Last night we moored up at Duddleston’s Bridge Visitor Moorings, and were horrified to find the area had less than 1/4 Mg wifi!
Today we aimed to go through 3 lift bridges, on our way to Ellesmere Wharf Visitor Moorings. Luckily we discovered the wharf has a Tesco store! We’ve not really shopped for 3 weeks, apart from the odd local store for a loaf, milk, and fruit.
As luck would have it, we followed 2 boats through the 3 lift bridges. We soon developed a ‘system’ where a person from the first boat opened the bridge, and waited for the 3 boats to pass under; we sort of played ‘leapfrog’, and we all got a ‘turn’ of opening a bridge.
What a beautiful cruise today, for miles both sides of the canal was a nature reserve! John got excited by a forked tailed bird with yellow flashes, think we’ve identified it as a yellow wagtail.
It’s a bit odd though, we’ve noticed there’s hardly any ducks and moorhens on the water. Because fresh water is running through Llangollen Canal, the water is very clean. Comparing this canal to areas of the Coventry Canal where there’s a lot of detritus in parts, yet the population of ducks, swans and other waterfowl there is abundant.
Here’s another one of those bridges with a cubbyhole, though without the door. The bridge was ‘pretty’ with patches of dandelions growing between the brickwork.
Our cupboards are now fully provisioned thanks to Tesco. Tomorrow we hear is going to be a glorious day, so we’ll be up early as we make our way to Chirk (I think!).