A lingering look at Shropshire

Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is all about Rural Living.


I was going to post a view from my new house, but then I thought it would be nice to show off a bit more of the beautiful Shropshire landscape which has kept me company during the past four and a half years. Just a couple of miles walk from the town you find yourself with views like these. I have to say I will miss them. The Ent-like trees, the dead straight hedgerows, the sheep in the fields, the tracks of tractors, the black and white timber-framed houses and the hills. Shropshire is a beautiful rural county and I think this image captures its beauty.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

45 thoughts on “A lingering look at Shropshire”

    1. I think I shall give myself a couple of months to get my breath back Cathy! Then start planning another trip to Australia as new grandbaby due in May!

        1. Not unless you are visiting WA – they are now in South Perth! So I don’t expect to be going east. I do fancy going north though after Carol’s road trip and your posts about Geraldton.

        2. May is just a bit early for the wild flower season. But Broome at that time of the year is fantastic, but full of grey nomads getting away from winter…

        3. It won’t be May when I go – probably Feb – March next year. I haven’t the energy to travel very far this year! At least not at the moment 🙂

        4. That’s understandable. That is a very hot time to be in Perth. If you can bear to leave it till later and go in spring, August September, you will catch the wild flowers too.

  1. A beautiful goodbye to your present home, Jude.
    (Do you know that building a house or moving houses are both listed as the most strenuous times in life and the biggest burden for a relationship, even worse than financial problems? I’m planning a move to England, crossing borders are quite complicated, phew. 😉

    1. It is very stressful! Though I don’t usually get THIS stressed! And I have moved a lot of times. Being older sucks – can’t do all the lifting etc that I once could so it makes everything a lot harder. Good luck with your move to England 🙂

    1. Well, I am sure a few may pop up now and then, but I am looking forward to discovering what Cornwall has to offer, and Devon and maybe even Somerset 😉

        1. I can’t even muster up any energy for the garden (thank goodness it is very small) and my poor camellia is in full bud right now. I’ll never get that there intact 😦

          A day at a time…

  2. I’ve enjoyed learning about Shropshire through your eyes Jude and I can see why you will miss it. but I know you’ll be happy down this way too 🙂

    1. I really hope so Gilly. I’m a little nervous now we have made the leap, but too late to turn back. A new adventure and new discoveries. Once I have got my breath back!

    1. True Sylvia. And Shropshire is the largest land-locked county with the least population so easy to find this sort of view. I shall miss it. I have enjoyed getting to know Ludlow and all its history.

    1. I might start a new blog when I get there. Purely Cornish. But I would hate to lose many of my regulars. I do have a rural view though, that much IS true. And if I walk about 300 yards I also have a sea view 😀

  3. Just dipping my nose in to say Griff Rhys Jones was in Ludlow and biked up Long Mynd on ‘Great Britain’ the other night. Brought back memories 🙂 Have a good weekend! Not sure if you’re back down to Cornwall again? Hugs, Jude! Almost there…

    1. I caught the end of that but missed him in Ludlow. Yes down south at the moment for a couple of days – lovely and sunny at the moment so we are off to explore, then find somewhere fishy for lunch perhaps 😀

  4. Beautiful Jude…you will miss Shropshire, and I’ve so enjoyed all your blog posts about this wonderful corner of England. But I bet you can’t wait to move to Cornwall…your dream! Have a lovely weekend, hope you’re almost there… 🙂 xx

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