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Down South…

25th July 2013 – Left the islands yesterday, ferry to Oban and then an eight hour drive down to Shropshire. Lovely to see all the family again!! But so many people and cars. I have my usual shell-shocked feeling going into the huge supermarkets – wandering around in a daze thinking “wow, it’s so big, there is so much stuff and so much choice!

Civilization (?)

Civilization (?)

27th July 2013 – The Sitting Tree. At least 4 generations of us have enjoyed a sit down underneath this impressive tree which is in the village where I was brought up. We had a wander down the quiet country lanes with dad – the hedgerows were butterfly central – we saw 10 different species!

The Sitting Tree

The Sitting Tree

Nan and my cousin Tracey sitting under The Sitting Tree (mid 1960s at a guess)

My grandmother and my cousin Tracey on The Sitting Tree (mid 1960s at a guess)

28th July 2013 – Had a walk around the village this evening and sneaked into the churchyard to look over the wall to see what was happening with the “big house”. It was for sale earlier this year but sadly no lottery win was forthcoming and I was unable to afford the million quid it would have cost to buy it 🙂 Mind you everything about it screamed “money pit” and right enough there are now major renovations going on with a new roof currently being done.

A bit of history:-

The Hall stands on the site of the original manor house, which dated back to 1066 and is described in the Doomsday book as belonging to the Earls of Shrewsbury who retained it until it was confiscated by the Crown from the outlawed Earl Robert Montgomery. At this point King Henry I gave the hall to his wife, Queen Adeliza. Rebuilt in 1628 (as marked on the chimney stack) by the Earls of Shrewsbury, refaced and extended in 1750 to include a seven bay Georgian front. From the early eighteen hundreds the hall was owned by the Cludde family and the Earls of Powis.

More recently the Hall has been in the hands of the Military. Leased by the War department from Colonel Henry Herbert in 1948 and subsequently bought in 1958 and has been the home of many Generals and other high ranking Army officers ever since.

Ever since I can remember, the village fete was held in the grounds of the house – that was the only time you were allowed in. I was always fascinated with the giant leaves of a plant in there – i’ve recently realised that this was giant rhubarb (Gunnera manicata) an invasive non-native species!

The Big House

The Big House

29th July 2013 – Had a very exciting day with my daughter today, she was shopping for a wedding dress and wanted me and her future mother-in-law, Jean, to go along with her. We found The Dress and it looked fabulous! There’s still over twelve months to wait until the wedding though…

We ended up in Shrewsbury, i love this town, it’s tiny winding backstreets fascinate me. This one is called Barrack’s Passage, and is located off the Wyle Cop.

Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury

Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury

Off to Gibraltar tomorrow, better do my last minute packing…