Kingsbury Water Park (Friday June 10th 2016)
I journeyed up to the Midlands yesterday to meet up with the Spotlight Kid. We had lunch as usual at the the Dog and Doublet canalside pub in Bodymoor Heath and then walked along the towpath to Kingsbury Water Park for the annual visit to our parents' memorial oak bench, which has a view over a lake with an island that is home to families of black-headed gulls, common terns and swans. Nearby were some young coot chicks. There are plenty of Canada geese at the Water Park and two proud parents were parading these goslings besides Broomey Croft Pool.
Before we met up I had walked a new stretch of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, from the entrance beside the start of Lichfield Road in Curdworth, in both directions. I also called at Middleton Pool after the Spotlight Kid had left for home, as I had last year.
The return journey was broken by a very pleasant hour spent in Stratford upon Avon. I parked outside the Swan's Head pub which is right by the Avon and is just a short walk to the Bancroft canal basin and to the RSC theatre. It is very easy to fire off a lot of chocolate box touristy shots in any direction, which as an occasional visitor is exactly what I do. If I lived there I would have to be rather more discriminatory. I found a swan below the tramway bridge looking after half-a-dozen cute cygnets.
I will post the albums for this trip when they're ready, but I am trying to blip at least close to the actual day, which means they haven't been made yet.
11.6.2016 (1836 hr)
Blip #1861 (#2111 including archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #009
LOTD #1095 (#1219 including archived blips)
Taken with Pentax K-50 (Red) and Pentax HD P-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR lens
Bodymoor Heath series
Family Business series
A Day In The Midlands, 10 June 2016 (Flickr album)
An Hour In Stratford Upon Avon, 10 June 2016 (Flickr album)
Also blipped today:
Bowood 2016 #18: Woodland Walks (Thursday 9 June)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Minor Victories - Scattered Ashes (song for Richard) (2016)
Minor Victories are a British alternative rock supergroup formed in 2015 by Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), guitarists Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai) and Justin Lockey (Editors), and on bass guitar, film-maker James Lockey( of Hand Held Cine Club).
One year ago: