Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Along the Canal

Hello

Thanks for calling in.

A couple of weeks ago, we headed off along the towpath of the Basingstoke Canal whilst it was frozen and today we drove a bit further along and joined the Canal near Brookwood.  This time the water was flowing, ducks were swimmng but it was still blooming freezing.  In fact it started snowing gently as we walked back to the car. Great walk though.  Here's a few things we passed on the way.


A strange tree

Look at those beautiful mossy retaining walls.  The train runs high up on the embankment above.

A mysterious gate into the undergrowth.
Thankfully a cafe came into sight just when we needed it, a chance to warm up.



I expect on a sunny day St John's Village looks a treat as it looked quite good in the cloud.


More signs of kingfishers but only on the map.


There are quite a few locks in this section of the canal.  Three close together required investigaton.  Next time we'll have to go the other way as there are even more together climbing the hill.


There's Mr CK - no, not the one running!  Don't fall in.


You adventurous running and cycling types would have enjoyed it here, quite a few people were making the most of the towpath.








A few pink bulbs were starting to decorate the edge of the bank, what could they be? Berginia perhaps.

Brr! time to get home and put the kettle on, crimson of course!

Cheerio

12 comments:

  1. I am glad that your kettle is actually crimson! Another lovely walk to go along with you, thank you as always for taking us with you.

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    1. I'll have to keep it now even if it goes wrong! x

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  2. The canal looks very atmospheric for your walk. Perfect for walking or cycling as you say. Not sure it's berginia , but that's all I can say:). Have a lovely day. B x

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    1. There wasn't much to go on with the bulb but there were a lot of pink sprouts popping up. It's either going to look spectacular or be a bit of a disappointment! x

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  3. What a great walk. I love walking along canals. I think the plant is butterbur it grows quite a bit along the canal sides here:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, that's definitely the one. I had a look on the internet and it says it's part of the sunflower family, you'd never guess would you! 😊

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  4. Looks such a lovely walk and I am always up for a nice cup of tea and cake.

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    1. It's nice to have a café in mind when you start your walk, somewhere to aim for!

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  5. What a gorgeous place. Happy to hear your kettle is crimson 🤗 X

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    1. Ha ha! I'm sure we'll be back again soon. x

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  6. Just when you think the flora is looking a bit dreary, there's the vibrant green moss and the pink flower saying, "Look at me, I'm gorgeous!" Looks like a lovely walk. x

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    1. That's very true, they have to shine quickly with all those colourful show offs coming along soon! x

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