May 27, 2006

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"But what will you do all day?!"
Behold the amazement of my dear housemate Alison.

Turns out that UNO, Mastermind, and the Guardian crossword and chess problem can give you hours worth of entertainment!

Our route went through Cheshire from Northwich (Anderton) to Middlewich, then onto Tiverton to arrive in Chester. Despite the humble amount of 20–odd locks over 20–odd miles it took us a whole week to get there and back. For some divine reason it seemed two completely different holidays, however. 14 Lock

Our way to Chester was blurred by an abnormal amount of rain the southeast would be jealous of, and an excessive amount of traffic in the canals as it was weekend. At Cholmondston lock we even had to wait more than an hour for our turn! At least we learned to be patient and got to drink tea in the rain whilst chatting to other barge folk.

Despite the rain we saw lots of cows and ducklings and ducks and white ducks with yellow ducklings and nosey but not agressive swans and little cygnets. And I saw a bird called kievit in Dutch but no one knew what it could be in English so let me look it up... it's a lapwing! Moo

Getting to Chester turned out to be a race against time, where the final staircase lock beat Pete hands down. The dude wanted to be there on time for the Watford match and I even got up at 8 to take the necessary early shifts but alas, a desperate search for water and some heavy locks slowed us down. Lucky for him, the Hornets played well throughout the match, and even those of us coming late could enjoy the unlucky second half goal. A delicious steak and speckled hen ale pie followed at the Watergate plus some quick pre–darkness shots of medieval Chester.

The last day of the first half of the week involved no barging, but still lots of water and animals, all encountered at Chester Zoo! Bats flying around our faces, giraffes swallowing their food only to cough it up again and chew it a bit more, lemurs jumping out of nowhere, chimpansees biting each other's head off, lil monkeys being smacked against big rocks, and meerkats with scary nightmares. I like zoos.

I also like lemurs. And a bit of alcohol. And bubbles. All eight of us were finally on the boat (one had arrived late, and one had been back home for a night) and together we celebrated life on water.

Freddy Lemur Me

For some unknown reason Pete had the urge to buy a Kinder Egg. Through a knot in string theory, the same surprise was found at Warwick. An accurate drawing of the monster inside can be found here

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  1. I'm glad you had a good time. Look forward to seeing you soon :)

    28 May 2006, 02:22

  2. Our route went through Cheshire from Northwich (Anderton) to Middlewich

    I went to school in those towns!!!

    Anderton Boat Lift!

    28 May 2006, 13:48

  3. Is it true that everyone in Cheshire is friendly? Middlewich seemed lovely and Northwich wasn't too bad (even the saltworks were somewhat charming). The only people that yelled at us were fellow tourists who probably had a rough day with locks and rain and took it out on us.

    We didn't use the boat lift but saw it on our way to find a pub that showed the dreadful England B – Belarus match. It looked like a nasty roller coaster ride :–/

    28 May 2006, 13:56

  4. Most people are fairly friendly, although a lot of people there are friendly because they are very very bored and the distraction provided by intriguing new comers is enough to cheer them up. I know I found it boring to live there (though I appreciate it is probably a really nice place to visit).

    28 May 2006, 18:13

  5. Hayles

    Having worked in Chester hospital, I'm afraid to inform you that it's a myth that cheshire people are friendly. Or maybe it's a myth (hollyoaks inspired) that they're all beautiful people… or maybe cheshire itself is a myth. I don't know what I'm trying to say. Except that I've met some very grumpy cheshire people, and on occasions downright rude and aggressive.

    29 May 2006, 15:00

  6. I want a monkey thing like that!! Glad you had a good time! :D

    29 May 2006, 16:34

  7. Hollyoakes isn't even filmed in Cheshire. That's how dull it is sometimes.

    29 May 2006, 17:17

  8. Crewe blog

    Cheshire, as everywhere, has good and bad. It’s a decent county with some great towns. Best of all the access to other parts of the country is superb, so you can escape should you wish. If not, take a peep at some of the many images from around Crewe…

    24 Feb 2007, 16:03

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