A short and sweet blog this week. We've reached a new low in the UK with the economy in chaos and a revolving door of PMs and senior ministers most of the country aren't happy with. So, let's escape into fantasy and nostalgia and steam up the windows from the inside, to obscure the frightening world beyond!
Last weekend we headed to the Shropshire market town of Shrewsbury to visit the Shewsbury Spooktacular steampunk event hosted by St Mary's Church. The spire of St Mary's has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town for over 500 years, but last weekend, instead of worshippers, it was crammed full of immaculately dressed eccentrics.
Wearing denim dungarees, an Indian Kantha jacket, beanie hat and boots, I felt distinctly underdressed, even though some kind gent told me I looked stylish. Emboldened, I asked a few of the visitors to pose for photos. Don't they look cute?
I happened to exit the church at the same time as Mr Sinister, so seized the opportunity to ask him to pose. Mr Sinister turned out to be a softly spoken gent and was most accommodating.
So how to follow the finery of a steampunk gathering? Well, by a visit to our favourite heritage railway station, the Severn Valley Railway's Arley, of course! Our visit luckily coincided with the arrival of both a diesel and steam locomotive. Naturally, I had to capture our visit in a suitably gothic, darkly brooding Victorian style.