Saturday 4 August: We’ll pay a visit to Shirley’s bone and flint mill at Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent. Afterwards, we’ll take a look at the museum at Apedale Heritage Centre, just a few miles away near Newcastle-under-Lyme. We could always have a ride on the railway too… Lunch? Oatcakes, of course!
Friday 3rd August: We were here on a cold day in March, when there was a welcoming fire in the grate. Today, the dark shady corners of this old house are pleasantly cool on a warm afternoon.
Saturday 28 July – a visit to Threlkeld Quarry for their steam gala. The previous day had been very warm and sunny – today was cool, wet and windy, but at least we could see the steam. Visit “Threlkeld Gala” on Geoff’s Rail Diaries for the full story and more pictures.
We’re at Attingham, where there will be some colour, and some cooler shady places where we can wander. It’s more colourful than we expected! The deer have found some shade under the trees in the park, and we’ll find some cool at the end of our walk – we’ve earned ice-creams, though we haven’t walked far today.
Just published to Geoff’s Rail Diaries – more photos and an account of Saturday’s visit to the Apedale Valley Railway, for their third (and last?) “Tracks to the Trenches” event. Visit “Apedale: best of three” – now!
It’s a regular: walk down to Coalport, for tea and cake. But it’s too warm for tea and cake – we’ll have ice creams instead. We’ll vary our return route too – Corbett’s Dingle (locally known simply as “the dingle”) can be impossibly muddy, but today it’s dry, and pleasantly cool and shady on this warm afternoon.
No 303 is a very fine newly-restored WW1 Hunslet 4-6-0, making an appearance at the Moseley Railway Trust’s Apedale Valley Railway, on the occasion of their 2018 “Tracks to the Trenches” event. It wasn’t the only participant in the weekend’s fun and games, but it will have to do for now. A “Geoff’s Rail Diaries” page will appear in due course…