Isn't Bumble Hole the most fantastic name?!
Here's a little bit about the history of this place quoted directly from Dudley Metropolitan Borough's website:
"All of this quiet greenery was once covered with industrial action, a hub of horses and workers. Factories, boat yards, coal mines, blast furnaces, iron works, timber yards, brick kilns and saw mills occupied the open spaces. There are many hidden clues and visible signs in Cobbs engine house, Timbers Gallows Crane and the Blow Cold Bank Colliery Spoil Heap. The canal basin once served for continual boat traffic ferrying coal from the pits. The exiting boats were then subject to a payment toll, at a toll island, dependant on the weight of their load. The island is all that remains of this old system. Timber Gallows crane is of a very rare design, it is thought to be the last of its kind in the country and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The crane was in working order up till the 1970’s and is currently awaiting restoration. During this date the owner estimated the crane could have lifted 20 tonnes in weight. Cobbs engine house, officially know as Windmill End Pumping station, used to remove water from local mines. The shaft was 525 feet deep, removing over 1,600,000 litres of water into the canal every day. There are many historical bridges, land marks and the breath taking scenery here, making this area perfect for artists, recreational users and for enjoying the piece and quiet."
The stallholders were just setting up when we arrived at around 9.30; their relatively late start obviously dictated by the appalling forecast. Although at around 8am this morning we had beautiful clear blue skies and sunshine, by the time we got there the clouds were beginning to gather and we were fully expecting a downpour. Luckily, however, the rain kept off for long enough for us to have a look around. The festival was a little disappointing I'm afraid. I think the weather had kept many stallholders and public away which was a great shame as it's such a lovely few hours out.
|Lots of barges were moored at either side of the tow paths. I always think barge dwellers must live such a gentle life. The spire you can see at the back of this picture is Cobb's Engine House referred to in the blurb above.|
Speaking of dreamweaving.... or dream catching even - I treated myself to a beautiful dream catcher from one of the lovely little stalls there. It's quite unusual with a printed canvas centrepiece featuring moon gazing hares surrounded by Celtic knotwork by Lisa Parker. I was torn between the dream catcher or a printed canvas of the same picture. I really couldn't decide so Charl chose for me!! lol
It's this one:
As I was lucky enough to get some cash for my birthday, I also purchased a new pentacle necklace. It's very pretty with tiny amethyst coloured glass stones set between the points.
I usually wear a Peter Stone silver pentacle set against the tree of life. It's very rare I go out without it. If it's not on my person then it's in my purse. I bought this as it was symbolic to me at a very trying time of my life and I've worn it ever since. I had a panic a few months ago when the chain broke and I thought the pendant was lost. I circulated an all user email around work telling people to look out for it but to no avail. I was really sad when I told Charl about it and he jokingly asked whether I'd checked my bra. I gave a bit of sharp retort and thought no more about it... until I got undressed later that evening. Yup, guess where it was?!!! And imagine how red faced I was next day when colleagues asked me where I'd found it?! Sigh.
Ooh look. I've digressed!! Shocked aren't you?!!
|Fab old truck beautifully renovated.|
|Wonder what they're chatting about?!|
|Erm. An Organ. This was playing the Can Can as we walked past. My Mum was a spoilsport and wouldn't dance with me!!|
|Ooh the kettle's on!! I do love a good nosey!!|
|Eek!!! Goose attack!|
These geese hovered above for ages whilst I had my camera poised.
The heavens opened, I hastily put my camera away and guess what?
Yup - the buggers landed right in front of me! PAH!!
Rain stopped play unfortunately - a torrential downpour happened upon us whilst we were drinking coffee, and my sausage sarnie got soaked. How rude.
Hope your weekend was a good one!