9/06/2009

September walks.


I love September for the richness of colour found in the hedges and gardens; an unexpected warm day is an added bonus and tempts us to walk further afield. The canal towpath walk means a short five-minute drive from our house so you can imagine that we walk it often. Ted loves walking here because there are so many interesting smells, I on the other hand live in a more sight orientated world so appreciate the visual delights of red berries and butterflies, observing the progress of this years signets and ducklings and enjoying the sight of barges making their leisurely progress through the many locks here on the canal.


This stretch of the Trent and Mersey canal dates back to 1777 and was one of the earliest inland waterways to be navigable in Great Britain and would have served the nearby pottery industry at Stoke-on-Trent. By the way, the water appears to be a chocolate brown colour as a result of mineral deposits, in case you’re wondering!

32 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful day! Such a Wonderful walk! The sites you saw and the one's you've shared makes me want to go out and enjoy a leisurely walk with you. In a way, I just did. Thank you for bringing me along on your journey. It was a lovely day! Love and Light, Nina P.

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  2. How lovely, we also have a beautiful canal in New York State in the USA. I have enjoyed many walks along the path near our home. It took 125 years to complete, and is 363 miles from Lake Erie to NYC. Needless to say I have not walked the whole path. Ha ha

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  3. These look lovely walks, Acornmoon! I love September too - I like the sights and the smells too, the lovely earthy muddy smell and the subtle scent of the trees. And there is that kind of wistful feeling and peacefulness.

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  4. hello acornmoon - my area is criss-crossed by rail trails. old railways converted to use as walking, biking, rollerblading, whatevering trails. they are amazing because they quickly take you away from your connection to the urban environment. the animals seem to know this as well as you'll see bunnies, foxes, porcupines, all sorts just meandering from palce to place. i loved going for the walk with you along the towpath. thankyou. steven

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  5. May I join the previous commenters in thanking you for letting us go along with you on that marvelous September day.

    Just seeing those photos shows me how much visual inspiration might be available every time you take the canal pathway. I begin to really see some of what will appear in your beautiful art. Living in an environment graced by nature surely feeds your imagination.

    Really lovely! xo

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  6. Lovely post. It sure feels Autumnal here today. I love walking along the canal paths around Devizes, so share that enthusiasm.

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  7. Lovely walks Valerie - I am sure Ted found some super smells and you some lovely berries. Nice collages to accompany the text. Did you know that a dog walking down a path is like you and I reading today's newspaper? Nice soothing blog, thanks.

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  8. What a lovely walk! Thank you for the wonderful words and pictures. So lovely for Ted to have a good old sniff-up!

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  9. Your nature walks are always beautiful and inspiring, whatever the season!!

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  10. What a beautiful spot, and bringing to mind right away "The Wind in the Willows" and Toad on the canal path.
    I can almost hear the ripple of water against the barge.
    Blessings,
    Frances

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  11. What a fabulously atmospheric place to walk. Especially this time of year.

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  12. Ah, tow paths! I've often walked the canal in Bucks County Pennsylvania so I know how lovely a meandering it can be! We're not too far from the NY state Erie Canal and we have an old rails to trails hiking path not too many miles from here along Pine Creek where President Jimmy Carter has been known to fish for trout!
    I've enjoyed stopping by again after not visiting with you all summer! Thank you for the interesting posts and pictures! It's always a joy to be here!
    Diane

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  13. Mersey? As in the song? "Ferry Cross the Mersey" by Gerry and The Pacemakers? Really enjoyed all these photos, especially the berries that caught all those seed puffs in their branches! Sometimes the whole world looks the same, which brings us a little closer together with similar experiences. We too, in Oregon, have those same seed puffs. I have no idea why I find that touching, but if I were far away from home on the other side of the world, it would give me peace to find them. - Jeanne

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  14. Lovely to see your walk and share the views with your photographs.
    I had a lovely walk today to the peat marsh. I saw dragonflies, butterflies, hairy caterpillars and ladybirds and more. It certainly inspires me. I love Autumn, especially the red berries.

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  15. Yes and today had such a warm breeze didn't it? I like seeing your photos. Even though I was at work today, your post has given me a little visual walk!

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  16. lovely photos and descriptions of september! i too love the richness of color in the gardens these crisp days! off to check out your etsy shop! happy week to you : )

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  17. What a delightful blog you have! I found you through 'Crochet Life' and am very gald that I did:). I look forward to visiting again! BTW, your pictures are lovely!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  18. How nice you live so close to the canal!!! I see Ted there, what's that little scamp up to??

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  19. Hello Valarie, I love seeing all the sites of your lovely world in Autumn. The canals are most interesting to me they are so neat. You may visit my gardens and draw "Turkey" anytime. They are always here in the Autumn. Hugs Judy

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  20. What wonderful scenery.... barges and canals, country paths and berries.... how lovely! Thank you for sharing.

    Oh, and I like your new pic!

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  21. Hi Valerie! I have noticed the flowers getting their second wind since summer's heat has slowed down here! I just love it!

    As to my music player, I have had a few people mention problems with hearing my music, I don't know why, but have decided to remove the player. You might enjoy pandora.com where you can make a radio station with music of your choice by entering an artist or title you like and it will find other music like it. I've been listening to it while working!

    All my best,
    Dana

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  22. This is my favourite time of the year because of the rich colours in nature, the sounds of crickets in the long grass, etc. You live in such a lovely area with so much beauty and history...it must be wonderful!

    Gillian

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  23. I agree with you about the colours of September. I love the reds. You have taken some great photos. I hope I get to visit some of these lovely areas one day. I didn't know the fact about the water, thanks for sharing that one. That's a nice photo of you and your OH on the sidebar. x

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  24. I love autumn too Valerie. Lovely cool days, misty trees and spiders webs made from diamonds in our hedges. I like the sense of the winding down of the year too. I live in the Chilterns and we have exquisitely beautiful beech woods to walk through.

    I enjoyed the viewing of Harry Brockway's work too. I love that book and I, too, bought it for the gorgeous illustrations. I am making a note of John Sandoe's to visit next time I am in London - sounds delightful.

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  25. Beautiful--makes me wish I were in Britain right now!

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  26. September is definitely one of my favourite months of the year. The sights and smells are always a treat. Now that I'm all inspired, I need to head out for a walk!

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  27. Great photos, Valerie. Spetember colours are wonderful, aren't they? I love walking canal towpaths and we have walked along the Trent & Mersey canal from Stone to Kidsgrove doing it in small sections at a time. I never tire of it:)

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  28. Stunning collages.
    Viewed from Manhattan they are stunningly evocative.

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  29. Beautiful shots !! Even i love september because it is the starting of winters in India !!Unseen Rajasthan

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  30. Love the new profile pic with your honey!!!

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  31. I have similar feelings about September: it was always my favourite month - and not just because I was born in it!

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