We pulled pins from our mooring near Chester Zoo at 07.55 and before long this plane passed over our heads. It’s the first time we have ever seen an Airbus Beluga. Named after a whale, it’s used to transport aero parts and oversized cargo’s.
Back to Chester and in the Northgate 3 staircase lock. With no lockie on duty and another boat coming down Carolyn and the other boating Lady set the locks so the two of us could pass in the centre lock. It saved so much time and worked a treat.
After a good days cruise we picked up this mooring just after Tattenhall Marina and got out the new BBQ for the first time. After lighting it and letting it settle down it was a total success . Then when we were finished it was cleaned and folded down and put back in it’s small case. Perfect for boats where storage is so important.
After a great BBQ the next mooring we pulled pins at 08.10 with the intention of getting to the bottom of the Hurleston flight that takes you up on to The Llangollen canal .We passed this boat on the way and if you give your boat this name then you have to take some flack about being a Nut.
After a night below the locks we had a sort of early start pulling ropes through rings at 07.45. With this flight getting very busy at this time of year it makes sense to get up there early in the day.
Curly thinks she is going to take Inca into the bottom lock. Maybe in a year or two ,but I must admit she is very close to taking over on the helm of Inca.
How about this for being efficient ? Curly is now strong enough to open and close single lock gates ,so we now have a system where Carolyn goes' a lock ahead and Curly closes all the gates when I leave the lower lock . It certainly speeds our way up The Hurleston flight of locks and it’s about time she earned her passage.