CANAL BOAT TRIP - 29 September 2013
This one is full already but if you are interested in future days out on the canal please let us know so we can put you on the list.
The not so dirty dozen arrived in the rented house overlooking Sandy Bay just north of Holyhead ready and willing to celebrate the New Year including Mollie the cocker spaniel.
Sandy Bay in the Sunshine would you believe and even the proverbial tree in the house but one of the best parts was played by Jackie in the kitchen and fortunately there were great culinary delights provided by everyone in their turn.
And all the time looking at the views from the Cottage.
Of course the non-combatants had to make other contributions like these four jokers providing Joan & Jackie with a laugh.
First walk up Holyhead Mountain
New Years' Eve Dinner with Heather & Derrick taking the photograph.
Red Wharf Bay provided the Car Walkers with a stunning end to their trip round the island and the Intrepids with respite after their climb up the mountain. Rob with the two members of the Mountain Rescue Team sent to bring him down safely to live to walk another day.
Car walkers and tour leaders head for the pub for light relief.
The last walk along Holyhead Causeway for some, last chance for a swim for Rob before the Eagle Owl landed.
A fantastic sunset over Holyhead that went on forever.
Here's to next year!
The usual formula was adopted with the two boats from Stockton Heath and a full complement of happy souls initially braving the fresh, misty morning only to be rewarded as it lifted to reveal a lovely mild, sunny day on which to celebrate Heather Kenyon's birthday. The cool start was repelled with tasty bacon sarnies and hot mugs of tea and coffee but soon the hardy people were up on deck demanding a go on the tiller and welcoming the warming of the day leading to the clearing skies after we passed through Lymm with some of us up on deck and some down below.
The Last Social Walk
On Sunday 13 May 2012 a nice gathering of twenty or so enjoyed a ramble from Acton Bridge encountering views of a fine viaduct complete with train, the river Weaver and associated bits of canal.
With glorious weather excess gear was soon stripped off and sunburn became a possibility only prevented by the refuge of the Bear's Paw in Frodsham.
It was about 4 miles and easy and lasted a pleasant couple of hours before returning to cars a short drive to the pub. Despite the crowd gathered for the football there was quick service of both food and drink al fresco and from about 5.00pm onwards music and singing followed after muscles and vocal cords had been lubricated and relaxed with Jean, Rob, Robin, Eddie, Don & Heather leading with raucous stuff which left Zoe to provide the class. Magic !!
There will be another one later in the year.
Two boats sailed from Stockton Heath with 24 on board and with the sun blazing down the dash for the Old No 3 was unseemly as was the rush for the bar and then the shade of hastily erected brollies in the garden. Needless to say on a flawless day a great time was had by all.
Another great time was had by the lucky 11 members of SALE FOLK CLUB who went down to Betws-y-Coed and stayed in the converted Catholic Church, not much call for Catholicism in Wales, for a self-catering New Year. Joan, Jackie, Terry, Kate, Rob, Elizabeth & Robin, Sue & Ed and Heather & Don were joined for all activities by Heather & Derrick from a neighbouring B&B.
Elizabeth & Robin first entertained us with a lovely Soup starter followed by Salmon en croute dinner and Rob's apple pie and much singing and general craic later we fell into bed.
ROBIN WITH BACKING GROUP------------------------------SINGER ON HIS FEET-----HEATHER KENYON'S BODY GUARD
Ed & Sue, Robin & Elizabeth and Don & Heather are going up to the Denholm Folk Festival organised by Kenny Speirs and Denholm Folk Club. You can see the programme on their website
and all the sessions are free with some workshops for £5.00 and two big concerts at £15.00 each with Eleanor McEvoy, Tich Frier and Chris While & Julie Matthews (see below) particularly well-known to us. Tickets can be obtained in advance through us so if you are interested let us know.
We have booked reasonably priced accommodation in Denholm and there is other availability.