Friday, 29 May 2015

Canal side walks and gardens

Middlewich artwork by the canal There's something so idyllic and quintessentially English as being by the canal. Slower paced and friendly with boat owners pottering  and dogs snoozing on the deck. Amidst chitter chatter between people operating the locks, waiting for water levels to change, the birds are tweeting and you're in a microcosm of happiness and canalside beauty. Part of our heritage. By the canal in spring

 I was surprised though to come across a pretty cottage style garden belonging to a charming tea room. Broom popping up along wall edges like little fireworks and house leeks by brick steps. A bed so perfectly planted it could have been at the Chelsea Flower Show with the pom pom heads of purple alliums popping up throughout.broom We had not been along the canal for a while, one of the last times was at the floating market with boats selling sweets and fudge. blue canal boat Canal shop Middlewich alliums by the canal Middlewich Tea Garden by the canal  canal garden The mix of colour, obviously well tended to, all taken in by my admiring eyes. Mentally making a  note of how to recreate this patch at home.purple allium There is a canal shop here too selling bedding plants, garden ornaments and canal style items like painted watering cans with swirls and roses. Then you can choose to sit in the garden or along the path to take in the ambiance of canal life. You could even pick up a free canal newspaper to read about life on the waterways whilst enjoying your cappuccino.  tow path bell canal walk middlewich purple pansies This unhurried lifestyle would suit me very much and a canal holiday would be so peaceful. If you can't get to a canal look what I found. :)cottage garden by the canal mile marker Walking on past moorings and the gift of cow parsley, May's wild flower treasure, we felt so relaxed upon our return home. Towpath therapy, I'd recommend it to all. cow parsley by the canal

Joining in with How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow? Mammasaurus

21 comments:

Kriss MacDonald said...

I'd like to get some towpath therapy now! It's been ages since I've wandered by a canal and you've made me want to look up where the nearest place is to us.

mygorgboys said...

This looks so relaxing - great phoos - I would love to do a canal holiday x

fritha strickland said...

stunning photos, I'd love to spend sometime in a canal boat! x

Phoebe Thomas said...

Canals are lovely, I have very happy memories of holidays on canal boats as a child but whenever I think to do it now I check and the prices are astronomical (in France at any rate!) This all looks so beautiful.

Erica Price said...

Looks idyllic. So many lovely flowers too.

angela said...

oh how peaceful and pretty. Love the photographs.

Helen said...

Oh how delightful and pretty,I'm a sucker for all those gorgeous flowers and this sort of life would suit me too :-)


Helen X

Amy Squires said...

There is something so picturesque about canals. Looks very peaceful and I love the photos

Ness said...

There's a canal near us which I really must visit more often. It's been cleared and cleaned up in the last ten years but is on the HS2 plan for demolition.

Sarah Bailey said...

I grew up living really close to a canal and would take lots of walks down it - its something I miss being near really. x

chickenruby said...

what a fantastic place to visit and even better when theres a coffee shop

Beautyqueenuk said...

Ive always wondered what it is like to live on one of those boats x

Globalmouse said...

I love canalside walks, there's something so peaceful and also so engllish about them.

Stephanie Robinson said...

Love that bell and the alliums - that looks a gorgeous walk and you're right it's a different pace of life and lovely for it #hdygg

Mammasaurus said...

Ahhh I would love to sit and enjoy a pot of tea there - and I don't even drink tea! There's something about canals I love, despite only ever being by them a couple of times, the painted barge boats get me every time. Looks like you stumbled across a gem there x
Thanks for joining in again lovely x

lisa prince said...

oh i would love to stay on a canal break , its something ive never done before

Kara said...

This looks like a lovely walk although not sure I would want to do it with small people as I'd be scared they'd fall in

Charly Dove said...

Oh how lovely what a wonderful place to just loiter or sit. There's something incredibly relaxing about being by the canal. I grew up near one and am fairly close to one where I live now, just don't get to explore it enough! Fabulous photos x

Jaime Oliver said...

I love it on tow paths so quite and serene :-)

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

This is just so beautiful! I would love to actually get a boat and go along a canal some day.

Ickle Pickle said...

This is such a gorgeous path - I would love to walk there. Stunning photos too. Kaz x

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