Canal walk

Do you like your social calendar to be all filled in and organised or do you prefer spontaneity. It seems that here if you want to meet up with friends you need to have it all in the diary, so that’s what I’ve learned to do. On the whole though, I prefer to be spontaneous – and the opportunity arose this afternoon.

We were supposed to be going for a horseriding lesson but, just as we were about to step out the door, I noticed a text from the stables informing us that it had been cancelled due to ‘heavy’ rain. Great! Now I had found some space to take a walk along the canal from our village to a neighbouring one.

This stretch was new to me and I was pleasantly surprised first to find gardens alongside an area of moored barges. Isn’t it lovely when people turn what could be neglected land into something both useful and beautiful?


Garden for sitting out in


Veggie garden

Then once we had left the canal and we were walking alongside a farmers field, we noticed fruit trees (apple, pear and crab apple) in the verge. How come they were there? Had they been planted to create a productive barrier between the fields and the road or had they been planted for the community to enjoy, including picking the fruit?


Apples on roadside

We didn’t actually pick any of this fruit, not being sure if we could (it wasn’t ready anyway). But we did get a couple of bags of blackberries from the path along the canal on the way back. These were great stewed with rhubarb and lemon – and lots of sugar, too!

© Helen Butt, August 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Canal walk

  1. mybrightlife says:

    How lovely! We often talk about a Canal trip in Europe. This idea is looking better and better…I am sure the fruit trees where planted for canal boat tourists to enjoy along route 😉

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  3. sueturner31 says:

    my son and his wife lived on a narrow boat for 6 years , married from there, had their first child on the boat , but we 4 grand parents drew the line at another child on a boat so they moved into a house. My son is now a manager of a marina he loves the boats.

  4. I need a social callender for appointments. I am of an age that is the only way I will remember LOL. I perferr spontaneity. It is less stress free and more of an adventure. It sounds like you had a perfect summers day.

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