We have finally left Marple after a long winter, apparently the last two winters have been the worst on record, however we managed to survive, it was quite an adventure: Eileen slipped on the ice and broke her arm and was plastered for 6 weeks, nothing new there then!!!!
The worst point over the winter months was when we were frozen in 4-5 inches of ice at the Strines for 7 weeks, a couple of our neighbours who lived by the canal allowed us to fill our two 5 gallon containers with water, and after several trips we managed to fill the water tank, this gesture was much appreciated.
We are currently making our way down the Macclesfield Canal en route to the Llangollen Canal in North Wales, will probably stay around Congleton for a few days as the view over the Valley is stunning.
We said our goodbyes to The Puzzler who are heading to Eire for a couple of years, we were hoping to catch up with them at Middlewich, but we don’t think we are going to make it in time; We first met up with Sally & Andy last year when we were weathering out the winter and have become good friends, our paths crossed regularly and we introduced them to the card game crib in the spring of 2010 and have had a very competitive year, to make things a bit more interesting Sally made a lovely trophy to play for, the winner of the weekly game retained it for that week, another trophy was created for the highest score made on the night; on our penultimate game it was all even at 11 games all so we decided to play best of 9 games over two nights, Gemini won 5-2 and Eileen retained the trophy for the highest score of 24 . We will miss our friendly get togethers and wish them a safe journey to the Emerald Isle on their continuing adventures and hopefully will be able to visit them next year for a busman’s