The MadGang’s Summer Expedition 2014

<style="text-align: justify;">OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeasoned but no too terminally bewildered Of Course, I Could Be Wrongers will, no doubt, remember that last year, around this time, the MadGang ventured forth to explore the wilds of Snowdonia and the nearby coastal crinkly bits. Somehow both the stoical Welsh and ourselves survived this historic interracial encounter and so this year we decided to do it again. However, not wanting the good people of North West Wales to feel unduly picked on, we have headed this year to the South West of Wales to stay on a caravan site in Pembrey Country Park which is just the other side of LLanelli which is just a bit on from Swansea which is just down the M4 from Cardiff the capital city of Wales and where "Torchwood" was filmed (that's for my American friends who, contrary to popular belief, are not completely inept when it comes to geography, just as long as you relate any physical location to a well known BBC drama series).

Pembrey is quite some distance from County Durham where we live and getting there, with caravan in tow, involves the negotiation of the motorways that skirt the Manchester conurbation and the Black Country which are more like car parks than roads at times. So, we decided to break our journey by stopping over for a couple of nights in Staffordshire near to where my godson and his family lives.

We arrived late last Friday afternoon and after setting up camp drove a few miles up the road for a bar meal sitting on the patio of The Boat Inn at Gnosall overlooking the Shropshire Union Canal.

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We drove back to our caravan site via the picturesque village of Brewood (pronounced Brood) where I took a late evening photograph of St. Mary's, the Roman Catholic church of the village which is both interesting and beautiful having been designed by Augustus Welby Pugin.

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Our caravan site, although small and a bit basic, was surrounded by a beautiful garden full of glorious roses and many other shrubs and flowers.

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The next day we exercised Quiz and Delphi on nearby Cannock Chase before driving to visit my godson in Penkridge and going for a walk along the towpath of the the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.

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After lunch outside the parish church of Saint Michael and All Angels, where my godson's father is vicar, we set off on our own to visit Wightwick Manor, now a National Trust property, which was built at the height of the Arts and Crafts Movement in England and absolutely cram packed full of "useful and/or beautiful objects" including some truly gorgeous Pre-Raphaelite paintings. It is probably the most beautiful house I have ever walked round.

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The MadGang’s Summer Expedition 2014 — 6 Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos, MP. Glad you got away on a pleasant journey. Praying the coming year is far better than those now gone.

  2. Wow these are beautiful photos. You have really captured a beautiful place. I hope you are enjoying your travels.

  3. It looks like a lovely part of the Island.

    Is caravan in England what we rough colonials refer to as a camper? That is a small mobile living space with aluminium walls?

  4. MP, I hate to interrupt your purdy pics, but re this

    “where my godson’s father is vicar”

    Can’t he help you, w/ his bishop, to get Permission to [can’t remember the official designation]?