Love is in the air, everywhere I look around…

If there’s one thing I would like everyone to take from madwblog, it’s that I love Clayhanger. I ‘ended up’ here in 1998 and I love living here. I love that we are surrounded by open land and that the canal almost creates a protective moat. I love that I can get to Birmingham, Lichfield, Tamworth, and Sutton Coldfield in half an hour. I love that there is so much beautiful countryside to explore. Cannock Chase, Shropshire, Staffordshire. I love that even though many of my friends live far and wide across the UK, I can get on a train, plane or automobile and reach even the furthest place in half a day.

I also love my dog. It wasn’t until she arrived rather randomly in our lives that I REALLY fell in love with Clayhanger. My dog made me explore all the path ways and cut-throughs across the common and down the railway line and take long, lazy tramps through fields to Pelsall. I can walk the same way over and over and certain views and places still make me stop. Every time.


This is one of those places. The signal on the railway line just by the One Stop. I’m quite chuffed with this photo. I’ve taken loads which have been disastrous and don’t quite capture it right. This one is OK though. There’s been many times when the moon is in the frame and it’s just magical.


The day I took this I sat in the long grass, screened from the world, and listened to the breeze rattling the seed heads. Yeah, the dog thinks I’m nutty too. This is the field at the top of ‘old’ Clayhanger, just beyond the David Wilson estate.


I think I may have messed with this one a bit on Instagram, but I like it anyway. It makes Clayhanger look prairie-like. Really, it’s just the field behind the community centre.


Yes, I know, but I miss having REAL snow. This was the last time in February/March 2013. The dog had come to live with us just two weeks before. My daughter and I took her out. The snow was so deep and everywhere had that muted, muffled sound to it. Our very own Narnia. This is the pool just to the left of the black tarmac path as you come across The Spot to Brownhills.

On a day set aside for sharing and declaring love, thank you for allowing me to share my love of Clayhanger with you.




  1. ellie3707 · February 21, 2016

    You have captured your feelings well!


  2. ellie3707 · February 28, 2016

    The sun is out, the sky is blue, there’s not a cloud to spoil the view….. well maybe just a few. What a lovely day, is spring here? should we be counting daffodils? lets hope so. Although I have to admit I miss have a lovely frosty, snowy winter. Last year I went over to America to see their winters, I wasn’t disappointed, after a very eventful journey which began in Birmingham, well to be exact half an hour into the flight! we developed an engine fault so had to divert back to good old Birmingham. A series of events followed which led not only to me having a night stay in London, but also a detour to Washington DC instead of New York, as there was a huge snow storm blowing in Newark. There then began the snow fuelled second flight and journey to Rochester NY, where a very worried and impatient Aunt waited. Poor thing was so worried, I thought it a great excitement! The snow was glorious, over 4 foot landed one day, much to my delight. The thing is they carry on! the roads get cleared, everyone is out with snow blowers etc. Oh, don’t get me wrong they still have problems, but they are so geared up for it, they expect it so, it becomes normal. They so look forward to their ‘spring’ although they seem to go almost straight into summer, it may feel like spring to them but its certainly warm enough to be called summer by us British…. So, here I am looking out of the window at the sun, hubby has started to feed the rose bushes who are already beginning their budding, and the daffodils are waving their beautiful yellow heads. The journey to spring has begun…..


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