Sunday, 2 October 2011
It's been hot for a few days. Unexpectedly, unseasonally hot. I caught a bit of sun yesterday, and so with everything I had planned to do rendered somewhat impractical by the pounding headache, we instead went out for a gentle stroll along our local canal.
They've started a project to improve the canal, in Stroud. Endless roadworks and diversions while they've been building a new road bridge across a newly-cleaned section of canal. And when we got there, it was pretty nice.
Take a couple of steps further back, however, and it's a rather different story: the canal leading up to the new bridge is still a narrow channel, impossible to navigate by boat.
A few more photos from our walk will show you, there's quite a bit more work to be done before the canal will be back to its former glory. Locks have broken gates or no gates, reeds and rushes sometimes make such a thick carpet that you'd struggle to know there was water there at all, and in a few places the whole width is dammed with rock and earth. I'm looking forwards to the day when we can come this way by boat, but I'm not holding my breath...