I went for a walk yesterday. Walking is not my thing. I am more the driving and parking kind of girl.
But, as my beloved Polo had to go back to the garage I was left with Shank's Pony to get around.
My garage was in Lichfield, Staffordshire. I have never had a wander there apart from specific shopping.
So I went for a walk.
Frugal and fun!
First I went to the Cathedral. So beautiful the only 3 spired Cathedral in the UK. A service had recently finished and I meant to walk around. But, I felt the urge to just sit and be. I said some prayers for family and friends and then just said thank you for everything. I also asked for peace in The middle east.
I must have been there a while as when I opened my eyes a man from the staff was there and asked if I was ok. Did I need to speak to someone? Well, that's never happened when I have said my prayers before, and it got me so flustered I just hurriedly said no thanks and fled!
So no photos from inside I am afraid.
As you walk around this beautiful old city you cannot help but be impressed with the age of some of the buildings and the beautiful that can be found in old architecture.
Lichfield is a city that is steeped in history, and it shows in every corner you turn.
I found the memorial garden to the fallen heroes of both the world wars. So many names and so many wreaths laid after Remembrance Sunday.
I also walked past Erasmus Darwins house which was open to the public. I would have gone in but I had not got the time. Again it was set amongst beautiful buildings and greenery. I think I must go back for a wander shortly.
A park is just across the road in a beautiful fountain, decorated with painted birds.
But my favourite was a bronze statue of Captain Edward John Smith. Captain of the Titanic.
He is actually from Hanley, Stoke on Trent , but the story goes Stoke declined the statue after the tragic loss of over 1500 lives. So Lichfield had it instead and it now stands prominently in this garden area. Inscribed with the words "Be British" apparently his last words. So very very sad.
I made my way back through the town, to pick up my car (nothing wrong with it apparently... Phew!) and there is an array of independent sellers with shops, but like most town centres it does have too many closed shops. Thought rumour has it a Debenhams will be opening there in the new year about March time.
Lichfield is well worth a visit of you have some free time and the people are so friendly. Plus the history of this city and the buildings make it beautiful.
Sorry for the photos at the end Peeps. But when you blog from a phone that is the only option.