Blogs from Whitchurch, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Whitchurch April 17th 2021

Today was a day of change . The first day that we had the opportunity to drive across the border from Wales into England . The sun was shining it felt a little as if we were on holiday. We headed over the border and arrived in the small village of Calverhall and a walk with my daughter . I was looking foward to that walk . . It would make a change to walk somewhere different to Wingerworth or Bangor on Dee. It would be good to walk with someone rather than walk alone. We set off from Calverhall . A small rural village with an ancient history going back to the Domesday book. We walked past the Old Jack Pub and headed towards the village library which was housed inside a lyche gate . ... read more
Church doors are always fascinating even when they are closed  Calverhall Church
on the wall of Calverhall Church
Mossfield Baptist Cemetery grave

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Whitchurch September 5th 2020

When we got up in the morning we had not much of a plan for the day . Another trip over to North Wales hunting . We were determined to find something and though that we had hit the right one with the one we were viewing this morning . The drive over was uneventful . We try to find a different way to get there . Breaking the monotony by trying Buxton, Macclesfield , Knutsford and Chester . Down to Derby and Uttoxeter . Over Ashbourne way . Across the new road around Manchester Airport . We are running out of options . But we did set off with some optomism . It was Day 161 of our new Covid life . The sun shone on us as we felt reasonable happy that this would ... read more
What's through the bridge ?
The Bendegedig in action
A pork belly lunch

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Whitchurch October 30th 2018

Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centred by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate" So wrote Zhuangzi a Daoist sage and author. Never heard of him . Well neither had we . Never heard of his philosophies either . We know them now though. Our life seems to be following that pattern. Since we came home we are trying to flow with whatever comes our way. We are trying not to worry about Glenns mums house which is taking some time to sell. Phone calls and messages fly by and nothing seems to happen. It is 8 weeks now since an offer was put in . To complicate things even further we had no -one asking to view our home. Selling houses is a painful process. One ... read more
St Alkmunds church
Time moving on
that Joyce clock is there - corner of Green End and High Street

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Whitchurch October 4th 2017

Woolly says – having poked my trunk out of the door and examined the weather, I considered my attire and quickly added another two layers with the hope that the dark clouds wouldn’t turn to rain in the near future, which just left me the bitterly cold wind to deal with. Having purveyed the map I had struck upon the idea of visiting a town that Jo had spent her life driving past but had never actually stopped at, that was about to be rectified. It’s strange sometimes that you can pass a town thousands of times but never even drive through it, I hoped that my previous remiss behaviour would be rewarded. Woolly says – the twenty minute drive didn’t go well once I had realised that a certain person had neglected to put my ... read more
St Alkmunds Church
The Former Grammer School
Lovely buildings

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Whitchurch September 11th 2017

By the fifteenth time I’d been asked if we were there yet and having handed over the third snack of the morning as well as an argument over the fact that we were passing Newcastle Under Lyme which didn’t mean we had gone the wrong way and that no we weren’t heading North, I was delighted to pull onto the car park and let my small friend race across the tarmac to greet his bestiest friend Sion. Woolly says – as soon as the door opened I shot out leaving a trail of pistachio shells behind me and into the welcoming paws of the best sheep in the world. With so much to tell each other I barely noticed the entrance to the secret bunker and our rendezvous for the day, I had however done my ... read more
This is what happens when you live in a bunker!
Staring contest

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Whitchurch April 28th 2011

I woke early ...i was freezing , the clear night has allowed temps to drop to below zero and ice had formed on the inside of my tent! , it took a while for me to thaw as i jammed stuff into compression sacks /tent bags and panniers.I had to put my cycling gloves on just so i could continue packing. The worst part about this is nearly everything was damp or wet ... Just after leaving the camp site , i came across a lock gate on the canal and paused to watch some American tourists strugling with the lock, his wife barking orders from the canal boat!. I decided that the tow path would be a nice start to the day and it was , i watched 2 hot air ballons take off as ... read more
up up and awahay

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