Pictures from the Pelsall Festival of Water 2016

Despite a weather forecast that didn’t bode well, the first day of the three day Inland Waterways Association Festival of Water at Pelsall was pretty good when I called in, and the rain held off until the moment I left.

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Kingdom of rain

This video takes a journey homewards after work – I pick it up in Walsall Road, Darlaston, and travel through James Bridge, Alumwell and join the New Ring Road at the Rollingmill Street junction.
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Pictures from Pelsall Canal Festival 2013

Well, the weather behaved, mostly – a couple of sharp showers and a strong wind couldn’t dampen spirits with loads of stalls, activities, people and boats – Pelsall Canal Festival was a great afternoon out.
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Urgent – please help to save a life

This is an appeal on behalf of a fellow cyclist, who tragically appears to have a very short life expectancy. I am very concerned for his welfare. If he continues in the vein he’s going, he’s not going to last long at all. I spotted the cyclist in question on my homeward commute on Wednesday,…

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Clear waters rising

The water level at Chasewater – as well as other questions – continues to fascinate. It seems I’m not the only one gazing on the waterfront – there’s another contender, top reader Andy Dennis. Following my musings last weekend on the nature of drought and the contribution of recent rains to the refilling of our…

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Rain dances

This evening, like yesterday evening, I visited Chasewater. The day’s rain had ceased. I noted yesterday on my 365daysofbiking journal that I think the water level has increased about 500mm in the last week, and I was interested to see how much a days worth of heavy downpour had added to the level. At the…

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A rainy night in Lichfield

Yesterday at 5:30pm, I was caught in the rain while shopping at Lichfield. After a cuppa, I ventured out into the quiet city to capture it in it’s damp, glistening glory. I’m quite pleased with the results. For more of this sort of thing, don’t forget my 365daysofbiking Tumblr journal is still running. A browsable…

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Rain and shine

Yesterday afternoon, I paid my first ever visit to Pelsall Canal Festival. Sadly, I arrived just before the heavens opened, but after 20 minutes of refuge in a marquee, the skies cleared and the whole event cheered up wonderfully. So sad the weather has been so poor for them today. I look forward to attending…

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Rainy Thursday commute…

Non-cyclists find it hard to understand that cycling in the rain can be an enjoyable experience. With some waterproof clothing, and a little extra care, bad weather isn’t necessarily a problem. The rain this afternoon gave rise to some wonderfully contrasting views of sun and rain, autumnal colour, a rainbow and a gorgeous golden hour…

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