holiday rush.