Laura and I headed to Manchester Central by train this morning, along with her best mate and chief bridesmaid to be, to a wedding fayre and came back with bags of goodies and more ideas for the big day. Storm spent the day alone and after a frustrating morning being baffled by technology he now has a new battery in his I-phone, a new external hard drive for the computer and has made arrangements to pick up another Ebay Moulton ‘project’ in the morning. A man needs a project! This evening we’ve visited a pub that we’ve been meaning to visit for a long time – the Union Vaults in Egerton Street. This is a back street real ale pub, not far from the canal and the train station that has remained pretty much unspoilt. The walls are covered with photographs of the canals when they were actually worked!
We’ve still had no snow but very frosty nights and lovely clear sunny days, so while Laura is at work and Summer in nursery, we’ve taken advantage of the weather to enjoy some lengthy walks.
Despite living afloat, we always seem to be drawn towards water and this week we’ve explored the banks of the River Dee that flows through Chester from Llangollen to Connah’s Quay and out into the Irish Sea.
The tour buses bring visitors to the area of Chester known as “The Groves” from where the trip boats operate, just outside of the City walls. It is a busy area where you can enjoy a cuppa while you watch the world go by or continue walking along the river or detour into Grosvenor Park or the pretty village of Handbridge to admire the big houses built with views over the river.
Max romping home at Chester
Yesterday we managed our 10,000 paces. We left the boat and picked up the river at the nearest point which took us behind the racing stables and out onto the racecourse where Max enjoyed a run before being put back on his lead while we walked through The Groves and over the Queens Park footbridge into Handbridge and back.
Today we headed out of Chester towards Connah’s Quay. As the river leaves Chester, the river flows in an artificial man-made channel, created 200 years ago and for much of its length the channel runs in a straight line. Today we’ve managed 12000 paces as we walked to Higher Ferry and back. There is a modern bridge at Higher Ferry that takes cyclists and pedestrians into Saltney via Saltney Ferry. We could have done a circular walk but that involved walking beside the road, and we instead decided to walk back beside the river so Max could continue to enjoy running off his lead.
Babysitting duties are such fun. Summer is really getting the idea of hide and seek …
Where is Summer?
Where is she?
Here I am!
The BBC’s weather forecast of heavy snow in the north didn’t include Chester and we were disappointed with only a light dusting! They were right that it would be cold though and this hasn’t encouraged us to spend much time outside. We’ve walked Max each day, trying to achieve a reading of 10,000 steps on the pedometer, and been glad to get back into the warm afterwards. It is encouraging to see the days getting longer and to know that BST starts next month.