Yuk!!! No one would find it pleasant to have their hands covered in dog poo but that is exactly what happened to Ian this morning. We were ready for the off and Ian went to untie the bow rope. Feeding the rope back through the loop of the pin he suddenly discovered the rope was covered in it. So I say Please, Please to those inconsiderate dog owners PICK IT UP!!!! It's bad enough stepping in it and waking it through the boat (bet those dog owners would be the first to complain if they walked in it) but to have it on your rope, pins and then over hands.......Well enough said!
|Looks like like gates. Seen as we left the mooring.|
Did you know there used to be a lock called Dover lock between Plank Lane bridge and Wigan. Those travelling along this route thinks its just a narrow section but look closely and the gate recesses can be clearly seen. Two locks were on this route but due to mining subsidence they were no longer needed.
|Dover lock No 1|
|Love these bollards.|
|They are not all from one pair of geese|
Then I went in search of Kingfishers. A local mentioned seeing them by Ochre Flash, pointed me in the direction and told not to deviate off the path until I came to a wall. 15 minutes later and with a fast walking pace I still hadn't found it. Then another local walking with his dog told me I was in the wrong place and needed to be back at the canal. He offers to show me and another 15 minutes later, on a different route and at an even faster pace (I struggled to keep up) I ended up at the same place from where I started from! The moral to this tale, don't always take what the locals say as gospel.
A Canada goose family trying desperately to get away from a Swan. The male Goose was trying his darnedest to distract the Swan. Unfortunately it didn't work and, in the hurry to get her gosling's away and into the reeds, one was separated and no matter what the Goose did the Swan was out to get it. I witnessed the vicious killing of the gosling and the desperate attempt after the Swan had left of the male Goose to revive it. I have no idea what has happened to the rest of the family. I feel they will all go the same way if the parents don't get them away from this Flash. I will apologise now to those that find these photos shocking. Maybe best not to view them if you get upset easily.
|Chased in the reeds|
|The unlucky gosling trying to be protected by dad|
|Swan heading for the Gosling|
|Dad still trying to stop the attack|
|Dad trying to get it to move.|
|And the Swan still after him.|