Mick's been off work this week. We knew the weather wasn't going to be brilliant so we didn't plan on doing much other than having some downtime and recharging our batteries. It's been lovely actually. We've had lots of slow days, eaten out, seen family, and we did manage some short outings close to home too.
On Wednesday we drove over to Sunnybank Mills where The Great British Sewing Bee is filmed.
We had a mooch around but didn't stay long. There's a lovely yarn shop there called Ewe Neek which sell a good range but I was good and resisted adding anything to my stash.
Afterwards we drove about a mile to Rodley so that we could take a stroll along the canal. Our usual walks Down By The Canal are along the Aire and Calder Navigation but this is the Leeds & Liverpool Canal which stretches for 127 miles and links the cities of Leeds and Liverpool.
Some parts of the canal stretch through residential areas, other parts travel through tranquil countryside.
The trees are just beginning to start showing their autumn hues. I hope they manage it before they drop their leaves, which the strong winds we've had over the last couple of days are helping them to do.
A beautiful swan came gliding down the canal. He was all alone, I hope he's got a family waiting for him somewhere.
Further along the canal it becomes more built up along the sides, and there are boats moored up here too.
A swing bridge allows pedestrians and bikes to cross. You can actually feel it move as you walk across it, a weird sensation.
It was a lovely day, blue skies and very mild for this time of year, so there were quite a few people out walking. The storm was forecast that same night though it wasn't as bad as had been forecast. It's now full on though, rain lashing the windows and strong winds, I'm glad to be indoors on a day like today.
There were quite a few boats along this stretch of the canal.
I love the name of this one. Music lovers I think.
Not sure this one's water tight. It's definitely seen better days.
Horses graze along the other side of the canal.
The footpath at the side of the canal is a great place for a Little Free Library. I had a look but nothing took my fancy.
Soon it was time to turn back and head for the car as Archie's little legs couldn't walk much further. This photo shows how close the canal is to the houses. I'd quite fancy living close to the canal and watching the boats sail by.
It was a nice idea for a couple of hours out when we didn't want to go too far.