Sunday, 23 June 2019

Shropshire Lads (and Lasses!)



We're off to Glasto first thing in the morning but I just had to squeeze in a quick post before we left. Today - for the second time in a fortnight - we've met up with more fabulous people who blog! This time it was the turn of our dear friends Ann and Jos, who drove over from their home in Belgium yesterday for their annual trip to the UK and, as they're staying in the neighbouring county of Shropshire, we decided to meet halfway in the wonderfully picturesque town of Bridgnorth.


The River Severn splits Bridgnorth, named after a bridge further down the river, into High Town and Low Town. The earliest historical reference to the town is in 895 where it was reported that the Danes created a camp. After the Norman Conquest, William I granted the manor of Bridgnorth to Roger de Montgomerie although the town was not established until 1101 when Roger's son, Robert, moved here building a church and a castle.






 Opened in 1892, the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway ferries visitors between the Low and High Towns. It is one of only four funicular railways in operation in the UK.


We were surprised that the River Severn wasn't more swollen, considering the amount of rain we'd had recently.


The remains of the castle built, as mentioned previously, in 1101 which tilts at 15 degrees (an even steeper angle than the Leaning Tower of Pisa) following the damage caused during the English Civil War.






 After exploring the charity shops (Ann and Jos both found bargains) we partook in a slap-up 'Spoons  lunch before heading to Dudmaston Hall, the nearest National Trust property to Bridgnorth.


Dudmaston Hall has been a family home for 875 years and houses one of the most important collections of modern art in Britain including pieces by Moore, Matisse and Hepworth. Sadly photography aren't permitted inside the house but there's plenty on their website HERE.


 The grounds were spectacular and the views from the house over to the Big Pool were spellbinding. The lord of the manor purchased some vintage menswear from us a few years ago when we used to sell at a vintage fair in Bridgnorth so we know he's got great taste. 









After civilised drinks on the lawn underneath some ancient apple trees, the rain which had evaded us for a few days made a comeback. We hurried back to our cars, hugged one another goodbye and promised we wouldn't leave it a whole year until the next time we met.


We were spoilt! Here's the wonderful gifts Ann & Jos gave us - a traditional crate of Belgium beer and local biscuits, the first two albums by legendary Belgian punk band The Kids, a guidebook to Antwerp (a hint?), two amazing vintage maxi skirts, a groovy man's shirt, an embroidered ethnic bag, two bangles and a bottle of wine.


Who knew when I started writing a blog ten years and (1401 posts) ago that I'd make such wonderful real-life friends? Blogging well and truly rocks!

See you soon!

46 comments:

  1. That sounds like a wonderful adventure! One day I’ll make it over there!

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    1. It was and if you ever make it over her a slap-up Spoons lunch is on me! xxx

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  2. What a lovely day you had. And weren't you lucky with the weather. That Macramé bag is to die for.

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    1. It was a lovely day and I can't believe the weather considering how cold and wet it has been! A kind lady in a charity shop had saved me the bag, I wasn't keen on the original white colour so I dyed it with teabags after reading a comment on my last blog - worked a treat! xxx

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  3. Wow, 1401 posts is amazing!

    How wonderful to meet up with Ann and Jos. I've been talking up L on a trip to the UK/Belgium/Netherlands at some point in our future, because of all you wonderful bloggers over there who I didn't know when I was there in 2010. I'm envious but vicariously pretending that I'm along for the rides, so I love all these lovely photos of the places you visit. *sigh* One day!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I hope that trip comes to fruition, can I be first in the queue? xxx

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  4. at first I thought "895" was a typo. Then remembered, yeah Britain = old stuff. Enjoy the festival!

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    1. I know, us Brits can get a bit blase about the age of stuff! x

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  5. I am so envious of Europeans. So many countries within close enough proximity that you can so much more easily have visitors and visit another country. Well, I do like Canada, but wish we had other cultures closer by. What a lovely day it sounds like you had!

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    1. It was lovely - Ann and Jos are wonderful company and Bridgnorth is just lovely! x

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  6. Looks like a nice place to eat. Not sure what you call a table in park. We here in United States, there called a picnic table.
    Coffee is on

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  7. How cool that you've been able to do all these meet-ups! Good luck with Glasto!

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  8. fantastic that you all met up and had such a great day out. Good luck with Glasto.

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  9. Well done on whipping up your blog post so fast. It’s lovely to see you all together and what an interesting place Bridgnorth looks to be. I don’t feel as sad now I’ve seen what you got upto. I almost feel as if I’m there with you haha.
    We’ve had a wonderful few days with our friend Sue in Grange and finished it off at the Lowry last night seeing Jane McDonald. So proud of Philip today as he goes off to his seminar. Wish I could be a fly on the wall.
    Looking forward to hearing all about Glasto. Have a great time and fingers crossed you sell out xxx

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    1. Bridnorth is gorgeous, you need to visit, antique centres and fabulous architecture galore - plus a Spoons!
      What a busy time you've had of it! xxx

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  10. Sweet Ann and Jos in good old England!
    You all had a fabulous day in that picturesque town and on the very old gorgeous estate. Such stylish picknickers! Esp. love that the fringes of your bag almost reach the hem of your - beautiful - maxi dress....
    xxxxx

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    1. It was lovely to see them, the hours just flew by! xxx

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  11. wowww, what a magnificent day!, meeting Ann and Jos and all the chatting and rummaging and fun!! and the picturesque castle and those views!. And you're gorgeous, ladies, and it's so delightful to see you together!.
    I'm a little bit sad because meeting Ann would be so fab!, we have to coordinate our holidays next time!
    besos

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    1. We do need to coordinate better next time. We all need a day out together. x

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  12. I'm so glad Ann and Jos remembered to pack the sunshine for their holiday... It looks like you all had an excellent day out.

    Oh Glastonbury already? That's me working from home next Monday as the trains will be hellish!

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    1. Ann and Jos really do seem to bring the weather with them, don't they? they need to visit more. x

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  13. Looks like a fun meet up! I hope Glastonbury is both Epic in terms of fun and money!!!

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  14. Looks like you had a fab day! Bridgenorth looks very interesting - another one to put on the 'must visit' list!

    What a luscious pile of pressies, too.

    Blogger meet ups are simply brilliant; I can't wait to do it again!
    xxxx

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    1. Blogger meet-ups are the best (as we already know!)
      Bridgnorth is lovely, Shropshire's such a gorgeous county. xxx

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  15. What a great way to spend a day!

    So cool that you sold items to the lord of the manor.

    You made out like bandits in the gift department.

    You all looked smashing. Love that both you and Ann were sporting maxis.

    Hope you have an awesome show!

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. Glasto was fabulous and our day out was the perfect start to a crazy week! xxx

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  16. How lovely you and Jon met Ann and Jos. I think it was a great idea to met half way and explore this lovely town. Bridgnorth does look like a very picturesque town. It also seems very historical, a place I'd love to explore. I adore small towns. The river Severn looks lovely as well. All in all, seems like a great town to explore...and every place is nice when you're with friends. I love what you all wore. Your maxi dress is fabulous and Ann's maxi skirt and shirt combo is super styling. It's great that Ann and Jos managed to get some second hand shopping done. The gifts you got from them are just precious.

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    1. It was lovely to meet up with them again and I was so happy that they were able to find some cool stuff in the Bridgnorth chazzas! xxx

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  17. How lovely to see Ann! You all look glorious! I've read about Bridgnorth before on Lizzie's blog- the funicular is pretty cool!!x

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  18. It looks such fun, I really enjoyed your get together!
    Have an amazing time at Glastonbury, weather for weekend looks good. xxx

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  19. Blogging is great and good on you for creating 1401 posts!!!
    Shropshire looks absolutely wonderful! X

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    1. Blogging is wonderful and Shropshire is a gorgeous county to visit. xxx

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  20. You and Ann are both looking very summery in your flowered maxis! I have always said the best part of blogging for me is the friendships I've made. Ann and Jos have wonderful taste in gifts - you did very well. I need to get over there and meet you guys.

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    1. You do need to come over and meet us! xxx

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  21. Well Bridgnorth looks delightful! And thank goodness for the funicular railways, I wouldn’t fancy walking up those inclines!

    I had no idea about Dudmaston Hall, and it’s modern art collection. I had the pleasure of seeing some Henry Moore sculptures in Norfolk recently and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy exhibitions.

    You were spoilt indeed, and that travel guide is definitely a hint :)

    xx

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    1. It is exceptionally steep, there would have been no convincing Jon to get on that funicular train with his fear of heights!
      Love Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, it was tremendous to see their work up close. xxx

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  22. I can't believe it's exactly two weeks ago today since we met! Didn't we have a fabulous time? Can't wait to do it all again next year. I did overdress a bit that day, but I've learned my lesson and shed quite a few layers when we went back to Bridgnorth the next week. We also went back to Dudmaston and had a lovely walk around the estate. We both loved your presents as well, and I already wore one of the frocks in Shropshire! xxx

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    1. We had a wonderful day, I said to Jon when we were at Glastonbury how it had been a week since we saw you and at Cornbury a fortnight. Time flies so quickly! xxx

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  23. Busy catching up on about a month's worth of blogs and ones like this make my heart happy. xx

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