Land of Lost Content Web Site

Our friends at the Land of Lost Content museum have a new Web site which showcases this must-see attraction in Craven Arms.

The Land of Lost Content is an independent museum containing:

LOLC Pop Culture Ephemera

The museum – the result of a lifetime’s work by Stella Mitchell – has been running since 1991 and is now in it’s third home.

The museum features “everyone’s yesterdays” organised into 33 categorised displays across three floors – including:

  • Confectionary
  • Schooldays
  • Cleaning
  • Pop Music
  • Photography
  • Cosmetics & Hairdressing
  • Christmas
  • Victorians and Edwardians
  • Royalty & Regalia
  • Radio

and many more – along with a new category for 2017 – Carnival.

Land of Lost Content - Radio

Land of Lost Content – Radio

Image ©Land of Lost Content – used by kind permission of Stella Mitchell.

Sightings on the Onny Meadows

Female Goosander

Female Goosander

While walking Hettie (Border Terrier) we saw a Goosander on the River Onny. I have been informed it was a female as it had a brown head and grey body, the males have almost white bodies.

I saw a Goosander on the Onny Meadows last Winter as well but did not see a male one then either.

I have also been told that the dabducks (Little Grebe) have returned and are on the ponds at the Onny Meadows. I heard them last Spring but didn’t get a confirmed sighting, they have a very distinctive ‘Cackle’.

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

 

The image of the Goosander is by N P Holmes and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The image of the Little Grebe is by Jason Thompson and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Valentines Ale Massacre

Ludlow Brewing Valentines Ale Massacre Leaflet

Ludlow Brewing Valentines Ale Massacre Leaflet

 
Ludlow Brewing Company this year has its Beer Festival on the 17th, 18th and 19th February.

It is usually the nearest weekend to to Valentines Day, hence being called the Valentines Ale Massacre.

There are lots of beers to try, all of which will be on tap.

There will be live music on Friday and Saturday with an entrance charge of £7 on Friday night.
Saturday and Sunday there is free entry but you do have to pay for the beer.

People come from far and wide and if you want to drink but not drive the train station is right next door.

The Land Of Lost Content

The Land of Lost Content Museum

The Land of Lost Content

 
Did you know we have a museum in Craven Arms?

The Land of Lost Content is a museum of British Popular Culture in the 20th Century. There are displays on the Post Office, the Second World War, Sweets and many, many more.

There is so much to see that you will need to go again as you see something different every time you visit.

Stella Mitchell who runs the museum has designed a new display for the coming season about Boys and Girls Brigade. There will be other changes to discover as well, displays added to, can you spot them?

The Land of Lost Content will be open again from the 1st February until November 30th 2017. The museum is closed Wednesdays and Sundays.

There is a self-service cafe for refreshments.

Snowdrops

The green shoots of Snowdrops are popping up out of the ground. In a few weeks they will be nodding their creamy white heads in the breeze and hopefully sunshine.

Snowdrop Clump

Snowdrop Clump

There is something magical about the first Snowdrops especially after these damp dark days of winter.

Snowdrops are not native wild flowers, they are native to Eastern Europe and were first found naturalised in Britain in 1770.

It is thought Snowdrops were first introduced to Britain by the Romans but some records suggest they were brought over in the 16th Century. Their popularity increased after the Crimean War (1853- 1856) when soldiers were so enchanted with these harbingers of Spring they brought them back to Britain with them.

There are lots of places that have organised Snowdrop walks or places where there are carpets of them, I will tell you of three here:

Millichope Park 19th February 2pm until 5pm

Dudmaston Estate February 5th, 6th, 12th,and 13th, noon until 4pm

Stanton Lacy Churchyard is known for its carpet of Snowdrops, well worth a visit.

Snowdrop Carpet

Snowdrop Carpet

Wall’s Butchers

D W Wall & Son - Banner

D W Wall & Son Butchers

 
Walls butchers have been trading in Craven Arms for fifty years.

They specialise in traditional breeds and pride themselves on the traceability of their meats. Their belief is that rare breeds meat gives the customer a truer  flavour and texture.

There is a wide range of rare breeds available of pork, beef and lamb. The board at the back displays what is for sale and the farmers who have produced the animals.

Game meat is available at the relevant times of year, these include venison, rabbit (no shortage around here), pheasant, partridge etc.

There is a good display of cooked products, hams, pork pies meat pies, if you turn up early you may buy a freshly cooked faggot. There is also fidget pies on display, this is a local dish so have a try.

Hopefully you will come away from Walls with a good quality product and ideas of how to cook the meat you have purchased.

They pride themselves on their quality of service and are always helpful.

Check their Web site for contact details and opening times.

D W Wall & Son Butchers

D W Wall & Son Butchers

The Dog Hangs Well

The Dog Hangs Well

The Dog Hangs Well

 
The Dog Hangs Well is a Parlour Pub in Corve Street Ludlow. It is open three nights a week, check the light outside, if it is on it will be open.

In the good tradition of a Parlour Pub The Dog Hangs Well is a home first and foremost. It is also a publishing house for the Ludlow Ledger and Doghouse – the British pub magazine.

As with Parlour Pubs of the 19th Century there is a limited selection of drinks available. There is one barrel of beer offered at a time, with up to six different beers being available during a week. A still cider and a white wine are your other beverage choices.

Beers are sourced from all over the country. In the last twelve months they have served two hundred different beers from a hundred breweries.

Their beer is served from a back room which was originally the kitchen, via a hand pump called a Victorian Beer Engine. You may then retire to the front Parlour to relax and enjoy your drink.

The Dog Hangs Well is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm until the light is out, at 9pm.

The Kitchen of the Dog Hangs Well

The Kitchen of the Dog Hangs Well

 
The photographs used in this blog post are by kind permission of Jon Saxon, Doghouse Magazine.

Dull Days with Hints of Colour

Red Stems in Winter

Red Stems in Winter

 
There have been lots of dull days with the odd bright day to give us hope that Spring is on its way.

Walking on the Onny Meadows I was looking for fresh green shoots that hint at Spring but found myself looking at zings of colour that are there if you look more closely and stop thinking it all looks dull.

Bark Textures

Bark Textures

 
The clumps of grasses that have died of over winter have creams and yellows and although not hinting at Spring their colours add to contrasts and vibrancy when we do get some sunshine.

There are wonderful textures to find in the bark of different trees. Even on the same tree you find a multitude of different textures. The colours can also be stunning and some trees develop a green which comes from a lichen at this time of year.

 
 
The Hazel catkins have a fiery yellowy green, if you look very closely their tiny reddy brown flowers are putting in their appearance.

Hazel Catkins

Hazel Catkins

 

Alder Cones and Catkins

Alder Cones and Catkins

 
 

The Alders which you will find by the river, also have catkins. They are mauve in colour and contrast well with their nut brown cones.

I love brown, it is such a warm colour, the Burdock makes a stunning argument for it being a lovely colour. It is a colour I love to wear as it is so versatile as nature shows us.

 
 
 

The Witchhazel is beautiful, looks stunning on dull days with its creamy yellow flowers. I can see it from my living room window but it is much better to get outside and breath in its wonderful fragrance.

Witchhazel at Folly View Let

Witchhazel at Folly View Let

 
There are a few more pictures to look at below, most were taken on the Onny Meadows when I was walking Hettie (Border Terrier).

Lichen

Lichen

 

Teazles in the Onny Meadows

Teazles in the Onny Meadows