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Keiki and I went to London last month to hunt sheep on the Shaun in the City sculpture trails! We bagged the two farthest-flung sheep in Canary Wharf and then headed back in to London Bridge to complete the longest of the four trails.


Keiki and me reflected in the face of Shaun the Golden Fleece in Canary Wharf.

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Our next sheep-hunting trip will be later this month, when we hope to complete the remaining three trails, which are each much shorter.
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Happy May Day!

05 Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river, at the Old Bottling Works, Malvern well dressing 05-15

The theme for this year’s well dressing in Malvern is River of Life. I went for a walk, visited a dozen wells, and took some photos. The standard of competition entries by both children’s groups and adults was good, as ever, but some installations were difficult to cap so my photos don’t show all of them to their best advantage.

Report at my journal, with ten small images.
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Looking at an A-Z of Birmingham, I discovered that the first road listed, Abbess Grove, and the last road listed, Yoxall Grove, were within walking distance of each other. So I incorporated them into a "circular" walk through an area I’d never previously visited, navigated as a derive with only three fixed goals: a railway station for arrival and departure, and the two streets.

Report at my journal, with twelve small images. Enjoy!
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Gloucester Cathedral tower: third tower, begun 1450 CE, Perpendicular Gothic, 69m (about 225ft) to the pinnacle tops (so about 65m to the roof), 269 medieval spiral stairs, 12 bells, several views. Report with 14 small images at my journal.

13 view north down to cloisters from tower roof, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14
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This is my last June challenge report for this year. I completed challenge II. (c) walk a local council trail. I went to tourist information and asked about walking trails in the Jewellery Quarter and was told there are three, that all overlap, and was given a leaflet for this one (.pdf). It also turned out to be a good walk for me and an excellent route for playing postcode bingo with all the B numbers on the road signs. Warning: squeamish folks might want to skip the history of the whereabouts of John Baskerville’s body! Report with 17 small images at my journal. Enjoy!

12 little angels behind the ivy, Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham 06-14
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From 1926 until 2013 the circular number 11 bus route (click tab for "map view") around Birmingham was Europe’s longest urban bus route at 43km (27 miles), and only the 360 in Coventry is now longer. The 11 takes 2-3hrs to complete a circuit, depending on traffic, and there are over 260 bus stops along the route. Surely this is the ideal bus on which to attempt [community profile] flaneurs challenge I. (a) investigate an interesting thing seen from a bus.

Report with 14 small images at my journal.
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June Challenge Lines II.(b), walk south from a random point, modified by walking north in a straight line from my point of arrival because I had an appointment northeast of where I began the walk at University station. A report with 14 small images at my journal.

E03 W&B Canal near University, Birmingham 06-14

It’s going to take me at least a couple of weeks to report but I also confess to challenge II. (c) a local council walk (my first attempt at this challenge!), and an epic version of I. (a) "investigate interesting thing seen from bus", both in Birmingham.
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[personal profile] squirmelia did a walk in London based on instructions from a site designed to guide people on mundane journeys through San Francisco, in this case to 345 West Portal Avenue. I then did a walk in Birmingham based on googling for 345 West Portal Avenue in Birmingham, UK, and adding a list of generalised instructions derived from squirmelia’s post. My report of this walk (15 small images) is more involved than usual. As ever, please feel free to just enjoy the pictures either there or at flickr.

08 Brandwood End Cemetery 06-14
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- [community profile] flaneurs June Challenge Lines II.(b), walk south from a random point, modified by walking south in a straight line from my point of arrival in the city. Report with 10 small images at my journal.

10N River Usk, Newport 06-14

Newport: A+ for flanage and would tourist again, especially if the cathedral tower was open so I could ascend and enjoy the reputedly spectacular views.
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- [community profile] flaneurs June Challenge Lines II.(b), walk south from a random point, modified by walking north in a straight line from my point of arrival in the city. Report with 10 small images at my journal.

C05 View of Coventry city centre from Ringway footbridge 06-14

In conclusion: Coventry city centre is small and pleasantly pedestrianised, there are many interesting places to visit, and the natives are friendly. Recommended for a day out or two.

I hope you’re all having fun with the June Challenge too! :-)

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