Yesterday Big Sis was visiting from the Big Smoke. The strange thing was that she wasn't visiting us. Her dearest friend was celebrating her nineteenth so it was a one night only affair. She wanted to see us to pass on Mr K's Father's Day present (!) and as the party was in the next village we said we would pop over. As the weather was so glorious we decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the newly refurbished towpath on our bikes. By eight thirty the glaring heat of the day had dissipated and the evening light added a golden hue to the landscape - perfect.
We stopped at the first bridge to take in our favourite view
Then back down to the canal
We tootled along quite happily, chatting about nothing in particular and waving at the boats when, in the distance, we spied a flash of red
We considered what might be on the other side. Would there be any footpath? Were we scuppered? How bad could it be? Then out of the blue Mr K did this
All I could do was follow!
As it turned out the towpath was fine - most of it had actually already been resurfaced and we did pass someone else with their dog so we didn't feel too naughty.
The sun was dipping
All was lush and so so quiet
The only interruption was from the occasional train when we rode adjacent to the tracks
The evening air was heady with the scent of elderflower and wild honeysuckle
As we approached the village the outlying cottages were soaking up the last of the light
The ducks were roosting (one eye open of course)
And then we were there
Our stay was short. We swapped presents and congratulations. We caught up with friends who we have seen Big Sis grow up with - all very grown up now themselves. They invited us to join them on the picnic blankets laid out in the back garden for a Pimms but we declined - it would have been too easy to overstay our welcome!
We cycled back in a reflective mood, stopping only to stock up on elder flowers for some cordial making tomorrow. It's still hard saying goodbye to Big Sis in a different environment but things change and we are so lucky for what we have.
We arrived back home shortly after 10pm - it was still light - still time for a Pimms in our own back garden!
Hope you have had chance to sit back and enjoy what you have wherever you are.