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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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Over the bridge

Pedestrian

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Detroit Bridge, Anchorage/Erie Basin, Salford Quays

Walking on water ? not exactly as they straddle the Locks , Quays and Rivers

of my home town

never shy of their responsiblity – they get people to their

destination from A to B and back again

easing a walker’s worry they’ll get wet in the water

revolutionary ? in their day necessity ? most definately

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Mariners Canal Bridge, Salford Quays
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Wondering….

In response to the prompt

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My Home town has plenty of green space to go at…

Two canals, a river network that runs up northern tributaries to Lancashire, and south towards Cheshire

These canals and rivers meet up near the old dock at Salford Quays, formerly “Manchester Docks”, I walk that way when I either head for the tram bound for Eccles or when i’m on duty at the Northern Branch of the Imperial War Museum

 

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Narrowboats at Castlefield’s Canal Basin – Part of the Canal Network

 

The Canal itself leads on through Manchester and other parts of the county.

The opportunities by the waterside have seen the waterways cleaned up and provide leisure for people all year round.  Narrow boats are a regular sight on the canal network, and moorings line the route all the way to the point where the Irwell and Mersey meet

 

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Roman Wall, at Castlefield, Manchester

Opposite the Canal Basin at Castlefield lie the Forum where open air events take place, The Museum of Science and Industry, with its Engines, Cars, and Aeroplanes and the Roman Wall, where the Roman Fort remains are in situ.

Iwm Waterside

 

 

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The Lowry in Salford – Topic of the poem “The Musical Place”

 

 

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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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Photo Challenge: Narrow

 

Narrowboats, National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

 

 

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Narrowboats on Erie Basin, Manchester Ship Canal

 

 
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Saturday  July 30th, 2016

A Thought: Narrowboat

They carried the cargo before the rail

up and down the waterways

Colourful characters towing the coal

that burned in the houses, factories and mills

but then with the dawn came the engine of steam

much faster than canal – down rail lines – a dream

so leisure pursuits became boats new norm

where coalmen once slept – a visitors new dorm.

whilst some tell the tales of the canals to date

and visitors on them – they think that its great.
Another Narrowboat poem : https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/narrowboat/

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Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 26th February 2016

I Went on an excursion with some of the lads from Manchester’s IWM North today to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, where I learned about the canals and their heritage.  The journey involved a brief stop for provisions at the M56 Motorway Services.

I took along my DSC-H300 too – in order to take a few pictures to remind me of the day

There were several Interesting pieces on the Manchester Ship canal which we left to make our way to the museum, including items from the Dock Office as well as pictures and models of the boats.

After seeing some wonderful artefacts, I enjoyed a lovely cup of tea in the café to go with my packed lunch, before going on a fact filled trip on a Narrowboat down the Shropshire Union canal.

 

 

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Nigel and Bill – Stand to Attention!

 

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National waterways museum, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire