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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 31st October, 2020)

That Bridge at Haigh

That Bridge at Haigh
Floating Pennywort is becoming a big problem on our waterways!

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Fuji X-T4 : 16mm F/1.4)
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Comment by: Mick on 31st October 2020 at 06:40

Maybe the Pennywort is thriving because the canal waters are so clean.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st October 2020 at 07:31

What a good photo that is Dave. Love the autumn shades & the old bridge, even the floating weed can be forgiven !

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 31st October 2020 at 08:24

Looks like a jigsaw puzzle! I've had many lovely times visiting Haigh through the years, from childhood onwards. As The Beatles sang, "There are places I'll remember......"

Comment by: Veronica on 31st October 2020 at 10:16

Reminds me of an illustration in a Fairy Tale book. Lovely but deadly !

Comment by: Mick Mick on 31st October 2020 at 10:17

If this was in Asia it would all be picked and eaten by the locals.
This is a recipe for a Vietnamese Soup.

This recipe for Pennywort Soup (Canh Rau Ma) is light and healthy and so easy to make. Nutrient-rich pennywort greens and juicy shrimp are cooked in a seasoned stock to make a hearty soup. This delicious soup is the perfect addition to any family meal. As you may know, most Vietnamese meals include a soup dish. The soup is typically eaten toward the end of the meal and helps to cleanse the palate. As such, the soups usually consist of a light chicken or pork stock with a little bit of protein and lots of leafy greens or vegetables. This Pennywort Soup is the quintessential Viet-style soup to serve for family meals. It’s so delicious. I hope you give it a try! Enjoy!

Comment by: Poet on 31st October 2020 at 10:22

Nice in a salad apparently .

Comment by: Julie on 31st October 2020 at 10:32

Ah that's nice Irene to true you never forget those lovely places you have been to, lovely picture of my favourite place haigh.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st October 2020 at 13:22

That water looks to be very slow running , I wouldn't touch that Pennywort let alone have soup made with it !

Comment by: Cyril on 31st October 2020 at 14:36

Mick Mick, the Pennywort that they eat in Asia is Centella asiatica, aka Indian Pennywort or Gotu Kola, and not this stuff that is invading waterways, Floating Pennywort or Hydrocotyle ranunculoides which began to be sold in the UK as a filtering pond plant feeds on impurities such as sewage which is probably why the water is so clear, though it depletes oxygen levels if allowed to take over and in some cases caused the death of fish. The UK's Marsh Pennywort or Hydrocotyle vulgaris which was sold as a garden pond-side plant isn't invasive and is also edible. Though if I wanted to add bitter leaves to a side salad I'd stick to Radicchio, Nasturtium or Watercress, the latter making excellent soup - it's far safer.

Comment by: Edna on 31st October 2020 at 18:08

Lovely photo Dave, there used to be fish in this pond.I guess not any more??

Comment by: Mick on 31st October 2020 at 18:50

I didnt know any of that Cyril, you'll be getting as clever as Steven Fry soon if you keep studying

Comment by: fedup on 31st October 2020 at 21:28

Is this the bridge where Wigan Rowing Club used to be?

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 1st November 2020 at 22:20

Yes fedup - it is.

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