We've had a little erm... I think 'stay-cation' is the new fangled term for holidaying at home ... this week but we ventured out on Friday just a few miles out of Stourbridge to the little village of Kinver. Its a sweet little place. There literally just the High Street which houses a few shops, and then the road leads out of the village and up onto Kinver Edge, which was declared an area of outstanding natural beauty and has wonderful places to walk. Kinver has a good deal of history to it - better described HERE, which also includes details on the Rock Houses and has a wonderful little video showing the area in more detail.
|Was a spoiled brat and was treated to something from this shop - will show you later!|
|As smoking areas go, this is as quirky as it should be!|
|and I had a raspberry milkshake because nothing else would do!|
I went 'sploring in the little garden.
After redeeming themselves by serving me a rather wondrous piece of apple pie, we bid goodbye and wended our way along the High Street, admiring the huge and ubiquitious hanging baskets as we went along.
Ooh look - there be a dragon!
|Little gargoyles and grotesques everywhere -|
|This was what I looked like after that burger!|
|Ooh another one - he looks proper fed up doesn't he!|
I stopped at a little craft shop (because I'm a nosey sod and couldn't pass it without investigating!and purchased three metres of bias binding for the princely sum of £1.30. Last of the big spenders me!
We then decided to pay a visit to a recently reopened hostelry around the corner which sits adjacent to a stretch of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, which in turn runs alongside a stretch of the River Stour. The Vine dates back to 1780 and is a very popular pub with locals and out of town visitors alike. Its a great place to sit and watch the barges go by. We partook of some nice cold shandies and sat close to the canal lock, watching the comings and goings of the bargees as they manoeuvred their way through.
LM and I took ourselves for a little saunter along the towpath where these beauties were moored....
We had a lovely, meandering day just a bus ride away from where we live. Oh - and this is what I was treated to!
|This was a floating cafe!|
|Rosie & Jim had already popped in for a cuppa!|
|A sweet little sitting area created and dedicated to a loved one.|
|Such a lovely thing to do and obviously a favourite spot for both of them.|
|Cool reflections in the water|
|A counterbalance means that he's articulated - I love him!|
See you soon!