|Distant views of central Birmingham across the Edgbaston reservoir|
We're not – and we have Seadog Brian to consider – so we have been spending a lot of our time outdoors. And yesterday was the perfect day for exploring; bright, sunny and – out of the chilly wind – even spring-like in its warmth. So we set off to take a stroll around Edgbaston Reservoir, not far from us, which is now a nature reserve and watersports centre.
The reservoir was devised by Thomas Telford to feed the canal network. The 58 acres were dug out – by hand remember – to a depth of 40 feet and the job took five years, finishing in 1829. You have to see it to grasp the enormity of the task, just one of so many similar feats achieved during the canal age.
|Icknield Port with its collection of canal buildings and former working boats|
|Historic tug: Nansen II, built as an ice-breaker|
|Another of Birmingham's angular modern buildings, the test cricket ground|
|Small but beautiful, St Philip's Cathedral|
|And its wonderful interior of columns and stained glass|
During WWII, the cathedral was bombed and gutted, though fortunately the windows had been removed earlier for safe keeping and were replaced when the building was restored post-war.