Blogs from Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham March 15th 2021 13th March - A stroll along the canals in Birmingham city. Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, which they say is more than Venice. During the Industrial Revolution the canals were busy waterways transporting coal, iron and other heavy goods. They played a crucial role in the development of Birmingham and the Black Country. Most of the canals were built in the 1700s and 1800s One of the first to be built was the Duke of Bridgewater's Canal. It carried the Duke's coal from inside the mines 15 miles to Manchester. It was finished in 1761 and most of the engineering work was planned and supervised by James Brindley. Brindley was a millwright by trade and one of the most notable engineers of the 18th century. He worked on six canal projects in the Midlands. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham January 28th 2021 28th January Birmingham - Rings, Votes & Pens! A part of Birmingham I knew nothing about. We started the your opposite The Queen’s Arms, Grade II listed pub built c. 1870 with its Art Nouveau decoration. The Jewellery Quarter goes as far back as the early 16th century, with evidence c. 1553 of local goldsmith Roger Pemberton being one of the first jewellers in the city. Various members of the Pemberton family would go on to register silver marks at the city’s Assay Office and be involved with the JQ jewellery trade right up until around the time the Industrial Revolution ceased. Despite the early 19th-century decline of the city’s jewellery trade, it’s estimated that by 1850, half of the jewellery in London jewellers was still produced in Birmingham. It wasn’t just jewellery ma... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham January 24th 2021

19/1 Birmingham Chores done; so time for another trip, a bit closer to home this time! Birmingham - Victoria Square The square was originally called Council House Square. It took its present name in 1901 to commemorate Queen Victoria. On the west side is Birmingham Town Hall, a popular concert venue with its Corinthian columns and Roman-revival architectural style. The Council House built between 1874 and 1879 houses part of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The clock tower, known locally as Big Brum. also learnt the origin of the word ‘Brummie’ The statue of Queen Victoria is by Thomas Brock and was unveiled on 10 January 1901, just 12 days before her death. The original statue was marble. In 1992 this was taken away to be cleaned, returning in April 1993 as the refurbishment of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham July 10th 2019

We arrived in Birmingham at about 4:30, and found a mooring in the very center of town, across from a LegoLand exhibit and next to the Aquarium Center. We grabbed the last mooring on Oozle Street Loop, and our beautiful boat was visible by everyone in the square. After a quick shower, we went into town to find food. 5pm is a bit early for dinner, and most places were not quite open. However we found a fabulous Indian restaurant where the food was spicy and the water was plentiful, as was the Naan. Birmingham didn't have as many "big old buildings" as London and other towns we have visited. It seem that the majority of Birmingham grew up during the industrial expansion and either there were not many buildings prior, or the expansion just consumed ... read more
An Escape Room
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The City Before You

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham September 26th 2018

Woolly says – It was a glorious day, not a cloud in the sky and the sun was already warming my fur as we headed towards the city, I sat contentedly munching on the remans of breakfast and wondering what to have as my first snack of the day. Following my disappointment from being able to get a round of golf in I had researched fully to ensure that our destination would not only be there but would be open Not that the females gave me any credit for my preplanning and just sat moaning about the need to play, my cunning plan involved chocolate cake so I felt assured that I would soon win them over. We weren’t actually moaning about the golf but about how cold the nights are now getting and ... read more
A sunny day at the park
Golf anyone!
Not sure what these were but they were a lovely colour

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham August 25th 2018

Woolly says – It’s always good to find somewhere you haven’t been even though you’ve lived in an area for many years, I’d been doing my research and as long as I could keep the women out of the shops I’d found a good place of interest. Having told Jo to take us to the nearest train station I kept the rest of my cards close to my tusks, the tricky part came at the ticket office where I tried to ask for the tickets without being overheard, the man behind the glass merely shook his head. I asked for our destination again and again he shook his head, I raised my voice and tried a third attempt to be met with the same response, I kicked his Perspex window and waited for Jo to intercede, ... read more
The catacombs
In the workshop
1803 Urinals ..... nothing for women though!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham June 8th 2018

Sandy and I arrived in the UK last Saturday and made our way to Twickenham in time to catch the afternoon games of the London Rugby 7s. On Sunday, Canada finished in the top 8 and England finished 4th, losing to Ireland In the final game. We spent a hectic week visiting family and old school friends and are now sitting in Birmingham airport waiting for our flight to Paris for the final stop in the Rugby 7s World tour.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham July 23rd 2017

Last night’s next door party finished at 5:30 am. It is another gloomy start but there are some promising breaks. Jane has offered to take us to Birmingham so we sit back, relax and enjoy the drive. It is Sunday and all is relatively quiet on the roads. Perhaps everyone is still recovering from last night’s party. Everything is straight forward until we get to Junction 5. Closed! Deviation! Oh help. We drive on to the next exit and leave the motorway. We notice Jane wants us to return to Junction 5. We can see ourselves spending the day circulating between Junction 4 and 6. We just have to defy Jane’s instructions and follow the deviation signs. Perhaps we’ll have an understanding navigator who will soon pick up on what is happening and guide us to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham March 4th 2017

Just two weeks before we set off- a few last minute things to sort out and we're ready to go.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham January 24th 2017

Under 8 weeks until we fly out of Heathrow to Auckland to start our big New Zealand adventure. Busy planning our 9 days on North Island and 14 days on South Island so we don't waste a minute of our time. Excited to say the least!... read more

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