On the Cut…..

Fradley Junction

Fradley Junction on the Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire

Looking back to this time 2 years ago in pre – Covid days, I enjoyed an early morning walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal.  The Canal was still, narrowboat traffic just starting to get moving for the day to resume their leisurely pace onwards.  

The season of 2019, must have been a little more advanced than this year, as witnessed by the Silver Birch, which was sprouting a good head of new season leaf.

Until restrictions are lifted, possibly sometime next month, the Canals are still quiet.  The only movement is for boat owners, who live aboard, moving their vessel to service points to take on essential water and empty waste. 

As for the phrase “On the Cut”…. it refers to the Canal.  These were dug out by Navies (short for Navigators) who cut, with pick and spades, the canal network through the towns and countryside.  Travel on the canal or walk the towpath and you are on the cut.

Come the summer time, if some sort of normality returns to our lives, Fradley Junction, a major junction on the network, will once again become a scene of much waterways activity.

Until normality… if a normality of a kind returns….

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

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