Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Hanging in there

I'm making steady progress but poor Sheila is still on the way down. Hopefully we'll be back to normal by the weekend.

Today's been another day to get through despite snuffling, coughing and sneezing; Sheila's been getting on with the washing and we managed a stagger round the marina after lunch while it was still very balmy. The rain has now arrived after a day that felt more like summer for a time.

I think the only other thing to mention today is a follow up to something that was on the Today programme yesterday and then discussed on the Canal World Forum. This is a proposal in the consultation on the Staffordshire Local Minerals Plan to allow Tarmac Lafarge to excavate part of Hopwas Woods for gravel.

Hopwas is an ancient woodland referred to in the Doomsday Book; for those who don't know it, the Coventry Canal runs along one side in one of its most beautiful sections. Lafarge claim that the bit they want to dig up has been ravaged by fire in the 70's and that they will put it all back, but of course it's not just about the trees. Those will have been felled, burnt and all sorts of things down the centuries, but the forest ecosystem, the whole bit under ground, is irreplaceable.

There's a petition to be signed protesting at the very idea here

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