WARNING: Holiday photos…!
Autumn has always been a favourite time of year to go away for a short holiday. This year we could have chosen a better weekend to leave home as the wind was howling and the rain was slashing down. Only a few miles from home we were diverted off the main road by the police as the road ahead was flooded. The diversion also became totally flood bound but we made it back onto the main road. However, we were stopped further on by flooding and told that a diversion of many miles would be needed to get us back on a road to Bristol. Undaunted we drove very safely and carefully through the floods and made it safely through! The reason for this risk was the purchase the night before on the internet tickets for entry to the Aerospace Museum in Bristol for £29…I wasn’t going to waste that!
Amazing to see Concorde displayed so magnificently in its own hangar and quite a thrill to board it for a quick walk through.
Excellent displays of all things aeronautical and other surprising ventures too!
Later that day, in sunshine, we visited Nuffield Place, the home of Lord (William Morris) and Lady Nuffield. William Morris became one of the richest men in the world and founded Morris Motors.
The house was modest and very homely. Even though William Morris had this tool cupboard in his bedroom we are not going to follow suit though Jim liked the idea! We enjoyed an evening out with our family in a lovely country pub before heading off the next morning, in the rain, to Stratford upon Avon. On the way we called in at Upton Hall and enjoyed a guided tour of the house.
Think he was looking for his umbrella!
There were numerous stalls selling all sorts of wares and all dripping wet lined up through the streets. Many years ago my grandparents used to attend the Mop Fair with their showman’s traction engine and their bioscope show.
WADBROOK’S and SCARD “PALACE OF LIGHT” BIOSCOPE & VARIETY SHOW – Stratford Mop Fair 1908!
No exciting things like that on show this year!
The ladies opened the lock gates to let their boat power out but the swans and geese had other ideas and swam in!
The spire isn’t crooked ..it’s me wobbling!
No this isn’t another Shakespearean actor it’s Stanley Matthews…the only footballer that I remember! The statue is in the centre of Hanley, Stoke on Trent, centre of the Potteries.
All these exhibits were in Hanley museum. When we saw the this deer exhibit below we thought the strip lighting had fallen down unnoticed by the staff…so we went and told them. However, it appeared that this ‘accident’ was an “art installation” …I say no more!!
We enjoyed a fresh walk around Rudyard Lake and then fancied a cup of coffee and cake.
These were also tucking into their teatime snack!
Biddulph Grange Gardens looked beautiful in their autumn colours.
The Gladstone Pottery is a working museum and it was fascinating to walk through the history of the place and see and talk to the potters crafting their skills.
A visit to Cheadle to see St Giles’ Catholic Church is a must for folk who like the work of Pugin…I do!
Arriving back home we were relieved to find that locally the floods have receded but they have left their mark on many places. Hopefully those homes and businesses will get sorted as promptly as possible.
Home sweet home is definitely best place to be.
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