Day 128 – Wet And Windy…

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.

Canalside, Audlem – iPhone XR
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Day 102 – Sometimes I Wonder…

… what happened to the people I gave directions to. Very true! Sign outside a café at Grindley Brook, nr Whitchurch.

Café sign, Grindley Brook – iPhone XR

Day 55 – All The Gear…

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…

Paddle Gear Mechanism, Tyrley Locks – iPhone XR

Day 35 – Home Sweet Home…

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!

Houseboats, Market Drayton – iPhone XR

Day 3 – Messing about in boats…

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…

Boats at Tyrley Locks – iPhone XR