Friday, 31 May 2013

Party, a Prairie and Picturesque!

This last weekend was the occasion of Chris' 60th birthday party – held here at the Marina Coffee Lounge. It was a great party with a splendid buffet provided by the Cafe and a special cake made by one of their staff.

Family and friends gathered to wish Chris all the best!

Candles lit – Happy Birthday!

Birthday Girl!

The cake!
The weather held fair for the weekend and a small group took the Audlem Lass ferry up to Audlem for the music festival.

On the ferry with Poppy and Dan up from London and Cassandra and Jorge over from Lisbon, Portugal
Song of the Waterways – as seen from the ferry
This last week, we have been stopping at Telford to continue Chris' 60th celebrations.

We visited an old favourite, the Severn Valley Railway, in the rain. It didn't dampen our spirits though as we travelled behind the Large Prairie Great Western Railway 5164. This is a Collett designed medium size tank engine for branch lines, rated as 4MT.

Setting off from Bridgenorth – a steamy affair!

5164 at Kettering Station

Not a steam loco – though a resplendent historic diesel D8059 – from about 1967?
One of 20 such Diesel-Electric locos in preservation.

True steam enthusiast?

On the way back from Telford, we stopped over at Ironbridge, the picturesque village that heralded the start of the industrial revolution.

The famous iron bridge – the first iron bridge in the world to be made of cast iron – opened in 1781


Tourists via Telford!

 Looking across the River Severn (with plenty of water flowing)

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