On the Saturday of our weekend away we went to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, and as requested I have downloaded some of the photos for you to see.
We started out in the car and vehicle workshops where they maintain and restore the vehicles that they use on site. A quick ride on the old bus took us along to the other end of the museum to the canal where we looked into the narrow boats and barges. The top photo of LH was taken there.
Then we had a wander around the old houses, there are various styles including a couple of back to backs, one up one down houses, which were fascinating. To think that whole families of seven or nine had lived this way is astonishing especially when you think how families expect every child to have a room of its own these days!!
The house in these photos was a little bit later and was a 'two up, two down'.
I love seeing all the pots, pans and utensils that I still use today in their original settings.
The living room of the same house ... we are a lot more modern than this at home ;-)
Then we decided to rest our legs for a while and sample the local ales in the sawdust floored pub.
Before moving along to the shops.
Lots to see ....
... some of the shops sold bits and bobs of everything ...
...while others just sold food.
The fruit and vegetables were available to buy. I was in awe of the huge onions, much bigger than I have ever managed to grow!!
A big block of butter ready to be sold in portion sized pieces.
LH had a good look at the tool in the hardware shop :-)
Then we bought fish, chips and huge pickled onions for our lunch and sat on the bench opposite the shops to eat them, watching the workers and volunteers from the museum in costume also queueing up to buy their lunch from the chippy.
Later two little piggy's got stuck into their dinner of pignuts, completely oblivious to us watching them.
It was a really good day out, at the moment they are converting day tickets to year long access tickets, so if you live within regular visiting distance it is well worth getting yourself a ticket to go. Visit the website here for more pictures and lots of information.