Sunday, June 25, 2017

Europe Day 26

Thursday June 22

Time to move on. Breakfast at 8:15 am. There was another guest couple and we had a nice chat. I had trouble with my knees especially the left one the day before and after long and hard thinking what it might be decided to hold off on the pork. I had pork every day since I arrived in England which I never have at home. My father had big joint problems when eating pork so why not give it a try? Breakfast was still good and James enjoyed my sausage. 

Our first stop was Ludlow. It is a cute town. Parking is a problem but James is used to the dimensions of the car now and is excellent. I am a little sorry that he has to do "all the work" but I think he doesn't really mind (as long as we can walk to dinner and he can have a pint ha-ha).

After parking in the city center and doing the "pay and display" we came first to the city market. Oh, how I love those. 


We walked between the stalls but couldn't pass the pasties. 


Look at these timbered houses. 


The parish church is tucked between all the narrow streets. 





I love going up towers and looking down but because of my knees (bummer) had to skip that. I encouraged James though and he took the photos. 200 narrow steps up a circular staircase. Nowhere along the way to step aside and rest for a moment. 
In the first you can even see some market stalls on the left and our parking on the right.  




While James was up I went around. The carillon is impressive. Hope I can hear it later. 



VIDEO (later)


We have been so spoiled with the weather so far on this trip but today it is a bit nippy and it is time for something warm. 


We ordered a pizza and James had a coffee but I had never had elderflower sparkle. How can you resist? It is harmless but has a very nice distinct taste. 



Walking back to the car. Lots to see. A butcher you don't even have to go in. You can buy at the windsor dow. 


We had brought James' GPS and it told us to drive through this house. OMG, James I admire you!



Our next B&B will be in Leominster (pronounced Lemster). Driving a lot of country roads. 


We had entered the whole address into the GPS but it couldn't find it so we entered just Leominster and it took us to the center. Another cute little town but I forgot to take pictures. We were told though to visit this historic house which was free and very nice. 



Grange Court is a former market hall in Leominster, Herefordshire, England. It was built in 1633 by John Abel, and moved to its present location in 1859. It was then used as a private house until the 1930s, and is now once again a civic building. 
It was moved because the town council decided it was a traffic problem ... in 1859.

The Stitchers' Society just had an exhibition. Incredible works of art and fun to see. Here only a few photos. 




Somebody explained what our problem was in finding our B&B. South Street turned into Hereford Road. 

While we had been looking forward to can imagine James reciting Prof. Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle: "In Hertford, Hereford, and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen."


We found the B&B and as always the proprietor is very nice. Actually, it is an older couple and everything seems arranged perfectly. 

Recommended for dinner was The Chequers Pub in walking distance. It was very nice. 


It even had WiFi but we had to have many tries with the password because we couldn't read the fancy writing. 


Took this photo for Jill and Stephen. This little guy must be used to spending time at the pub but he/she was very cute and well-behaved 


Yup, pie with mashed potatoes and minty mushy peas. 


Ha-ha, this says it all. 


You want a small, medium or large? With this glass you will never feel cheated. 


Oh yes. 


But only one sticky toffee pudding with two spoons. 




We walked back to the B&B but it was still early and at 9:30 pm and still almost an hour of daylight so we decided that we really needed some steps. I had seen that the alley next to the house had a footpath sign so we decided to give it a try. 



It had become a little chilly but we had a good walk around and fell into bed happy. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Europe Day 25

Wednesday June 21

Breakfast at the Ladywood B&B. 
Another full English ...


We got told by so many that the Victorian Town was worth visiting. I can tell you here that it was and for £12.50 p/p was very reasonable. It was very interesting and had so much information and fun things to see. 

It seems that Ironbridge was the start of the industrial revolution. History everywhere. 

The first thing after entering ... we visited the bank and exchanged £5 into shillings, halfpennies and farthings = the money system before it was decimal. James grew up with it and remembers it very well. 



The lady shows us how you weigh and package loose goods like beans or sugar etc with a plain piece of paper. I made a VIDEO. 


Next door the chemist (pharmacy).


It included the dentist's corner. James said that his dentist's drill was at least electric already but otherwise looking similar. 




One end of the canal which is original to this industrial area. We see the other end later. 


We were told to be at the foundry at 11 am. 




This is how household items where made. Later we bought three little things. I forgot to take a photo. They are quite heavy. 



The butcher ...


The baker ...


The candlestick maker ...


I have seen candlemaking in many countries. There are so many ways how this can be done. This gentleman demonstrated how these are more resistant to go out because of the double wick, perfect for outside. 
Got a VIDEO. 



There were groups of schoolchildren who got hands-on learning. These got dressed up and made bricks. We were impressed how attentive they were. 





In one building we found a whole ship. Couldn't take a decent photo but it was very interesting. There were ships called trows which were used to transport things on the rivers like the Severn here. This one was called "Spry" and was built 1894. That doesn't seem so long ago but made me aware how fast things changed since then. 


Since this actually used to be part of an industrial area things are spread out which was nice. We decided to walk to the "inclined plane". It was a hot day and the forest lovely. 


Remnants everywhere of earlier times like this coal mine. 


The inclined plane. 
The other end of the canal on top. Loaded canal boats were put on carts and let down to the river. One going down would pull another empty one coming up = counter balance. 

Looking up. 


Looking down. 


We walked along the canal a while and came to this "lift" and we went down. 


Making our way back to leave. Can't help thinking that this building is making a funny face like "oh no, I am all in ruins".


Came by the baker again. The fruit cobs were ready. 


Across was a little park with shade. Perfect. 



We probably could have seen more but decided it was enough. 
With the car we went back to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum which we found yesterday just when it closed. It was open this time. 

This long panorama model was very nice. It gave you a good idea about the valley. 



A model of the Spry we had seen just a little earlier. 


Back to our B&B for a little rest. 

We love it that we can walk to dinner. We decide to go to the same place as yesterday since we really liked it. 
And we know the way and like that too. 








And why not? OMG sticky pudding.  It was good. 


Did we walk it off to the Ladywood House?


Night night.