rushall canal

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May 19th - A gentle afternoon amble into Birmingham along the canal was a lovely trip - but I did get drowned on the way home. I went from work, along the Tame Valley canal and down the Walsall Canal to Aston. It’s nice to see the route to Birmingham now smoothly surfaced all the way from Rushall Junction at Ray Hall, a real improvement that will see me coming this way more in future.

On my way I saw cats, geese, and my nose noted that the flag irises were out, which although gorgeous - in this case growing around an unexpectedly beautiful pond in the shadow of a huge recycling plant in Saltley - always set off my hay fever.

A lovely canal ride on a grey, showery day that still showed the best of urban Birmingham.

Swans on a frozen canal, Rushall, Walsall, England

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You have to give it to Aiden, 12 hour night shift and one of his worst ever, bed for 5 hours and then he got up and accompanied me for a ride down to Sandwell Valley along the canal. It lifted his spirits and no wonder - what a stunning day, warm, sunny and the canal looking at its best.