After the previous post a change of mood from Friko's woe to Friko's weal, and a pleasant day out in pretty Ludlow; our little town is such a gem, sitting in the glorious landscape of the hills surrounding it, presided over by the big old church and the even older and even bigger, and very famous castle. Even on a grey day the town will raise your spirits.
As might a visit to the butcher's and pie shop, whose wares are truly delectable and delicious, if you are a meat eater, like I am.
bacon and sausages
pies galore, from pork to steak to chicken
If you are fortunate to have the time and leisure to take your lunch at one of the many good hostelries in Ludlow, you are truly blessed. The Charlton Arms Hotel sits on the edge of the ancient Ludford bridge over the river Teme, with Whitcliff Common next door, should you need to walk off a very substantial lunch. That is the one problem nowadays with most pubs in the UK, they serve such vast portions that even the sight of my plate makes me feel full before I have started and really rather puts me off. A lot of my very generous lunch went to the dog afterwards. Doggy bags are not common in the UK and may not show good manners either, but I can't help that. There are more and more of us who take uneaten food out to the dogs.
The Charlton Arms Hotel overlooking the River Teme.
a lone cygnet majestically cruising,
he has already learned to hang about by the bridge,
waiting for bread.
above Dinham Bridge