Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday 22 September - Shrewsbury

No local buses on Sunday so it is a good reason to stay in town and enjoy Shrewsbury. It was cloudy and warm this morning but there was progressively more sun and it was pretty warm this afternoon.
We took the opportunity to walk along the river which describes a couple of circles through the town. One area is liable to flooding so it had been set aside for playing fields and cow pasture. It is quite unusual to find undeveloped land used for cow pasture right in the center of the city. 
Darwin monument near the Welsh Bridge.
A stop at Starbucks for Mary and the Wheatsheaf for a Sunbeam pale ale and we were ready to continue.
The pale ale was not bad but there was some distracting music which lowered the ambience.
We next walked across the Kingsland Bridge (toll bridge for cars) and along the river bank through Kingsland and Bellevue then across the Greyfriars Footbridge.
View from the Greyfriars bridge.  The Abbey to the right and Coleham Head URC church to the left
The river is magnificent and the weeping willows make a grand show. Lunch was a tiddy oggy from the Cornish Pasty Company, the potato wedges were very good - they have the skin on and are more like roast potato than fries.
The Dingle is beautiful. The gardens have won many prizes. The trees are beginning to show signs of autumn but there is still a lot of color in the flower beds. We spent some time sitting in the gardens.  I read a couple of chapters on my tablet then made notes for a presentation I will be giving in April to OVAR about European Tramways.
St, Chads from the Dingle

St. Chads from the Dingle
Dinner was at the Lion and Pheasant in Meole Brace. Walking down the Meole Brace hill took little more than 5 minutes but it is such a pleasant street with timber frame buildings on both sides.  Dinner was chicken livers and black pudding, cod loin/roast beef and pork with Yorkshire pudding, flourless chocolate cake with malt ice cream. New Zealand sauvignon blanc Faultline which was good, Salopian Brewery Oracle, a well hopped pale ale with a hint of orange.

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