Thursday, 15 October 2015

Onwards towards Liverpool

We left the Bridgewater Canal at Wigan passing the world famous Wigan Pier which looks nothing like a pier. The whole area is being redeveloped into a retail/leisure park over the next 10 years, and will allegedly include new moorings for visiting boats. I hope they put some decent water points and rubbish disposal facilities along with the moorings. We couldn't get to the water point which is outside the C&RT office as it's also 24 hour moorings and was full. Roger phoned the office to ask where the rubbish disposal was but they were unavailable - it was lunchtime - when they finally phoned back they told him the "unofficial" skip is behind their offices but as its unofficial they aren't allowed to put up a sign. What a load of b******s!

There are a couple of statues along the canal corridor. At first glance I thought this was a 'yoof' in a hoody lurking there. It's actually a statue of a cotton worker, one of 4 statues which were installed in 2009. Two of the statues were stolen with weeks of being fitted which seems a bit strange considering they're made of fibreglass and of no monetary value.

We really like the L & L canal. There's some beautiful scenery

and some very desirable houses, especially if you're a duck

This is a sight I haven't seen for a few years. The dinner plate sized turtle was sunning itself on a tree trunk, totally uninterested in us as we stopped to take it's photograph.

When we stopped at Burscough today to do a spot of shopping we saw this poor mallard with plastic wrapped around it's neck and stuck in it's beak. Roger got his fishing net out to try and catch it but to no avail. It struggled to eat the duck food I threw in to try and get it closer to the bank so I doubt it'll last very long.

That's all for now, see you again soon.

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