The Old StablesWednesday 26th April 2000
A GREY WAGTAIL flies over the river, dipping in its flight and showing white flashes along its tail. It trots over the stone roof of an old stable, which was originally built for the horses that drew barges along the canal. My sketches show a coal staith and the archway, now blocked, by the towpath, through which bargees walked through to enter a short tunnel to the canal offices.
Sycamore flowers are beginning to appear, hanging from the opened buds like little bunches of grapes.