Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday 28 May - Oxford to Cosford and Shrewsbury

We were up early and out of the hotel to have a breakfast snack at the station where we watched some very poor station work which managed to turn an early arrival of a train to Great Malvern into a sadly late departure.
The early morning light in Oxford was good for photography.
Our train to Birmingham International was on time as was the onward train to Cosford.
We were greeted by this Hawker Hunter

There were tanks and other vehicles as well as aircraft

A Hooded Crow was searching for something edible

The aircraft were being given some TLC

The RAF Museum at Cosford was very well set out.  There are three main halls or hangers as well as a number of larger aircraft outside.  There were several areas where kids could play and the whole exhibit was very well conceived and carried out.  I  was disappointed that there was no Lancaster on display and the Spitfire was a full sized Airfix kit, impressive in its own right.  We spent a good time going over the exhibits then had a drink, a snack and an ice cream before taking our time back to the station to catch the one car puddle jumper on to Shrewsbury.

Click here to see all pictures taken at Cosford

Mary and I spent a month at the Prince Rupert hotel on Butcher Row and we checked in in good time to take in some of the cycle racing which is on a larger circuit this year.  It was pleasantly warm and we walked along by the river, through the Dingle Gardens and along to the English Bridge, up Wyle Cop to St. Alkmunds and dropped into the Three Fishes for a pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord. I was greeted warmly by Danny and Wendy who were pleased to see me.
It is unusual to see cattle in the river close to the boathouses.

The river was calm and beautiful.

We munched a pork sandwich while watching the end of the racing and came back for an early night.

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