Thank you for the days

Back in Liverpool now, Saturday dawns sunny and we have our second joint run of the week.

Running round the lake we see all seven cygnets and both remaining goslings (yes, down to two as of a week or so ago) with their parents, all well. No photos of course, we were running after all. (See Sunday update at the end of this post.)

Then early afternoon Sarah wants to go to town for various ‘bits’ and me and the camera come along too.The Days01

We catch the 86 bus outside Antwakki's Bazaar down on Smithdown Road.

We catch the 86 bus outside Antwakki’s Bazzar down on Smithdown Road.

Now from here to town we’ll recreate one of Liverpool’s greatest pieces of cultural heritage, The End magazine. In the early 1980s, alongside their music articles, who and what’s ‘In and Out’ columns and skits of all things Scouse, they regularly published ‘Great bus journeys of the world.’ All of which were, of course, in Liverpool.

So come with us now, from Smithdown to Town, on the 86.

Past the cemetery. Not quite the same now Sefton General Hospital's not right next to it for its supply chain.

Past the cemetery. Not quite the same now Sefton General Hospital’s not right next to it for its supply chain.

Then this fantastic supermarket by the Lodge Lane Junction.

Then this fantastic supermarket by the Lodge Lane Junction.

Which used to be a Kwik Save and before that a Tesco.

Which used to be a Kwik Save and before that a Tesco.

But is now proudly independent and providing a wealth of foods those other two could never even have dreamed of.

But is now proudly independent and providing a wealth of foods those other two could never even have dreamed of.

Along Parly.

Along Parly.

Turning into Catharine Street, Percy Street visible on the left.

Turning into Catharine Street, Percy Street visible on the right.

Stopped at the Canning Street lights.

Stopped at the Canning Street lights.

Passing St Philip Neri church and its lovely garden.

Passing St Philip Neri church and its lovely garden (bus didn’t stop so couldn’t catch the garden).

And turning down Myrtle Street past the Philharmonic, nearly time to get off.

And turning down Myrtle Street past the Philharmonic, nearly time to get off.

Which we do, crossing at the lights between Renshaw Street and Berry Street.

Into Bold Street which is, as you will know, one of the centres of the Earth.

Into Bold Street which is, as you will know, one of the centres of the Earth.

Sarah’s particularly hungry after the run and so is even keener on eating than shopping. Recently Leaf have taken over the running of the café in FACT, with appetising results, so we decide to go there.

Nearly at our lunch.

Nearly at our lunch.

Into FACT, the building currently celebrating being 10 years old.

Into FACT, the building currently celebrating being 10 years old.

Ten years of being a thoroughly good thing. Cinemas, galleries and gathering places.

Before getting to our lunch we're delayed by Capitalism.

Before getting to our lunch we’re delayed by Capitalism.

Sarah’s in no doubt about her vote.

The Garden, by Leaf, in FACT.

Finally, The Garden, by Leaf, in FACT.

Our lemonade arrives first. Sarah is wild with thirst!

Our lemonade arrives first. Sarah is wild with thirst!

Lunch arrives and is picturesque as well as tasty, but I don’t photograph it. I’m more than a bit sick of seeing that happen.

Lunch over we pass a film of Sheil Road (on the 26 & 27 bus route, as you'll know) on the way out.

Lunch over we pass a film of Sheil Road (on the 26 & 27 bus route, as you’ll know) on the way out.

First shopping stop, Rennie's of Bold Street.

First shopping stop, Rennies of Bold Street.

Where even the smallest of customers are treated like great artists.

Where even the smallest of customers are treated like great artists.

It would be fair to say that Rennies Arts and Crafts ranks only just behind George Henry Lee’s in Sarah’s short list of ‘The Greatest Shops in the World.’ No visit to town is complete without a good root round in here.

Back out into Bold Street.

Back out into Bold Street.

More 'bits' purchased in the Body Shop.

More ‘bits’ purchased in the Body Shop. I don’t go in. It smells.

On down into Church Street.

On down into Church Street.

Past C&A and Cooper's. Well that's what I call them.

Past C&A and Cooper’s. Well that’s what I call them.

Same building in 1947 when it was Cooper's, still bomb damaged. Picture from Liverpool Museums.

Same building in 1947 when it was Cooper’s, still bomb damaged. Picture from Liverpool Museums.

Say ‘Cooper’s’ to anyone of a certain age in Liverpool and they’ll say ‘The smell of the coffee’ straight back at you. Try it.

Clouds reflected in the new building going up on the corner of Church Street and Whitechapel.

Clouds reflected in the new building going up on the corner of Church Street and Whitechapel.

The building that has replaced the demolished NEMS.

The building that has replaced the demolished NEMS.

The building where Brian Epstein signed The Beatles on 24th January 1962. A little piece of our history now gone.

Into Button Street, past the legendary Probe Records.

Into Button Street, past the legendary Probe Records.

This is how I always see it anyway.

This is how I always see it anyway.

1977, Geoff Davies benignly behind the counter, while Roger Eagle rages around the shop telling everybody not to buy anything other than the new, first, Clash album.

More missing history. Mathew Sreet, where Cavern Walks stands where The Cavern once did.

More missing history. Mathew Street (yes, that’s how it’s spelt), where Cavern Walks stands where The Cavern once did.

Where our boys played.

Where our boys played.

Inside Cavern Walks, just statues and photos now.

Inside Cavern Walks, just statues and photos now.

A rather sad place I sometimes forget about for years at a time.

A rather sad place I sometimes forget about for years at a time.

Half the shop units are currently vacant. And it looks like many of the offices above them are vacant too. All of this sitting on top of somewhere truly significant. (For any first time visitors, the place further along the street calling itself The Cavern now, is just a replica, not the real place.)

Leaving Cavern Walks, out along narrow Dorans Lane.

To Lord Street, more 'bits' sought.

To Lord Street, more ‘bits’ sought.

By now I’m not going into any of these shops. Sarah’s long completed purchasing her original list and is now enjoying herself improvising. I’m not much of a shopper so I enjoy myself sitting in the street watching the people go by. I’ve got a degree in it. True! It’s called Sociology.

Before much longer though, even Sarah’s shopping muscles are tired. Time for a sit down, a cup of tea, and maybe a piece of cake?

Back to Bold Street and Bold Street Coffee then.

Back to Bold Street and Bold Street Coffee then.

Where they're exhibiting Mark McNulty's lovely photographs of our wonderful new library.

Where they’re exhibiting Mark McNulty’s lovely photographs of our wonderful new library.

Now it’s hometime. So, walking up Bold Street we cross over to Leece Street.

Where 'The Dole' - this big DHSS office used to stand.

Where ‘The Dole’ – this big DHSS office used to stand.

And where the buses stop still.

And where the buses stop still in front of the long demolished building’s hoardings.

We get on the 86 again.

We get on the 86 again.

And go home.

And go home.

A lovely day, and another day of photographing ordinary things that aren’t all that ordinary at all.

Thank you for the days. To the place and all its people, particularly Sarah.

Time for a song, I’d say.

The Kinks. On the right day, and this was the right day, pretty much as good as The Beatles and not even from Liverpool!

Sunday cygnet update.

Sadly we lost 3 of them overnight. So just 4 left now. It’s a hard life being a baby swan in the city.DSC06574

4 thoughts on “Thank you for the days

  1. cheethamlib

    I would vote with Sarah! But what a lovely wander around those busy streets with so many enticing shops. I find the mix of buildings fascinating and I wonder what the DSS building was used for originally ….. shame that has gone. Also I liked the look of the rose lemonade and it really isn’t fair that the cygnet family is slowly disappearing…not fair….

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  2. Ronnie Hughes Post author

    I only ever knew it as ‘The Dole’ and went in there once to sign up for their ‘Professional Employment Register’ ie not manual work. So it was them got me the first City Council housing interview I had back in 1972.

    And the cygnet count is still 4, all 3 we lost were on the one night.

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