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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

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.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool June 21st 2018

A chance meeting of a stranger in the Kelpies of Falkrik park led me to this rather more-stranger and quirky-odd place called "Another Place" in Crosby beech in Liverpool ! What ever it might be but definitely NOT just an another place as the name suggests. It is a place where, literally one hundred naked-men statues stand in the beech looking at the sea and its horizon, as if contemplating about their next action - to do or not to do - what ever it might be. They just stand there in stoic-silence looking, kind of staring at the sea where the ships roll by effortlessly and off-shore windmills spin tirelessly. They are standing at different heights - the ones near the promenade are standing sunk up to their knees and as they go further towards ... read more
Man in contemplation
Man in contemplation
Man in contemplation

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