1. Leaving Rufford in our wake.
2. On our way to Sollum with little 'Val' leading.
3. The windlassies doing their bit.
After leaving the outskirts of Burscough we stopped off at Rufford to restock with coal at St Mary's Marina and fuel for the genny from Ruffords 'Central Garage'. We also spotted a large alder tree overhanging the canal, which had been cut back recently, and as luck would have it, the wood had been left for the taking. So Jim loaded it onto 'Val' and then split it between us when he came alongside; we've plenty of fuel for the stove what with this prolonged chilly spell we're experiencing as we head into summer.
We're now moored just before the L&L; canal reverts to the old course of the River Asland, more recently known as the River Douglas, at Sollum. The 'new' course of the River Douglas, running between the tidal River Ribble and Wigan, cuts through close to the canal here. We'll be passing down this lovely stretch of the old Asland River to Tarleton in the coming days after we've trod water here a while, so to speak.
17th May 2012, 10:51
This is a treasured shooting stick my daughter, Emma, gave me as a Christmas present. Very useful whenever I'm out and about with Gunner and want to sit and admire the world around us, with or without binoculars.
16th May 2012, 08:59
Of the many exhibits I saw while visiting Liverpool's museums and galleries this one came out tops.
The most direct statement I have seen in a very long time on the hypocrisy of the church by a consummate artist - brilliant!
'The Walker Art Gallery has a new addition to its collection - a statue of a Priest vandalised by Banksy.
The renowned graffiti artist has sawn off the face of an 18th Century replica stone bust and glued on a selection of bathroom tiles. The resulting 'pixellated' portrait is entitled 'Cardinal Sin' and is believed to be a comment on the abuse scandal in the Church and its subsequent cover- up.
" I'm never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one "
The sculpture has been loaned indefinitely by the artist and has never been seen before.'
15th May 2012, 10:00
1. Junction Bridge.
2. An abundance of Cherry blossom.
3. Moss Bridge.
4. Peace and quiet.
5. Railway underpass.
6. Burscough Mill.
14th May 2012, 19:15
14th May 2012, 17:50
1. 'I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok'
2. My nickname is Woody for obvious reasons
3. Gunner's idea of chillin!
We managed to collect a woodpile to supplement our coal reserves as days and nights are still refreshingly chilly. A good chainsaw and axe make short work of turning out perfect logs for the wood burner.
As you can see, Gunner is happy to be back in the countryside after being confined to the cobbled dock area and floating pontoon we were moored against. There were a few grassed areas about and walks along the sea walls in either direction, so he didn't miss out at all really.
13th May 2012, 11:12
1. With Victoria Clock Tower in the background and having passed through Salisbury and Collingwood Docks we are now in Stanley Dock with the Tobacco Warehouse on the left.
2. Working up the Stanley Lock Flight onto the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
3. Leigh Bridge.
4. A close-up of the Leigh Bridge commemorative plaque.
5. Open country once again.
12th May 2012, 20:22
1. Entering Museum of Liverpool Tunnel with NB Val ahead of us.
2. Exiting the Liverpool Museum tunnel.
3. Having passed through the Cunard Tunnel we entered the St Nicholas Tunnel. Overlooked by the Royal Liver Building and Cunard Building (a statue of Edward VII sits above the tunnel opposite the Pier Head).
4. Princes Dock Lock with the BW staff working us through.
5. Passing through the Central Dock Channel and leaving the city behind.
6. Approaching Victoria Clock Tower.
12th May 2012, 19:31