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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry August 13th 2018

The long, hot summer has disappeared in the last few days and I find myself in the 9thlargest city in England on a very changeable Sunday morning. A light, drizzle was falling steadily from the sky. The Other Half looked distressed that water was falling on her new car. It is a place, I do not know well. I have been on numerous occasions, but as with other UK places seen no more than I was allowed by a restrictive Police escort. I am unsure quite how I have bypassed a city of over 350,000 for this many years, but as Coventry has recently been named as Capital of Culture for 2021 I suggested to the Other Half that we get in before the crowds. She suspected an ulterior motive. She was correct. It was 3 ... read more
Lady Godiva Statue
Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Council House

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge June 30th 2018

Woolly says - The British summer had really arrived and instead of burying the shorts deep into drawers the nation has legs on show along with the slightly less savoury uncovered chest of the odd passing male. As the women worked away I had taken to spending an hour or so a day with the overly large dog, Kobi a mastiff ridgeback cross, that shares with us, his conversation is sparse and usually only in the form of woofs but he's friendly enough and it's quite entertaining to trow pistachio shells at him. With hours to fill each day I had decided to take over the planning of our day trips, having consulted my trusty map and checked out my facts in the Mammoth Book of Everything I was pleased when the women greeted my proposal ... read more
The four stones
Walking round Clent
The monument at Wychbury Hill

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 » Solihull November 5th 2017

All packed and ready to go! Off to Birmingham Airport for our Emirates flight via Dubai.... 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 » Coventry July 21st 2017

England is having a period of unsettled weather at the moment. The cynics will say, “What’s new”. Today is one of those days. There will be some sun, some cloud and some rain. We hope to be in the right place at the right time. We leave London for a four night experience in the Midlands. We have not visited the area before and so we have to see for ourselves what is on offer. We plot a course for Bicester. Why Bicester? They have a very new, very large Tesco on the outskirts of town. No. The real reason is to fool Jane into taking us north the way we want to go. She has a habit of finding the most difficult and the busiest route. So our drive to Bicester is reasonably straight forward ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Cradley June 30th 2017

Hi Travel Lovers. We have now moved on from Shrewsbury to our 4th house sit at Cradley near Worcester (Worcestershire) and what a lovely couple the owners are. Their home is absolutely beautiful (see photo's) and was originally built in the 1750's with a few additions over the next 260 years. Other than that, we also paid a quick visit on the way to Ludlow where we have yet another house sit in October. It doesn't get any better!!! nce settled in at Cradley, we took the opportunity to do a mornings touring of a couple of the local heritage sites to the north. All within 15 miles. First it was Edvin Loach Old Church, Witley Court & Gardens plus the attached church ( with its beautiful interior) and then Leigh Court Barn. All spectacular in ... read more
Witley Court
Witley Court Chapel
Hereford Cathedral

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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull November 5th 2016

It is Guy Fawkes Night - November 5th . Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes and his companions Did the scheme contrive, To blow the King and Parliament All up alive. Threescore barrels, laid below, To prove old England's overthrow. and so the poem goes. It seems quite odd to read this and think of our current parliament which seems in disarray. The will of the people against the members of parliament and the judiciary. Brexit hasn't gone away and many feel the current government require a quick reminder of why they are in power and who they serve. Since we arrived home there has been a new prime minister, a new leader of the Labour ... read more
The front view of the hall
The moated hall

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