London to Stourbridge and Brierley Hill

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hi all, this is Erin. I still haven't gotten any blogs from Linda yet. But I did get a couple of pictures forwarded from relatives.

So I thought I would post them here, just to let everyone know that she did get to England and is apparently having so much fun that she can't find time to blog :)

I'll post more as soon as I get anything.

Okay here's the real blog:

I woke up several times in the night but went right back to sleep. I got up at 7:30.  I had time for a shower and breakfast and a walk in the garden before we left for Brierley Hill.  We picked up Tina in Ivy Heath and headed up the M40.  We drove through one rain shower on the way and stopped at a Welcome Center to use the facilities and Tina got tea at Starbuck's.  We arrived at Peter’s and Barbara’s about noon.  And of course, we had to have a cup of tea before eating.  Barbara had made beef stew with boiled potatoes and runner beans from the garden.  It was delicious.  After dinner everyone else had coffee, but I had herbal tea.  We all had a laugh about that, me being the American and not drinking coffee.  Tina said I wouldn’t have gotten on well in the Wild West.

Rita and Tina left to see Auntie Gemma after we ate.  Peter asked if I was feeling up to an afternoon out at Wightwick (wit-ick) Manor and Gardens and showed me the picture in their National Trust Book.  Since I am feeling just fine, no jet lag, I said yes.  As we got ready to go I realized that I had left my camera in Rita’s car.  So Peter phoned Auntie Gemma to ask her to tell Rita so she could leave it there.

So we took off for Wolverhampton and went by Holbeche Hall where Grannie Thatcher worked in service before she married Grandad.   We went by the Stuart Crystal Factory which is mostly a museum now.   The last time I was here I bought water glasses to match all the other crystal Auntie Theresa purchased for me years ago

Wightwick Manor is a relatively new manor being built in the late 1800’s.  It was built to look like it was built in Medieval times.  Unfortunately I have no pictures of the manor or gardens as I didn’t have my camera.  It had three different half-timbered styles, vertical, diagonal and curving timbers.  The inside was very homey for manor.  There was a great collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings.  The gardens were a bit past their prime flowering but still great.  I bought three postcards so that I have a picture of it.

On the way back we stopped in Wolverhampton at the Miller and Carter Pub for a drink.  Peter had coffee and Barbara and I had shandies,  that is half beer and half lemonade.  When we returned, it was time for "tea" (supper).    For tea time we had ham, cheese, bread and butter and salad, and of course a cup of tea. 

During tea Auntie Gemma called to say she had forgotten to tell Rita about my camera.  So it is in London.  I will not have it until I get back there.  I won’t be anywhere long enough for me to get it sent to me.  So I will use Peter’s and Barbara’s camera while I am here and download the pictures, hopefully, onto the netbook. 

I talked with Lisa after tea and we will leave for the cottage in Wales on Saturday.  She has a camera I can use while we are in Wales.  She told me that David and I think his family, are coming from France to the cottage for the week.   So I will get to meet David, finally.

After tea time we watched TV.   We watched a program called COASTS which was about the coast of France and was very good.  Another program was a reality show called “Newlyweds After One Year.”  We thought it might be funny but it was more depressing than funny.  We also watched a program called QI (Quite Interesting) which was very funny.  It was like a game show but the contestants were all comediens.  Peter’s and Barbara’s son Aidan got home about 10:00 after working all day and then going to class.  Aidan has his own gardening business.  Aidan said he could put any pictures I take on a disk if not a memory stick.

Pete called Sally in Stafford and we are to go there on Friday for lunch and then possibly see Auntie Margaret if she is having a good day.  Sally is not optimistic about that as she is going downhill quickly.  She is refusing to eat and doesn’t even know Sally half the time.

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