After the NEC I drove around Birmingham towards the Kidderminster / Stourbridge sort of way to stay with my oldest and best friends.
I stayed for three nights and totally chilled out.

This is a house where there are elephants everywhere, we have matching light fittings, table mats and coasters, trinkets, almost the same Denby, same dresser…… the list goes on…. and the coffee is always available.
Oh and they got some GF chocolate biscuits in for me to have with said coffee.
Perfect.  Thank you xxx 

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Felix – sleepy time.

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Ozzy watching the ball, there is Deli too but she’s very shy.
We spent hours sitting on those chairs in the background chatting away.
We chat…. a lot. 

One evening we headed to Bewdley.
A favourite haunt of mine.

Not least for…..

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The best sweetie shop in the world.

Here’s a link to their website.

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A good haul.
Not ALL for me.

If you have a few minutes take a look at this video of the factory.
Its all so old fashioned.
Thats why the sweeties are so wonderful.
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Lovely to walk along the riverside path and watch the rowing boats, ducks and geese. 
We just don’t get this in Northumberland and I do miss it. 
I love Bewdley, something very special about it.

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Chips sitting by the river watching the world go by.

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And a few drinks too.

So the Thursday I headed home via the East Midlands Outlet shopping centre for the Adidas and Nike stores.
Who knew I’d ever be shopping for sports gear?  Not just for Richard but for me too.

I’d really enjoyed the time away, especially chatting with friends, old and new.
Getting he buzz of London, seeing wonderful paintings and dresses. 

I’d enjoyed strolling by the river and sitting out on a warm evening watching the busy world go by.
But as I drove past the Rothbury turning and headed up over the moors away from “commuter to Newcastle land” I felt the space, peace and quiet of north Northumberland and I felt glad to be home.