A day in Knowle

As it was going to be too windy to cruise on Sunday we fancied finding a good circular walk.  I finally signed up for the online Ordnance Survey mapping software.  We have been using the free version for a while but it is quite restrictive and we have sometimes ended up getting lost due to lack of features that can be printed.  The real version is just like having a folded paper Landranger map but you can adjust the size and print just the area you want.

Part of the walk took us into Knowle which is clearly a wealthy suburb of Solihull but larger than we thought it was going to be.  There are a disproportionate number of Range Rovers in this area but it’s probably like the Dagenham effect where most people have Fords because of the staff family discounts - the Land Rover factory is here in Solihull.


We walked round the graveyard; it seems we often end up walking around graveyards for some unknown reason.  This sign made us smile.


The history of this 104 year old oak tree fascinated us.

And we particularly like it when we see gravestones against walls – we imagine that people have been buried standing up.

This house has rather an elaborate plaque considering it was just a little terrace house.  We read the plaque and guessed the house was built around 1870.  It wasn’t until we looked at the picture later that we saw the date at the top of the plaque!

The walk we planned out hit the Black Boy pub when it got back to the canal.  We rang them in advance to check we could take the dog but they were not dog friendly. 

We ended up in The Kings Arms about 100 yards from where we are moored.  

Unusually Buddy stretched out on the floor – he usually just stands up in a most unrelaxed fashion.


fredflintstone said...

Hi Neil and Karen, We are enjoying your canal blog, especially the photo of Our Girl. It will appear on some of our greetings cards!
Enjoy your meanderings.
Fred and Pauline

Neil & Karen Payne said...

Nice to hear from you on the other side of the world! When we were in London several Australian tourists chatted with us as they had never seen canals before. Keep reading :)