Pinkies out: Birmingham bits and bobs

When we weren’t at the dog show last March, we were exploring the city. We found Birmingham to be a modern British city with a long industrial past – perhaps best illustrated by its 35-mile network of canals, most of which were built in the 1700s and 1800s. The canals were quite busy during the Industrial Revolution, transporting coal, iron, and other heavy goods. Today, many of them have been restored into an attractive network of trails, parks, and urban development. And yes, it rained basically the whole time we were there. Dreamer tries to keep dry. Behold, the ingenuity of

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