Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley
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An early start meant we made it to Hopwas at 2pm as planned to meet up with my parents and grandparents.
It was our first day of bad weather, although it wasn't actually that bad, at one point we went under a bridge and came out on the other side in torrential rain. After a minor panic of putting on waterproofs it wasn't bad in the rain, I held up an umbrella for Carrie and we carried on in the rain. It wasn't cold and when the rain stopped and the sun ...
... so despite both me and Carrie being exhausted we limped our way into Armitage.
Once moored up it seemed like Carrie got a burst of energy so went blackberry picking, we then had a dinner of beans on toast with mushrooms followed by french toast with a kind of jam style coulis using the last of the fresh fruit.
... meals which was good as the plan was to just keep going as late as we could and stop when we ran out of energy or light. But first we stopped at Shugborough Hall.
We basically snuck in the back entrance, we passed by a closed booth that said we had to go to another reception to buy a ticket costing £15 each. We headed off towards where we had to pay but stopped off at the butterfly garden where Carrie spent ages trying to get a ...
I just wanted to use this opportunity to share the poem Azaria wrote after visiting one of the genocide memorial sites in Rwanda.
Rwanda and her people
Just after dawn it started to snow, very lightly, and quite beautiful to watch. The temperature was -2 degrees, and overcast.
Then .... the sun came out, still with snow gently drifting down, but at least it was not grey.
Our plan for the day was to do a number of touristy things, starting with the Shakespeare Centre and Shakespeare's birthplace (or so we think).