After isolating for ten days after suspected Covid-19, we were in need for a wander and Jude particularly wanted to walk by water to appreciate its magical calming qualities. We are never sure why but we feel so much better when we breathe in the special air around water be it sea, lake, river or stream. We even enjoy a good puddle!
So we parked in the Greenfields area of Shrewsbury near the weir, enjoyed an ice cream as we sat by the weir and talked about the salmon leaping season which would soon be upon us. We decided to walk away from town out towards the countryside north of the town.
It wasn’t long before we left Sydney Avenue and the path became very narrow and enclosed by trees, shrubs and wildflowers overhanging the edge of the track. All the time we remained close to the River Severn.
Berries became more obvious as the tree and shrub varieties changed, and we found several different sorts of berries which would become food for thrushes before long, our own natives and joined by winter migrants.
All the time as we walked the river was nearby and then we had a real surprise – we came across the overgrown basin of local Shrewsbury Canal, “The Shroppie”. We had heard about this old overgrown canal but had no exact idea where it was.
And now, here is “The Shroppie”.
I will finish off with this beautiful moss covered broken branch decorated with strands of ivy.