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Borough of Bury

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    • Day10

      Vehicle of choice

      September 8 in England ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Found this little vehicle whilst passing the Imperial War Museum North. Apparently they are very popular in parts of Moss Side. I remember driving through there once by accident and being terrified that the car would break down. Probably overthinking it!

      Cheshire Plain is indeed plain apart from the rich houses. Plenty of canals of immense proportions today. The size of the locks makes me realise how diddy the ones in Bath are.

      Came round a bend in the River Weaver I happened on Cheshire's Salt Mine. A million tons a year is extracted. Just huge amounts. It used to be transported on the river but all goes by road now. Wow.

      Passed by Media City on Salford Quays and saw lots of Blue Peter badges!

      I am amazed at how one minute you can be in a heavily urban area and the next gentle countryside again. Still a few chimneys left in Bury.
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      You should have popped in to see Hannah!


      It would have been lovely but I find time is always short


      Doing well Stevie on day 10 already! Where will you be for the Queens funeral?


      Between Dingwall and Tongue I reckon

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    • Day4

      Throwing black puddings in Ramsbottom

      September 13, 2015 in England ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      We had arranged with Jen and Zoey to go to Ramsbottom to have a look at the place they are moving into in a couple of weeks. We drove to their place at Leigh and then followed them to Ramsbottom. What a pretty little village, but oh, so busy with the annual black pudding throwing competition as well as a couple of markets. We had the wheelchair for Olga, which was just as well, but very difficult for Rae pushing it along the cobblestones, and up hill and down dale in this hilly little village, to my mind a little like Holmfirth.

      We started with a coffee, of course then a walk around the village, had a look around the market and the black pudding chuckers, Rae causing one poor fellow agonizing pain by running the wheelchair over his foot. We bumped into Christine (Zoey's sister), James, and the children, and then looked for somewhere to eat - it wasn't going to be easy with all this crowd, but luckily, we went into 'the lounge' and some people were just leaving so we dived on the table. Jennie beat both Rae and Olga to the bill! Just as we were leaving Tracey (Zoey's other sister) and her partner Sonia returned from a weekend away, so we were invited to go back to their place, a nice little flat with a big kitchen. We had a drink and a chat, and Sonia showed me down into their workroom where they restore the furniture that they sell.

      We left soon after, returning Olga for a lie down. Rae and I had a lie down as well, then went in search of a quiet meal. We didn't want to disturb Olga again, so we strolled down to Wetherspoons for a drink and a meal. Sausages, mash and peas for me.... easily pleased! Both cranky though that we still couldn't seem to access the free wifi there! My phone had also started to play up with apps crashing all over! We enjoyed a quiet meal and then wandered home, Rae reminiscing about old haunts frequented half a lifetime ago.

      More coughing, more waking and dozing through the night and waking feeling trashed!
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