Today has been my birthday, kind of. Which is to say it won’t be my real birthday for two days yet. But who wants a birthday on a Monday in January? Not me for a kick-off. So Sarah and I celebrated it today with a day out in a gallery, the Lady Lever in Port Sunlight. This blog post being as much a celebration of there as it is of me.

I spend quite a lot of time in Port Sunlight these days. Working, talking and writing things. In fact I was last here yesterday, and had considered visiting the Lady Lever when I’d finished my work, as I would often do last summer when I came and lived here for a while.

But it turned out today was the art gallery day and Sarah came with me. Particularly to see the Matisse cut-outs exhibition, but the whole place, building and art both, turned out to be on good form and we stayed for ages.

There was a request in the gallery not to take any photographs of the Matisse lithographs, so I didn’t. But you probably know roughly what they look like, and they are worth you coming and seeing. And anyway I was able to take these photographs of some beautiful new cut-outs done by visiting children.

Then we wandered round happily, aimlessly and like we had all the time in the world. This is what all that time looked like.

Self-portrait in aged chinoiserie.

I remembered how fortunate I’d been all summer to have all of that just round the corner from where I was living.

We had our lunch in a favourite and recommended place of mine, the Blooming Skull, out on Bebington Road in New Ferry.

And then went for a walk to the New Ferry shore, to look at Liverpool.

On the way back to Port Sunlight Sarah stopped to get herself some meats from ‘Edge and Son.’ A fabulous butchers by all accounts.

Then we finished the daytime part of a lovely more-or-less birthday by driving over to the Dee shore for the finest ice-cream in the world at Nicholl’s of Parkgate.

It got very cold with the ice-cream inside us, and then the sun set.

The End

Published by Ronnie Hughes

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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