|The Lower Beech|
Time to take a break from work at PTC and enjoy another annual F.M.J. memorial birthday trip to visit all the old Salopian haunts After all, if it wasn't for his teaching and expertise, I wouldn't have learnt the joy of growing things. This trip was something we always used to do together before the start of another academic year and while the heather was in bloom. Hard to believe it's been 10 years but so far, the annual tradition has been maintained!
Luckily, Al loves this part of the world too - it would be hard not too and we were lucky with the weather. The little thatched house along Arbor Lane where he was born has been much extended at the back and not very sympathetically. Fortunately, it can't be seen from the front. Also the old Lower Beech Cottage sign on the gate had been removed.
|The Straight Mile|
The double avenue of oaks which line the 'Straight Mile' still stand proud. He helped his father to plant these in 1939 when still a young man. He used to tell the story of Admiral Sir James Startin being thrown out of a trap when being driven by 2 evacuees whom he was teaching. The trap overturned after a wheel collided with a gatepost and, despite his great age and leg injuries incurred during the 1st world war, the old admiral jumped up laughing and watched the trap drive off out of control and in a cloud of dust without him.
The old school looks much the same as ever and the distant Stiperstones in the heather looked amazing!
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