We are so lucky to live only a couple of minutes away from the Bridgewater Canal, where this year’s autumn colours are lovely.
These two pictures were snapped yesterday morning when I popped out for a short bike ride after a bit of rain.
The top picture is from where the ginnel at the end of our road emerges onto the towpath. A few weeks ago the hedge was rampant with blackberries.
The snap below was taken beyond the rowing club, next to the cemetery, in sight of Marsland Bridge in Brooklands.
The view changes from day to day, but even in poor weather my almost daily visits are one of life’s pleasures. There’s often a heron beside the towpath, and several grey wagtails enjoy their homes near the bridges. I haven’t seen Mandy the Mandarin for a while, nor a cormorant; and whilst there aren’t many moorhens, there are plenty of mallards, Canada geese, mute swans and black-headed gulls for the push chair brigade to feed and admire. Meanwhile the hedgerows can be laden with tits and sparrows and other ‘garden birds’, with a flock of goldfinches adding a bit of colour from time to time. I was pleased to see a thrush at the site of the top picture: we don’t see so many of them, although blackbirds are abundant.