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In Which I Am Indecisive

Okay. I'm on leave from 16th April until 5th May (Friday is our anniversary, then I have two weeks off followed by a fortuitous bank holiday and some training - woo!) and Paul is also off from 16th to 21st April, though he'll probably be working on the Saturday. Aside from spring cleaning the kitchen it would be rather nice to go for a day out somewhere with the camera, weather permitting. I have a number of places we COULD go which are fairly easy to get to by bus, I just can't decide where. :)

Poll #1550381 Where should Bex and Paul go on their day(s) off?

Where should we go? Click all that apply:

Birmingham Botanical Gardens?
Dudley Zoo & Castle?
Black Country Living Museum (BCLM)?
Netherton Claypit (a.k.a. Doulton's Claypit)?
Somewhere else local and interesting which isn't too expensive and we can get to by bus - please specify.
PS: Anything Netherton/Dudley/Black Country end we might be able to get two things in one day. The least easy to get to is the Claypit because it'll involve three buses and I think they might not be that regular, but haven't checke dyet.. IIRC they've now split up the Zoo and Castle at Dudley, but the website still only quotes one price for admission, so I guess we'll have to do the Zoo as well if that's the option. Neither of us have been to BCLM for years, ditto the Botanical Gardens, and I kind of want to visit the Claypit to relive my childhood...

I can has votes plz?


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Apr. 13th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
I love our botanical garden so I went for that,

The year is slipping by- shall we try and arrange a date for you to come to Oxford for the day?
Apr. 13th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
It is, isn't it? Scary where the weeks/months disappear to...

Yes to Oxford. Still a bit skint at the moment (hence the poll for local places!) so I shall provisionally say maybe June? I know I keep moving it, but my money keeps going the same place as the months, apparently...
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Apr. 13th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hee. The Gardens are probably the cheaper option, aside from the free Claypit... which I really just want to see if it's as big as I remember, since I haven't been there in about 15 years! (Can still remember the way from the park, though!)

Not sure they are doable in the same day, but neither are going anywhere. :)
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Apr. 13th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
It is an actual claypit, where Royal Doulton used to get their clay (hence "Doulton's Claypit"), though it's now a nature reserve. It's right next to Netherton Reservoir and IIRC there's a natural spring there.

I think it'll just be dependent on the weather. According to my mum, Black Country Museum has more stuff now than it did in t'olden days of mine and Paul's childhood, so that is also a viable option. :) Er, hence the confusion, obviously.
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Apr. 13th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Black Country Museum has houses! And an underground canal barge trip! I can also remember there was a cottage which was slanted because it was originally built on a hill or something. It's one of those museums where they've moved the buildings brick by brick so they're in one place... I think it highlights the various industries to come out the Black Country, etc. My inner Yammer was feeling homesick, I think. ;)
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Apr. 13th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yes I would, you Ignorant Southerner. :P

They're not model houses, they're full-sized houses. :P I think some of them were there already but I do remember a couple of school trips where we were always told how the buildings were moved brick by brick to the site in order to preserve the heritage...

The underground canal trip was really cool, actually. There's a massive network of underground canal tunnels beneath the Black Country. They sent Yvette into one in an early Most Haunted (their first live show, IIRC, which was at Dudley Castle) because they're also meant to be haunted...
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Apr. 13th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
They number the bricks in the process of moving so they know where they all go. And I presume they take photographs of the interiors. ;) That painstaking process is part of why it's so interesting...

Er, no. That would be the one on the, er, London Underground. :P

Bizarrely, they haven't gone underground that much. A few tunnels / hidden passageways / basements occasionally, but not much in the way of undergroundness otherwise.
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