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Family time and exploring this small town

Had a great 2 nights staying with Stephen and Michelle in Warwick! I hadn't seen Stephen for at least 5 years so it was lovely to have a face to face catch up.

I caught the 9am National Express bus from Bradford to Leeds which was 30 minutes away & then changed to another bus from Leeds to Birmingham for 2 1/2 hours. Had a staunch Leeds footy fan on the bus as he kissed and then raised his fist to the soccer stadium as we drove past!

Arrived into a nice bus station in Birmingham that had free wifi. Walked 10 minutes to Moor St Train station - great sign posting everywhere so easy to get there.

Got my ticket to go to Warwick only 30 minutes by train. Beautful train with table, massive windows, free wifi and power points...very civilised.

I got off at Warwick, looked at a map and found my way to Smith St just a 5 minute walk up a lovely shady lane & then found Stephens's bakery and cafe called "Bread and Co". Stephen and Michelle were still busy with the lunch rush at 1.30pm, so I just made myself comfy in the cafe.

They have an old 17th century 3 level home buit over the shop. It is sooo tiny but very cute with exposed wood beams inside. All of the downstairs is the cafe & kitchen, so they ony have 3 small rooms & 2 small bathrooms upstairs.

I am staying in Mum's bedroom at the top which is a nice sized room overlooking the shops of Smith St. It is named Smith St after the smithies that would have worked from their homes here. I admired their lovely courtyard garden with lots of flowers blooming and then caught up with Stephen.

Stephen took me out for drive to see the other stores in Leamingtom Spa & the Bakery on a farm at Budsbrooke. We then had to go to Stardford on Avon to pick up some things from their old house & decide to do a brisk 40 minute walk around the river Avon and this lovely town. It bought back memories of being here with Nthan when he was 11 years old and it was freezing cold. We got rained on half way round so had to stand under an awning until it waned off.

Stephen cooked some mackeral for dinner & then it was bedtime. Not dark unil 9.30pm.

One of the shops

One of the shops


Bakery in Smith St

Bakery in Smith St


Their cute backyard

Their cute backyard


Middle room of Smith st Cafe

Middle room of Smith st Cafe


Alcove looking to outside

Alcove looking to outside


Alcove and hallway back to kitchen

Alcove and hallway back to kitchen


Michelle busy with customers

Michelle busy with customers


Historic Smith St

Historic Smith St


Says it all

Says it all


Up the road from the bakery

Up the road from the bakery


Stephen in Stratford

Stephen in Stratford


The farm where the bread is baked

The farm where the bread is baked


Stratford

Stratford

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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