As a Brummie I was really looking forward to taking Tommy round Brum on our holiday. As we were there at Christmas it was a bit bloody cold and dark, but that didn’t stop us from having a mooch around and visiting Birmingham, the Black Country Museum and Redditch where I grew up.
If you’re feeling brave you can even go and see the Villa play like we did, with my mate Joe and one of his daughters, you may not see the silkiest football but you can always get a seat.
I’m not sure if Bham’s own eye is there all year, but I do know it costs a lot less than its London namesake and there is considerably less queue, and just look at that view!
The canals have some trips available but I’m sorry to say we weren’t organised enough to do any, so we had to be happy with a walk on the towpath and a pub lunch. Mind you we did travel on the top deck of the number 52 on the way into town which Tommy thought was just as cool.
Uncle John and Auntie Joan were our hosts for the day and we all had a great day, despite the sub-zero temperatures!
Nan also took Tommy on a trip, this one to the Black Country museum. I took the chance to go for a couple of cheeky drinks with friends and so I don’t have much to report, or many photos to show, but I do know from my own experience that the Black Country Museum is a nailed on winner for kids who like a bit of history.
Back at Auntie Christine, Uncle Andy and Nan’s house in Redditch we dedicated ourselves to the typical English pursuit of walking the dog in the freezing cold under dressed.
Still like all good English towns there are loads of places to stop for a warming cuppa and a cake and there’s always some gardening to be done at home to keep warm as well.
I had also forgotten how many big bloody birds there are in England like this one, the big Redditch water bird, which was big like I said.
I also wanted to include a photo of Tommy’s previous trip to Redditch to Nan’s house, which was a flying visit when he was two. I had been out and perhaps had one too many to drink and woke up (a bit late) to snow. So Nan told me to take him outside, which I did, impressed? He was not..too bloody cold!