French canal life: My Sunday Photo
How about living on a canal? Would you like to give it a try? I love walking along the tow paths of canals and it was only about 2° this day that we ventured for a walk along the Nantes-Brest Canal. After hibernating indoors for the morning and early afternoon with belly warming cassoulet and red wine, we came to the decision, although after some lively debate, to head out for some fresh air.
The fire had done its thing though and mesmerized us into lethargy ,so after much ado about warm jackets, scarfs and a few “don’t forget your gloves”, we made our way out to the car for the short drive to the canal.
Canals in winter are a quieter place to visit with less activity than in busy summer months. Walkers and bike riders have the tow paths to themselves and there is almost non-existent water activity happening. Who wants to freeze to death – I ask you!
Let me tell you nothing quite wakes you up like a temp change of 21° (warm toasty lounge room at 23° to outdoor temp of 2°). We did all love our bracing walk, knowing though we were going back to a fireplace, and more red wine … On that occasion I did not envy the life of the canal boat dweller that we talked to on the return to our parked car. We left him to his colourful tidy home with an au revoir and headed back to our fire and red wine…
Dreaming of a (summer) canal life … Annette xx
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