Thursday, 21 June 2012


We arrived in Shrewsbury Monday mid afternoon to stay with relatives and were enthusiastically welcomed by all including Oscar who is a gorgeous Yorkshire terrier.  It was wonderful to see our relatives again, to catch up on the last 8 or so years since they were visiting us in Australia.

Tuesday we had a relaxing morning and went into Shrewsbury town for lunch and had to cross the river on this little foot ferry as the foot bridge nearby was closed for repairs.  From memory the trip cost 50p and 40p for pensioners.  

We had a look around the beautiful Quarry Gardens that were in part being replanted for an upcoming flower show. 

Rabbit shapes made from succulents.  Very quirky!

We had a look at the lovely medieval buildings with gorgeous old designs and windows.  Some of the buildings are very crooked, it’s hard for Aussies to comprehend buildings so old could still be standing.

We came across this statue of Clive of India.  I use curry powder with the label Clive of India, so the man did exist once.

Tuesday evening we went to a lovely English pub for tea, the company, food and atmosphere were wonderful.

Wednesday was another relaxing day, it was just so lovely to spend time with family catching up and also stopping to catch our breath after all our travels of the past 6 weeks.  That evening we had a picnic tea before enjoying a rather wonderful open air performance of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor performed by the Shropshire Drama Company.  The performance was brilliant, the acting wonderful and although it got very cold towards the end of the evening, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.   Here are some photos from the performance.

Thursday morning, you guessed it was another relaxing morning spent talking and drinking cups of tea.  My cousin came over after lunch and I had the interesting and very enjoyable experience of a fish pedicure.  No photos unfortunately.  Our feet were dangling in a tank of little Rufa fish for 15 minutes and with the fish nibbling your feet eating the dead skin.  Sounds revolting but it was wonderful. While I was having my feet nibbled hubby went with one of our relatives to the Iron Bridge, the first cast iron bridge built in England but using the techniques of wood joinery.  They also had a look at some old Roman ruins in Wroxeter.

In the evening we had a family indoor bbq as unfortunately the English summer was being most uncooperative with rain and cold weather.  We met more of our relatives and very much appreciated the effort they made to come and see us

Friday.......another relaxing morning.  We had a few things to do in Shrewsbury town that afternoon such as picking up some shoes that had been mended and sending off a parcel to a cousin in Australia.

We were spoilt that evening with a wonderful roast dinner followed by apple crumble.  After dinner we tasted a few liqueurs and I had my first taste of Sloe Gin which was very nice. Hic!

We had a very hard time leaving our relatives Saturday morning feeling our time with them was all too short.  We are just so happy to have spent time with our English cousins and marvel at how well our families get on despite the fact that we live on opposite sides of the world.  We are most appreciative to our relatives for the time and effort that went into having us stay.  One of my cousins taught me a new word which I love….. alcofrolic, it's what you say when you've had too much alcohol!!  I enjoyed those whiskies.

I'll leave you with a few photos of Oscar being cute and the back garden. As this time was very much family oriented, there are not too many photos.  I hope you'll understand.

Clematis in the back yard.

I'll be back soon with stories from Normandy.

Bye for now,

Anne xx


  1. Anne, you'll be exhausted by the time you get back home. So many places and people to see and so many things to do. You're going to need a holiday to recuperate!
    Love from Mum

  2. It sounds like you've had a wonderful week! It's such a great area for exploring! Iron Bridge wasn't too far from where Dave used to live so we went there many times!

    If you enjoyed Shrewsbury I bet you would love Ludlow too - maybe next time!

    The plays sounds great and it's great to hear you had such a good time with your family.

    Wroxeter was one of the places we visited just before Dave moved here (link below) and on that day we missed a turn and literally drove 'all round the wrekin'(that local saying) - I expect you'll have seen that hill close up while you were there, same one you saw from the Roaches!

  3. Hi Anne , I've been so enjoying your holiday posts. I tried to comment on Cornwall but I'm not sure it worked. Your time in the peak district looked stunning . I feel like I need to apologize for the british summer !! It's been pretty bad so far ...such a shame ,but I can see you have had a great time despite the weather.
    Jacquie x

  4. Another great installment Anne. What a fantastic trip you are having. I'm loving Shrewsbury and the thought of a fish pedicure. Little Oscar looks cute too.
    Keep up the good work! cheers Wendy

  5. Sounds like you had a very busy but interesting time. Love the iron bridge.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. How wonderful to catch up and spend time with family. Great to have some locals to show you all the treasures around the area Anne.

    The iron bridge is a gem and those old is hard to comprehend the age of them, but I looooove the look of them.

    Oscar's a cutie and that Clematis is just gorgeous. How wonderful to see a play out in the open air. Hope you get to enjoy some fine weather.

    Claire x


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