Photos

A collection of photos in no particular order

Had to take the shot, as I have a cat named Tommy and he will be certain it is named for him. In Crewe near the train station
Sunday Roast dinner at a pub in Crewe
Wileymoor Lock Pub. Dogs and Children Welcome
Wileymoor Pub also has a collection of tea pots
We did cook on the Lapland Bunting. This was our last night aboard, braised lamb shank, crusty bread, butter and tomato salad
Moored up at Ellesmere during Storm Callum
Black Lion Pub in Ellesmere. Gammon and Eggs with chips
We found Nan’s Treasure Box in Ellesmere
It is important to keep ones’s specific gravity in check during rain. Alcohol helps.
Landscape near the Mere district
We were occasionally followed, near the Frankton Junction
Here the Shropshire Union Canal deviates off at the Frankton Junction
The “Under Arrest” tree at the Montgomery Canal
Chicken Tikka and Fish and Chips The Narrow Boat Pub
Said edifice serving good food and real ales
One of Thomas Telford’s innovations: Cast Iron staples over the canal to keep Wales from falling into the sea. There were several on the Canal
Each staple is designed to hold 70 tons of land from tipping over.
Moored up in Llangollen
Llangollen from the canal

If you can pronounce the direction signs in Welsh, you become Lord Mayor for a week
A classic Royal Mail post box. Llangollen
Traffic in Llangollen came to a standstill for 4 minutes when there was road construction on the bridge.
Lamb and Mash at the Cornmill Pub  in Llangollen
The village of Llangollen with the river through it
This river actually provides the water for the canal at Llangollen
Valley of Llangollen from the canal
The Llangollen Canal is about half way up a mountain
Near Llangollen
Homes, some from the 1800’s line the canals usually near the bridges
A pair of swans on our route
We found and ate Jaffa Cakes. With tea.
Another of Thomas Telford’s cast iron staples holding the UK together.
Moored at Ellesmere, with ducks abounding
We took exactly one selfie. This would be it, both of us in front of Tesco at Ellesmere
The Lapland Bunting came with a french press coffee maker. We did have good coffee, but also drank a crapload of tea for some reason.
Bacon Sandwich with chips in Whitchurch
The Rev James being consumed by Pastor Rob In Whitchurch
Humps that way for 40 yards, or Humps that way for 280 yards. We didn’t know the UK was so saucy!
Tea time!
Wileymoore Lock, going up
Wileymoore Lock, starting to go up
Oscar the dog in the pub at Wileymoore.
Willeymoore Lock Tavern. Yes we did, out going and return trip. Nice anchorage just below the lock.
Rob at the helm
Just leaving Wrenbury on our first day., That grey building in the background is the marina.
Chirk Aqueduct
Towards Llangollen

They’re open in Wales about looking after the menfolk
The canal is halfway up a mountain
Poncysyllte Aqueduct
Valley of Llangollen
Only in the UK would someone put a bench facing the canal, instead of the view behind them
From Llangollen
At Pontcysyllte there is another Roman-era aqueduct over the River Dee about 100 feel below
The Roman Aqueduct at Pontcysyllte from Telford’s Aqueduct above
The River Dee cuts through the valley
Our guests on the outbound trip over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Yes, that is the edge of canal trough at Pontcysyllte. Cast iron, about 2 inches thick. You see our boat shadow on the valley bellow
From Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The cast iron was originally sealed with linen and ox blood to keep it water tight.
Approaching Frontcysyllte, the village just before the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Scrim piloting over the Chirk Aqueduct. The upper bridge is a working mainline railway
One of the few straight stretches of the canal
Sunlight through the trees
About average for the width of the canal
Scrim the Pilot, enjoying the scenery
There were other boats

Coming out of the Chirk Tunnel
Landscape on the Shropshire Union Canal
Welcome to Wales
Detail from the Chirk Aqueduct
Detail of the arches at the Chirk Aqueduct
Chirk Aqueduct
Approaching Chirk
Farm along the canal
One of the dozens of bridges
The UK Marshmallow harvest was very good this year. They cut the big ones down to the size you use in your cocoa
Sheep grazing along the canal
You may ask where the tiller handle is. Yes, you can pilot a narrowboat with your ass
Scrim multi-tasking
Entrance to the Chirk Tunnel. 497 yards long.  We did take a photo inside the tunnel.  It shows a dark bloody hole with a tiny speck of light the the other end.
Bridge 40 – you do have to duck down a bit
Bridge 40
Bridge 40
Bridge 40
Bridge 40
Bridge 40
Bridge 40
Whitchurch Basin on a cold morning
Frost on the Lapland Bunting at Whitchurch
Landscape along the canal
There were horses
River Liffey in Dublin
Rob with A Big Blonde…Ale
Rob contentedly piloting a narrowboat
Lizzle the dog, Cotton Arms, Wrenbury
No matter where you go, they know. You Are Here
Landscape near Ellesmere