13.05.2015 - 13.05.2015
If you want to see a magically colourful garden head to Dingle in Shrewsbury. If you want a leisurely stroll or jog along a river, head to Shrewsbury, if you want to be relocated from one gorgeous room to recharge in to something out,of your imagination head to Shrewsbury and move from Mecure to Hussey Manor.
Crossing the river into Shrewsbury townsite we photographed the Welsh Bridge, then later the English Bridge. Shrewsbury is carefully positioned with a river as its perimeter. We walked through the Traitors Gate, photographing streets and alleys bordered with Regency homes, a redeveloped mill, Edwardian Architecture, Tudor buildings and shops. There are about 4 or 5 churches, one medieval in a city that takes only about 35 mins to walk around.
We enjoyed elevenses in St Mary's cathedral cafe. Their food comes directly from Battlefield 1403, local and delicious food. Later in the day we visited Battlefield 1403, made some purchases and then walked to the Battlefield itself, passing the St Mary Magdalene church. It is a pathway obviously used by walkers, joggers and sightseers. Birds, rabbits, goats and cows all add to the farming community.
Today is Alycia's birthday and she really was with us. We saw a commemorative bench in the grounds of the castle, placed there on May 13 1967. We strolled down an alleyway and saw a solicitors sign for probate and wills (her line of work with her boss the lovely Mrs B) and the door opposite was 13A, her favorite number. To top it off a steward in St Mary's Cathedral chatted to us to direct us to the best coffee then came up about 30 mins later in the Cathedral revealing through the course of an historical conversation that today is her birthday and she was known as Mrs B in her former workplace. As we left the bells tolled for 12 noon.
Rob and I skyped Ally this afternoon to see her and talk to her for her birthday. Her work colleagues had given her a special day...despite having to work. My thanks to them all.
Tonight we are dining in the Restaurant here which no doubt will be a culinary experience. This morning our breakfast was served in a room that oozed class; silver cutlery, linen napery, grand piano at the entrance and waiters dressed in finery fit for Downton Abbey. Our full English Breakfast lasted us all day.
After dinner we will recline in our spa situated in a bathroom the size of our family room. We will rest in our four poster bed, complete with drapes and pull back ties. Our room overlooks a flowered archway leading to a gazebo, with a fountain in the foreground. Shadows are creeping onto the rolling grass lands now but I imagine it will be a picture to wake up to tomorrow. I'm sure I was meant to be wealthy! It is so easy to bear!