Christmas at mums was lovely, and she'd done a great job with the decorations and tree (thanks Mum). Christmas day can be a difficult time, and even more poignant when there's someone significant missing at the dinner table - my lovely Dad. We all miss him so much.
We took a trip to our moorings to say Merry Christmas to Rick, Hazel & Dai, and to take advantage of the hire car which we loaded up with wood which had been drying out nicely in one of the old limekilns. Not much point in having a load of wood sitting there where we spend the summer months - when we don't have fire number 2 lit.
Our empty mooring.
The Llangollen wharf horse drawn trip boats are out of the water on the Limekilns yard and awaiting blacking - or something
Dave had time to meet his pal Mike the train in the Corn Mill for a pint on boxing day. The Dee was running rather high!
On the way back from Chirk to Brinklow, we passed over 8 different canals (in one shape or other);-
1. Llangollen (Chirk)
2. Montgomery (Queens Head)
3. Shropshire Union (M54 The Hawthorns)
4. Staffs & Worcester (Coven Heath)
5. Disused Hatherton branch (M6 Calf Heath)
6. Wyrely & Essington (Anglesey Branch, Chasewater M6)
7. Birmingham & Fazeley (M6 toll Curdworth)
8. Coventry (Hawksbury Junct)
9. Oxford (twice at Ansty)
We also went under the M6 (toll) bridge which will eventually carry the Lichfield & Hatherton canal - well hopefully it will in years to come! The bridge structure is there, it just needs a canal.