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Around and about in Birmingham.

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A Visit to a Garden Centre.

A Visit to a Garden Centre.

On Sunday 7th April we left the Ibis Hotel and moved to The Adagio. We were really pleased with The Ibis. We were supposed to check out at 12, but I asked if we could have a complimentary late check out because Peter is a gold card holder. I was wondering if it would be too cheeky to ask to stay till 2pm, but they immediately offered me till 5pm. This plus the fact they stored our luggage free for three days made us very happy with them.

The first thing I did when we got to The Adagio was wash all of our clothes which had been getting grubbier and grubbier. It costs £3 for a washer and £2 for a drier. Everything came out beautiful. It was great not to be a smelly mess anymore.

On Monday 8th April we met up with our friends Chris and Pat. They came to visit us in our hotel and then we headed off to The Old Crown for lunch. The Old Crown is a pub in Digbeth, a short walk from our hotel. Apparently it is Birmingham's oldest secular building and was originally built in 1368. Queen Elizabeth I is believed to have stayed here in 1575 while travelling from Kenilworth Castle.

The Old Crown does very nice food. Chris and I had chicken burgers, Peter had a posh fish finger sandwich and Pat had a veggie burger. It's been about a year since we all met up so we did a lot of catching up on news. It was a very pleasant day.

All of us.

All of us.

Peter and Chris.

Peter and Chris.

Chris and Pat.

Chris and Pat.

Peter and I.

Peter and I.

Next day I just did a bit of shopping. It wasn't very exciting. I cooked fish, boiled potatoes, cauliflower and beetroot for dinner. We watched a few TV shows in the evening.

We intended to head to Pelsall on the Wednesday to visit Peter's mum and dad's grave, but it just rained all day. It was absolutely miserable, plus we discovered the bus stop had been moved due to the building of the new tram line and was now much further away than it used to be. We decided we would just go out for a drink, so we went to The Dragon Inn in Chinatown, which is actually a Wetherspoon's. Peter was happy to get a cider and an ice-cream. I had a pint of shipyard and a refillable coffee. I took a few rainy day pictures of Peter in Chinatown.

Happy with his Stowford Press.

Happy with his Stowford Press.

Even happier with his ice-cream.

Even happier with his ice-cream.

Peter in Chinatown.

Peter in Chinatown.

Peter in Chinatown.

Peter in Chinatown.

Peter in Chinatown.

Peter in Chinatown.

Peter in Chinatown.

Peter in Chinatown.

On Thursday we met up with Pat again. Chris couldn't join us on this occasion. Pat suggested we take bus 2 or 3 from outside our hotel and get off at The Covered Wagon in Moseley. Pat lives not far from here so met us at the bus stop. Pat had written us out a detailed description of the bus route so we'd get off at the right stop, but there was a traffic accident and a diversion so the route was totally different. I asked the driver if we would still pass The Covered Wagon and he said we would and gave us a shout where to get off.

The Covered Wagon is a lovely pub owned by an Indian family and it does superb Indian food. I had chicken tikka masala and Peter had chicken balti, Pat had a veggie biryani. We also had poppadoms and pilau rice. The food was really good. I forgot to photograph it. I was too busy eating it

Pat and Peter in The Covered Wagon.

Pat and Peter in The Covered Wagon.

Peter and I in The Covered Wagon.

Peter and I in The Covered Wagon.

After the meal, Pat offered to take us for a drive. We went to Beckett's Farm. This has a cafe and some farm shops. We were too full to eat or drink anything in the cafe. We just had a wander around. The shop did wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables, pies, pastries, breads and all sorts of very nice food stuff. We are nearing the end of our stay so we didn't buy anything but it was a nice place to see.

Pat and Peter at Becket's Farm.

Pat and Peter at Becket's Farm.

Sauces.

Sauces.

Rather large pickled onions.

Rather large pickled onions.

Jars of chutney.

Jars of chutney.

Then we got back into the car and headed to a nearby garden centre. I don't know what it was called. It had hot tubs, beautiful plants, garden ornaments, a cafe. It even sold rather nice clothes. Again I just window shopped though Pat bought some cakes.

In the garden centre.

In the garden centre.

In the garden centre.

In the garden centre.

Blossom.

Blossom.

Magnolia.

Magnolia.

The elephant in the room.

The elephant in the room.

Statues.

Statues.

Peter at the garden centre.

Peter at the garden centre.

Star magnolia.

Star magnolia.

Camelias.

Camelias.

Geraniums.

Geraniums.

Orange lilies.

Orange lilies.

Statues.

Statues.

Statues and flowers.

Statues and flowers.

An interesting seat.

An interesting seat.

Carnations.

Carnations.

After the garden centre we went to Pat's flat for a nice cup of tea and some coffee and walnut cake. We caught the number 3 bus home and it let us off very close to our hotel. It had been a very pleasant and relaxing day.

Next day turned into chores day: washing, shopping, packing. We ate in The Old Crown again in the evening. I preferred it at lunch time. In the evening it was busier with loud music. Peter had a chicken shish and I had fish and chips. The food was tasty, but quite expensive.

Peter in The Old Crown.

Peter in The Old Crown.

Fish and chips.

Fish and chips.

Chicken shish.

Chicken shish.

On Saturday we were back at the football. We watched Walsall lose to Notts County. It was cold and windy and the match didn't exactly cheer us up.

At the match.

At the match.

At the match.

At the match.

At the match.

At the match.

At the match.

At the match.

After the match Richard, Peter's brother, drove us to their parents' grave and we put flowers on it. We drove passed their old house. The front garden is now a car park. It looked very different. Then we went for a drink in The Old House at Home. It would have been nice to eat there, but the journey home after it was quite far. Richard drove us to Walsall Station. I just grabbed some convenience food from Tesco Express and we went home to eat. It had been a very long and tiring day.

The Old House At Home.

The Old House At Home.

Posted by irenevt 18:27 Archived in England

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Irene, my wife and I also enjoy visiting uch garden centres... I see the Covered Wagon is a lovely pub indeed. Thanks for sharing! Good luck!

by Vic_IV

Hi Victor, the garden centre was really pretty interesting and you're right the pub was really good.

by irenevt

You have such nice pictures. I liked the once of the garden centre. Never thought of taking pictures at one, but they are so colourful. Love it, Thanks for sharing! 🙂

by Ils1976

Hi Ils, there's not so much to photograph in Birmingham, especially in bad weather so the garden centre was it. I'm glad you liked the pictures.

by irenevt

I had lost track of where you were - I had a back operation in Feb and wasn't on the computer much. So I was wondering which Birmingham it was (there is one in Alabama and one in Michigan in addition to the original one in England). I have only been to the one in Alabama and I didn't recognize any of the photos. It was a nice trip to contrast with Birmingham Alabama (which we visited around Christmas time). I always enjoy your photos and Now that I am back home, I will try to keep up.

by greatgrandmaR

Hi Rosalie, I hope everything went well with your back operation. I have not been to any of the Birminghams in the States, only in England. My husband is from quite nearby originally. All the best, Irene

by irenevt

Lovely to meet up with your friends and family too. A pity Walsall lost..

by Catherine

They won last night so Peter is happy again.

by irenevt

Peter is looking great. I remember last year. This is MUCH better. Sounds like you two are having a good vacation.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, Peter has done really well this time. We are currently heading back to Hong Kong.

by irenevt

We have just spent a couple of days in France.

by irenevt

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