Monday, December 10

Keeping Busy...

For once, things are actually going along quite nicely at WME, with a steady flow of updates over the last couple of weeks.

As seems the trend for my recent postings, there is another gallery landmark to tell you about - WME Wolverhampton now has reached the big 250! I'm particularly proud of this milestone as it means that at least one of my galleries is starting to reach the level of content I've been aiming for since day one - maybe in the distant future the other galleries will follow suit. The latest additions here include new collections on Bradley and Penn Fields, plus more views of Ashmore Park.

Wolverhampton hasn't been the only gallery getting some belated attention. WME Birmingham has a new Four Oaks Station collection, plus additions to Sutton Coldfield Station, University and a couple of canal collections. There are new collections too on WME Dudley, looking at Sedgley and The Delph, and on WME Solihull thanks to the inclusion of Exploring Castle Bromwich. My Walsall and Sandwell galleries have also got their fair sprinkling of new content, thus consolidating what has been one of my most constructive sets of updates for months.

There is also good news on the exploration front. November was finished off in fine style with a good old Birmingham local outing - this involved a long overdue return to Bournville, a walk around Selly Park and Stirchley, a visit to Kings Heath Park, a ride on the 27, lunch at West Heath accompanied by photos of the library, the local pubs (the Cavalier and the Fordrough) and a glimpse of the 45 at West Heath Island, and all washed down with a brief call at Northfield Station - phew!

Then it was into December with a lunchtime visit to Ettingshall and Lanesfield, and a proper Saturday outing around Worcestershire with Rog and Woody. The highlights of the latter trip included Rog getting soaked at regular intervals, me beating Woody at pool, and Rog getting told off for inappropriate smoking! You can't take him anywhere... Our ports of call included soggy Bromsgrove, wet Worcester and rainy Redditch (no prizes for spotting the theme there), although Pershore and Evesham were my personal favourites with photos of the 551 bus and of Evesham Railway Station. The pubs weren't bad either, with top marks going to The Cricketers in Worcester and its fascinating range of cricket memorabilia, well worth a visit.

Well there you go, I have been a busy boy. Trying to keep up with that pace of updates and explorations is going to be a hard challenge to fulfill, but I'm more than happy to give it a go.

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