This went past first thing, so to my mind ever so slightly an odd shape but the elderly owner was as proud as punch and rightly so if he has restored it. He had his radio BLARING as he past too I think to make sure he was noticed.
After a lovely sunny evening on Devil's Garden, the heifers came and visited again, Amanda stroked one and another rubbed its head repeated and firmly on David's shoulder causing him to spill his drink.
We departed in slight drizzle and with coats on, the wind was stiff and chilly.
There are lots of substantial bridges on the river Weaver. Here are a couple of them.
The wooden one was built in the 1920's I think, can you see how the planks are put together to form beams? Most attractive.
|Railway viaduct in the background.|
|Made like this...|
|"Yes I would like to build a train station on top of some space rockets in an area of outstanding natural beauty"|
We called at Northwich to visit the supermarket, after managing to convince two widely spread boaters who had moored (Only just moored and still chatting) they were on bollards too, not as if they had to move pins or anything....... anyway after topping up with more goodies, I have to report Reader that Amanda did arrive with a large tiramisu which is a great favourite plus a cheesecake.... anyway as I was saying we continued pottering along southwards to the first lock, silly us, it was lunchtime and we had to wait, but where to do that?
There are visitors moorings below the lock and most were taken, plus a dollysized floating pontoon of about 10ft long. The lockkie came down to show us where he would like us, so nose on the floating pontoon and semi breasted up with a broken down narrowboat. They don't really do Lock Landings on the Weaver, it might be why you can phone them and have the locks prepared at will?
|Lovely old blue bridge, aptly called The Blue Bridge.|
|Large lock to ourselves.|
We carried along the river and through the other lock, everything was beautifully explained by the amazingly friendly lock keepers who have so much time with you to help, have a laugh with and good luck to Chris who's wife was having their baby daughter delivered today, yes very friendly chatty Lockkies here.
We decided to turn into the wind and moor up at Vale Royal moorings, it was sunny there, we put our sun chairs right into the bushes and got out kindles and cups of tea.
Then the nose of a boat we recognised crept into sight past the trees and Lo and Behold it was Caroline and Ray on
NB Tranquil Daze. Ray worked it out that we had met them on the Thames, by Hampton Court Palace within ten days of today a year ago. We had also met up with them again pure chance in Thrupp three years ago and on the Delft Flight in the Black Country two years ago. We chatted and shared stories for several hours until it was chilly and supper was calling.
Supper was fishcakes with a pretty good salad put together by David, I hate making salad, followed by cheesecake and fresh raspberries.... yum.