Canal Life

One of the things I love about where I live is that, just a 5 minute drive down the road, you enter the British countryside full of fields and sunflowers. On weekends, if we’re just at home, my family and I like to drive down to Mercia Marina and just walk alongside the canal.

There is plenty to do here as just recently a HUGE complex was built overlooking the marina, providing not only everything a canal-dweller would need from clothes to supplies for travelling the waterway, and even a pampering beauty parlor!, but also a canal visitor like ourselves. You can trawl the boutiquey (is that a word?hehe) shops and see whats on offer, my personal fave being the beautiful home interior shop called Zing Interiors. Or, you can have an afternoon snack in the coffee shop, and pick up something from the farm shop that’s with it! In the evenings, there is a lovely, classy place to dine in which looks marvellous when all the lights are on.

However, the best thing about going down to the marina is the canal itself. It is always so tranquil and peaceful, and it is so fun to look at all the canal boats lined up along the deck. Each one has its own individuality, and history and stories attached to it. The all look completely different, with bright colours and names. The canal also offers canal boat rides too! So you can hop onto one and take a trip along the marina and get a taste of life on the waterways, and an insight into canal life!

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If you want more information on anything I mentioned, here’s a link to Mercia Marina’s website Mercia Marina .