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March 12, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Life on the canal

life on the canal

life on the canal

Regular readers of the blog will know how I enjoy walking along the canals in the UK. They are such peaceful places, and as you can see in the photo, a great place for a chat. I can usually find a scene I want to capture. I wish my camera captured smells. The smell of a coal fired stove brings back many memories.



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  1. delimaf / Mar 12 2014 11:29 pm

    Excellent photo, writing, and subject! Thank you! Fabio

  2. colin / Mar 12 2014 11:34 pm

    It looks and feels wonderful. I am sure your walk have been a traditional from before you were born. I love that idea.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 13 2014 1:30 pm

      Thank you. I’m sure you’re right. It’s a way of life that predates me by a long way.

  3. Stephen Nielsen / Mar 13 2014 1:13 am

    I see there is plenty of opportunity to chat.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 13 2014 1:31 pm

      Yes, one of the beauties of walking the canal is the boats can’t go faster than 4 mph so even if they are moving it is only at walking pace. Plenty of time to chat.

  4. randomrose / Mar 13 2014 6:01 am

    You camera may not be able to capture smells but your words did, That is a lovely shot.

  5. marystreasurechest / Mar 13 2014 6:48 am

    Sounds wonderful. Imagination must conjure up the smells

  6. Paz / Mar 13 2014 7:40 am

    How interesting. What kind of memories, I wonder?

  7. kiwiskan / Mar 13 2014 7:55 am

    I can see why you love those canals – sounds like you need to get a canal-boat

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Mar 13 2014 1:36 pm

      I have thought about it many times. The idea is probably a lot more fun than the reality.

  8. heila2013 / Apr 4 2014 10:49 pm

    Thanks to your mentioning the smell of the coal fired stove, I actually have it in my nose!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Apr 4 2014 11:23 pm

      Is that good or bad? I find it very nostalgic and it brings warm, fond memories. A reminder of happy days; cold, dark nights (UK winters are long) and the company of a loving family no longer with me but fondly remembered. All that from a bit of smoke and a lump of coal.

      • heila2013 / Apr 9 2014 12:27 am

        Good, because I can smell what you describe. I do not have the same memories as you do, of course, but I get a feel for the atmosphere. And yes, our olfactory system is very much connected to our memories and can take us back to the remembered situation. Isn’t that amazing!

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Apr 9 2014 8:30 am

        Yes, I think the olfactory memory is really powerful. Certainly for me it is. Sometimes long forgotten memories are brought back in an instant with just one sniff.

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