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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 27th August, 2023)

Nanny Green Teeth

Nanny Green Teeth
Canal at Poolstock, St James church in background.

Photo: Mike Lavin  (iPhone)
Views: 1,451

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 27th August 2023 at 06:54

It would be an ideal photo for St Patrick's day.

Comment by: PeterP on 27th August 2023 at 08:23

I was reading yesterday they have started clearing the nanny green teeth/duckweed out of the canal because it is getting to over come the water and getting too thick.

Comment by: Maureen on 27th August 2023 at 09:14

Mike, I’m not familiar with this area, but it’s a lovely shot of St James church and it’s surroundings.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 27th August 2023 at 09:50

Lovely pic,despite the 'nanny greenteeth'

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 27th August 2023 at 09:58

That's a lovely view and I love the fact that the leaves are starting to fall; I love Autumn.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th August 2023 at 10:48

I like the church in the distance it makes a nice rural scene. You wouldn't have seen the green stagnant gunge years ago when the canals were in use. I suppose the overhanging trees and so much rain doesn’t help either. Autumn is moving in fast….

Comment by: Sandra on 27th August 2023 at 10:50

A similar photo was on the other day.

Comment by: Garry on 27th August 2023 at 10:53

A very similar shot was on PaD on the 23rd, so the same comments as that day.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th August 2023 at 12:06

Great photo Mike, the swathe of trees seems to lead your eyes to the church tower of St. James & St. Thomas, a wonderful sky too.

Also it seems to be 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Dog Walker.'

Comment by: Rev David Long on 27th August 2023 at 13:00

Veronica - the canals are still very heavily used by pleasure craft. The weed you see here and in the earlier image at Haigh is the result of very little traffic passing through Wigan in the past couple of months. Locks on the Wigan Flight have been under repair, and there was a serious problem at Burscough, which closed the canal - so there has been no through traffic to inhibit the weed growth. As we're now nearing the end of the most popular time in the boating season there may not be enough boats around to clear the weed - so weed-clearers may need to be called in.
Although duck weed is a relatively light surface growth, it's still like trying to push through thick soup in a boat.

Comment by: Pw on 27th August 2023 at 14:12

I glanced over to the canal at Rose Bridge driving back from Wigan on Friday and saw the duckweed there.It must be taking over a lot of the water.

Comment by: Arthur on 27th August 2023 at 14:26

Not Autumn yet Irene, with all this wind and rain, no wonder some leafs and branches are down.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 27th August 2023 at 14:54

Bike it along that stretch regular Mike but cannot recollect as much Nanny Green Teeth as there is this year .

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 27th August 2023 at 15:09

I only ever heard it called Jinny Green Teeth.

Comment by: Jeanette on 27th August 2023 at 16:35

Well,it's always been nanny in Ince and Hindley.

Comment by: Alan, in Canada on 27th August 2023 at 17:17

That is a heartfelt view for me, Mike. Almost a hundred years ago my parents were married in that Church, and we later buried their ashes in the Church Garden.
Thank you dearly.


Comment by: Malc on 27th August 2023 at 17:30

The correct word is algae not duckweed. And It's toxic.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th August 2023 at 17:31

Yes it’s just as well the boats use the canals to keep the gunge away. It would be far worse Rev. David if there were no boats at all on the canals. Certainly needs clearing before Winter or it will be worse than ever next year.

Comment by: Maureen on 27th August 2023 at 18:58

Jeanette,I know this is a hard to solve question..my ex Son in Law lives in Ince,higher or lower I do not know..it seems that a lot of people know him,I have been trying to ring him but all I'm getting is voicemail..I'm worried about him,he always kept in touch until this last couple of weeks..his name is Steve Foster...thank you.heres hoping.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th August 2023 at 20:42

Malc, the correct word is Duckweed or Lemnoideae, as was commented on the canal photo the other day. It is not an algae and is not toxic and you could actually eat it, though the canal water probably wouldn't do you any good. In fact Wigan Today reported on the green canal:

Comment by: Malc on 27th August 2023 at 21:29

It's algae please don't try and eat it.

Comment by: Edna on 27th August 2023 at 21:49

There is something about a photo with a church on, it always catches people's eye.Thank you Mike, lovely sky.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 27th August 2023 at 22:09

If you fall into the canal on the Poolstock bend you don't have much chance of getting out, unless you have a ladder.

Comment by: Ernie on 28th August 2023 at 10:02

We always called that stuff ginny green teeth

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