Thursday, July 27, 2017

Play your cards right

It was another long day ahead today as we wanted to make some progress, so we left Melling at 8.00am.
We made our way up to Maghull and Chris, The Laminate, lives in Mughull and asked us to call him when we were passing through.
Vanessa, his wife, also joined us with the two boys and helped us through the swing bridges..

We said our goodbyes and pressed on through Downholland Cross and Haskayne where we went through the cutting to Halsall.
 This cutting was the first cutting on the Leeds Liverpool canal in 1775, this fella was keeping watch!
We both decided it was time to fill up with diesel so we stopped at Scarisbrick Marina.
This looked inviting when we passed it on the way to Liverpool and when we turned in we could see a lovely tearooms and small chandlery in the main office. This is a family run marina and everyone was involved. It was packed with customers and the food looked great.. 
We got our diesel and made our way to Burscough.

We liked it here but wanted to get on a bit further as the sun had come out, so went past the Rufford arm and stopped at Parbold.
We were lucky to get a mooring here.
There are a few shops here to explore and obviously a few pubs, the Windmill being the most attractive with good food available. We had a look around and the landlord of the Railway invited us in.....'rude not to'.
It was a lovely inviting pub with Navy memorabilia on the walls, and it turned out that Mark had done a tournament with this guy on the same day back in 1987..
So the drinks started flowing. We had arranged to meet Chris at the Windmill so walked up there later in the afternoon.
It turned out Chris couldn't make it, so we ordered our food and really enjoyed it. It was quiz night at the Railway, so we thought we would give it a go.. We ended up coming halfway, so not a bad effort.
After quizzing we played "Play your cards wrong" and we all had a chance to win over £200.00 but failed, but it was fun trying..
This went on till midnight, and it was a steady walk back home.

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