Travelling a grand total of 5 miles we stopped at Downholland Cross. A lot of residential moorers along this section more then we have seen in days. But with beautiful countryside to view (very flat, more like Lincolnshire then Lancashire) a pleasant cruise nonetheless. Going through a long deep cutting Ian spied a plaque on the wall stating 'Canal cut started here'. This was backed up by a statue of the Halsall Navvy sculptured by Thompson Dagnall seen at bridge 25. Apparently in 1770 the first sod was ceremonially dug by the Hon Charles Mordaunt of Halsall Hall for the commencement of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Two more casualties seen on route, both of a cruiser type. One made a fabulous rest area for mum and her ducklings.
A BBQ was planned for later and we were on the hunt for a wide enough towpath so we could sit out of the way of walkers, bikers etc. A spot before the open swing bridge seemed the perfect place. As soon as we had secured FS I got the bucket and sponge to wash the dust from the cabin top and sides before the sun swung round to bake the paintwork. Then it was out with the rod and....on no....for goodness sake, another two eels were caught. I hate these elongated slimy fish and not wanting to chance catching any more, I decided to sit and read instead.
We were very lucky to have finished cooking and then eaten our chicken and steak because enjoying a Pimms to finish the evening off, a clap of thunder was heard and this seen behind us. A very quick pack up, cratch cover down, Houdini closed and back doors all closed up and we waited for the onslaught. And we waited!!! and waited!!! Nothing, not even one drop of water fell on us. Could have sat out enjoying the evening after all.
Mind you we did have this horrible screeching noise sounding like birds being attacked by something. It went on for several minutes every 20 minutes and had no idea what it was or where it came from. Discovered afterwards that it is a bird scarer trying to sound like buzzards. In fact the farmer came along and plonked this down in the field. Didn't seem to work as birds still landed on his crops.
And today's wildlife,