Saturday 23rd Feb 2019
As it was a beautifully sunny morning we decided to take one of our regular trips to Bridgnorth.
The car parks were very busy and there were lots of people out and about enjoying the sunshine. We did our normal circuit of the town mooching about in the charity shops looking for books to read, I bought some fruit bushes for our vege plot and Michelle found 4 pieces of Poole pottery that she collects at approx half the price she normally pays. As we walked through the stalls under the ancient market hall we could smell the delicious aroma of Indian spices, and there was a stall selling samosa, bhajis and other Indian food, much to our pleasure the stall owner was a mother of children Michelle and I taught some years ago, the last time we saw her was at a food festival in Llangollen. She gave us both a huge hug and a kiss and with great pride bought us up to date on her three sons, one was taking a law degree, one was working as a trainee accountant and the youngest was studying to be an IT games designer. She was reluctant to let us leave and when we did she gave us a free curry for our tea!
Not far from Bridgnorth is Dudmaston Hall a National Trust property the grounds of which were open today for people to enjoy the Snowdrop Walk through the woods which border a small stream. Before we set off we decided to enjoy a coffee and scone in the warm sunshine.
A short walk across the field leads to a path into the woods, there has been of lot of tree clearance during the winter letting in more light into the valley, firstly we took the left hand path which lets you look down into the narrow valley.
As we neared the end of this path we took the path on the opposite side of the valley where the snowdrops were in bloom.
We retraced our steps along the same path until we reached the lake and the walk to the gardens which along with the house weren’t open today, a short walk up a grassy hill and through the field lead us back to our starting point.
A short drive home, a quick lunch and an afternoon spent doing some maintenance and cleaning on Homer.