This is a walk I have done but in 2013 I did not see Swans. I hope in 2014 we will see them again
Walking with Spotty is always a great pleasure. I love to watch her as she investigates different things.Our walk along the canal was most interesting.
I always park the car in a certain car park. We walk long past a garage the foot bridge that takes us over the railway line. At the top we pause and wait to see whether a train will travel past. When one does it is like the game of ‘Pooh Sticks’ but without dropping the sticks. She goes first to one side then the other. I bet she would have loved the old steam trains.
Down by the canal shadows are cast from the trees near by. Tall reeds grow along the bank and Yellow water lilies cover the water. This canal is no longer used and is a haven for wild life. We see a moorhen with her babies. Next sitting on the further bank, the white swan with her well grown, (still with grey feathers,) cygnet. Down in the water 5 other grey cygnets, with their heads tucked under their wings, are sleeping.
I walk for another ten minutes before turning round to come back. Birds sing, white butterflies are in abundance. Whilst walking we hear the sound of trains at various times. On hearing them Spotty runs up and down the path, hoping to catch up with them
Back by the swans Mum and the one cygnet are still on the bank. The others have woken up and sitting in pairs facing their Mum. it looks like they are saying, ‘come on Mum, its time to go for our daily swim.’
These swans have nested in this place and during the the day swim down to near the town centre. Then return each evening to this area.