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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral July 8th 2018

Final day in Caldy and England and now two thirds of the way through out journey. The weather ‘turned-it-on’ for us again so to cement our memory’s we worked our way through a bush track to the top of Caldy Hill where we enjoyed clear views across the River Dee to Wales, over West Kirby to the wind turbines on the horizon. We continued on down the other side working our way back to the West Kirby Lake which we walked around and finally, covered in a good workout sweat, returned to Mary and Rob’s. I checked the AFL site and saw that the West Coast Eagles had done the right thing to defeat the Giants. Rob and Mary’s son, John, his wife Mandy and daughter Mollie put on a top-notch going away bbq for us. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral July 7th 2018

It draws so ever closer. Our bodies must have known as they woke very, very early for have us enjoy the view we have woken to every day we have been here at Rob and Mary’s. The tide was in, the boats were standing upright as they floated at their moorings and it was clear right across the River Dee to Wales. Squirrels with their bushy tails held high were scurrying about in the green yard below as they competed with the many birds for their morning breakfast and there was not a breath of wind. A lone, soundless airliner, high in the sky, was leaving its long, white vapour trail stretching behind. It was a morning not to be wasted. With no-one about, a ride was in order. We covered ground not before ridden … ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral July 4th 2018

We continue to experience glorious weather so a long, easy bike ride of ‘discovery’ was in order. I’m sure Mary was glad to have us out-of-the-way, for her to enjoy ‘her’ time. It was good to have Jane go to areas she had not seen or visited before. The unfit state that I am in had me ‘rest-up’ for the remainder of the day, either with light reading or watching Wimbledon. Rest day for the World Cup not only for the players but for the fans and television audience who would have been so intense as they watched England play Colombia. I was barracking for England because to put it really mildly, “I didn’t agree with the Colombian’s ‘treatment’ of opposition players and the referee.”... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral July 3rd 2018

An early rising to sit by the phone for a court case in WA so as to be cross-examined. Followed that by a long, slow but enjoyable cycle in magnificent Australian, sorry, English weather to clear my head. Cycled to a part of the coast and the Wirral I had not seen before. Jane had gone with Mary to have her hair cut. Wimbledon and the World Cup soccer is dominating the channels. England play Colombia later this evening. No complaints from me. We are still enjoying our time here in Caldy immensely. Mary is such a joy and we are enjoying each other’s humour.... read more
Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Decorated railings alonf part of the cycle way, Hoylake.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral July 2nd 2018

A late rising compared to other mornings with washing to be done followed by ironing interspersed with a little reading. The afternoon was highlighted by the end-of-year concert by the pre-schoolers, Year 1 and Year 2 students at Mary’s Grand-daughters school. The hot conditions did not make it comfortable for students or adults, however the songs, poems and personal renditions from the students kept the minds of all in attendance focused on the performances more so than the temperature. Jane and I came away strongly disagreeing with the conclusion of the presentation as our educational value system is completely at odds with what occurred. Our views were backed-up by a few children being upset. Awarding trophy cups to 3 students of each level (smaller versions of premiership cups) to children aged 5, 6 and 7 is ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral June 27th 2018

For a number of periods during today and particularly during and after dinner we listened to wonderful yarns, stories, reminisces from over the many years by Rob and Mary. Punctuated by much laughter and fuelled by a “few” wines the stories were told with much description and action that Jane and I felt as if we were there watching all transpire, such was the passion emanating from both Rob and Mary. To be honest, we now see Rob in a vastly “different” light! Mary, we knew, at least that’s what Jane had said, was a wild one but now we’re sure Rob held his own when push came to shove. Yes, the stay with Rob and Mary is proving to be the best tonic we could have asked for and definitely a highlight of our journey ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral June 25th 2018

We are really into the relaxing mode and all credit to Rob and Mary. Rode early. Read most of the day. Out to a pub for dinner. Very memorable times. Weather sensational. No complaints.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral June 24th 2018

Waking to such beautiful morning, I left early by bike and cycled the stunning cycle ride that runs along a path through Wirral countryside and along the River Dee. I went for approximately 12 miles (20km) before turning around. It follows the track bed of part of the former Birkenhead Railway route from West Kirby to Hooton. I cycled past (in and out of) meadows, heathland and woodland. High stone bridges every few kilometres were passed under too. They added to the romanticism of the countryside. There was a huge variety of birdlife and numerous squirrels scurrying across or along the path. Running parallel to the cycle path is a narrow horse riding trail. It really is a unique area and offers easy access for all of the people who live along this section of the ... read more
Stone Bridge.
The Ride.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral June 23rd 2018

Well 24 hours with Mary and Rob has been very relaxed indeed. With the essentials of washing and ironing completed I was so relaxed that I was able to don the cycling gear and head out to enjoy this ‘pretty nice day’.... read more
Beside West Kirby Lake.
On the Wirral Way track
Caldy church hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral June 22nd 2018

There’s something about being back in a ‘familiar’ environment; Rob and Mary’s in Caldy, across the river from Liverpool. A relaxed, loving environment, a place to ‘put-the-feet-up’ for a little while with time to reflect on what we have experienced, seen and wondered at on these, our travels.... read more
Mary holding court.

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