The clouds gathered and then parted only to come together again, like a heavy grey blanket across the sky. Our long Sunday hill walk was in danger of being rained off and our much needed fresh air would leave two little boys climbing the walls and fractious. So with a mummy knows best determination, a quick change of plan is made; our new destination are the sturdy pathways of the canal, arriving by car just in case of a down pour.
We have some lovely canal paths near our home, semi rural with good walkways running alongside. We’ve walked, even cycled them often, and so know the many delights we will find along the way. There is the canal side home with a smallholding, goats, pigs and chickens to point out and be amused by. The Canal basin, where many narrow boats are moored, and as we pass them we can sneak a peek between the curtains, to an enviable little home in a corridor.
So off we set, unsure of how far we would be able to venture before the weather called a halt to our escapades. Tink had brought friends, Coco the sock monkey and Clover the dragon, transported in their own little carriage, a Halloween pumpkin bucket. As we progressed along the waterways, as if to offer forgiveness for our changed plans, the clouds divided and warm rays arrived to accompany our canal side walk.
Spurred on by the sunshine, we walk further than expected, and to the boys delight a large Horse Chestnut tree hangs over our path and the floor is scattered with Autumnal treasures. There is scurrying and scampering to collect the prize objects, conkers.
Daddy jumps the wall into the field where the tree stands and a further abundance of conkers are ferried across. Everyone’s hands and some people’s pockets, are over loaded, so Coco and Clover have to move out of their bucket and into my pocket so that even more conkers can be carried home.
I hadn’t really noticed how far into Autumn we’d moved until we’d embarked on this walk but the signs were now everywhere.
As we walk back towards the car an extra part to the plan is hatched, lets stop at the pub for much needed refreshment and quick game of Old Maid.