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Apologies to all.
The floating aquatic plant we saw in big swathes across the canal
was not escaped 'water cress',
but floating pennywort, an invasive pest.
My Conservation Group has recently been invited to apply for funding
for voluntary groups to remove it from any Local Nature Reserves they manage,
speaking to the Project Manager,
we have been invited to clear a stretch of the River Colne,
downstream of the weir we saw,
(that marks the beginning of the man-made River Frays).
Await an invitation to a day messing about in a (shallow) river
removing the unwanted floating pennywort.
and we will be working adjacent to the Denham Country Park visitor centre
with full amenities, rather than miles away from a WC.
Have a look at the ride.
@hamrack @cgg @mashton @photoben @Mickie_Cricket
Now we have warmer weather, (it was a strangely cold Saturday we inadvertantly chose last October), and lighter evenings, this ride could easily be run again,
with an extension south and east along the canal to (at least) Hanwell,
with its famous flight of locks, and Brunel's Triple Bridge
and superior choice of eateries, (compared to Uxb),
even before venturing to West Ealing or Ealing itself.
[Do realise this somewhat negates the 'quarter' aspect of the title].
Sure, depending on date!
No! I'm convinced that it was the towpath down past Hayes that killed my lovely frame (in a sort of delayed touch-of-death type way).
The Grand Union canal tow path is a little rough in places,
south of Uxbridge through Hayes towards Hanwell.
Mostly in, need to verify with boss etc.
Any interest in an early Summer version?
@ffm @skydancer @moorhen @Backstop
@ian(conker) @omash27 @tonyme @mulv
The Crown & Treaty pub we passed on the approach to Uxbridge
is finally re-open.
This attempt failed.
I'm willing to try & run it again,
we are again running out of daylight to push on to Hanwell/Ealing,
we may be restricted to those opting out of pre-Xmas shopping fests.
If it's after schools breakup then I'm in.
as mespilus jr. finished his 6th Form back in the Summer,
I'm out of the school holidays loop.
Give me a hint from when you are free?
post Dec 20th for two weeks for Herts folks
The most historic building in Uxbridge,
the Crown & Treaty pub,
has re-opened with an emphasis on dining.
Popped in over the festive season
and enjoyed a pint of Windsor-brewed Xmas Chestnut Ale.
Cycled up to Watford this afternoon,
of course, retraced our ride down to Rickmansworth.
Bit of a blockage,
spoke to the owner of the Ovaltine narrow boat.
Transpires, it is not just 'a' Ovaltine narrowboat,
it is 'the, original' Ovaltine narrowboat dating back to 1926.
Pffft, then why is it Toblerone-shaped and not Ovaltine-shaped? We want answers.
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27 October 2018
@ 10:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Posted by @mespilus
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