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Endless Summer

Summer at The Shippen has been glorious, although the grass has suffered a bit with a lack of rain. The House Martins nesting in the Shippen eaves have had more than one clutch and are now flying in family groups across the surrounding landscape extending their flights in preparation for the much longer flight back […]

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A little bit of Magic in Cantlop 2018

It has been the most wonderful May here. The lanes are overflowing with cow parsley and blossoming hawthorn trees (also known as May trees). The house martins and swallows are circling above but yet to nest. We have seen and heard peewits in the fields around us. A few evenings ago, I was in The […]

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Early Summer 2017

One of the great things about The Shippen is that nothing happens down here at the end of the lane so I often forget to update the News page. I can report that the birds have plenty to say, the hedges are stuffed with sparrows, the house martins have returned to the eaves and the […]

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March 2016

Welcome to 2016! The dark days of Winter are behind us and there is definitely a feeling of Spring in the step and in the air. On Sunday we experienced our first snow of the season but had to go to Wales to find it and whilst it has been really cold here, we have […]

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Spring is here!

We have hardly had a Winter and Spring has suddenly blossomed in the last week. Fields of rape are an eye-watering, vivid yellow and the hedges are greening quickly. Around The Shippen the hedgerows are alive with young blackbirds that have just fledged and sparrows chattering excitedly.   At Twenty Twenty Gallery our British Glassmakers […]

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It’s hot!

Our first winter visitors have gone and despite the cold wet weather they have all been very warm, so much so that the underfloor heating with the wood-burning stove makes it positively hot! Here are some of our latest visitor comments: “A great way to end the old year and start the new! The Shippen […]

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Selected by Sawday’s

We have now been inspected and selected by Alastair Sawday’s Special Places To Stay and feature on their website – check out our page by clicking on the Sawday’s logo on this page.

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Sue Campion RBA – Twenty Twenty Gallery

              If you love the countryside and you enjoy original works of art then do try and visit our gallery in Much Wenlock to see this exhibition of new work by Sue Campion. The pastels that Sue uses are hand made by Unison Colour in Northumberland. Hugh and I […]

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Walking in Shropshire

  Just 15 minutes drive away from The Shippen are the Shropshire Hills which are a designated AONB area. There are lots of walks and hills to choose from and small towns such as Church Stretton where you can find good places for refreshment. This photograph was taken on Caer Caradoc on Bank Holiday Monday. […]

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Bringing the Coast inland

We often yearn for the sea but we are in land-locked Shropshire and in August it is better to stay close to home and enjoy the sea of grasses on the Shropshire Hills and save the coast for the winter. Nevertheless to salve our yearning, Twenty Twenty Gallery will be holding a Coast exhibition during […]

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