After Yorkshire we headed down (on a tour of the motorways of England – A1, M1, M6, M42 then M5) towards Kidderminster and some friends we’ve known for a long time.

We girls have known each other since we were 16, the boys (young and old) all get on fabulously. 
It was one of the highlights of the holiday.

One evening we walked Ozzy and Deli in Bewdley.

A soggy Ozzy, worshiping the act of “Catch the Ball”

Bewdley is somewhere I visited a lot as a child (when Dad went fishing).  The shops have changed – not so many antique shops, but the buildings and the river front still look the same.

One shop that NEVER changes is Teddy Grays sweetie shop.

Childhood dreams are made of this.
NOTHING seems to have changed in 35yrs.

All the sweets are still handmade in Dudley (close to my original home). 
You can see a great video here.  Really, make time to watch this, its a piece of history.

Well, we had to go in didn’t we?

Then on to the fish ‘n’ chip shop. 
After a huge order for six we headed back to the van to eat the chips and open the bubbly.
Really it was perfect.

Who needs posh restaurants? 
You just need great company and a glass of something fizzy.

“Three Men and their Bacon”

Sorry, I couldn’t resist this photo!

We didn’t stop talking for days and I do wish we lived closer.
Still, we have several holidays booked for the future, including a kid free jaunt in 2020 (which involves the hire of sport cars – more later).

We left in the rain and drove through England’s Green and Pleasant Land to Great Malvern.

I really didn’t want to leave.  Must get back together soon!