Sunday 5 June 2011

Crick, Orm and Monty

Hi Friends,
  Well we have had yet another busy couple of weeks starting with the weekend at Crick.  What a great event!  We thoroughly enjoyed wondering around the boats and had the honour of meeting James and Doug on nbChance who made us more than welcome showing us around her. I have to say the photo's on their blog do not do Chance justice.  She looks much better when you go on board and she is a beautiful boat. We would like to say congratulations to them for coming runners up in the best boat in show competition (between you and me though I reckon they should have won).

You can just make out Doug showing an interested member of the public the info sheet for MGM boats

There was so much to see and do but the highlight for us was meeting up with those we have blogged with, James and Doug. Lisa who is having her boat built by Fernwood and also seeing Fernwood's latest creation. As usual the craftmanship was second to none and interest in the boat was frenetic with appointments booked out by midday Saturday, so for those not lucky enough to go aboard here is a peek

 Whilst we enjoyed our stay at Crick our friends Derek and Vicki came up for a weeks stay and were house sitting for us when we got home.  With lovely weather all week Derek helped me with some DIY jobs that needed an extra pair of hands and in between we took days out on the Welshpool Railway

The Earl preparing to take us through some lovely countryside

and a great day out on the sumit of the Great Orm at Llandudno.  If you ever find the time a trip up the Great Orm makes for a great day out if the weather is favourable.  The views from the summit are absolutely fabulous and you can see for miles.

Derek and Vicky prepare to launch

Yours truly enjoying the view from the cable car to the summit
While Chris enjoys the sunshine

On the way home we stopped alongside the Montgomery canal  to have a look though if anyone could tell us what part of the canal this is we would be grateful

Finally before calling it a day we decided to stop off at Bunbury locks as Derek and Vicky wanted to see locks in action and good job we did.  We came across these two hire boats in the locks.

Whilst descending the locks they had correctly drained the bottom chamber but had not shut the lower paddles and had started to drain the top chamber.  Fortunately Chris spotted this and we rushed to close the lower paddles for them to grateful thanks from the crew.  Could have been a bit embarrassing for them had we not been there.  Would have been interested to see how much of the cut they drained before realising their mistake.

Hope everyone else made good use of the lovely sunshine over the last few days, shame it had to end today.

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