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Half term was a good week!

We travelled up to Shropshire in two stages, staying overnight in Cheltenham, in order to spend some time with friends, and to visit MIL’s grave to see the headstone. Then, once we’d completed our journey, and settled into the cottage, we spent the evening with BIL and SIL at their ‘Friends’ Evening’ in a local village hall, eating, chatting and playing table games!

On Sunday we visited a local church, where DH knows the Vicar online (makes a change to go to a DH online meet!), and then paid a quick visit to Shrewsbury to find our bearings, before settling to a lazy afternoon in the cottage. It was very comfortable and warm – the only points of interest being that the DVD didn’t really work, and that we were on a ‘posture supporting foam mattress’ which took some getting used to! It was very comfortable for sleeping, but we often spend some time reading in bed each evening, and it felt like sinking into a hammock when you tried to sit or stand up!

Monday we met again with BIL, SIL and the friends who were staying with them (with whom we get on well) at Blists Hill, one of the Ironbridge Gorge museums. We didn’t have as much time as we would have like to look round, because of the necessity of being sociable, but we had bought a passport ticket, giving us access to all the attractions for a year, so we knew we could visit again later in the week. We had time to go back to BIL’s in Telford for tea – it’s been good to spend some extended time with them, as we see them so rarely.

Tuesday was DH’s birthday, so the venue was his choice – the Roman ruins at Wroxeter and nearby Attingham Park (NT). Both were spectacular, and really interesting.

Wednesday, we returned to Blists Hill in time to see the metal casting at the forge, but we also took the time to visit the bakery and butchers to buy contributions to our picnic lunch – the pork pie was to die for! After lunch we went on to see the Coalport China museum and the Jackfield Tile Museum … Jackfield was particularly interesting.

We returned again on Thursday (!) for the girls to go to Enginuity, and to visit the Museum of Iron – where I expected to be rather bored, but found it fascinating, so we spent quite some time there.

Our final day we spent in Shrewsbury itself – in order to meet an online contact of mine. We’d planned to meet for coffee, while DH and the children explored a little, but then we met together and had lunch. K appeared to cope with our rather manic ways of communicating, we certainly enjoyed her company!

Throughout the week, we spent our evenings watching our way through the six original cast films of Star Trek … some were better than others! We finished off on Friday watching the final two back to back …

Saturday we drove home … it’s around a five hour journey, but we stopped off at Tyntesfield (NT) for lunch and took the time to explore the house, chapel and kitchen garden – I’ve wanted to visit ever since the property came into NT possession, and it lived up to every expectation! So the journey wasn’t arduous and simply felt like part of the holiday – at least until we started unpacking the washing once we’d arrived home!

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