Well the camping trip planned for the weekend didn’t happen but it was a lovely weekend none-the-less….
I called the campsite we’d booked to be told that the tent field would be closed….all the heavy rain there had made it very water logged…. although our pre-booked hard standing pitch for Frank was fine. This wasn’t quite what I wanted to hear as Brent was coming up from London to make use of the aforementioned tent field. Three people sleeping in Frank might have been a little on the cosy side and as we were able to rearrange our hard standing pitch booking to this coming weekend, we decided to stay in Birkenhead and have a day out walking in Wales instead.
So Brent arrived just before 5pm on Friday and he and I had a proper style catch up until bed time. Saturday morning we headed out at “9-ish” to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales. It is an aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee. It was completed in 1805 and was built by Thomas Telford. It is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and is quite an impressive sight. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontcysyllte_Aqueduct
We walked from there in a 10 mile circular route. The (many) other highlights of the walk included views of Chirk Castle, all 400+ metres of the Chirk “Darkie” tunnel alongside the canal (they weren’t joking when they said a flashlight was required!) and another one of Thomas Telford’s builds Chirk aqueduct http://www.chirk.com/.
Back at home in the evening, we “carbo loaded” with a well deserved bowl of pasta. I think you’re supposed to do this before the physical effort rather than after but we put a new take on the phrase…. We also watched a very funny movie called “The Hangover”.
Brent had to leave earlier than expected to get back for work Sunday, (boo – work on a Sunday doesn’t sound fun!), so I headed to Liverpool with him, said goodbye at Lime Street station and then hit the shops. I came home to a productive afternoon of gardening, sewing and Christmas present wrapping. Apparently the deadline for posting surface mail parcels to Canada to arrive in time for Christmas is the 19th of October…. I had better get my skates on!
Oh yeah – and Happy Thanksgiving! I really do think *all” Canadians should get the day off no matter where they live….