This weekend the weather looked quite promising. Chris needed to do some Christmas shopping in Chester so this morning we prepared AmyJo for the off and cruised into town.
|View from the cratch as we slipped the mooring this
|Looking back towards Golden Nook moorings
At Christleton just past the Cheshire Cat Inn one of the gardens had these lovely stones placed by the bank. A simple idea but still very cute.
|Owl cute are these little fellas
|Empty barges line the offside upstream of the lock
|Tarvin Lock Cottage
|Fresh paint on the water tower
That was when I christened the boat properly and found myself waste deep in the cut. I had some how slipped off the gunwale. Fortunately AmyJo was in neutral and I had the centre line in my hand. Off course there had to be a group of Gongoozlers to hand but luckily none had a camera with them but I bet it made their day. I scrambled ashore and pulled AmyJo to the bank. Once in the lock I retired below to get a change of clothes before continuing. As the lock emptied it was clear why Chris could not open the gate. The lower gate on the onside had sagged by 3 inches and was not sealing with its opposite number. The flow between the gate was considerable making filling the lock difficult.
We found a mooring just upstream of the new Waitrose supermarket and then took the opportunity to do a big shop. After that we strolled into town to Christmas shop. We got nearly all our prezies in under 2 hours! Now that I like.
Chester has its own Christmas market, whilst nowhere near as big as some, it does seem to be getting better each year. The high streets are also adorned with Christmas lights. With a mild and dry night the whole town centre looked very festive.
|Chester Clock and the street lights
|Chrismas tree and market outside the town hall