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Leominster, Hereford and Ironbridge

What I've been up to while staying in Weobley

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Only a couple more days before I'm off to Italy, but I've been having a wonderful time here in England. Despite the weather only getting colder and yuckier, I've been up to lots! But firstly, some photos that should have been with my last entry...

'Fenmore', Grandma and Grampy's House at Weobley

'Fenmore', Grandma and Grampy's House at Weobley

'The Old School Shop' in Weobley

'The Old School Shop' in Weobley

The Main Street in Weobley

The Main Street in Weobley

Wednesday morning I went into Leominster with Grandma to do a bit of grocery shopping, and then returned again in the afternoon to have a look around generally at the shops. Leominster is about 15 minutes' drive from Weobley and proved to have all sorts of nice little shops, including a craft shop that we ran out of time to explore and had to earmark for a return trip! We did find one particularly funny sign in a shop...

A Sign Discovered in a Shop in Leominster... I need to hang this on my door!

A Sign Discovered in a Shop in Leominster... I need to hang this on my door!

Planned for Thursday was another shopping trip, this time into Hereford, which is a bigger centre than Leominster. The weather started out okay, so we decided to go for it despite the bad forecast. However, by midday it was absolutely pouring with rain and it was blowing a gale. We were racing from shop to shop, just trying to shelter from the onslaught! It was so windy that we managed to break both of our umbrellas! However, we had an enjoyable day, with Grandma treating me to some lovely new clothes for Christmas! The challenge now is to somehow fit them into my packing!

Yesterday we had a fantastic trip to Ironbridge, a little over an hour away in Shropshire. Can you guess the main attraction at Ironbridge??? Probably not, I'd better tell you - it's an old iron bridge! This bridge and the area happen to be a World Heritage site, as the town is considered to be very important in the history of the Industrial Revolution. Ironbridge was an important site of iron mining.

Nowadays, there are ten different museums and attractions in the little town, and we spent most of the day at just one - A recreation of a Victorian town. It was a fantasticly interesting way to learn about the Victorian era, as we simply strolled around between places such as the old general store, the candle maker, the tanner, the chemist, the dress-maker, the bakery, the doctor's, the printer's and so on. These establishments were very realistically recreated, in old buildings that would have been used for these very purposes in the Victorian era. Particularly interesting was the candle factory, which still produces candles for the rest of the Victorian town, but originally would have turned out 30 000 candles a week!

The printer's is also still in operation, and prints notices, newspapers and postcards for the rest of the Victorian town. At the printer's I was offered an apprenticeship: It would take seven years to train me, each year the pay will increase and at the end I will earn a pound a week - enough to buy over 200 bags of lollies apparently! I will also be given free food and lodging, but there is a chance that the small printing machine known as the "Cropper" will cut off my fingers. What do you think? Should I take the job?

The Card of The Victorian Printer at Ironbridge - I'll need this if I decide to take the job!

The Card of The Victorian Printer at Ironbridge - I'll need this if I decide to take the job!

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At Weobley At Last

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2 flights, 1 electric foot massage and 36 hours later here I am at Mum's parents' house in Weobley, Herefordshire, UK!

The flight went smoothly and I was pleased to find personal TVs onboard to assist me in avoiding doing a certain Religion assignment that I need to hand in...
Above The Clouds

Above The Clouds


The few hours in Singapore airport were also relatively easy, with just one slight hiccup when I tried to walk into a private lounge for certain business and first class passengers and was asked to show my invitation card. Whoops! However, Singapore airport still stands as one of the best in my eyes due to a few very important features:

  • Firstly, free foot and leg massages from special electric massage chairs! -A little strange at first but definitely a highlight!
  • Free wifi
  • The fancy Changi Airport pen given to me by an airport official for doing a survey about the airport!

The flight to London was horribly long and tedious, although I was lucky enough to score a seat with lots of extra legroom. After Qantas' comparatively good airline food and great entertainment, British airways was quite a disappointment. Anyway, enough of my whining because I'm on the other side of the world, enjoying delightful predictable British November drizzle but once again entirely taken by the place. As I sit typing this entry, I am looking out across my Grandma and Grampy's wintery garden through a bare, lichen-covered tree across to the church steeple and mistletoe-laden trees in the sheep paddock. Every time I visit England I fall in love all over again with the pretty countryside and the tradition and culture of the place.
My body clock is very confused, but I'm staying awake as much as possible through the day, and hope to go outside for a walk after lunch. Speaking of lunch, I'm really quite hungry and Grandma has just come to ask me to come down and eat. I hope that pictures will accompany this entry very soon.

Con affetto,
India

p.s. A little bit of local (Hereford) lingo: yer ~ here

An Emotional Departure

An Emotional Departure

Weobley - The Black and White Village

Weobley - The Black and White Village

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