Canal path jaunt




August Bank holiday Monday promised to be a glorious day, earlier in the month it had felt quite autumnal. We decide to explore from the Stourton junction of the Stourbridge canal onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal to Kinver.



We parked by the Prestwood nursery, near to the Stewponey road junction and set off down the canal.



The path is very popular with walkers and cyclists, we did have to keep moving over to let faster folk by, it was particularly busy.

We followed the canal stopping to chat with an angler, who was sitting in a sunny position, alas he hadn’t caught anything, but was enjoying the sun and the view.

The meandering river stour runs alongside the canal so for much of the way we had views of both.

After a couple of miles we reached the village of Kinver with a view of St Peter’s Church at the top.






We stopped at the Vine pub, I had a pint of local ale Enville ginger and enjoyed sitting in the garden.


We then wandered back along the tow path to the car, a 5 mile trek in all.

A couple of days in North Norfolk


We stayed at a caravan park in West Runton, between Cromer and Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast. We arrived early afternoon, and after a short while, we were off down to the coast, an ice cream and a walk along the beach, collecting pebbles.

The next morning, the weather was dull and cloudy, rain threatened, but we set off to Sheringham park. The rhododendrons were still in glorious flower, the viewing platforms revealed a sea of floral delight.

The rain held off and it was lovely to wander around these beautiful gardens, afterwards we drove into Sheringham for a cool drink.






That evening we walked to a viewpoint overlooking the coastline and enjoyed seeing the sun setting over the sea.







The next morning we parked at Beeston Regis and walked along a footpath to the Priory.




It is a tranquil setting, the ponds are still evident.





We crossed the railway line and headed towards the coast and Beeston Hill or “bump”.



From the top of the hill, there is a view over the caravan sites towards Cromer in the distance.






We decided to walk into Sheringham for lunch.



The Crown pub is very popular, we sat outside enjoying the music and great food.

We walked back to the car.





That evening we decided to walk up Incleborough hill. With again views over the sea and Cromer.





The next day, our last morning, we drove into Cromer and walked along the seafront, we had a tour of the lifeboat station and watched lots of people catching crabs on the pier.

Wild life pond.

We started this project in August 2016, we are improving the garden, encouraging birds with feeders and nest boxes; a wild life pond felt the next step. We bought an oblong flower pot and some aquatic plants, dug a hole, we then surrounded the pot with bricks and plants.

I visited a local garden centre and I noticed dwarf waterlilies for sale, I decided if the pond was successful, I would like to enlarge the pond area so that I could buy a water lily.

During the winter and spring we enjoyed seeing the birds drinking the pond water, there was interesting larvae and the aquatic plants were establishing.

I arranged to pick up some frogspawn in February, we arrived home in the dark, we shone a torch into the water to guide the contents of the bucket into the pond and to our amazement saw a newt swimming round, we carefully placed the frogspawn in. As the tadpoles started hatching out we began planning to make the area bigger.

We were given a piece of pond liner, we decided to dig the hole to fit the liner, we wanted a deep part, a shelf for some of the aquatic plants, a beach for amphibians to walk in and out and birds to drink and bathe. We had considered a preformed pond too.

The flower pot – now removed

As there were now two newts and lots of tadpoles we decided to place the flower pot pond inside the new larger one. We cut a slot in the plastic pot to allow movement between the ponds.


The tadpoles are growing they still have their tails.


The Nymphaea Aurora water lily is in position.