I hope you're able to click on the picture below and listen, it's quite uplifting!
The big wheel was back, as was the ice skating rink between the big wheel, and the Symphony Hall.
This pic shows the lower level of Birmingham library.
Symphony Hall behind the big wheel, and the library on the right.
Jools Holland concert
Ruby Turner, belting 'em out like a good 'un.
No visit to Birmingham would be complete without a visit to The Wellie. 16 real ales on hand pumps, together with 6 ciders on hand pulls. There are so many beers, that they are listed on screens around the pub, so you look at the screen, see what you fancy, and order a pint by number. As well as excellent beer, although they don't serve food, you are welcome to take your own food in, and they will provide crockery, cutlery and condiments. Dave was in heaven! A quick walk down to New Street Station Cornish Pasty Shop, then back up to the Wellie. Bliss!
CLICK HERE to see The Wellington's beerboard (it's worth a look!)
Another major stoppage was at Coseley tunnel, on the Main Line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. There had been major landslips over the last couple of years which had blocked the towpath completely. The works were (are) scheduled to take place between November to March, BUT with a two week opening over Christmas. So we were able to go straight through on the main line and on to Wolverhampton, rather than making a detour round the Wyrley & Essington Canal, which in hindsight we should have done, as we've never been that way before.
This is the entrance to the Coseley tunnel, with all the debris cleared away, and with bank stabilisation works.
The pics below were taken last year, so you can see the extent of the problem they're trying to fix.
We were on our way to Penkridge, where we would leave the boat for a few days to head back to Mums in Chirk for Christmas (see next blog)