I asked him how he would like to spend his birthday and he suggested driving up to Bradford on Avon, parking the car there and walking into Bath following the towpath along the Kennet and Avon canal, it's about 9 miles, and then getting the train back to Bradford on Avon. So....thats what we did, despite the temperatures only reaching 4 today and heavy rain in the offing!
This very ornate bridge is in Bath and apparently the locals in this very select area did not take kindly to a working canal in their locality and so demanded that the bridges be beautiful, in the early 1800's.
We followed this boat for about 4 miles, sometimes we were behind it and sometimes we overtook it. As we passed the house boats the smell of their woodburner stoves was wonderful and the decoration of their homes just amazing. Saw a few birds flitting about, a Kingfisher, Long tailed tits, Goldfinches, a kestrel and lots of Rooks. We stopped for lunch at the George at Bathampton, really nice food there and full so obviously a very popular watering hole.
When we got home the children had made a cream tea and had lit the log burner so it was so cosy and welcoming, having driven home through heavy rain.
I have to confess I am a bit stiff legged this evening and I'm on an early shift tomorrow morning so I need to put the feet up for a while and relax.