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Canalside Transport Travel

Things with the Letter N

#CFFC #LetterN #Photography

We begin with something Nautical – the Manchester Ship Canal

(or as we now know it – Salford Quays)

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The various waterways are connected by a series of footbridges for Navigation around the quayside.

Located in the Northwest of England the basins are still used by ships and boats at certain times of the year.   Everything from Royal Navy and Merchant Navy vessels to Narrowboats which use the waterway as part of their navigation of the canal network

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I like the narrowboats as they’re painted to the owners original design.

Salford Quays has its own narrowboat named after the painter LS Lowry, and it does cruises up and down the Canal network.

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Canalside Fishing Water Waterside

Another Winters Morning

Fishing

As the mercury begins its annual retreat

the angler keeps a watch

the winter water, dark and cold

as silvery sources flicker

 

Hot air turning to almost fog

as chair it rests on sawn up logs

and line it sits, still, with great aplomb

as angler watches for a flicker

 

The float bobs away

in the ice cold soup

slight winds make it bob and loop

but not yet beyond its line it stoops

 

Ripples in water – give something away

as down in the depths – something does play

so sat angler waits – and beef tea he does pour

whilst listening to sports news on Radio four

 

But then there’s some action – could that be a Pike ?

the float swings round wildly – It’s the chain off a bike

and bubbles arising ? – the laughter of the fish

who’ve stopping being put on the wall or a dish

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BASIC Birds Canalside Home

An ode to a Heron

Salford 21st September

One of Inky’s better known works, about a feathered resident of Salford Quays Waterside and Manchester ship canal.  Anyone is free to read this – but if you wish to re-use please contact me – thanks!

The Heron stands perched,

In the middle of the bay

Dreaming of fish, a stones drop away.

He stares at a red bridge, and buildings of glass

Thinking of morsels, he will amass.

Balanced precariously, on a bright orange ball,

He dreams of fish, and tries not to fall.

Flapping his feathers, and drying off rain.

He ponders of Fish, again and again.

Geese making noises, as they fly all around

The Heron does nothing but stand his ground.

Flapping his wings on the orange coloured buoy,

A sea trout or carp is his favourite joy.

Lights gather round the watery hole,

A moonlit supper our flying hero’s goal.

No salt or pepper, or toad in the hole

He dives for his fish and swallows it whole!

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Canalside Elements Nature Photography Places Transport Travel

Elemental

Elemental

Salford 17th September 2017

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They cut through the Earth, to create this canal.

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Development led to a series of Basins being dug, which filled with water coming from, not only the canal, but the skies too.


Goods for the foundations, foundries and factories found its way here
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Originally , the Wind carried ships down the canal – using their sails, but nowadays these boats are powered by fuel…and its not materials they carry, but people.

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Canalside Heritage Industrial Poetry

The Canal

Salford , 5th September 2017

Hi folks, Inky reporting from behind his desk at the toolshed.

 

Regular viewers will know i started this site to share my scribbles thoughts and photography with you all.

Most of the poetry (not all) comes from my online repository on Allpoetry.com

Now here’s the thing.  when i post to the Allpoetry server, the little gremlins working inside it, read every word i’ve written and give it a score – made up of professionalism, whether people like it or not – grammatical issues and all.

It’s very rare i get a straight 10 – I Got one today!

Here’s the poem, it’s called The Canal, and it was originally written around the time Salford celebrated the Centenary of the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Docks.

Feel free to drop me your thoughts.

 

The Large Ditch

(or M.S.C)

on Salfords edge

is filled with

flowing water.

The water travels

along the bank,

making its way

to the West,

Meeting up with

Its Liverpool cousin.

It once carried

great ships

Giants of the sea

alongside its cousin

(the River Mersey)

It carried great objects,

Goods, far and wide

but canalside now has

a more relaxed side

Large basins once carrying objects to port,

are now the home of some great watersport.

and where cargo tankers unloaded their bales

is now the home of some colourful sails

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Acrostic Art Canalside Places Poetry Water Waterside

Emulating the greats

Homage

Salford , 30th August 2017

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Sat by the great stretch of Ontario,

Aware of the place i was in

Lowry’s backyard, I

Found myself a bench facing

Out onto this great stretch of

Royal waterway, in sight of Rileys Flat and began to

Draw a scene in simple pencil – one the great man would appreciate

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Canalside Poetry

Unmoored

Unmoored

floating out of the marina

and into the bay

did a sleepwalking helmsman

hear “Anchors Aweigh”

Floating off silently

to seas far off shore

cries from crew heard far on the shore

“help us all!” they implore

For on its journey out to sea

stuck in mud crew found it be

only hoping for a ride

on the wave of a passing tide

And reflecting on a passing thought

the skipper who a hope he’s bought

a help or two from a passing tugboat

and fingers crossed – he stays afloat!

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Animals Birds Canalside Fun Humour Pleasures Poetry

Afloat

After Salford University’s hugging students: More weird world records broken by Brits

Salford 6th January 2017

In response to the daily post prompt Float

A tale of a Rubber Duck Race down the River Irwell in Salford, Lancashire.

There was pandemonium

at the rubber duck factory

as ten thousand streetwise ducks

waddled out of the city

They moved down the irwell

passing the boats

avoiding the locks

and staying afloat

Cows in the cowshed , watched somewhat bemused

and captains of small boats looked somewhat confused

as geese and their brethren all went amuck

following the trail of a little yellow duck

Led by their leaders, of United Red and City blue

passing under bridges and past an audience too

divided in a moment, by a Liverpool ferry

but meeting in middle – and still keeping merry

In the end after journey , down canal they all flocked

meeting at gateway at Mode Wheel Lock

and first one in net, out of water they rised

and their owner received, a very special prize.

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Buildings Canalside Home Photography Places Poetry Travel

Take it to the bridge

In response to the daily post prompt Bridge

Salford, Saturday 29th October 2016

 

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Millennium Bridge, Manchester Ship Canal, Salford Quays, BFK 2016

 

Wonderful pieces of engineering

traversing the great canal waterway

passing across them on a daily basis

I marvel at the way they work

Some, they lift until weights stop,

and some turn round as ferry anchors drop

but without them the canal would make travellers cross

and with no trade to speak of – it would be quite a loss.

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Animals Buildings Canalside Character Creatures Museum Poetry

A Mouse in the Museum Kitchen

#Napowrimo #Day21 #blogging101 #Mouse #Museum #Poetry

I once wrote a piece of found poetry on Imperial War museum North, in Manchester..using a piece from the poet John Rice as my inspiration.  Thought I’d share it with you, and hope you enjoy the read.

 

There’s a mouse in the Museum Kitchen –

Who’s been eating all the cheese

he’s been spotted by the entrance

playing football with the peas

 

Security can’t find him

it make’s the young ones laugh

for while they check the cubby holes

he’s napping in the caff!

 

There’s a mouse in the Museum Kitchen –

Who’s been darting round the space

his paw prints for sure, were seen across the floor

and all over the place.

 

There’s a mouse in the Museum Kitchen –

he’s been sleeping under the tank

but he’s dashed off fast, to his hold steadfast

he doesn’t like noises to be frank

 

There’s a mouse in the Museum Kitchen

with the Engine – he’s had fun

running over the floor and from door to door

and he’s only just begun

 

He’s picnicked by the jet plane

and ate by the Estate

And watched the children’s movie show

Before returning his plate

 

“Yes – i’m the museum kitchen mouse

hope you don’t mind me keeping house

but as I’ve put plates in the sink

i’m heading to the pub now for a drink!”