We set out next morning on the last stages of our stay in England. We wanted to wander back to London through the countryside. I am a big fan of Ellis Peters novels which are set in Medieval Shewsbury and as this was on our way wanted to stop there.
The road snaked over and back the Welsh boarders a number of times and we drove through very dense fog. It was strange driving over bridges that you could see nothing beneath.
We parked on the edge of the city and I immediately saw this carving of a dragon. It was so similar to the ones in Denmark. Just like a crocodile with little wings. It makes you think that there may have been a creature in past history that became extinct and people embellished into the dragons we know today.
It was Sunday and most of the shops were shut but this gave me the chance to photograph their window displays and not spend money! Some really lovely merchandise in quaint shops. I was interested to see the crocheted toys.
The market hall must have been very impressive back when it was built.
As I came down the over the hill from the city I found a hat shop full of hats and a needlework shop and this was open. So you know what happened.
These western cities must have been thriving back in the old days.
I walked on over the river to the Abbey that features in the books. Not much of it left and the rebuilt Cathedral is not as smart as Chester but still has a lot of charm. They knocked down part of the walls to prevent the Royalists using the Abbey during the civil war.
I tried to rush back to the car, which was a mistake as my heart rhythms started to play up due to those wretched bites. It was 5 steps stop, 10 steps stop. It took me nearly an hour to get back by which time the men were looking for me. I would have liked to spend more time here but time was running short. In this city like many of the others we past through it is time to put up the Christmas decorations.
So, on to Stratford on Avon and another B&B . This one was called 'Quilts and Croissants.' The owners had framed lots of blocks around the house, quite nice. No more walking for me so we found a hotel to have dinner and so to bed.