An Autumn Walk

Autumn WalkThe 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. DSC_0054 DSC_0056

Here’s the lovely piggy at the smallholding, having a glorious time in the mud.DSC_0048

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. DSC_0074

DSC_0063 DSC_0062 DSC_0066DSC_0104Daddy 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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. brinabird and son October 22, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    What a gorgeous walk. How lucky were you with the weather!? Love all the colours.

    • thepuffindiaries October 23, 2013 / 3:54 pm

      We were indeed lucky especially considering lots of rain was forecast.

  2. Coombemill October 22, 2013 / 11:52 pm

    This looks like my favourite sort of walk, where you set off with no real expectation but it all turns out well and you are glad you made the effort. I can certainly agree that autumn is now all around us, are leaves are really starting to tumble but the colours are magnificent. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos along your canal walk with #Country Kids.

  3. older mum in a muddle October 24, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    What a lovely autumn walk…. and all those conkers. Good on you for sticking with it, and the weather cleared in the end. Lovely photos as ever. X

  4. Erica Price October 25, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Canal paths are lovely places to walk especially with young children, who get tired easily, because they are so flat

  5. Catherine (Adventure Togs) October 26, 2013 / 7:21 am

    I love your photos so much…you have really captured the Autumn colours. We went for a canal walk in Brecon at the end of the summer (which I blogged about) and it would be lovely to go back at this time of year.

    • thepuffindiaries October 26, 2013 / 9:29 am

      Thank you, I love taking photos and the colours around at this time of year do make for beautiful shots.

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