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I haven’t been anywhere recently to blog about, so you’ll have to make do with these pics. I do think parts of Aldridge are worthy subjects though and hope I’m not boring you. This is part of the walk I take each day with my girls Rosie and Meg. They are both former inmates of Birmingham Dog’s Home and, naturally, are the most wonderful dogs in the World. I’m not sure of their ages, but Rosie (smooth coat full tail) probably the younger and they came to us in 2006. Saturday 27th was a lovely sunny day which made me want to take my camera. Previous days have been damp, and drear ….in fact a lot of dddd’s ….dingy, dismal, drab, dull ….summed up with dreek. All in all miserable lol.
We are in the fields which form the Stick an Wicket also the home of a local football club which we reach via Hobs Hole Lane (just love saying the name).

The small red tree is an amelanchier.

Through the tall hedge into another field

Going out a different way to show you our beautiful church and war memorial. On the right, strangely, is the Masonic Hall

The first documentary references to the church come from the 13th century and it is clear that the parish church with a subsidiary chapel at Great Barr had been built before 1257.
Apart from the tower, all exterior walls were added or rebuilt between the years 1841 and 1853.
The tower was built in the 14th century and all of its main west wall is of sandstone including the good, though heavily restored, western doorway of that date. The church has two medieval effigies and lots of other interesting things, I really must go inside one day, I wonder if I can take photos in there? I only found out today that it’s called St Mary The Virgin, never heard it referred to that way. We are regularly treated to some beautiful peals too. I don’t know how anyone can object to church bells, I love them.

One of the lovely yews in the churchyard

Across a narrow road, on a sort of island, is the war memorial, beyond that The Croft (open space and childrens play ground).

Gorgeous berberis

going back to the stick and wicket now

Masonic hall across from the church

Back through the Stick and Wicket fields, to go home the usual way.

These pyracantha were planted last year to form a hedge around a lovely Georgian house which I pass every day. They were planted alternately red, yellow, orange. It’s quite noticeable that the yellow berried form is more vigorous.

Beautiful tree on the corner of Hobs Hole Lane

Even lovelier in close up.

Now we’re turning into Leighswood Ave which is lined with Plane trees, almost home now.

Strewn with their leaves.

Yippee say the girls …fantastic smells … must mark this spot;)

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What a lovely walk and I don't feel a bit tired!

I love the way that the sun lights up the trees and the stones building with gold

I love these old road a Hob a form of gnome or pixie?

We have a 'breakback road' locally, I always wonder if its bcause its a bit of a switchback.....

And 'flesh hovel lane' which I try not to think about at all........

28 Oct, 2012


A beautiful and interesting walk
BA some wonderful trees and the church sounds fascinating. I can tell yoour Girls love the walk too;0)))

28 Oct, 2012


a lovely blog Ba, beautiful photo's, did you walk or go on your scooter!!

28 Oct, 2012


i love Autumn photos BA with all the attractive colours and especially on a sunny day when its all at its best, even your dogs are enjoying the crunching of Autumn leaves, use to and still enjoy doing that myself haha, great blog :o))

28 Oct, 2012


What lovely pictures, love the old church and those glowing trees.

28 Oct, 2012


I really enjoyed that little walk with you BA and you seem to live in a beautiful part of the country. I love the Autumn days when its so sunny and dry and it makes all the colours of the trees stand out. There's something about churches as well!

28 Oct, 2012


A lovely blog and photo's, the area where you live..The trees are wonderful,I love this time of year,with all the vibrant colours ..A very pretty church,and thanks for the history of it..Rosie and Meg are lucky little nice to know they have a good home:o)

28 Oct, 2012


Beautiful autumn colours and soft lighting from the hazy sunshine.
That was all so lovely.

28 Oct, 2012


Lovely blog - and you've created an 'epiphany' - I realise now what I'm missing in my -completely admittedly - spectacular mountain views ..... beautiful large trees!! The mountainsides are studded with evergreen Kermes Oaks with the occasional Ash and Poplar, but we have no well-shaped huge Oaks or Beeches! That was a lovely walk - thank you for sharing! :o)

29 Oct, 2012


Wow Pam, you have some great local names too. Maybe Flesh Hovel was the road to the abattoir? A name like that makes the flesh creep though yuk. I always thought Hob was another name for the devil, but I think it seems to have lots of meanings:-)
Hi Carole, yes they really love their walk and, even when I feel I could do without one, I find I feel better for it too:-)
Eh up Yorkie, I was wearing my roller skates;-)

29 Oct, 2012


Hi Sandra, as long as the sun shines I like the autumn .... it's those horrible dreek days I hate. Today looks as though it's going to be another lovely day:-)
Hello Sticki, see how your blog lovely inspired me?:-)

29 Oct, 2012


Hi Rose, There are some lovely parts of Aldridge and it was once a pretty village and although the locals still call it the village, it's really a small town now with lots of industry. Still a nice place to live though:-)

29 Oct, 2012


Bloomer, I really must visit the church, just hope it won't collapse on me in shock:-)
Thanks Wildrose, I'm getting to like autumn again now it's sunny:-)
Thank you Nariz, don't forget that after a very short splendour, these magnificent trees will be bare while yours will still be lovely. I know what you mean though, perhaps you could persuade your Council? to plant some big deciduous beauties:-)

29 Oct, 2012


It was so saddening to hear yesterday that so many of our native Ash trees are riddled with disease,apparently brought in from Europe..Norfolk is particularly bad,I believe....If they knew about it,why didn't they act sooner? The Woodland trust are devastated about it..We seem to be the same about everything here...always the proverbial stable door will mean such a change throughout,to our precious Countryside..

29 Oct, 2012


I think I heard that the Government took a year to bring in an import ban. One scientist on the radio said that it has been discovered in quite mature ash trees here and that maybe our ash have some imbuilt immunity to it, but that's not necessarily so:-( There used to be magnificent elms on a main street in Aldridge and the main pub was The Elms although they had long disappeared. Their name has too as the pub is called the Crown now. Lots of old buildings were knocked down in the shopping centre and replaced with awful 60/70's flimsy architecture. Aldridge's old art deco cinema (opened by George Formby) became a bingo hall and is now being refurbished by Wetherspoons. They have to keep the art deco facade. Just to show off, Aldridge was mentioned in the Doomsday Book:-)

29 Oct, 2012

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