Sunset, Midsummer, on the Ashton Canal

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Corner of Islington Wharf, a residential tower
I have taken up jogging.  Well, lollopping at a speed slightly slower than I can walk, then giving up five minutes later.  But there we are.  And as it is summer, then I have been jogging along the Ashton Canal near where I live. 

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.
Old factory
  But if you look closer - if you really listen -some of  the mills are still alive.  There are rock bands practising inside, their basses rattling the buddlea bushes in the walls.  The yards are full of trucks.  Smaller businesses are thriving where the giant factories once rose.

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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Corner of Islington Wharf, a resid…
Corner of Islington Wharf, a resi…
Old factory
Old factory
Canal bridge
Canal bridge
Abandoned factory - spooky and emp…
Abandoned factory - spooky and em…
Dog-Roses
Dog-Roses
The Canal
The Canal
Factory
Factory
Winch in the residential part of P…
Winch in the residential part of …
Modern Ironwork by an office block
Modern Ironwork by an office block
Goodnight Manchester
Goodnight Manchester
Decorative crane by the canal, wit…
Decorative crane by the canal, wi…
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