12 October 2019
Our day started earlier than normal as there was a special rendezvous planned, an hour up the canal.
The sky was blue , the sun was shining and the birds were twittering in the hedgerows. Must be a good omen.
We crossed the aqueduct and were on our way. (It feels a bit weird crossing over a road whilst sitting in a boat)
The countryside looked gorgeous in the sunlight and we actually managed a few hours with only 3 layers of clothing.
Long John and Long Judi Silver had recruited two more crew for the weekend plundering of Chester.
Junior Deckhands, Katie and Chris were piped aboard at Barbridge and immediately set to work in the galley!
We arrived at our first lock/s not long after and the two newbies were put to work on our first “Staircase”. Talk about thrown to the wolves.
By the time we made it to The Shady Oak for lunch, both Katie and Chris has passed their apprenticeship lock working course and were ready to take on boat navigation. Quick learners!!
Today was the first time the weather was kind enough for us to sit outside to have lunch.
Ten minutes later, it was r#*ning! We ate our meals inside.
Ten minutes later, it wasn’t r#*ning!
The afternoon was spent cruising, teaching the newbies the finer details of canal life!
Dinner at the Cheshire Cat in Christleton was followed by a a 3 way Sequence Game. ( ongoing score count suspended for the evening. )
The new recruits passed their initiations with flying colours.