January 26th – Like the village itself, Walsall Wood Church of St John is a quiet, understated gem. Originally a tiny church, extended massively by the Victorians,… Read more “#365daysofbiking An awkward subject”
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#365daysofbiking A better angle
December 21st – A quick stretch up to Walsall Wood for some errands and to deliver cards. Just time for another shot of St. Johns, whose Christmas… Read more “#365daysofbiking A better angle”
December 16th – Another wet day, and again the camera stayed most in it’s case. But returning through Walsall Wood, it was nice to see the tree… Read more “#365daysofbiking Welcoming”
#365daysofbiking The villages of the evening
December 7th – Christmas is starting to ramp up now and I find myself increasingly on errands and trips to sort things out for the upcoming holiday,… Read more “#365daysofbiking The villages of the evening”
#365daysofbiking Slightly unreal
September 23nd – Another late night at work and there was little for it but to grab a takeaway on the way home – and thin pickings… Read more “#365daysofbiking Slightly unreal”
#365daysofbiking Across the rooftops
July 29th – I came back from New Street to Shenstone, a run I do less these days since the Chase Line upgrade made those trains comparatively… Read more “#365daysofbiking Across the rooftops”
#365daysofbiking It must be yew
May 5th – Still suffering, but a cold, grey ride up through Weeford, Whittington and Croxall to keep moving. Passing Shenstone Church on the way, something was… Read more “#365daysofbiking It must be yew”
December 6h – Every year for the last decade or so, Walsall Wood Councillors (currently messers Harris, Sears and Clarke) have dug deep in their own pockets and clubbed together to fund the Christmas Tree in Walsall Wood, and I was pleased to note tonight that the tradition continues.
Walsall Wood has a lovely tree this year, and it does look most excellent.
I am miles away from the donors politically, but I must compliment them ion their annual act of generosity.
Thanks you, and do have a very merry Christmas!
March 13th – I know I featured this the other day, but it is a view that’s quite short-lived and one I love lots. Having been to a meeting in Birmingham in the afternoon, I came back to Shenstone as usual and hit there in a sort of pink, gentle golden hour. I was only about 15 minutes from sunset, and the pink cast was from a dying sun, but it flattered the dark sandstone of St John’s church tower beautifully, it’s gargoyles proud and prominent as ever.
Also worth noting in these shots are the rooftops, gables and chimneys of Shenstone, a wonderful array. How lovely that a village should grow around the hill in that remarkable way, with the remains of an early church, and a still functioning Victorian one immediately adjacent.
February 25th – A day of continual light snow and odd sunny periods, but it was again fiercely bitter.
Returning from Shenstone Station, I stopped to note than in the daylight at last, my commute revealed the twin church towers of Shenstone – one in use, one very much derelict.
Across the rooftops of the village, that’s a lovely sight and one that every year reminds me that although the weather may be bad, spring and warmth are on their way.