We are just back from a camping weekend in Shrewsbury, birthplace to Charles Darwin.  That was just one of the little tidbits we picked up on our trip.

We stayed at Oxon Hall Touring Park which is right beside a “park and ride” service taking shoppers into the town centre.  We took advantage of this on Saturday and had a good explore around the town.  It is a very pleasant place to spend a few hours.  Pedestrianised streets, tudor buildings and interesting looking independent shops typified the place.

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Despite the forecast, the weather stayed largely dry.  We walked back from town along the River Severn which twists around almost making the town centre an island.  We watched the rowers and their on shore coachers with megaphones in hand and tried to listen to the comings and goings at the Shrewsbury Agricultural Showground that we could hear on the loud speaker.

We had noticed Stella seeming a bit uncomfortable throughout the day – itching her feet and finding it difficult to get comfortable.  After some deductions, we ascertained that I had inadvertently exposed her to a field of nettles earlier in the day.  I began thinking a campervan could become a very small space at nightime for Paul and I and an uncomforable Stella…  Thankfully there was a vet within walking distance of the campsite and an anti-itch injection seemed to do the trick.  Sorry Stella!

On Sunday we headed north to Ellesmere which was a pretty little place with a couple of meres and the Llangolen canal running through it.  We walked around The Mere and back along the tow path.  There were some interesting sculptures around the Mere and I liked watching the boats pass on the canal.  It was very windy but we timed the walk just right to miss the rain.

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This week is our “music week” with a trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic tomorrow evening to see Ludovico Einaudi.  I am hoping to be inspired to practice lots more myself after seeing this amazing pianist.  On Wednesday we’re going to see the Fratellis – also in Liverpool.

The week culminates with Brent’s arrival in the Bub on Friday. I always look forward to his visits.  Calm Down. 😉