Update on 26/10/2021:
Please be advised we have established a method of repair at Quoisley Lock, on the Llangollen Canal.
The pin and lock plate have detached from the bottom of the head gate preventing safe operation. To facilitate the repair the lock will need to be dewatered.
Whilst on site our teams will conduct other leakage repairs to improve future operation of Quoisley Lock.
We anticipate the repair works will start Wednesday 27 October and a further update will be provided Friday 29 October
And that was all the information we could find about the stoppage. Christine phoned Anglo Welsh again for an update on what they should do. Their suggestion was to head back to Grindley Brook and moor at the top of the flight. From there and if the stoppage turned out to be lengthy, Merlin could be left and they would take the family by car back to Bunbury.
So we waved them off by about 10 am. We decided to wait awhile before we upped stakes in the hope that the wind would die down. It was those gusts right across the junction that was a killer. In fact last night Kev had to help fend off many a boater (and not all hire boats) from bouncing off Merlins side. Not the best mooring in those conditions. Anyway, while waiting I tried my hand at fishing and managed to hook a couple of small fish.
By the time we were ready to go across to the facilities, had waited for a lull in the wind so we could push off, two boats arrived claiming the mooring spot. So with a space available opposite the facilities, we made our way across to wait until they finished. Eventually it was our turn, but OMG how difficult was it to get across. That blooming wind...FS ended up almost sideways across the canal. Ian managed to get off and with a herculean effort, managed to pull on the center rope to bring her back in.
We only travelled about a mile further on. Nice open mooring, TV good as well as internet. Thursday is supposed to be very wet and windy. We had decided to spend the day sitting it out.
Still early afternoon, I went fishing and caught a huge roach. Was the competition still on even though we had parted company? I sent Kev the photo, he sent one back and agreed that so far, I was well into the lead.
The stove was allowed to go out. Well it's been that mild, and what a great opportunity for Ian to clean the chimney.
Didn't do much else for the rest of the afternoon, TV was watched and we just chilled out.