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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Saturday, 15 May 2010



Today I properly saw my first Kingfisher, the weather had changed to a very fine, but soaking drizzle as we moved through several lift bridges when this flash of brilliant turquoise flew along side me and settled on a low branch ahead, it dived several times into the water whilst SKYY approached and as it quietly sat whilst we glided past, I saw the deep copper colour of its chest, of course I didn’t have my camera to hand, but I know I saw it.

Just after passing the strange Whixall Moss area, I was pleasantly surprised to find a water point just before Bettisfield Bridge, not shown on my guide, but very welcome. It was a pity it was so misty as we passed the first of the Ellesmere Meres, their beauty was dulled, but it is still an entrancing scene. After a short tunnel we soon found a soggy mooring a little way before the arm that leads into Ellesmere town. The plans that were afoot four years to develop the basin at the end of the arm have resulted in a very convenient Tesco store right alongside the basin. Not sure what the local retailers feel about this, but the town did look quite prosperous. The residential and other aspects of the redevelopment have not taken place yet, I guess the developers are awaiting an improvement in the economy.

If I thought it was wet yesterday, I was mistaken because on Thursday it through it down, fortunately by lunch time it let up and after an uneventful days cruising, during which we passed the junction with the Montgomery canal, we moored by Bridge 19, saving the Chirk Aqueduct for Friday.

1 comment:

Tor said...

what a mean and moody photo ;-)