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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool March 27th 2019

Calderstones Park is a lovely spread of trees, and grass, interspersed by flowers, conservatories, eating spots as in cafes, picnic spots, a lake, playgrounds and a multitude of walking paths. Lots of bird life and the odd grey squirrel. In one set of four photos, there is the tree, a full flower on the tree, a recently opened flower from bud, and a bud.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool January 30th 2019

A quick trip to see new baby and help out where possible. Views are around Liverpool, but mainly near the Mersey. Added “feature” is a few bits of snow.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool October 30th 2018

I wouldn’t have predicted that I’d visit Liverpool - ever. Its image, even during the height of Beatlemania, was always of a kind of rough and grubby port town. Boy, howdy, was that wrong! Granted, the wealth that has flowed into this metropolis (residents of one+ million) was greatly augmented by its association with the (native-born) Fab Four, but the city on the Mersey was a flexing power with Victorian grace notes long before, and will be long after the rock and roll echoes fade. And, once again, I’ve been blessed in my accommodation: ATC host Louise has gone above and beyond any reasonable expectations... Not only did she retrieve me from the (John Lennon) airport - a 30 minute drive - she had a fire in the grate and a hot dinner waiting for me ... read more
Museum of Liverpool, waterfront
Tate Museum at Royal Albert Dock
Liverpool docks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 12th 2018

With great expectations, I set off to attend the 10:30 choral Eucharist at Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral. Getting there was fairly direct and took the predicted 25 minutes. The solid building on top of a hill overwhelmed the surrounding gardens. I almost gasped with the feeling of awe created by its weighty presence and enormous height. Seated in an optimal place to best hear the music, I listened to the priest regret that there was no choir this Sunday. The congregation of about 150 sang in typically muffled tones. Recompense was the excellent organ - so resonant that the sound seemed to come from the Cathedral walls themselves. The altar was also very large, dwarfing the celebrants of the service. In contrast, the columns were so gracefully made that they look like folded drapes. The service was ... read more
Bells of Liverpool Cathedral
View of Mersey and modern buildings
Chasuble

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 11th 2018

This morning I woke quite confused, thinking it was Sunday, wondering how I had missed out on a day in Liverpool. My final recourse was to check the internet for the date! The walking tour of central Liverpool was entirely worth the 10 pounds cost. Two other people came, one from somewhere near Manchester and his friend from Liverpool who thought she should learn more about her own city. Much of the ground covered was the same as I had walked yesterday, only this time I learned some facts. The first was that the area around the Museum of Liverpool is named the Canada Dock, so named in appreciation for Samuel Cunard, a Canadian, and for the timber shipped from Canada. The three most imposing buildings on the waterfront are the url=https://www.l... read more
Eleanor Rigby 1982
Sailors' Home gates 1851
Cunard Building entrance

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 10th 2018

At 5:50 p.m. I am sitting in Darby Square, one of the few places with benches for sitting. The other cities also had a similar dearth of public benches, as if they are scared of people loitering with intent. I was going to have a cup of tea and write these notes; unfortunately, the streets are becoming empty, and shops and non-pub cafés are closing. Just a few minutes ago I explored Matthew Street, the self-advertised “Beginning of the Beatles”. A version of the Cavern Club is there and doing a roaring trade from grey-haired tourists - the first place in England the band played according to the Beatles tours pamphlets. Along the one-block street are Beatles-themed pubs, clubs and souvenir stores, but the advertising is ci... read more
Liver Bird
Zobop by Jim Lambie 1999
Lamb Shish Kebob

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 9th 2018

I am on the train (14:40) to Liverpool after three hours in Glasgowwandering up and down the imposing streets in the city centre. The huge sandstone Victorian buildings speak to the wealth of the Glasgow merchants who made the city a financial hub. Even now, bigger than Edinburgh, it also looks more prosperous – no premises for rent or charity shops in high rent districts. This morning, one last time I sat on the #11 bus watching the bungalows of Buckstone turn over to the attached Victorian residences of the inner city and then to the monumental buildings of Princes Street. Walking to Waverley Station was simple, because of scoping it out yesterday, and because I left in time not to rush. I got on the train, which was almost empty and wrote travel notes for ... read more
Buchanan Street pedestrian mall
St Enoch Square 1896
City Hall obscured by the European Championships tent

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool July 10th 2018

Days 16 and 17 - A magical, mysterious, trip to Liverpool and the other International Wilsons One outing Anne was really looking forward to this summer was a day trip to Liverpool. Michelle agreed to go but wasn’t all that interested and Tony suggested we go while he was in the office. So, Anne booked two tickets “to ride” and a magical mystery tour for her and Michelle. They left early out of Euston Station and Tony walked them safely to Waterloo before going back to meet some friends. The International Wilsons who were coming in from Argentina (just as Anne and Michelle left). Tony has known Dave since college, and our families remain close. Tony offered our flat as a place to freshen up and have some real breakfast while they waited for their flat ... read more
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Liverpool...colder than London
Meanwhile, back in London

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




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