Sunday, May 24, 2015

And so to London...and Bath....

It was sad to say goodbye to Gail at the train station in Lichfied but I was also excited to be heading to London to catch up with the kids and start on my "to do/see in London" list. Although I had flown into London a couple of weeks earlier we had headed straight off on our road trip, so this was my first foray into this fabulous city since November 2012, and I had lots planned!

It was great to see the kids again and settle in for the next few weeks.....

Liberty was my first stop ...never disappointed with this place!

On the weekend we wandered into the city and had some fun on a bridge...

...and at a market....

Followed by a spot of tea here....

And a walk......

During the day while the kids were at work I amused myself wandering around the city and exploring the area they live, which coincidentally Is the same area I lived in when I lived in London 40 years ago....Streatham....

 

So that takes care of my first week in London.....the next week I took myself off to the beautiful city of Bath for a couple of days...getting around in the UK is so easy - love trains!

 
A few pics of this magnificent city....hard to choose from the many I took!

Interesting wallpaper in the hotel rest room....

 

No visit to Bath would be complete without a visit to the Roman Baths.....I joined a tour and whiled away the afternoon listening to the story of the Baths and their re-discovery.

....And the American Museum where I spent the better part of a day....beautiful displays of pre civil war America within the house and magnificent gardens! I was also lucky enough to be visiting on the day when a local quilt group were sitting and stitching in the quilt/ textile room...I spent some time chatting with these ladies and looking at the beautiful collection of quilts housed by the museum.

Bath was amazing and I loved my visit there.....but I had an appointment to meet a friend in London later that week, so it was back to the train station and London.....still a few adventures to be had before I had to go home!

'Til next time......Lorraine x

 

 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Home but still travelling on this blog......

I reluctantly left London and Rhi and Wade last Sunday (there may have been tears!) and arrived home Monday night.  Great flights - uneventful and no delays (and I do like 'uneventful' when it comes to flying!) I had an amazing holiday and there are still a few instalments left, as I am still in the Midlands (post wise) with a few more to come. 

So....where was I .....yes, Ironbridge and on to Blists Hill.....

Before I move on to Blists Hill, a working Victorian town a couple of pics of Ironbridge I meant to include....


The table of tolls on the toll house.....


Not sure if there were too many takers for pickling and bottling ....



and on to Blists Hill.....everyone seemed to be enjoying their work.....




The pharmacy also housed the dental surgery......not sure if I would have enjoyed a visit there even though it was noted that teeth were "carefully extracted"!




the drapery - the seamstress was busy making bonnets and aprons....beautiful displays of lace, ribbons etc......



Just missed happy hour at the pub.....complete with sing-along around the piano....a forerunner of karaoke I guess..... 





a patriotic rag rug in one of the cottages....



the end of another day's work for these guys......


the local school teacher in her classroom.....


...and the blacksmith hard at work.....


the remains of the old blast furnaces look a little surprised and sad I think....



who doesn't want/need pure wool underwear that doesn't shrink!




It's nice to relive the visit through these photos as I post them.  After a wonderful few days with Gail in the Midlands I caught the train to London to begin the next part of the UK adventure!

'Til next time..................Lorraine