Sunday, 12 May 2019

Enjoying our lovely canals ...

How welcome the bright, warmer weather is after a grey winter. The oil seed rape / canola oil fields are so stunning that a drive was needed today - how can you not be uplifted at this sight? 


Our lovely county of Shropshire is a large rural one, the heart of the Industrial Revolution that propelled the world in to the new age of mechanism ...

These canals once carried barges full of merchandise from our Industries around the country, our precious potteries were safely transported by canal when the roads were too bumpy.

They hold a special place in my heart, I love the way they wind through our countryside, unseen at times but the old highways now carry tourist narrow boats along at a leisurely 4 mile per hour pace, a gently hum the only things that disturbs the peace.


The bright weather today gave us the opportunity to get out & a canal walk was my first choice - it has been a long winter & I just knew that the trees would be greening up & it would be perfect ...

I have seen photos of this unusual canal bridge so it was lovely to see it today with the double arch & the telephone wires on the top arch - it is really tall & spans a deep crossing ...


The water was a little muddy today after our recent rains but the ducks with  their sweet young ducklings did not seem to mind ...


The bridges are all different sizes & shapes which frame the views beyond ...


 The countryside is so green now & the hedgerows are filled with pretty flowers ...


We called in for drinks at a tiny little canalside pub - the bar was just this little counter with what looked like 2 front rooms for patrons,  everyone sat in the garden enjoying the canal views & the sunshine - bliss ...


As we eventually walked back, the sun was much brighter & we had walked 7.5km along the tow paths. The reflections were perfect, it was green, peaceful & the perfect way to spend an afternoon.


On the way home, we passed a lot of poly tunnels, all laid out so beautiful,  a nod to the agrarian nature of our county where farming is still very evident. 


Thank you for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment,
Dee ~💕~

1 comment:

  1. Your countryside is so beautiful!! We have had quite a little rain this spring (unusual in Texas), so everything is lush momentarily!! In a few weeks I will be commenting that lush has turned brown and we need rain :^(
    Thank you so much for sharing your part of the world!!
    Blessings,
    J

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