Today, I left for work as usual and after a bit of a battle, got to work, only to find it was closing up and everybody was going home. Undeterred, I cycled back into Birmingham and caught a train back to Blake Street, from where I went for a wonderful snowstorm ride around the backlanes of Footherley, Shenstone, Chesterfield and Hilton.
There’s more from this expedition on my 365daysofbiking journal, and I’m hoping to compile some video footage. There may well be more of this stuff if I can get up on the Chase over the weekend. To those who don’t like it… sorry.
This post has given me chance to explore a new gallery format that came with the new theme; hover over an image to see the caption, click on it to zoom in for details. Your feedback is welcomed and invited.
I love the snow.
Near Footherly, Forge Farm had sent out a tractor to clear the lanes with a snow plough fitted. Jolly decent of them, I thought.
Footherly Brook looked beautiful in the white landscape.
Shenstone was peculiarly silent as I came through.
Shenstone Church and it’s elderly Yews looked almost Bavarian.
Shenstone Church looked much more handsome with a dusting of snow.
The temptation to stop for a drink was strong, but resisted.
The station was as picturesque as ever – and the trains were running almost normally.
Drifting snow has been a rarity in recent years. By mid afternoon, the fallen snow was a soft powder, blown easily by the wind.
I love the way snow picks out and emphasises great architecture.
Raikes Lane was very challenging.
Raikes House – the old Workhouse – is a beautiful building with great chimneys.
Near the M6 toll bridge at Hilton, it was hard to tell where the road was exactly.
Toll Gate Cottage on the corner of Pouk Lane looked cosy.
I was expecting Shire Oak Hill to be gridlocked, but it was surprisingly clear.