United Kingdom
Shropshire

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  • Day86

    Housesitting in Leighton, Shropshire

    July 26 in the United Kingdom

    This evening we met the couple we will be house sitting for over the next two weeks. Their little dog's name is Patrick, and he is really funny--he barks at the birds in the trees, and tries to catch flies! We had a nice getting-acquainted visit over dinner, and spent the night. Here is a picture of the River Severn near their town, and some of the narrow roads, taken through the windshield.

  • Day86

    Attingham Servants' Quarters

    July 26 in the United Kingdom

    Here are the servants' quarters: dining area, kitchen, pastry kitchen, housekeeper's quarters, and part of the huge silver set.

    Note: Each servant was provided an ale allowance, 1 pint for men, 1/2 pint for women. If they did not want ale, they could have tea, and their cup was put on the small wagon on the table. They were "on the wagon".

  • Day99

    Much Wenlock, Historic Market Town

    August 8 in the United Kingdom

    Not far from where we are house-and-dog-sitting, is a market town by the curious name of Much Wenlock. It was fun to see, and we were surprised to find out that Dr. William Penny Brooks started the Much Wenlock Olympics back in the 1800s as an effort to improve physical fitness. He worked to include physical education in the schools. And the founder of the International Olympic Games patterned them after this town's local activities.

    The town is full of charming buildings. In this first one, the half-timbered building is the Guildhall (like a city hall) and had a butter market on the ground floor.

    The last picture is of a farm in the town, which has been converted into condos. The farmers lived in town and worked their fields that were scattered outside of the village.
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  • Day86

    Attingham Park, Shrewsbury

    July 26 in the United Kingdom

    This country house was owned by the same family since it was built in 1785. Some of the earliest lords were not careful with their money and had to sell off much of the furniture and art. The 8th Lord and Lady Berwick (Thomas and Teresa), who lived there from 1920-70, had a strong interest in preserving its history. Teresa was Italian, and much of the manor reflects her heritage.

    The Entrance Hall looks like it has Italian marble statues, but they are painted on the walls.Read more

  • Day86

    Attingham Park Becomes a College

    July 26 in the United Kingdom

    From 1948-1976, Teresa lived on one side of the manor, and Shropshire Adult Education College used the other half for residential education courses. Since 1952, the Attingham Trust has operated courses for the study of historic houses and collections.

  • Day56

    Ludlow Day 2

    June 3 in the United Kingdom

    Started today with a nice feed of Shropshire bacon and eggs all round.
    Walked up into town to the antiques market being held in the main square. Had a look around the cathedral in the centre of town. Stopped at the Green Cafe down by the river, it looked good so vowed to come back for a bite to eat.
    Took the scenic route back along the other side of the Teme River and stopped off at the Charlton Arms for a beer.Read more

  • Day2

    Erste Etappe

    July 9, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Nachdem wir gestern durch 5 Länder gefahren sind und über 16 Stunden unterwegs waren, sind wir abends bei meinem Onkel gelandet.
    Kühles Bier, Cider und ein herzlicher Empfang haben die Strapazen schnell vergessen lassen.
    Die Gegend ist jetzt schon traumhaft schön. Erste Schafe haben wir auch schon gesichtet 🐏

  • Day62

    A Day in Shrewsbury

    June 9 in the United Kingdom

    For our day in Shrewsbury we just about walked our legs off. Shrewsbury is quite compact but there is a lot to see. We started by crossing the English Bridge to look at the Abbey. We were not able to get inside as there was a funeral service being held. We did find in the gounds behind, a memorial to Wilfred Owen, who was a WW1 soldier and poet who lived in Shrewsbury and was tragically killed just a few days before the end of the war. His memorial is etched with his prophetic words " I am the enemy you killed, my friend" Across the road was an artist studio that was open so we called in there for a look. A French woman we met there had been commissioned to replace all the stained glass in a nearby church so we had a good chat about this and other projects. We then walked on and around the river (Severn) to the Dingle which is a lovely park that sits in the bend of the river as it goes around the town. Saw the rowing club and lots of walkers and families enjoying the lovely expansive lawns and trees. Back into the town found us lunch at a nice cafe run by volunteers supporting victims of domestic violence. Actually, we've seen lots of similar groups for all sorts of causes usually through their respective church organisations. Volunteering is alive and well in the UK. Another late twilight had us eating about 8.30-9pmRead more

  • Day61

    Shrewsbury, Dickens, and Darwin

    June 8 in the United Kingdom

    Today we moved on from Ludlow and parted company with Pat. After our usual breakfast of local eggs (this time Welsh from a road side stall) we packed our bags and headed to Shrewsbury. Here we dropped Pat at the train station for his trip back to London. We then drove just down the road to the Lion Hotel where we have booked in for two nights. It was too early to book in so we walked back to the station to say a final goodbye to Pat. As we walked back we saw a statue of Charles Darwin. On investigation, we discovered that the building behind was the school he went to (now a library) so we went inside and had a good look. Amazingly, there were scratched names and dates of former pupils all over wooden cladding and both upper floor rooms retain original features though now being used as library study areas. Further up the road was St Mary's Cathedral which is the oldest church in Shrewsbury dating from the 11th century. Shrewsbury was one of the few medieval towns not to be impacted by the industrial revolution so it's original layout and many buildings are still intact. There are funny little alleyways and cobbled streets and ancient wooden framed buildings everywhere, each with its own distinctive features. Remarkably and wonderfully most are still in use for contemporary purposes and you can often venture in and wander upstairs for a meal or a geek. Great fun!
    The Lion Hotel turned out to be where Charles Darwin stayed before he left to join the Beagle for his world voyage. It is also where Charles Dickens wrote The Pickwick Papers. So we are staying in the middle of history.
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Shropshire, SHR, OSP

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