On a dry summer’s day, the canal towpath at Audlem would be heaving with people. As well as locals (many of them dog-walkers) there would be lots of tourists too, but today’s wet and windy weather kept them all away.
… what happened to the people I gave directions to. Very true! Sign outside a café at Grindley Brook, nr Whitchurch.
It’s quite common to see swans on the canal near here, but I’d never seen them nesting until today. This is actually someone’s front garden – I think I would be nervous getting too close when mowing the lawn!
The gate paddle mechanism at #1 Lock at Tyrley Locks on the Shropshire Union Canal near Market Drayton. Completed in 1835, this canal was the last major project completed by Thomas Telford, the architect of much of the canal system in England. Looks to me like this gear mechanism is probably original…
The rather cooler weather now we are back in England came as a bit of a shock after our glorious week in Gran Canaria ☀️☀️. However, the crocuses in the garden obviously reckon that Spring is on the way… A chance too to try the new 58mm lens converter for my phone.
Most of the narrow boats we see along the canal near here are either hired out for holidays/vacations, or belong to people using them for business. However, these few are permanent homes – the boats don’t move from one year to another, and some of the residents have created gardens alongside the tow path, complete even with sheds in some cases!
The Shropshire Union Canal runs close by our house, and it’s a great place for a walk. These two boats are frequently to be seen, selling coal, wood and diesel fuel to other boat owners along the canal, although at this time of year there are very few boats to be seen. Life goes on though…