There is rather a large hole where I am moored just at the edge of Shipton Bridge. It is large enough to hurt someone should they not notice it is there and after all why should they. So I set about finding a solution. The problem is the bank is being washed away underneath. Every once in a while BW arrive and insert some ballast and it all looks good for another few months. What is really needed is a digger and about 10 tons of concrete. Faffing about is not the answer. The whole bank at this point is moving towards the canal and will, in the fullness of time I feel sure, fall in. Anyway I set about finding something with which to fill it. I tried ash from the fire, not good so I tried fishing for silt off the bed of the canal (with a bucket). There isn’t much, but I put a bucket and a half into the hole to no avail. I did fish out a kiddies bicycle in the process.
However hard I tried it would not fill the hole!