Saturday 21 November


No lie in allowed this morning though as we had visitors coming for lunch and a request for a bakewell tart had been made.  Storm took Max for a walk while I tidied round and did the baking.

Laura, Marc & Summer arrived at 10.30, bringing with them the  Saturday papers and some home-made chocolate muffins to be enjoyed later.

Summer kept us busy and entertained us over lunch as she chatted away, giving us lots of hugs and kisses in between deciding what Father Christmas might bring for her and DanDad.

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They left after lunch so Summer could go home for her afternoon nap.  Changing into thermals and warm layers, we cast off and headed first to Calveley to use the services, and then onto Bunbury, down the staircase of two locks, on through Tilstone Lock, Beeston Stone Lock, Beeston Iron Lock and Wharton’s Lock (all double locks which we descended on our own as there were no other boats heading towards Chester today).

We moored up opposite the Shady Oak but this is one pub we won’t be visiting as we’ve been before and it has always disappointed.  With no other boats moored here and an empty carpark we assume it hasn’t improved.

Instead the fire is well banked up, the winter double duvet has been laid on the bed as the temperature has been forecast to drop even lower, and we’re trying to complete the crosswords and puzzles in the paper to the accompaniment of Radio 4 with glowing cheeks.


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