Tagged: Canals

Spring sunshine with added dog!

Dog enjoying the sunshine.

Despite this week’s rain and a wind so gusty that I almost thought I was going to be blown away like the queue of nannies in Mary Poppins, it seems that spring has finally arrived – much to the relief of everyone, including this lovely dog. Happily sunbathing on a lounger atop a houseboat moored on the Grand Union Canal at Ladbroke Grove, he sat up to watch me go by – and posed rather beautifully when I got my camera out!

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Seven little goslings…

Seven little goslings...

Cute, aren’t they? This magnificent seven live along the Grand Union Canal at Ladbroke Grove in west London, and are being beautifully looked after by mum and dad. In fact, when I passed them this evening, they were sat on the grass, all trying to wriggle under mum’s wing at once to keep warm! I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of these seven little signs that spring has finally arrived…

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My Spidey Senses are tingling…

Spiderman on a boat!

Yes, even Spiderman himself likes nothing more than a nice day out on the canal! I spotted him – all poised and ready to steer his boat in the direction of the bright lights of central London – at a mooring in Ladbroke Grove yesterday. I wonder where he is now…?

Another waterbird posing for the camera…

This is turning into something of a mini-series…

This grey heron can frequently be spotted at Brentford Lock in west London. He’s facing the wrong way to be doing the ‘grey ghost’ standing-dead-still-for-ages-to-lull-the-fish-into-a-false-sense-of-security thing that you’ll often see herons doing by rivers and ponds, just before they unerringly send some poor fish to the Great Spawning Grounds in the Sky. I think he’s actually people watching instead; he’s right by the lock itself, a perfect spot to see all the boats and walkers and cyclists going by…

This time it really is a duck…*

… and a media savvy London duck at that. This female mallard was spotted happily preening for the snappers on her one-legged perch atop a narrowboat moored at Little Venice in west London a couple of weeks back – and mine certainly wasn’t the only camera she posed for while I was there!

*Unlike last time