As I mentioned in my weekend post, Neal surprised me with a visit to a (drumroll) the National Waterway Museum. How did that come about? Let me explain. We woke up on Sunday morning, and we both asked each other, “So, what do you want to do today?” Stalemate.
After a moment, I responded with a request to go somewhere I can have a cappuccino. (You see for a few weekends in a row, we have ventured into the British countryside to people watch and coffee..) Neal told me that he had an idea, but wouldn’t tell me where.
We ventured onto the motorway and about 15 minutes later, that’s when I saw the sign “Boat Museum”. I couldn’t help but laughing out loud. A boat museum? Well, there is a first time for everything.
Turns out, it wasn’t just a boat museum. Neal took me to the National Waterway Museum in Ellesmere Port, highlighting plenty of history. There were historical canal boats, recreated cottages plus the story of how the boats were built. The waterways were a critical part to the Industrial Revolution moving goods inland throughout the UK. (Yes, I am a complete history geek… but I am comfortable with that.)
During our time at the museum, we were lucky enough to watch the canal locks in action. It was nice to see the amazing engineering feat first hand.
Here are some more pics from the day….
- The old historic canal boats. I love the paint on the side of the boats…
- Neal rocking the coffee on one of the canal boats we explored.
- I am pretty sure that this boat is no longer sea worthy. (Under the algae is you guessed it, water.)
- The colors of these vintage metal posters. The graphic design is awesome… for polish. Who knew?
- Dual swans… yes please!
It was a fun mini-adventure out, and just about 35 minutes from home. How great is that?