Spring has sprung

So this weekend saw yet more snow arrive in Shropshire & in fact over most of the Uk, Shrewsbury for some reason (maybe because its in the bow of the River Severn) had a sprinkling of the stuff but not enough to warrant panic buying & rioting, but sadly enough to force me to cancel…

A Catch Up

Since my break up I have neglected to bore you with what I have been up to! I can assure you that I have not been sat in the house, like a recluse and with an ever increasing number of pets in the style of Little Edie. I have in fact been busy a) with…

Snow!

With the temperatures as low as they are at the moment, I am reminded of the Winter of 2010. I was living at the farm and during the worst of the snow fall it would take me almost 90 minutes to make the usual 30 minute journey to work. I was also reminded of the…

Estate Living

The perk of living on a Country Estate was the access to areas that most people didn’t have access to. I was able to walk what was known as the Back Drive, usually with only the company of Thomas and surrounded by ancient woodland, the Shropshire Hills and some wonderful things left from the old…

Haunted!

I started working at Madeley Court in the late October of 2001, I remember the time of year as there were a score of carved pumpkins dotted around the hotel and in particular I remember the glowing faces watching you from the first floor landing as you crossed the courtyard to get to your car…

The Banqueting Tower

At Heritage Open Day weekend, I was lucky enough to be the first person to visit the spectacular Elizabethan banqueting tower that stands rather majestically on the hill above the SevernValley just outside of Eyton upon Severn. The banqueting tower was a common feature in the Elizabethan landscapes and there are few remaining standing nowadays….

The Temple

Sunday was the Heritage Open Day weekend, where it gave people a oppurtunity to look around buildings, sites and areas that have wonderful history to them, and that are not always open to the public. I of course jumped at the chance of visiting a couple of Shropshire’s wonderful follies that are now run as holiday…

Oteley

I am aware that there has been a lull in blog posts of late, but what with the warm weather and the sunny days I have been outside enjoying it all. I recently took advantage of the NGS open days that were being held in the county and yes it was an opportunity to explore…

A tale of two farms

Being a bank holiday weekend we decided that we would spend Saturday and Sunday pottering around and then catch up with the chores on Monday. So Sunday it was decided that we would visit Acton Scott Victorian Farm Museum, I have been to Acton Scott almost on an annual pilgrimage for the last three (maybe…

Longner Hall – a chance to be nosey

I had never heard of the National Garden Scheme before helping at a Brook Farm’s open day last year. But after last year and seeing how popular a scheme it was I was determined to visit some of the private gardens that opened to the public through the scheme and let’s be honest it was…

Doorstep Visits

This weekend was certainly a mixed bag of weather. Saturday gave us a break in the rain and a welcome respite from the damp and soggy weather that we have had of late. The weekend also heralded the opening of a couple of The National Trust’s more unique Shropshire properties. Saturday after a brisk walk…

The Stately Homes of England

I am lucky enough to live in Shropshire; I love the fact that even though I live in the centre of the town I am only 5 minutes away from fields, woodland, the outdoors and Country Estates. The later are some of my favourite things to visit in the World, and I think my passion…