Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Continuing in the North West

Thanks for coming back to find out about the next part of our wedding anniversary trip to Liverpool and the north west.

On the Tuesday we visited the two Liverpool Cathedrals.  I loved that they were at either end of Hope Street.  We started with the Anglican Cathedral.

We walked past these beautiful houses.  Central Liverpool was full of beautiful architecture.

The Roman Catholic Cathedral at the end of Hope Street.

Then we drove through the Queensway Tunnel heading for the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.

The Manchester Ship Canal, the River Mersey and Liverpool in the distance.


The building on the left is a Holiday Inn Express.  I'd quite like to stay there.

There's nothing like rust and decay!

Back to the boats!

And then joy of  joys - a big ship went past on the Manchester Ship Canal.

We had a splendid time there and as you can see from the photos the weather was glorious.

After a late lunch we drove on to Nantwich.  Just before we got to the town there was Dorfold House.  It is only open on Tuesday afternoons so we just managed to see it.

The Spring Garden was exquisite.

The building was a lovely mix of styles.

We wended our way home via a short stop in Nantwich itself.

What a fabulous couple of days.  Of course the fantastic weather had a lot to do with it.

Thanks for joining me today.

Saturday, 19 May 2018


To celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary we had booked to go on a boat trip from Liverpool to Acton Bridge on a steamship called the Daniel Adamson.   Sadly the boat trip was cancelled but we decided to go to Liverpool anyway.

We drove up to Anderton in Cheshire and went up the Anderton Boat Lift.

Then we drove to our hotel in Liverpool.  At the last minute we had been able to get tickets for the Don McLean concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.  We walked up through the city past these 'suitcases'.

We had dinner at The Philharmonic Dining Rooms which have the only Grade II listed Gents toilets.  Roger had to take this for me!

Then off to the concert.  I have always loved Don McLean so it was wonderful to see him live.  He played some songs we knew and songs we didn't and eventually, YES! - there was American Pie and Vincent.

So that was Sunday.  Now to Monday - our wedding anniversary.   We walked from the hotel to Albert Dock where we found the steamboat we had been due to go on.  They were trying to repair it.  We were invited on board and given a conducted tour.

Roger & I have different interests and I suppose one of the ways our marriage has lasted is that we respect those differences and don't feel we have to spend every minute together - even on our wedding anniversary trip.  So he went to look at all the boats in the dockyard and I went round Tate Liverpool.  This was a Mondrian which wasn't at all what I expected.

And this was an interactive piece which had to be closed down as people had been far too interactive and it had broken - so no lying down on a hammock for me!

We wandered along the dockside and went on a 50 minute tour on a Mersey Ferry.

The ferry has currently been 'razzle-dazzled' by Sir Peter Blake.

We got off the ferry at  Birkenhead and found a beautiful square with gardens and fabulous buildings.

We had lunch at a cafe with this view.

Returning to Liverpool on the next ferry, we went to the Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum together but after a short time I left Roger to the museums and I walked up to the Central Library to see a handmade book exhibition.  The Library itself is spectacular.

The curator opened this glass case so I could take a photo.

We met back up together and decided to go back to the hotel and get the car.  We drove out to Crosby Beach to see the Antony Gormley 'Another Place'.

We had a superb Turkish dinner and went back to the hotel.  What a lot we had crammed into our trip so far.

I think I'll save Tuesday for another post.  Well done, if you've got this far.

Thanks for joining me today.