What I've been up to while staying in Weobley
20.11.2012 - 24.11.2012 3 °C
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...
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...
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?