Friday, 23 October 2015

Feeding the Ducks


SAM_5788After a couple of days chilling and a bit of fishing it was time to move again. We pulled pins from Below Stoke Hammond lock at 09.15 and with the lock in our favour we were soon up this well kept and picturesque lock. 

SAM_5791After filling with water its up the Soulbury 3 locks and how lucky are we with all the locks again in our favour. Usually there are loads of Gongoozlers here ,but on a dull and damp Autumn day there was just one person watching us go up the locks.

SAM_5803OOPS !   And another one bites the dust muddy bottom .

IMG_0663Parked opposite the Globe Inn at Linslade is this colourful van. At least you wouldn't lose it in a car park.

IMG_0666On to the Tesco moorings at Leighton Buzzard. This is where we do the biggest shop we can due to the proximity of the store which is just a few yards the other side of the towpath. We are allowed 2 hours here and with an Aldi just a few yards away as well we just about fill up Inca in the time allowed. It always amazes me when we are here about the amount of bread that is fed to the ducks. In the time that we were loading the boat no fewer than three full loaves of bread had been thrown in. Its not just the little kids its also adults that feed the ducks. I always thought that it was bad to feed ducks bread ,but every time we come through here there are more and more ducks and they certainly seem to be thriving. You would have thought that if it was so harmful there would be signs up at all popular duck feeding locations warning people of the dangers and educating people of what to feed them. Apparently we feed six million loaves of bread a year to ducks in England and Wales causing damage to birds’ health and polluting waterways. Oats, corn and peas are safer for the ducks to eat. (If everyone stopped feeding bread to the ducks then I wonder what would happen to those six million loaves ?)

SAM_5809Its then past the services and around the corner where we picked up this mooring. I have bitten the bullet and ordered a new camera which will be delivered here tomorrow, so this will do us for a day or two.

                                                                                 Happy Days


  1. Perhaps the 6 million loaves could be donated to homeless shelters or distributed to people living rough, Gary.
    Lovely looking day there judging by your last photo! Cheers, M&D

    1. Hi Marilyn , That's a good idea for all of that bread ,As for the lovely looking day it was only 13 deg C . Only wish we were looking forward to Summer like you are !!! Having said that ,We only saw 2 boats travelling yesterday ,so it's getting like we have the canals to our selves ...