Monday, 10 November 2014

Farewell to Chester

We stayed in Chester basin until Sunday morning, mainly because there was a spectacular firework display at the racecourse on Saturday evening. We whiled away the afternoon with a visit to the Cathederal. A very impressive building. One wall is covered with mosaics, showing scenes from the Old Testament. Some of the carvings around the Choir and organ are magnificent. The rain of earlier cleared to a fine evening and we stood out on deck to watch the fireworks, emiting apropriate Ooh's and Ahh's, as the display reached its climax.
8.00am on Sunday we were on our way up the staircase locks out of Chester. Luckily they were mostly set in our favour but still took the best part of an hour's hard work before we were heading out past the old warehouses and the intriguingly named 'Steam Mill', no doubt once a hive of industry.
The sun continued to shine as we ascended the five locks onto the longer pound towards Beeston. The only downside of this stretch is passing the moorings at Golden Nook Farm, or cosy nook as I often call it. They seem to go on for ever. We counted upwards of 125 boats. As they expect you to pass on tickover you could loose the will to carry on. At least our Gardner 2LW sounds like it is ticking over most of the time.
 By early afternoon we reached Tattenhall Marina where we planned to spend a couple of days and catch up with Steve & Chris from NB Amy Jo. The idea was to meet in the marina bar for a drink in the evening but as they had just cashed up we hopped into their car and visited the 'Sportsmans Arms' in Tattenhall instead. There we met up with two of their boating friends and had a great evening comparing our boating adventures. Thanks Guys.

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