…..just before dawn on the Mon and Brec canal….I threw on a tee shirt and some joggers to take these photos not realizing there was an icy cold blast coming from the north. You can just see the vapour trail from a jet flying in, as so many do from the north America at this time in the morning.
People don’t believe me when I say I am actually an introvert but I like nothing more than being alone with my camera in the countryside. This is the kind of vacation which can be very peaceful indeed – we only passed about 3 boats yesterday and so far today, at 10.00am have not seen another soul. On the other hand if you need company, up to six people can travel on these boats and then there are the people walking dogs on the tow path who love to pass the time of day. And, at the end of the day, there are the canalside pubs where people are so friendly – although for the last few nights we miss-timed things and have been in the middle of nowhere!
But the boating life is not entirely passive – remember my unscheduled “dip”, Gladys the dog flinging herself in the water too, in persuit of a squirrel, and Beverley fell flat on her back while trying to haul the boat in with a rope. So we are carrying some injuries. And only last night a potential disaster was avoided as Beverley was about to step out into the canal when taking Gladys out for her final excercise of the day…..she forgot we’d turned around and she had to get off the other side – it was pitch black out there!!
We are high above the village of Llanellen and, yes, the canal is “above” the village cut into the hillside. We even float across bridges over rivers and roads! This morning just a few little sheep for company in the dawn light. And now for breakfast…or is it “elevenses”….yes things are running a little late but so what!
PS – we passed our first boat at five past midday – other than that just a few dog walkers ! Then two more boats “in formation” at 3.15pm !
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