Hey...the rain held off today and we managed another walk around the wall in Chester.
This time the castle was where we fancied going. Walked quite along the way to get to it only to find that you had to book a guided tour in advance. Bu**er! Across the car park was the military museum, hardly Lynda's or my cup of tea but one must humour one's hubbies so we were persuaded to go inside. £2 was the entrance fee so we didn't feel quite so bad at rushing through.
For a donation (about £4) the Cathedral was open to view. A wonderful place to visit.
|Beautiful flower and I have no idea of what it is.|
The one place I did want to go was the Dewa experience. But this was thwarted by hoards of primary school kids all going in at the same time. Don't get me wrong children need to learn the Roman history of our country but to be told by a jumped-up pratt in a roman costume the we couldn't go in until AFTER the children had had their talk, about a 10 to 15 minute wait and no we could NOT ask the teachers to hold the kids to one side whilst we walked through the reception area, was frankly very rude! Is this any way to teach children? Showing that it is alright to belittle adults? Anyway, we walked out with a strong message that trip adviser would be informed of their terrible attitude.
Back at the boats and we headed for Northgate staircase lock. Ian and Lynda walked on to get the bottom lock ready and as I turned up with FS, the gates opened. In came Tony with Merlin, gates shut and then we waited. What on earth was the hold-up? Eventually, we are told of a boat entering at the top. Ooh, err......now we would have to do the boat shuffle. For non-boaters, this can be quite exciting to watch and trust me we had plenty of Gongoozlers. How it works on a staircase is the two boats would meet the one boat coming in the opposite direction usually in the middle lock. The empty space next to the single boat is then taken by one of the pair. So now there are two boats facing one another and the third boat stern to bow to the one in the lock. Then the second boat of the pair pushes across to take the empty space of the first pair and the single boat comes in next to that. Then....the second of the pair pushes across again to finally allow the first of the pair to enter next to him. Confused???? Phew so am I so let me show you with photos.
|Note, Merlin on the left, FS on the right.|
|Single boat in the top lock. Paddles are opened and we rise up and the lone boat descends|
|Then we meet.|
|FS takes the space next to the boat and Merlin and the lone boat nose to nose.|
|Merlin has now pushed across to take the space I occupied and the lone boat enters next to Merlin|
|By now I have pushed across to allow Merlin to enter next to me|
|Note, FS now on the left and Merlin on the right. The shuffle had been completed.|
|The single boat now exiting the bottom lock|
|The top photo is of the stern and reversing and the bottom photo is the bow|
We planned to shop at Aldi but time was getting on. So instead of stopping below Tarvin lock for the shop, we choose to ascend and moor above. It was then only a short walk back to Aldi. Supplies for a BBQ was needed. The Beeb forecast reckons tomorrow will be the best day of the week. I do hope this time they have got it right!