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Snowdrops by the Cathedral

dsc08139The dark days of December and January end and February comes in, at least for today, warm and sunny. On my way into work, at Coming Home in Hope Street, I get off the bus a couple of stops early. There’s something special I want to see.

I walk along Huskisson Street behind the Magical Mystery Tour bus.

I walk along Huskisson Street behind the Magical Mystery Tour bus.

Past Percy Street. St Bride's there in the sunshine.

Past Percy Street. St Bride’s there in the sunshine.

Closer to the Cathedral.

Closer to the Cathedral.

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Wandering About: Liverpool 8

Aimlessly2 - 45Two in the end dry days on the run? Sky maybe not broken then? I set off with my camera for another wander around. No random bus to North Liverpool this time, in fact Sarah gives me a lift into town, where Dig Vinyl in Bold Street is seriously investigated.

After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.

After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.

Not one of Bold Street’s more celebrated independents, perhaps, but much liked by me anyway.

Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.

Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.

When I used to make films this late afternoon light where the descending sun shines brightly behind you was always perfect for filming outdoor scenes and places. You’d  only get an hour or so of it before dusk would set. So every moment would be valuable.

Let's go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.

Let’s go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.

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The rain and the sun come through

Continuing with the second part of our holiday in the Ladybird Book of England.

In Herefordshire earlier this week it is still late wintertime as we set out walking on a mostly sunny day.Shobdon01We are staying near the village of Shobdon, halfway between Kington and Leominster, and set off on a circular walk Sarah has  downloaded from the local village shop.

The snowdrops which are finishing back home are still in full flower here.

The snowdrops which are finishing back home are still in full flower here.

The otherwise bare winter oak trees are heavy with parasite mistletoe.

The otherwise bare winter oak trees are heavy with parasite mistletoe.

We soon reach this splendid wall.

We soon reach this splendid wall.

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The Ladybird Book of England

England blueLook who’s been writing poems on their holiday!

“Looking down on Ludlow Castle
From the cliff across the river,
One more day in the Ladybird Book of England.

Red brick houses cluster round it,
Plaques on nearly every one.
Who stayed there
And when their time here ended.

High upon this common land ,
Gazing down at the wealth below me,
One more day in the Ladybird Book of England.

Ladybird02See Ludlow!

In England near to the Welsh Border. It is very beautiful and Sarah, Bren and Ronnie have been staying near here this week.

Some men looked sceptically at Ronnie with his new camera as they crossed the road.

Some men look sceptically at Ronnie with his new camera as they cross the road.

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A day out in England

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire.

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire.

Living as we do in the semi-independent city state of Liverpool, Sarah and I enjoy the occasional day out in England. Having been some time since we visited the grand nob house of Chatsworth for Sarah’s birthday today we motored through Cheshire and, just, into Staffordshire to visit the gardens at Biddulph Grange, between Congleton and Stoke.

Biddulph Grange04

In 1896, before the house burned down.

Not quite a nob house this one as it was bought by Robert and Maria Bateman in 1840 from ill-gotten coal and steel money. But they never did hold on to this money long enough to do enough crawling to become ennobled, and therefore ‘nobs’ – as they spent all they had on building their garden and stocking it with pilfered exotic specimens from all over the world.

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Days of blue and grey

Including getting inside the Stanley Dock for the first time.

Including getting inside the Stanley Dock for the first time.

I love these February days like today when the sky here in Northern Britain is blue and it’s clear spring is on its way. Though we’re not through all of the grey winter days yet.

But today the sky is blue and that green colour you only see in spring is appearing.

But today the sky is blue and that green colour you only see in spring is appearing.

The ground here in Calderstones Park is full of new growth.

The ground here in Calderstones Park is full of new growth.

And around the base of some trees are gallants, the snowdrops are here.

And around the base of some trees are galanthus, the snowdrops are here.

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The Shining

A Friday Walk then, in all but name, as it’s happening on a Saturday. And a walk done so many times it’s become a meditation now. The Shining Shore.The Shining01Taking place in the lanes around Thurstaston on the far side of the Wirral, I’ve not been here since last March. Mostly urban walking in Liverpool since then. But we’re both off work today and it’s good to get out here together on holiday.

Still wintry here, the long hedge in Station Road completely bare.

Still wintry here, the long hedge in Station Road completely bare.

But for a few left over berries too bitter even for the winter birds.

But for a few left over berries too bitter even for the winter birds.

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