Blake Mere, Ellesmere

Monday was not particularly sunny, and although it was windy it wasn't as windy as when we passed through this section on the way to Llangollen. There was again some delay at New Marton Locks.

Pretty Knot Garden at New Marton Locks

As we passed through Frankton Junction a boat was coming up from the Montgomery Canal.  

Frankton Junction signpost (plus pigeon)

Frankton Top Lock

Beech House Ellesmere, former canal company headquarters
We stopped for late lunch at Ellesmere Wharf. We were joined by Cutter an unique boat designed and built by Martin Fuller. I had good chat with Martin. He had built the boat in his garden over 20 years. It resembles some tunnel tugs and icebreakers but is truly an individual design.  Martin was particularly proud of Cutter's transom stern. It is powered by a Lister that came from a dumper truck.

 Martin Fuller and his boat Cutter

Cutter at Ellesmere Wharf
Later in the afternoon we moved out of Ellesmere and moored up at a delightful mooring by Blake Mere. What a wonderful view from our cabin window. The only negative about this location is that it is a digital black hole - no 3G internet, no mobile phone and not TV reception - just the spot to get away from it all. A grebe was fishing in the lake and a kingfisher flashed by our mooring.

Blake Mere - view from our mooring

Post corrected 13 Oct 2013