Blogs from West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe - page 5


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Bournville July 28th 2013

Cadbury World, the Disneyland of Chocolate ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge July 17th 2013

It’s been a busy few weeks as we sort through cupboards, check documents, clean everything to within an inch of its life, mow the grass, and all manner of other jobs that have been on the back burner. Ollie is serviced, has had all his fluids checked and he’s sitting on the drive waiting for his final wash and polish before he hits the road again. So what’s next…….. Woolly says – Were off to Turkey!!!! Not just for a holiday but for good. I’m so excited and have packed and repacked my trunk several times with everything I might need. I found lots of new things to buy that I could take at the car boot we had a stall at but Jo wouldn’t let me buy anything pointing out that we were supposed to ... read more
Car Booting
Exmoor ponies

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham June 27th 2013

Ollie is sitting on the drive snoozing away while we have started to plan and organise our next phase of travelling , the ferry is booked , Ollie is booked for a check-up, we know what currencies we need to order and we have to get our International Driving Permits. Woolly says – This meant a trip out to the second capital, Birmingham. It’s amazing how many people you meet when travelling that think we come from Birmingham, living nine miles away it seems that they club us together, I am a Yam Yam. The Black Country is proud of it’s traditions in glass and industry, having made the anchor for the ill-fated Titanic which set it clearly on the map, it is also known for its diverse accents and dialects. They are something to behold, ... read more
Birmingham Cathedral
it's a bit small!
Council House

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands June 22nd 2013

1 lock, 201 in total. The original Brindley canal is a contour canal and it is fairly winding. Telford was commissioned to sort this out and built a very straight canal which cuts through all the old loops, often in cuttings so that there would be no need for locks. Apparently the old cut, now called the Wolverhampton Level, is much more interesting but we had to leave Birmingham on the Main Line, which is the route with access to the Netherton Tunnel. The cuttings were like wild nature reserves with plenty of flowers, mainly foxgloves but some orchids. We encountered several concrete islands on our route which left very narrow channels for navigation – these were the old toll booths where boats would be charged by how low in the water they were riding. The ... read more
Sherborne Wharf again.
Building at junction of Oozels Loop...
Another ex-waterway or wharf.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge June 17th 2013

Woolly says – it seemed like only moments before we were back on the road, still 1200 KM to go and Ollie was off on his mission. France was empty and we were grateful for it being a Sunday, we watched as the landscape flew past, with hot air balloons taking to the early morning skies, an odd dear having breakfast in the fields and the sun slowly rising. I kept seeing names of places we had been and told Zoe tales about them, it seemed to help her sleep! After a fuel up, croissant and the much needed coffee we started to see signs for Calais ….. Woolly says – no ferry this time we were going for a first for me and Ian and using the Chunnel, I wasn’t sure if I would need ... read more
Early morning flight
Waiting to load
Ohhh, fish spotting here I come

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham May 23rd 2013

Of all the places in the UK to blog about, Birmingham seems a strange choice. The second biggest city in the UK but famous for not much. “More canals than Venice” is the oft quoted tagline but then Libya probably has more sand than the Seychelles and I know where I’d rather go. Many superlatives are often attached to this city though usually in the negative. I actually find the accent quite endearing and some parts aren’t that ugly. Many people wondered why the hell I was moving here and many of those were from here. So, having travelled to and lived in countries just because they have great mountains, and having moved on from countries because their towns are ugly, why move to the flattest, least aesthetically pleasing part of Britain? I have never written ... read more
Birmingham Uni
Birmingham Town Hall and Victoria Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands May 19th 2013

Locks today 9 – total 38 So much for only 3 hours motoring each day – 6 hours Friday and 8 ½ today to reach good moorings at Crofton. Far-reaching views for most of the way, with a lot of sunshine. The Kennet & Avon Canal runs between (wait for it.....) the R. Kennet in the east and the R. Avon in the west. Hving travelled uphill since we started, today we crossed the summit, via Bruce Tunnel, and the locks are now all downhill. There are two major pumping stations on the canal, on e of which is here at Crofton. Canal water is pumped uphill to the summit to replenish all that is lost downhill as each lock is used. Frequently the summit pond is too dry for full navigation though. There are two ... read more
More little ones
Pickled Hill
Lady's Bridge

Well, it's been a lovely sunny bank holiday weekend with friends, but seems mine has been extended a bit :) I leave on Monday 13th May, flying out to Spain where I meet with one of my gorgeous childhood friends Laura. I will be spending 4 weeks out there...Excited much?! This is the start of the journey, where I will relax, soak up the sun and meet the people. It was sad saying goodbye to my close ones back in Northampton, tears were shed (by me) and hugs were shared - but they will always be a part of my life. Now it's big adventure time - Just my backpack & I...... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham May 6th 2013

The 'onwards and upwards' trajectory leads us to the 3rd and final full day of the trip, and the last of the 3 rhythmically-sounding blog entry titles. An overnight stay in the cathedral town of Gloucester proved to be a strategic choice, as I was indeed creeping homewards in various short hops, and the challenge here was to see the best of Gloucester in the space of just short of half a day. The cathedral is far and away Gloucester's most single prominent feature, and its grounds offer the visitor ample scope for viewing this magnificent building from virtually any angle. A few representative photos later, and I was back in the thick of the town's shopping streets, realizing that there was more substance to the town than originally meets the eye. Finishing the trek at ... read more
The cathedral (Gloucester; England)
The city centre (Birmingham; England)
Redbrick architecture (Birmingham; England)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge April 14th 2013

It’s been a funny old week with sadness that after 6000 miles, over £1500 GBP in fuel and seven weeks of travel we have said Goodbye to Georgie…… Woolly says – I was very sad to wave bye bye to Georgie and as I wiped a tear away I tried to find my new seat in Oliver. Oliver joined us on Friday and much in the way that we choose Georgie we climbed in and out of quite a few vehicles, checked their engines, brakes and admired their bodywork, after several train journeys, bus rides and quite a few miles of walking we found HIM!!!! Oliver is a cool green and has loads of space in his Honda CVR 4 x 12 insides, with lots of pockets to store my things in, Ian was overjoyed to ... read more
Golf Anyone!
Hello Oliver
The Wheels keep on rolling!

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