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Published: August 1st 2017
Country pubs provide a good breakfast. We have a modified “full English”. Our fellow guests have the works. By the size of the “works” its just as well we didn’t. Looks like it will be a great day out. We have some time to explore this part of Cheshire, especially Shrewsbury so we’re on the hunt for the famous biscuit, the Shrewsbury biscuit.
Leaving Northwich we drive south through beautiful countryside. It doesn’t take us long before we are driving along roads with signs to the Nantwich Show. Fortunately it is not on until tomorrow and we’ll be in London. Even without the show today the narrow roads are busy. As we enter Shrewsbury we hear about a World Worm Charming Championship to be held in Nantwich. Perhaps we’d better u-turn athough we are not sure when it will be held.
Driving through the centre of Shrewsbury we realize we have made a good choice. The main street has a country village feel about it. There are a variety of building styles including Elizabethan, Victorian, Georgian, and relatively modern designs. We park the car and predict how long we will be, an hour. We walk across The English Bridge
over an un-named river and into the town. Shrewsbury has a very nice department store, The House of Fraser, with a very nice cafe. They have a very nice lady working in the cafe. We ask if they have any Shrewsbury biscuits on the menu. And so begins the discussion. She knows the name but no, they don’t have any. She is able to tell us the name of the river, the Severn. As we finish our lunch our new friend tells us where we might find a Shrewsbury biscuit. Out the rear exit, turn right, along the road to the market, turn right, then left and it is the cake shop next to the ...
We check our time, only a few minutes parking left and we don’t want to be rewarded with a parking ticket for finding a Shrewsbury biscuit. We’ll just have to rely on Mr Griffin, a famous New Zealand baker, to provide us with the elusive biscuit. We stop at a delicatessen for some cheeses. The shop is full of the most interesting smells coming from the cheeses and processed meats. We arrive back at the car fifteen minutes late. No ticket, no clamp.
The English Bridge
Relief. Shrewsbury is a wonderful town and worthy of a longer visit, especially on a beautiful day like today.
Destination London. Jane decides she’ll take charge and guides us onto the M6 for a reasonably quick trip. All goes well until we reach Birmingham. We follow Jane’s instructions at a very large, reasonably new, interchange, that will join the M6 to the M1. As we proceed we look at the GPS map. Our cursor has us in the middle of nowhere and not a road to be seen. We are now heading for Northampton and no way of turning around for thirty kilometres. Jane will just have to fix her own mess. Leaving Northampton we encounter a deviation. Jane just loves deviations.
Finally we reach the A1 and enter London. The roads to our destination, our daughter and son-in-law’s home, are quiet and we get there earlier than expected. Our hosts are out shopping for our wonderful evening meal. We have time to explore the suburb of Pinner and do a little shopping of our own. Our final arrival time is later than expected but still time to start a three day talk, eat and drink fest.
The River Severn
We plan tomorrow’s excursion, a visit into London City and their own museum, and a walk around Trafalgar Square. And the weather? Coats and brollies.
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