Monday, 22 August 2011

Grindley Brook to Blake Mere

We set off in lovely sunshine although the wind was cold and remained so all day.  We cruised as far as Blake Mere near Ellesmere, we have always wanted to moor here but on a hirers schedule it has never been possible, so at lunchtime we moored up with lovely views across the mere and only one boat for company.  We walked into Ellesmere, had a look around and went for a lovely Sunday lunch at the Red Lion, a recommendation from a chap who we had been talking to on the towpath.  He had a lovely spaniel that I tried to steal, he was so like Ben, in size and character.  He did offer to get us a puppy as the dog had sired some recently, we were very tempted!  We walked back to the mere, the moorings in Ellesmere were busy, so we were pleased we had stopped when we had, but we did think we would be surrounded when we got back, but we shared our lovely spot for the night with only another two boats and they were moored quiet a distance away.  We had a relaxing afternoon and evening enjoying the quiet and view.  It did get busy later in the afternoon at one point there was eight boats passed us one after another, either the one infront was slow or there had been some hold up somewhere.

We left early this morning, used the services at Ellesmere before it got busy, and have meandered along to Welsh Frankton, where we are sat on the pub moorings waiting for Sue & Baz (Ali's Sister and Brother in law) to arrive.  They are coming to spend a few days with us.

Whixhall Moss

The Welsh Hills in the distance

This chap was singing (calling) A buzzard?

Cole Mere

Blake Mere our view for the afternoon/evening

Montgomery Junction (we are going down on the way back)

Boats waiting to go down

Sunday 12 miles (5 lift bridges)

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