Today Arthur and Lynn and I went to a local nature reserve. It used to be a mining area, but the holes have become lakes as nature reclaims the area. It’s become quite the spot for bird watching, so I’m told. We sat in a bird hide (basically a viewing booth, for those of us not up with the current vernacular of bird watching) and spotted a couple of birds, one being a magpie, amongst the large number of ducks. We saw more birds while drinking a cup of tea in the cafe. There were lots of bird feeders outside the cafe window. We saw a woodpecker, a (very fat) pigeon, and lots of other little birds. There was also a rabbit just by the window and a squirrel scavenging the seeds the birds had dropped.
A couple had sat down behind us and the husband said, “That has got to be the biggest squirrel I have seen in my whole life”. I then turned to Arthur and Lynn and said, “Clearly you haven’t been to Canada”. It was a normal sized squirrel by my standards. Apparently the UK has small squirrels. Or rather, it’s probably that North America has fat squirrels.
Yesterday Lynn took me to the Coventry city centre (the downtown equivalent) and we stopped by the Coventry Cathedral ruins and the new Cathedral. The old one had been bombed (as had most of the city, during the war because Coventry produced tanks during that time) and they’ve built the new one right next to it. It’s an interesting view because the new one is a much more modern style building that that of the old one, which has the classic spire and is made of stone. They’re called the ruins, but it’s actually quite in tact, certainly more than I had pictured when I heard ruins. The spire still stands and the walls are mostly their original height. There’s no roof. We also took a look around the new cathedral, which has a bit of a museum in the basement detailing the history of both cathedrals.
The spire of the original location of Arthur’s parish, Christ Church, is also in the city centre. That was also bombed during the war and only the spire survived. So the new church that they’re at now was built and the old spire now holds a restaurant in the centre of the city.
We also went to the Coventry Transport Museum. That was quite interesting actually. It gives a good history of Coventry because prior to the war, Coventry was England’s hub for car production (hence why it produced the tanks I mentioned earlier). It also gave an overall history of transport, starting with bicycles (and those ridiculous penny-farthing bikes), motorcycles, cars and finally ended with the world’s fastest car (it broke the sound barrier). I quite enjoyed it. I told Lynn I could picture myself driving around in one of these:
(That’s the Queen Mary’s Daimler)
Today for lunch we had a classic British Sunday roast complete with parsnips, carrots, steamed cabbage, stuffing and roast potatoes (I still don’t understand the main meal at lunch thing). Tomorrow the plan is to go to a seafood restaurant for lunch and I am very excited.