I haven’t walked to work along the canal for the past couple of weeks. Early starts and unusual weather have meant I’ve not been able to do so. But this past Friday I managed to get myself organised and headed down the hill, backpack on, looking forward to the walk.
It takes me just over half an hour to get to the office when I walk, and it’s a time for me to think and clear my head. The canal, despite being close to a main road and crossed by a major trainline, is a quiet place. Birds sing, water laps, leaves rustle. It is green and lush at this time of year, the water still and smooth.
Cows were beneath the hawthorn trees, and the tiny cygnets I’d seen only weeks ago were now almost swans (although still very fluffy).
The old tree stump seat was almost overgrown with brambles and nettles, while the roses growing up the side of the old lock-keeper’s cottage had bloomed.
There were new boats moored along the way, some of them with bright potted gardens and unusual decorations.
I also found some fragments of pottery, blue and white. Probably over a hundred years old, little pieces of history tumbled among the flint and gravel, treasure to no one but me.
Along one stretch I walk on a narrow strip of land, the canal to one side of me and, hidden beyond a hedge, an angler’s lake to the other side. It’s an interesting feeling, almost like walking on water, even though I know the earth beneath me is solid.
I also found inspiration on my walk, a couple of blog posts and some more plotlines coming to me. I’ve been missing my old freedom these past few months – while I’m enjoying my new job and all that comes with it, I miss the time I had in the past to just walk and think. So I’ll make sure to do the canal walk regularly from now on.———————————————————————————————-If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more, you can find me on Twitter @AuthorHelenJ, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Plus my latest book release, A Thousand Rooms, is now available on Amazon. Visit my Amazon Author Page to see more.
Absolutely lovely, Helen! I smiled the entire time I read your post! Talk about gorgeous scenery! Cher xo
Aw, thank you Cher, I’m glad it made you smile 🙂 It is a lovely way to get to work, definitely! Hope you’re well xx
It sure did, Helen, thank you! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a lovely path to work! Thank you, Helen; and you as well! Cher xo
Thank you Cher! It is a lovely path, I always feel lucky to have the chance to walk it 🙂 Hope we don’t move offices any time soon! xx
I used to be an ‘archaeologist’ when I was at primary school and dig up potsherds…seeing your fragments brought that all back 🙂 x
Oh, me too! A long held dream, really. I think I might pursue it yet… 🙂
I ws looking at a uni prospectus and dreaming just yesterday…
ooh, that’s very interesting. A dream that may become reality…?
I doubt it, sadly… but who knows?
Exactly – you never know… 🙂
I can always study regardless 🙂
Looks like a wonderful place to gather one’s thoughts and unravel them too. 🙂
Thank you – that’s a wonderful way to describe it. It absolutely is 🙂
How lovely! What a beautiful walk to work… and you get to see it twice each day. 💕
Well, I only do it once a week, as it takes a while and I can’t always get back from school pick up in time. But I feel very lucky every time I do so, hope we stay in this office for a while 🙂