Sunday, 27 October 2019

It irks me!

I have spent a lot of my time in the last eight years collecting other peoples crap from the canals. the stuff I pick up varies from general litter to the disgusting.

There will always be sweet wrappers and dogends, but when you are in the middle of nowhere and you come across a 6x4 dining table leaning up against a tree, obviously left by a boater, you have to wonder why? Especially when you know there is a disposal point a few miles along the canal. It irks me.

I have in my time collected 8 full cassettes. (the disgusting). It irks me.

I once collected a full minifridge of of rotting food from an an island downstream of Sonning on the Thames. Not a mile or so from the disposal point at Shiplake Lock (equally as disgusting). It irks me.

It is somewhat annoying when, at  pretty spot on the canal, you find a bag for life with empty paint tins in it, unusual colours. What is more annoying is when you pass a boat with a same bag on the front deck and the boat has been recently painted with the colours you found before. How stupid some people are! It irks me.

Now I could name and shame, I have a boat name and I have a person name, but there are people out there who do not understand their place in the world. Who don’t understand I would put this information up to just embarrass the perpetrator. It would not be a signal to attack the said boat/person, much less condone such attacks. So now you will never know who it was and that irks me.


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

At the risk of irking you, Maffi, how about telling CRT and see if they will follow it up with a bit of a telling off or a removal of the bungs so the offending owner's boat sinks - in an out of the way place, of course!
By the way, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the work that you do in cleaning up the canal and towpath as you travel around. Thank you.
Cheers, Marilyn McDonald

Maffi said...

I don't think CRT would actually do anything even if they could.
Thank you I do it for me!