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Monday, October 07, 2013

Moving up the Grand Union Canal

I didn`t bother stopping as trying to cut it would have caused the top end to float in the canal.

I have never noticed a Cygnet with a ring before. This led me to google swan ringing on canals and sure enough it`s going on all over the country. Having seen adult birds my thoughts were they had been ringed on the Thames during the annual swan upping. So there you are 65 years on this planet and still learning.

With family in the area Cassio bridge has been a regular mooring over the years. Although opposite a boatyard it is pretty quiet and good enough for a few days. Problem this time was the railway bridge up ahead that is wrapped in sheeting. After 3 days we learnt why when they started air blasting the rust and peeling paint ready for re-painting. the noise was un-believable, time to move.
The boatyard opposite did provide some entertainment before we left with three boats being either lifted in or out of the water.

So on through Cassiobury park and into Grove park. The canal turns sharply to the left under this bridge and the towpath changes to the left leaving our mooring on a fairly little used bank of grass.
This was a peaceful weeks stay and gave two of the grand kids a chance to visit.

Granddaughter Jordan managed to catch this crayfish. Not sure if it`s the native White clawed variety or the invasive signal. I guess in the absence of White claws it must be the Signal Crayfish.

 These gates are closed
but not watertight.


Graham Budd said...

It's definitely a Signal Crayfish, and they are well worth eating,, but you need a good catch of around 40-50 to feed four.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Graham and hello Jill
Not my idea of a meal but certainly see a lot of folk with nets on boats along the canals.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs