Also along the canal there appear to be pirates.
On one side of the canal is the path, on the other side the properties go down to the water along a fairly steep incline. Each property has a long strip of garden which opens on to the water. They look like nice properties, with bigger gardens than most in the neighbourhood, and because of the canal, the gardens get more sunlight than the pocket-handkerchief gardens surrounded by two-story houses that most of us have.
Looking into people’s gardens is one of the joys of walking along the canal, and I have always wondered about these guys – they don’t seem very rapacious, or maybe they’re actually hackers, who knows?