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About Peter-Bullfinch

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  1. Pomona lock is very near Pomona Gardens a former Victorian pleasure garden. Folk set off from the centre of Manchester on the River Irwell by steamers and row boats to visit. They also crossed by the ferry on the Salford side. This ferry was almost over the site of the Roman paved ford used by them to and from their fort at Castlefield near by. It was formed of square section blocks of red sandstone two foot by four foot saved to let water flow between the stones. Pomona Gardens originally surrounded a private garden and as the fruit in the orchards and the rabbits in the river bank there was much trespassing. Spring guns were set to shoot trespassers, this form of property defence was only outlawed in 1826. From 1830 to 1840 the gardens became a Zoological Gardens. There were enormous pavilions for dancing and refreshments. Political meetings were held here. Benjamin Disraeli spoke here and the audiences for these operations were between 20 and 24 thousand.
  2. In rural and semi rural areas there are many pavements which rarely have pedestrians which could easily become shared or dual use. If they were swept cyclists would be encouraged to use them thus taking them away from the traffic. I regularly cycle in the countryside and generally feel most motorists are considerate when passing me. In towns I try hard to use designated cycle routes. In Denmark and The Netherlands many town roads are one way for motorists leaving the other side for bicycles travelling both ways.
  3. Hi Peter

    You may remember helping me up the Wigan flight last year. I just read your post about being on the cover of the Nicholson guide which sparked a memory.

    I took several photo's from the locks as you were steering both boats along. Please let me know if you would like them sending to you.


    Hope you're both keeping well.


  4. Yes, we dd write a polite letter to Nicholsons but we never received a reply! We did however buy our own copy from the lovely folk at Thorne Marine on the Bridgewater at Stockton Heath.
  5. I would imagine that if the link to making a donation was put up prominently again I would imagine there might be a reasonably generous response. After all many of us gain a great deal from this site.
  6. Its open now.
  7. We ended up on the front of the Nicholson Guide as we went into Liverpool. Didn't get offered a free copy though!
  8. I have regretted a bit siting my panels in between the centre point and the pigeon box. We have to be very careful with our centre ropes now to avoid fouling the panels. I did it this way to make wiring easier via a mushroom into the engine room. In hindsight i would have the solar panels in the front part of the roof and given a bit more thought to the wiring back to tne batteries.
  9. Leigh to Manchester is about 50 minutes on the bus if I remember rightly from my last trip. That's a lot of travelling time each day. There are a couple of small but really friendly marinas there though.
  10. Absolutely yes.
  11. Tidal bits of the system are a must for life jackets. We wore ours all day today on the Ribble Link from the Lancaster Canal to the Leeds and Liverpool at Tarleton.
  12. Alan, your post made me sit up and take notice. I had been assured by an electrician that a 240v rarely used 10 amp switch would be fine for my set up. After your post I researched it a bit myself and found that 240v switches are different animals to dedicated 12v ones and so I've gone to a battery isolation type one now for peace of mind. Thank you for kindly taking the trouble to point this out. The forum at it's best!
  13. I have a boat and a Bonneville and I've spent quite a few years considering the mix of the two, perhaps having a light motorbike on a boat. I've watched and talked to quite a few people who have done this with all manner of ramps, hoists and cut away sections. Getting the bike on and off the boat and be adjacent to safe exits off the tow path in a spot where you actually would like to moor up is not an easily achieved situation. We reflected on this and now have come down to using compact folding electric Brompton sized bicycles. Ours have a range of up to 40 miles, easily stow out of site in the engine room. Easily charged on board the boat. No petrol is needed aboard and you can moor in lovely spots and cycle off down the tow path. We can fold them quickly and even board buses storing them in the buggy/pram area. Simple panniers make the shopping a breeze and we laugh at hills and headwinds. Our versions have good gears disc brakes, lights and mudguards. Having said all this I still use my Triumph for trips from home in the winter but our considered opinion is that motorbikes and boats don't work for many whilst folding electric bikes and boats seem a better marriage to us.
  14. All of the Rufford Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool have handcuff type fastenings needing multiple turns of your handcuff key to undo. They are a nuisance with usually four per lock. Seven locks plus the Tarleton sea lock. In addition there are the five swing bridges most of which have the multiple turn handcuff locks. Al this in roughly six miles! I understand two on the top side of each lock would be sufficient but it would be much better if they were replaced by click shut bolt type as seen on the nearby Wigan Flight. On top of this the Rufford Branch has the lovely old very difficult chuff wooden paddle levers but luckily at least a couple are broken so you don't need to trouble yourself with them. The bonus is that this branch has beautiful views over the Lancashire plain and the hills beyond plus it gives access to the Lancaster Canal via the wonderful Ribble Link.