Taking a short cut

We seem to be having another glorious bi-day, that is every other day the sun comes out!
In fact, it’s been so warm, we’ve had the bow and stern doors open and given the boat a good blowout. Basic maintenance and living means the engine’s been run, the washing done and the boat swept through, so we ambled up to town to walk the dog (and to be honest, buy chocolate brazils).
brazil nuts
We decided to cut down to the river and rather than walk along the path to the weir, stay on the town side to come out opposite the Abbey.
crossOur plan was to walk past the cross and up to the chippy, get a bag and eat them walking along the back road home rather than the High Street.
En route, a particular alley caught Hubby’s eye, and peeping down it, we could see railings and what looked like another part of the river, so thought it worth a look.

The alley wasn’t wide enough for traffic so we could let Maggie off to sniff at will.
The line of traditional mews houses all had green doors each with a brass number and were very well looked after. The alley itself was clean and litter free.
At the other end, we stopped to get our bearings and took in the view.

It was quite charming, with a field on the other side accessed by a pretty walkers bridge, upon which a young family were feeding a group of ducks. One was really getting his tail in a flap as he pushed and shoved the others out of the way!

ducks lakeAn elderly couple out themselves for a Sunday stroll asked us if we were lost.
We explained that we had walked down the alley to see where it led as we were relatively new to the area and were exploring.

Apparently this part of the river is called ‘The Cut’ as it links to the weir and main river.
The couple moved to the area some 50 years ago and were happy to tell us a little bit about the town, and that there were around forty alleyways leading from the main road to such hidden gems of nature.

We walked with them up to the back of the hospital where the land is being cleared for a new medical complex housing several local GP practices, one of which will be ours.
It’s surprising how much the town is ‘shrinking’ the more we walk, as places like the Supermarket or Hospital are closer than you think going through the back roads rather than taking the car.
Maggie was off lead and they commented on how well behaved she was. We all laughed as she circled in her ritual to select that ‘specific blade of grass’ to honour with her business which was duly bagged and disposed of in the bin not too far away.
As we parted to go our separate ways, we said we hoped to meet up with them again.

chip coneWe didn’t get our chips, but that was immaterial as it had been more interesting (and better for us calorifically) to have their company instead.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Taking a short cut

  1. colinandray says:

    By way of contrast, while you guys were opening up the boat and giving it a good clean, we just notched up the thermostat another degree as today is a very cold (and worse – damp) -10C with freezing rain imminent. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Thought you needed to know this!

    • Well, what can I say?! The temperature the other night dropped to minus 4, and a couple of weeks ago as low as minus 6.
      Both times it woke us up in the early hours and we put the heating on for half an hour. Our weather lately is extremely changeable, but the heat has gone out of the day now and we’ve just put the heating on. Where are you exactly?

      • colinandray says:

        On the outskirts of Toronto.

      • Wow! You really get the cold then. We’ve been very lucky so far (our first Winter on the boat) though there is still ice in the water here and some of the ducks have crash landed a few times. Keep warm! 😀

      • colinandray says:

        Given how entertaining Canada Geese can be with their take-off and landing issues now, I can imagine that “your ducks” can be quite amusing!

      • One of my favourite films is Fly Away Home, We reckon we have breeding grounds locally as the huge flocks of Canada Geese that fly overhead are amazing (50 plus). One of the moor hens misjudged his landing site last week and bounced. Can’t wait for Spring and all those chicks!

      • colinandray says:

        They are quite impressive when you see them take off. They make a lot of mess, and have quite the attitude, but they have to be admired as the “jumbo jets” of the bird world!

  2. I adore the nooks and crannies that for the most part go unnoticed, but once discovered reveal a prize. There are so many landscape architects that have perfected the art of creating something fairly obscure, but beckoning, and that lead you to something rather gasp-worthy. But you have to be a curious sort. And your happy trio fit that bill to a T–in a good way!

  3. scifihammy says:

    What a lovely way to spend a Sunday! Marvellous to find interesting new places to walk, and to be given a little history too 🙂

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