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  • 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 🐏Read more

  • 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.Read more

  • 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".Read more

  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • Day22

    Culminating in Culmington

    September 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Had the first of our longer train journeys. Train from Dunbar to Shrewsbury (with a quick change in Birmingham). Managed to figure it out and even managed to arrive a few minutes early. Enjoyed the scenery and snapshots of the towns that we passed.

    Chris and Alma kindly met us on the platform, and took us onward to their lovely village - Culmington. Unfortunately, the low lying mists impeded our views of the Shropshire Hills, but we appreciated the countryside and the cool weather nonetheless.

    Alma made us a great home cooked meal (locally sourced), and we had a lovely time chatting into the evening.
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  • Day23

    Lovely Ludlow and Castle Ruins

    September 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After a nice breakfast, our gracious hosts showed us the town of Ludlow and its castle. A lovely little town (almost on the border with Wales) with picturesque streets and cute wee shops. A lot of history there.

    We saw the magnificent parish church of St Laurence. Absolutely beautiful building and a delight to wander through. Amazing stained glass windows - more recent than the full, old history but they were stunning.

    Alma ascended the numerous steps to the top with us - quite a height and a quite narrow staircase! A glimpse at the bells inside and then 360° views of the town and countryside. Fantastic time.

    Then it was off to morning tea at the Ludlow Castle tearooms. Radi had delicious coffee while Wade tried the dandelion and burdock juice (kind of like cola but more aniseed-ey). Not bad.

    Refreshed and vitalised, we marched on to Ludlow Castle. Wow. Just wow.

    Imagine an old, semi-ruined ("they should have the roof mended") castle, nestled in the rolling hills, the horizon shrouded in mist. Or just look at a photo below. Anyway, really great to wander through in the steps of so many people who would have been there centuries ago.

    Apparently they used to do outdoor Shakespeare plays in the castle. Would have been an amazing backdrop and setting! Oh and they still do have jousting tournaments and battle renenactments! (Not when we were there sadly).

    The castle has a lot of history. King Arthur (the king before his younger brother Henry VIII) spent time there and also subsequently died there, and it was also where those two princes were taken from to The Tower of London. Chris and Alma were of course fantastic guides and explained so much more (including pointing out the where guns were arrayed during a siege).

    Loved the castle and would highly recommend. Next stop, Crofts Castle (a different type of castle).
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  • Day5

    Locking Up

    April 11 in the United Kingdom

    We had a slower start this morning, casting off around 10:30, and took our time in the first stretch as another boat was just in front of us. We knew we would have wait at the locks anyway so there was no point rushing. We met oncoming boats at our first couple of locks which meant they were set in our favour. At the third Andrew left Sarah with the boat at the lock landing (holding the centre line) while he went to set the lock. We then swapped places with Andrew looking after the boat in the locks while Sarah took care of paddles and gates. We repeated this process at the next couple of locks (this gave Andrew a go at the fun bit while saving Sarah’s arms a little!)

    Steering the boat into locks from the bottom is tricky as the overflow from the pound above flows out at the lock entrance. This results in a few bumps on the way in. Thankfully even experienced boaters were finding this a bit difficult. Locks provide a place to meet other boaters, with Sarah having various brief chats with several other crews. We even came across crews and boats we had seen a couple of days previously, heading the other way.

    Upon arrival at Grindley Brook Staircase Andrew stayed with the boat while Sarah went to find the lock keepers. The locks must all be set in a particular way or there would not be enough water to raise the boat. The locks were set and we began the ascent, Sarah working paddles alongside the lock keepers while Andrew drove the boat towards daunting tall lock gates (leaking quite a bit).

    Once we were through we stopped at the water point to fill up, this is a daily requirement. We then moved about 50m further on to stop for lunch before walking back to the staircase to have a look from a different angle. Having returned to our boat we got underway again and pressed on for a few miles, dealing with 3 lift bridges along the way.

    We have seen all sorts of things floating down the canal; reeds, sticks, rubbish, a green pepper... today we saw a leek! One can only assume this has come from the Welsh end, but it did prompt the comment ‘oh look, the canal’s sprung a leek!’

    We found a nice quiet mooring to stop for the night just south of Whitchurch.
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Shropshire, SHR, OSP

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