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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

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

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 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
Allons y!
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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool July 6th 2018

It took only 30 minutes after catching the train from Hoylake to Liverpool via the Mersey River Railway Tunnel. I enjoyed the day as I was totally surprised by the ease of moving around. There was no congestion on footpaths or roads. From exploring the inner city to the waterfront to the cathedrals to quiet streets to the Radio City Tower it was a day of new learning and appreciation. Mary was kind enough to let us drive her car to the Hoylake Train Station, where one is able to park free for 24 hours! With return tickets in hand we were set for the day. The temperature was kind to us and very conducive for comfortable walking. As I had not been into the ‘depths’ of Liverpool city before, I took it slowly, so as ... read more
Liverpool Town Hall
Match these.

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

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