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December 17th – Riding up over Anchor Bridge towards Shire Oak I… 

21 Dec 17

December 17th – Riding up over Anchor Bridge towards Shire Oak I spotted the boat that had broken the ice back by Silver Street: a contractor’s work boat, which appears to have been cutting back overgrown trees from the canalside.


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December 17th – Sunday was a much better day, but whilst the ice… 

21 Dec 17

December 17th – Sunday was a much better day, but whilst the ice didn’t melt as much as I’d hoped, it was well on the way.


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December 16th – Saturday was an awful day in many ways. Blighted… 

20 Dec 17

December 16th – Saturday was an awful day in many ways.


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December 15th – In Walsall Wood for a takeaway, and the church… 

20 Dec 17

December 15th – In Walsall Wood for a takeaway, and the church looked beautiful with the Christmas tree in front like that.


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December 14th – Some things you see while out and about just… 

18 Dec 17

December 14th – Some things you see while out and about just make you smile.


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December 11th – I’d run around in the morning sorting displaced… 

14 Dec 17

December 11th – I’d run around in the morning sorting displaced family members out and getting them back where they needed to be in the chaos of a snow-hit morning rush hour, so spent the day working from home.


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December 10th – I continued from Chasewater up around Engine… 

13 Dec 17

December 10th – I continued from Chasewater up around Engine Lane and down to old railway trail to the old cement works bridge overlooking the council depot, where gritters and ploughs were coming and going in a constant stream.


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December 10th – They say things come to those who wait, and… 

13 Dec 17

December 10th – They say things come to those who wait, and overnight between Saturday and Sunday someone turned on the celestial snow machine.


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December 9th – Lichfield has a little secret that I’d love to… 

13 Dec 17

December 9th – Lichfield has a little secret that I’d love to share: Melbourne Coffee.


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December 9th – Lichfield Food Festival was huge, and very busy…. 

13 Dec 17

December 9th – Lichfield Food Festival was huge, and very busy.


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December 9th – I was looking forward to a snowy ride out to a… 

13 Dec 17

December 9th – I was looking forward to a snowy ride out to a couple of food fairs – one at Whittington, and one at Lichfield.


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December 7th – Out and about on a sunny, bright but windy day in… 

8 Dec 17

December 7th – Out and about on a sunny, bright but windy day in Darlaston, and passing through the parks I love winter is now in full effect.


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December 6th – Well, this’ll be the end then. So long, it… 

7 Dec 17

December 6th – Well, this’ll be the end then.


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December 2nd – The Drunken Duck in Walsall Wood High Street is a… 

4 Dec 17

December 2nd – The Drunken Duck in Walsall Wood High Street is a sad case of a pub that’s been reborn so many times even the Dalai Lama would blush.


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December 1st – Visiting Walsall Wood on an errand on my way… 

4 Dec 17

December 1st – Visiting Walsall Wood on an errand on my way home, I stopped to admire their excellent Christmas tree in the grounds of St.


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November 30th – Heading home that evening I hit the canal at the… 

4 Dec 17

November 30th – Heading home that evening I hit the canal at the Black Cock Bridge and rode into Brownhills in peaceful, cold darkness.


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November 27th – A snatched, quick photo taken just after dawn in… 

28 Nov 17

November 27th – A snatched, quick photo taken just after dawn in Jockey Meadows, between Shelfield and Walsall Wood.


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November 26th – Another day of beautiful light, but cold…. 

27 Nov 17

November 26th – Another day of beautiful light, but cold.


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November 35th – I passed through Chasewater in a splendid, cold… 

26 Nov 17

November 35th – I passed through Chasewater in a splendid, cold golden hour, hoping maybe to catch some red deer.


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November 25th – On a bright, cold winter day, near the M6 Toll… 

26 Nov 17

November 25th – On a bright, cold winter day, near the M6 Toll in Great Wyrley, clematis seed heads looking very alien in a forgotten, edge-land thicket.


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November 24th – Returning to Brownhills after a long day at… 

25 Nov 17

November 24th – Returning to Brownhills after a long day at work, ice was forming on the towpath puddles and it felt like the hard, dry cold of winter was setting in.


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dry-valleys: Sybil of months, and worshipper of winds,I love… 

24 Nov 17

dry-valleys : Sybil of months, and worshipper of winds, I love thee, rude and boisterous as thou art; And scraps of joy my wandering ever finds Mid thy uproarious madness – John Clare .


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November 20th – The last shreds of daylight, heading between… 

20 Nov 17

November 20th – The last shreds of daylight, heading between Tipton and Moxley on the canal in an overcast, damp Black Country late autumn Monday.


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November 19th – A late run out on an errand to Cannock Chase saw… 

20 Nov 17

November 19th – A late run out on an errand to Cannock Chase saw me crossing through Heath Hayes and the former RAF Hednesford during a very decent sunset.


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November 17th – Just after dawn, on a grass verge ion Darlaston… 

17 Nov 17

November 17th – Just after dawn, on a grass verge ion Darlaston a delicate Japanese parasol toadstool coated in what I think is the first frost of the year.