Narrowboat AREandARE

From the 2009 & 2010 tantalising tales, traumas and stunning photographs of Barry (photographer) and Sandra (writer) from New Zealand aboard NB 'Northern Pride', to the stories of their 2013 return journey, purchase of 'AREandARE', progress on sustaining their live aboard continuous cruiser lifestyle, and Barry's quest to gain residency and 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' in UK ...

Saturday 29 March 2014

Milling around the dead centre of Audlem - and the best chips!

It's 11 days now since we were in Audlem, but I've only just got the rest of the photos from Barry of our walk into the village!

They're so impressive, showcasing such a smashing canal side Shropshire venue, I felt we had to share them with you.

Right next to The Shroppie Fly is Audlem Mill, where you'll find an immense selection of crafts to suit most tastes - rag rugging kits, knitting needles and wool, embroidery, and an array of canal-related literature.

The impressive building of Audlem Mill

We visited the Mill during our first boating trip in 2009, and I purchased a cross-stitch 'lace plate' for those idle evenings of quietness (which surprisingly are few and far between!). 

Admittedly I completed most of it during that trip, but now, almost five years later, I've yet to finish it! As you can see below, the interesting part is done, it's the beige around the outside and the pattern on the edges that has ground my motivation to a standstill!

One day, I hope, I'll commit the time to finishing and framing it!

Barry nipped across the water to shoot another angle of the Shroppie Fly - and fortuitously captured a boat passing by which adds to the ambience ...

And we popped briefly into the bar again - not for a drink mind you, but to get a photo of the BCN butty bar ...

The church is set on a slight hill. We've never ventured inside for some reason, maybe it's pleasant enough just gazing at it's exterior? And what a pleasure it'd be to wait for a bus here - shelter, seating and sufficient waste bins to keep the village smart.

Last time we were in Audlem we'd been recommended to visit The Bridge Inn for their apparently outstanding fish and chips. They were indeed delicious, though the mushy peas didn't go down so well!

On this occasion we'd been told there was now an amazing fish and chip shop at the top end of the village - 'The Village Chippy'. After a stroll around the nearby graveyard, we thought it'd be rude not to check out the chips - and we weren't disappointed. They were quite possibly the best we've had in England.

Thanks George and Ali!

A very well-kept graveyard. In the distance you can see the canal - this'd be a great spot for Barry to rest in peace at some (very) distant point in the future!

To end the current Audlem posts, here's a few more angles of the famous pub and Mill ...


  1. Thank you for the kind words it was wonderful to meet you both. We are so glad you enjoyed your time in audlem. Stay safe and enjoy your travels. Ali and George

  2. Hi Ali and George, thanks so much for stopping by our blog! We loved your chips - good luck with the business. We'll stop by next time and have the fish with them ;-)