2011 Hogarths on the move again - to places afar travel blog

Over the highest pass in Wales

Livestock sales

Buildings in Shewsbury

Buildings in Shewsbury

Buildings in Shewsbury


Today we leave Wales and make our way towards the western midlands of England.

Firstly through the same countryside as yesterday. We stop to take some photographs and speak to a young guy putting on weatherproof jacket and trousers – we ask him if he is going walking but no, he is climbing to the top where he will sit and watch the big jets fly over – as in commercial jets that apparently always fly over these mountains. I suppose it’s a bit like train spotting.

Passing through Welshpool (right on the border) we see a sign for a livestock sale so in we go – not your usual holiday destination! We see cows with calves less than a week old selling for 1600 pounds (around $2200). Very few livestock trucks – mainly trailers towed by the farmers. Missed the sheep sales so can’t comment on their prices.

We stop also at Shrewsbury and wander around looking at the old buildings and visit a museum focusing on Charles Darwin who was born there. Quite a lovely town centre.

We finally make it to Ilmington in Warwickshire – we are delighted with our self-contained studio apartment. We visit one of the local pubs for tea and watch the local darts competition. Ilmington a small village with just a few streets. Some of the properties obviously quite expensive – the local barmen tells us they are mainly retired.



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