Another very wet day! Nothing daunted, the volunteers were in three locations. Lucky for some, the first one was in the dry.

Sue, Gill, Ronnie and Alan T visited the Waterways Museum in Gloucester today as guests of CRT. They were there to view exhibits and pick up ideas for events being planned for the 225th anniversary celebrations of the Swansea canal, in 2023.

The models, artefacts, clothing, maps, audio and visual items on display gave plenty of food for thought, and the group came away with a number of possible projects to pursue.

They also met with CRT’s David Morgan and Caroline Kendall to discuss funding, museum displays, presentation material and other associated matters. It was a pleasant and informative day, made all the sweeter by a splendid cream tea and cakes in the museum restaurant!

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Martin and Kath were up early to move a pile of top soil onto the garden. This will enrich the soil, and fill in the numerous holes in the hard core which was used to give the garden it’s distinctive upward slope. Now that the top soil pile has been moved onto the garden Gordon asked Martin and Kath to clear the area next to the garden for a new compost heap. The current heap will not be accessible when the rest of the new by-wash is dug out very soon. In the picture Kath cuts back the buddleia over the area having removed several metal, stone and wood obstacles from the site.

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The main site for work today was the Ynysmeudwy Locks, where the volunteers set to with gusto, despite the rain. Alan W, Bob, John G and Martin, having finished his gardening duties, cleared vegetation from the sleepers that form the top of the canal wall.

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The rest of the volunteers dragged weed and silt from the pound between the locks, either with drag forks or using Gordon’s fabulous pulley system. Very hard work in the rain but luckily we found and retrieved the silt bucket – more forced labour to look forward to in a couple of week’s time. But the final photo shows that all the effort paid great dividends. What an improvement!

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Time for tea and cake, provided this week by Margaret. Her speciality bake – gingerbread – is delicious.

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Another successful day, despite the rain. The trip to the museum was very productive and the locks look much better, although there is more to be done. And we were joined by another pair of new volunteers. Apparently, one of them has a mechanised digger!

And finally, check out Annette’s fabulous YouTube video of today’s frolics in the rain.