The last few days we have been retracing our steps. Back travelling on Sunday, our next destination is Middlewich for the folk and boat festival so we pointed the boat at Ellesmere and enjoyed the scenery the other way round.
Back in fairy glen
Two canoeists following us through Chirk tunnel
Crossing the Chirk Aqueduct
Monks Bridge, I think hobbits live here too
Back into the flatlands
Heron taking flight, reminds me of a ballerina!
Kitty checking out the swooping swifts
Monday was a leisurely afternoon moving from Ellesmere to Whitchurch past the lovely Blake mere again and the highlight of the day photographing a kingfisher
Blake Mere, this could be anywhere in the world
There are really good facilities all along the Llangollen, picnic benches, barbecue areas and designated moorings aplenty
The fields are full of flowers
Wild flowers line the canal banks
A camera shy squirrel bounds away
OK, maybe not my best ever photo but a Kingfisher nonetheless
Lock keeper on hand to help through the staircase locks
Going down is quicker than up as the locks empty quicker than they fill -gravity!
I didn't need to do much really, plenty hands on deck
Fuel boat Mountbatten with butty Jellicoe in the foreground, it's a young couple who have started to work this fuel boat - good luck to them!
Pretty lock keepers cottage, though the lock keepers are long gone
Fields of wheat as far as the eye can see
Home for the night just on the outskirts of Wrenbury
Looking down the Hurleston Flight
One down, three to go
Waiting in the lock for a boat coming up
Mrs F in position to help the ascending boat
Sheltering from the wind in the lock
Mrs F in position again.... synchronized boating
Making the turn onto the Shropshire Union
Home for the night on the Middlewich Branch
Two lovely specimens
Work boat Malvern still earning its keep
Early evening stroll
We have been surrounded by beautiful countryside for the most part of our travels
Wild flowers in abundance along the towpath
The victorian super highway
Worn lock steps from over two hundred years
A rare shot of the lesser spotted Mrs F!