Birthday meanderings

A Monday doesn’t seem like much of a day for a birthday, but it happens to all of us every few years and I had, after all, been celebrating this one all weekend. So on a peacefully calm day we set off to the Wirral Peninsula to meander around some of our favourite places.

It's high tide at West Kirby.

It’s high tide at West Kirby.

And only the distant figures around the Marine Lake and the islands beyond show where the sea stops and the sky starts.

The edge of the known world.

The edge of the known world.

Meanderings03 Meanderings04 Meanderings05A stillness and a beauty beyond words. We sat here in peace for an hour or so, quietly rejoicing that this wild beauty is so close to home. If we had to we would cross the planet for this.

But the day is not entirely devoted to Zen meditation.

Because, well, look at this.

Because, well, look at this.

As well as a surprise party and a hat (which will of course get a post of its own) Sarah has bought me a magical device.

Yes, it's a portable turntable!

Yes, it’s a portable turntable!

Meaning I can go into charity shops like this one and test out the often battered looking merchandise to tell if the records themselves are, in fact, perfectly fine. What a brilliant idea!

Three quality purchases made!

Three quality purchases made!

And all the other customers are fascinated by the little turntable.

A cup of tea and a cake later we’re back to the Estuary.

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It's afternoon now.

It’s afternoon now.

And the sky is spectacular.

And the sky is spectacular.

Silence returns.

Silence returns.

Meanderings13 Meanderings14Next, we climb up Thurstaston Hill.

The sun will be setting in about half an hour.

The sun will be setting in about half an hour.

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Yes, Birthday afternoon, playing Ry Cooder on Thurstaston Hill. Perfect.

Yes, Birthday afternoon, playing Ry Cooder on Thurstaston Hill. Perfect.

Sarah bought it. but she's looking a bit suspicious of it!

Sarah bought it. but she’s looking a bit suspicious of it!

Nearly sunset time.

Nearly sunset time.

We go down to the beach, to the Shining Shore.

We go down to the beach, to the Shining Shore.

And as day is about to turn into night, how about a little 'Night and Day' by Joe Jackson?

And as day is about to turn into night, how about a little ‘Night and Day’ by Joe Jackson?

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A perfect day

A perfect day

Comes slowly

Comes slowly

To an end.

To an end.

See also The Birthday Surprise and A year to live: Becoming 60.

7 thoughts on “Birthday meanderings

  1. Mike Mosses

    Just been looking at your photos, they are great. What sort of Camera do you use? I was looking for a camera to do street photos. I was looking for a compact with HD video.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Hi Mike, glad you like the photos. As you can see from the photo of it on this post, my camera is definitely not compact, nor does it have HD. But I do love it and it’s been attached to my right hand for about 12 years now. Sarah’s though, seen in reflection in the charity shop, is a much newer Sony, a Cybershot DSC TX30 and she took most of the photos on this post with it. It’s got HD too.

      Reply
      1. Mike Mosses

        Hi and Thanks for taking the time to reply Ronnie, I will deffo look at the Sony Cybershot. I love your 1970s stuff, reminds me of growing up in Toxteth in the 1970s. Cheers Mike

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