Friday, 5 August 2016

Boat Lift and Poncho

A beautiful day here in Cheshire with lots of sunshine and blue skies. We've been very lucky that our time in the van always seems to be accompanied by good weather.

This morning we mooched around the site and played more baseball. I am shockingly unfit, I cannot run to save my life and I'm puffing and panting after 5 minutes. Mind you I don't have to do that much running really because somehow it's always Thomas' turn to bat.

Then this afternoon we had a drive out to the Anderton Boat Lift. I have no idea about the technical side of this although it was explained but basically (and this is very much in layman's terms), you get in a barge, sail around the corner, enter a holding bay thing and then the you're lifted up from the River Weaver at the bottom to the Trent and Mersey canal at the top as another boat comes down. Not being technically minded at all it amazes me how people came up with these ideas and actually built things like this all those years ago. 
After the boat lift we headed back to the van for more baseball and chilling out time to find this superdooper Airstream van was parked up just behind us. Isn't she lovely. Not sure I'd like the job of keeping her so shiny though.
I've managed to do loads of crochet and am so excited because the poncho has actually worked. I can't believe how simple it is to make one just by crocheting 2 rectangles, but uploading photos takes so long I'm afraid it'll have to wait until I get home. 
And that's it for today. We're having a very laid back break this time which is fine by me. 

xxx



16 comments:

  1. A wonderfully relaxed day. There is something fascinating about some types of engineering. If you ever get chance visit the Falkirk wheel. It had me mesmerized. Now I sound like a geek. ☺Your crochet is fab. X X

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    1. Not geeky at all Jules. I love the visual-ness of these structures but cannot get my head around how any of it works. Mark was telling me about the Falkirk wheel but I have to admit I zoned out. It was also mentioned by the tour guide. Apparently the re-vamped Falkirk wheel opened just a few weeks before the Anderton lift, although I think the Lift is the oldest. Don't quote me on that though. There was so much information and you know what my memory is like. xx

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  2. Glad you are having good weather on your break. Love the colors on your poncho.

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    1. Couldn't ask for better weather. Somebody is certainly smiling down on us. The colours are different than what I usually use but I like them. I've started another poncho which will be similar as these are the only colours I have with me. I've enjoyed picking up the crochet inbetween everything else. xx

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  3. Oh my goodness, that just reminds me of school trips. Usually in the rain.

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    1. Not sure if that's a good thing or not :) The lift was hardly fairground material but the talk was really good. Lots of technical information but also a lot of info about the old way of doing things with the horses and barges and how much stuff could be moved in a day etc. Love that sort of thing. xx

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  4. That sounds like a lovely day. Your poncho is so pretty, looking forward to seeing the end result.
    Ooh, that caravan is sparkly! I like it!
    xxxx

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    1. The caravan is lovely isn't it. Can you imagine one in pink :) The boat lift was something Mark was really interested in and although I didn't get half the technical stuff it's a lovely place to visit.

      Poncho 'how to' coming up one day next week. So simple but once again it amazes me how people can figure this sort of thing out haha. xx

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  5. Jules beat me too it, but The Falkirk Wheel is amazing and then you can go and visit the Kelpies. Our daughter worked in Holmes Chapel for a while and we got to know Cheshire quite well. It's door to door motorway for us and we could zip down after work on Friday nights ( without the van) to see her. Chester CC site is good with lots to see and do nearby. Weather looks great and Thomas looks very happy. Catriona

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    1. The Falkirk Wheel was mentioned in our talk, I think they were slightly miffed that it opened just a few weeks before the Anderton Lift haha.

      Tried to get in the CC sites but they were fully booked. Sometimes things work out for the best though don't they because it's lovely here and we'd definitely come back. The field is a massive bonus. xx

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  6. Oooooh I want that Airstream van. I would happily polish it...lol.
    Glad the weather is good and you are enjoying your laid back break-x-

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    1. It's lovely isn't it. They only stayed one night but they were like mini celebrities, it was a real talking point amongst everybody :) xx

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  7. Looks like you're having another great holiday. Love the colours of your poncho.
    Oldest son and DIL have an airstream motor home. It's huge, 38 feet long, about the size of a city bus! They have it parked at a lake 1 hour 15 minutes from home for the summer. So they can go down every weekend and put their boat on the lake. With the economy at the moment and the price of gas I wouldn't want to be doing any long distance trips in it. It only gets about 5 miles to the gallon!! May be a slight exaggeration, but not much!

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    1. Lucky son and DIL having one and being able to enjoy it most weekends. Best not mention the boat to Thomas because he really wants one. I'm sure he thinks we're millionaires with the things he asks for. He wanted to know how much a butler would cost the other day! You should have seen all the men's faces light up when it pulled up on site. They loved it. xx

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  8. We go past the Airstream place on our way to see Miss 22 and we all gaze out of the car window and sigh wistfully! I'd like one in the garden! It's on my list of 'What I'm buying when I win the lottery'. I think I've seen that lift thing on a TV programme. It amazes me these things were built in times where there were no easy things like electronics and cranes etc!

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    1. It's lovely isn't it, but I'm not sure I'd like to have to keep it that shiny! I'm a bit ignorant regarding caravans, as long as I like the layout and it's big enough for us that's enough for me, but apparently the airstreams are the stuff of dreams.

      The lift was really interesting. Same as you I find it amazing that they constructed things like that basically using muscles and hard graft. Eeeee, there's something to be said for the days when men were men lol. xx

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