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Chief Seattle (1786–1866) leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes

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Sollum and the River Asland

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1. Leaving Rufford in our wake.
2. On our way to Sollum with little 'Val' leading.
3. The windlassies doing their bit.

After leaving the outskirts of Burscough we stopped off at Rufford to restock with coal at St Mary's Marina and fuel for the genny from Ruffords 'Central Garage'. We also spotted a large alder tree overhanging the canal, which had been cut back recently, and as luck would have it, the wood had been left for the taking. So Jim loaded it onto 'Val' and then split it between us when he came alongside; we've plenty of fuel for the stove what with this prolonged chilly spell we're experiencing as we head into summer.

We're now moored just before the L&L; canal reverts to the old course of the River Asland, more recently known as the River Douglas, at Sollum. The 'new' course of the River Douglas, running between the tidal River Ribble and Wigan, cuts through close to the canal here. We'll be passing down this lovely stretch of the old Asland River to Tarleton in the coming days after we've trod water here a while, so to speak.
17th May 2012, 10:51  


tomk says:

What an idylic life you appear to lead - beautiful place

17th May 2012, 11:44