Sunset, Midsummer, on the Ashton Canal
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June 21st, 2010 – by: sarahelaine
Tonight, though, I didn't jog - it was a rest day, and also, it's bloody hot right now. I went for a walk instead. It is midsummer, and I went out after dinner.
I love the Ashton canal. So much of Manchester's history is illustrated along its banks. The shiny new developments at Islington Wharf and Chips, the more established houses built in 1990 as the centre started to repopulate; the boarded up council homes in Ancoats. The silent, spooky abandoned mills, trees growing out of their brickwork, pools of broken glass around their feet.
And the canal itself is lovely. It's less polluted than you'd expect. The wild dog-roses are almost past their best now, but the giant bindweeds and brambles are all in full bloom. The goslings are almost grown now, and the elder-flowers - frustratingly, on the wrong sie of the canal to harvest for cordial - are at their finest.
On the waay back, bats were swooping about in the derelict warehouses in Piccadilly. Most bat species are endangered in Britain - I hope that the regeneration leaves space for them when the economy recovers.
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