March 18th, 2008

Wanaka tree

Canalside walk

Last Thursday I took the day off. I had another doctor's appointment. There isn't much to report on that front, more tests for things that I didn't go there for in the first place and an okay because my voice is coming back a bit quicker than she thought it might. Ironically, I'm going to have to go back again next week, by which time my voice will be fine and it will be because of all the other meddling that I didn't have a problem with until I went to the doctor's. With any luck, I'll be ill and won't be able to go!

Anyway, after that I decided to walk the canal. You may remember some photos I posted a couple of weeks ago of the docks and the high-sided cutting in Bridgwater. That got me thinking about walking the whole length of the canal. Actually, it got me thinking about walking the canal in two halves. The canal is 23.5 kilometres long. Happily, there is a very convenient 'half way' point and that was where I wanted to get to as the first stage of my attempt. A few years ago, in a very spirited effort at public art, education and fun, someone decided that it would be a nice idea to map out the solar system along the length of the canal. They stuck a great big 'sun' at the half way point and then put markers at the appropriate points along the canal in each direction to show where the orbits of the planets come. At either end of the canal there is poor old Pluto, no longer recognised as a planet but still there even so. More of that later. It wasn't a great day, as far as the weather was concerned and there was rain forecast for the middle part of the day, so I had to get on with it. 

I set out at about ten o'clock. It wasn't long before I was walking through the outskirts of the town. As is very common these days there is a lot of rubbish, in the canal, beside the canal and floating on the canal, but that eased as I got closer to the edge of town. Strangely, at one point there was a pile of books that had been thrown out by someone. I casually looked through them and saw a copy of Return to the Stars by Erich von Däniken. It was a bit damp but not wet, so I put it in my rucksack and carried on. 

A cottage, idyllically placed beside the canal.
(I'm sorry about the quality of the photos in this set, it was a dull day and getting duller by the minute and I didn't have a lot of hope of getting anything spectacular.)

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Wanaka tree

It's March

 I realise that the sensible thing to do would have been to post this yesterday, but I only took the photo today. Oooops. 
This is the sign outside one of the pubs in Taunton.
Happy March.