10 September 2011

By The Wey...

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

So a group of girlfriends and I loaded up our picnic & wine
{ well, I actually brought my cleanse lunch }
and boarded the Josias Jessop to take us down the 
Wey & Arun Canal in West Sussex

The canal was originally built in the 19th Century to connect 
London to the south coast of England for commercial trade
Yet due to the railroad, the inland waterway was abandoned in 1871

Since 1970, volunteers have worked tirelessly to reopen the canal
by digging it out themselves and installing lochs to use recreationally
Amazing dedication

Isn't the scenery stunning?

This beauty, the Himalayan Balsam, is actually an invasive weed

Introduced to the UK in 1839 (those Victorians loved plants), 
this baby can grow up to 6-10 feet and produce 800 seeds
You can hear their pods 'pop' when they explosively disperse their seeds 

Right now, they are blooming everywhere

It may not look like it, but it is in the impatiens family :)

Two swans with their adolescent cygnets
So England :)

Due to the canal's narrowness
boats must register their usage,
for no more than one boat uses a section at any given time

Due to its shallowness
I didn't feel the need to wear the life jacket
and snorkeling bits I brought just in case
one of my friends 'accidentally' threw me overboard

Inside one of the lochs

We had beautiful weather and a lovely time
And I stayed dry :)

For more information: WeyandArun.co.uk

- all photos by me -

My photos of the Wey in Springtime here

Sources: Wey & Arun Canal, Royal Horticultural Society

(I received no compensation for writing this post)


Tai Tai said...

Absolutely stunning!!

Pet said...

Really a different thing to do around. Picnicking in "wild" Sussex :-)

Brandi said...

such a nice day you had with your girlfriends. your pictures are gorgeous. I wish I had such beautiful weeds growing in my yard.

greenthumb said...

What a pretty part of the world. Glad you had fun out with your girlfriends.

Jane said...

How intriguing, Laura. Thanks for the elucidation - I've always wondered what such a trip would be like. Lucky you, having a girlies' weekend away! J x

Misty said...

Just gorgeous!

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

This looks like a scene from Rivendell in Lord of the Rings, were there elves and water nymphs??! Just dreamy and beautiful.

Nieves said...

How nice to know about this Canal and your photos are so beutiful, as always! Nice weekend!

deb duty said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like a fabulous outing.

Iota said...


La Vie Quotidienne said...

How very, very beautiful. What a lovely spot. Your pictures are fabulous.

Barbara said...

What amazing pictures! I would love to have a picnic there!!

lisaroyhandbags said...

This looks heavenly! What a beautiful way to spend a day :)

ann said...

A canal ride must be a great way to enjoy a picnic lunch. My friend and I are planning a trip to England (Yorkshire) next summer, probably mid to late May. Perhaps I can talk her into a canal ride for the day. Any suggestions. Your great photos call to me.

me said...

what a lovely way to spend the day.

Kate and Russ said...

Love the pics. What a beautiful and relaxing day!

Privet and Holly said...

My mom and Dad
really want to
do a canal trip
in England and
I can see why.
Gorgeous, Laura!
And how good are
YOU to bring your
cleanse lunch?!
xx Suzanne

T's Daily Treasures said...

You've certainly been on some lovely outings of late. :) While in Paris, we saw the tunnel where Princess Diana was killed, and I see in your previous post that you've been to see where she was laid to rest. Hope your day is great. Tammy

Ellie said...

I love your photographs, they are beautiful.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Beautiful images! I enjoyed the tour. Thank you!


Such a beautiful outing.


Donna B said...

I watched Women in Love the other night....seeing your pictures reminded me of some of the scenery. Breathtaking..you are so blessed.

Robynne's Nest said...

Stunning photos Laura, what a wonderful and unique trip...a canal trip has been on our list for a while...we've been told the Norfolk Broads are worthwhile but this location looks terrific...thanks for the tour! Robx
p.s. Did you visit Lille...I would have loved to go but had Aussie visitors to meet in London last weekend!!

elaine said...

Just love your canal pictures - I do a lot of canal walking myself they are magical.

Sonishka said...

Hi Laura thank you som much for following. The pools next to the ocean are quite a regular thing here in Australia - everybody is taught here to know that ocean is not for swimming - the pool is - because of the sharks and dangerous currents. Have a great week! Sonishka

Sonishka said...

Im a ditzy head, I forgot to tell you I love your pictures, I saw so much documentaries about english channels looks like a nice trip to take and so much fun as well!

Michela said...

Hi Laura, nice to meet you! :)
Thank you for visiting and following my blog!
I've enjoyed having a nosey around your lovely blog, I particularly loved Althorp's garden, truly beautiful!

Emma said...

How fabulous!!! Makes me think of the Wind in the Willows! x

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Hello! Thanks for saying hi because it means I've found your gorgeous blog! The scenery here is sooooo beautiful. Sigh. Really idyllic...

Kym Hamer said...

Gorgeous pics! What a wonderful piece of England you have discovered. Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

French viilage life said;
Thank you for your visit to me, so nice to meet you. We have done trips on the French canal, and it is amazing what you see so close to the water....birds, beutterflies and plants.

Pom Pom said...

Hello Laura! Thank you for stopping by my blog and following! It's nice to meet you!
Your outing sounds like the perfect field trip, especially the locks. In Washington State, where I grew up, the locks near the Puget Sound are quite a tourist attraction.
I know that not everyone who relocates to London from the USA, likes it. It seems the adventurous ones do! Love your blog. Following back!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What an amazing day you must have had. Such photo opportunities, and so much green everywhere. How to choose where to aim the camera first, LOL.

Love it, and thanks for following, following you back also.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

laruelapalooza said...

Your photos are stunning! What a beautiful place. And thanks for joining my blog too. I see you are following Pom Pom as well! And count me in as a fellow follower.
Laura (laruelapalooza)

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Wonderful pictures! I feel like I was with you at that picnic!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Stunning photos. Looks like a wonderful day - memories to treasure.

KimberlyJ said...

I really enjoy the historical and informational part of your posts. The pictures are always amazingly done and you really know how to capture beauty in things that people don't normally notice. I really enjoyed this.