Thursday, 29 May 2014

Buckden & Saturn in Trevor Old Dry Dock

What a way to start a day!  I was just opening up in the Information Centre, when Buckden and Saturn arrived in Trevor Basin.  The plan was to see if they would both get into the 'wet' dock (as opposed to the Anglo Welsh dry dock next door).  CRT plan to repair the walls between the two docks, and hopefully put it to good use.

You don't see many of these on the top end of the Llangollen Canal!


With a bit of heaving and shoving, the stop planks were removed, and opened up the dock, for the first time in many, many years.

First to enter the dock was Saturn, the only remaining Shroppie Fly Boat, ably manoeuvred by CRT's Les.

Then Buckden.....

That's a big boat!

Gently does it.....

And they're in... both of them.

And out again.....

of course the rain was coming down in buckets

Bit of pulling, bit of poling.......

and they were off again. 
This is the first time anyone can remember that two boats have been in the dock together - let's hope it's not the last, and the much awaited repairs are carried out to accommodate visiting boats such as these.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sunset over Dinas Bran

Dave took some wonderful photos a couple of weeks ago, as the sun set behind Dinas Bran in Llangollen.  These pics were taken from our mooring in Fron, 4 miles away.  It has however, taken me three weeks to put them up on the blog - sorry Dave!

Pretty impressive, I'm sure you agree !

We're both back in work, Dave at Chirk Marina, but only for 3 days a week, and I'm back at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Information Centre in Trevor Basin, working 5 days a week.  It's been extremely busy I can tell you!  Visitor numbers increase year on year, and this Spring Bank Holiday last week was the busiest weekend we've ever had over there.  I wish I had a pound for every time I had to say "Pontcysyllte" (Pont-ker-sulth-tay for those who can't master the double LL sound). Oh, and we've been on holiday to Aberdaron for a week - yes I know we've only just come back from our 6 month holiday - but a trip to the seaside is a must for us, at least once a year.  We also dragged Carole from NB Strider along with us, and Peaches the dog of course.  Nemo was confined to the cattery for the week & boy was he glad to see us when we went to pick him up.  "Rather vocal your cat, isn't he" said the cattery owner.  I'll leave it there for now, I've got some wonderful pics of Buckden & Saturn in the 'wet' dock in Trevor Basin, but that's for next time.....