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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.


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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Didn’t we have a lovely time…….

Today was Crosby time.

Last night we hd the most incredible sunset over the River Mersey.

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It really was amazing.

We woke to a lovely sunny morning and so we were going to jump on a train and visit Crosby Beach. But before setting off, all the usual boat stuff had to be done. Paddy got his walk around Albert Dock and then he and Marmite got fed. Marmite decided she dis not want all her breakfast and projectile vomited it across the worktop. Her aim was pretty good because some of it landed in Keith’s cereal bowl, so I had to redo his breakfast. (Sorry if you were eating when you read that bit). I made us a packed lunch and two bottle of squash to take on our trip, which would be eaten somewhere on the beach.

We left the boat and just as we headed off to catch the train my phone rang. It was BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and they wanted me to help with Vic Minettes phone-in on whether dogs should be on leads at all times, after a dog was attacked and killed in Wyken. I did my piece on the radio and we then set off to the Liverpool Central railways station.

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We caught the Mersey Rail train to Brundellsands and Crosby. Having stepped off the train we walked about half a mile, to the beach to see the Anthony Gormley statues.

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They are well worth visiting and very thought prevoking. It was about 15 minutes after high tide when we got to the beach so we gradually saw the further statues emerge from the sea.

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Someone has obviously thought this statue needed a T-shirt to keep it warm!

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I bet he is cold around his neather region.

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It has been a while since we last saw waves on a seashore. Keith took his marine VHF portable radio with us so we could hear the various ships calling as they left the Port of Liverpool on the falling tide.

We had a cup of tea in the Crosby Leisure Centre, over looking the swimming pool. We were watching a small child refusing most adamantly to go into the water. He was not happy to have his 1 to 1 swimming lesson and nothing was getting him in the water. After a nice cuppa, we continued our walk along the beach and found somewhere for our picnic lunch. The sand dunes, seemed like the nicest place out of the breeze.  Before leaving we had the obligatory ice cream on the beach Open-mouthed smile. The only thing we did not do was go for a paddle.

Back in Liverpool after our train journey home, the Villarreal football team coach was parked outside the Hilton Hotel. They play Liverpool tomorrow night.

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A splendid day was had by us both and I have caught the sun.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Ferry Across the Mersey.

Hooray, hooray I slept like a log last night until 5.55 pm. Time for a brew and a natter, before we got up and set about getting ready for our day out.

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I said “Good morning” to the fab four before we set off on to the Mersey ferry.

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We were so looking forward to our trip across the Mersey.

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10.00 am and we were off, with the Liver Building standing proud to see us off.

We arrived at Woodside, Birkenhead at 10.30 am and had an hour to look around the U-Boat Story.

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It is an incredible story.

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You get to see inside the U-Boat and see just how cramped it would have been for the 52 man crew, with just one toilet (Sorry I mentioned the word). It really is incredible. After enjoying the display we had just enough time for a cuppa. On reflection we should have said “No thank-you”, but we were thirsty. £2.20 ech for a pot of tea. Daylight robbery really.

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11.30 am Snowdrop came to collect us.

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The Liverpool skyline is stunning. Back on the Liverpool side, we set off to find the City Buffet for our lunch. We always like to try other places Chinese Buffets. It was splendid and well worth finding.

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Our next place to visit was the Roman Catholic Cathedral, which we had been told to visit.

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It is breath taking inside and out.

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The architecture in Liverpool is amazing and only out done by London apparently. We had a fabulous day and the weather was brilliant all day.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Cultural Day out.

After a day on the boat yesterday, we wanted to spend the day exploring again, so after a better nights sleep, Cavern Club before there were too many people around.

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The wall of fame is incredible.

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I had to have my photograph taken.

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Then we had a cooked breakfast at The Welkin, another Weatherspoon's. It was then the rain began to fall as drizzle at first, but then it got heavier, so we headed for Liverpool Cathedral.

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Stunning inside and only finished in 1978, having been started in 1904. It is beautiful.

When we came out from the Cathedral it was still raining so we headed for the World Museum via the Chinatown, where the magnificent Chinese arch is. It is a stunner.

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The World Museum, is well worth a visit. It has something for everyone and because the weather was wet when we went in, it was busy. The Museum is very much towards educating children. But we both enjoyed it.

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One of the rooms is dedicated to space and so we watched Tim Peake chatting to school children from Liverpool. He is an inspiration.

Having enjoyed the Museum we realised that the sky was blue and the sun was now out. Thankfully we had dried off in the Museum, so a bit of warming sunshine went down a treat. We walked back to the boat to have a spot of lunch and then realised the power was off, someone had pulled the plug on the shorelines and non of us had power.

After lunch, I went out to take photographs of Albert Dock and some of the boats moored in it.

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It really is the most incredible place and so if you have never been here, then make sure you put it on your places to visit list.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Rain clouds and friends.

Sunday morning and it was definitely a early morning that is best forgotten.

At stupid o’clock around 2 am we were awoken by sirens going off and Paddy barking. Paddy hates the emergency service sirens, they affect his hearing poor boy. The sirens were going off and it was probably all to do with the late night revellers who seemed determined to keep us from sleeping, because we were still awake gone 4 am and so I made us a cuppa and we sat in bed and listened to the mayhem. This was definitely the downside to the docks.

On the plus side, once we had gotten  little sleep we woke to peace and quite, well all most. The Seagulls were calling, making me think of the beach and waves crashing on the shore. It was raining, which lasted most of the day. Paddy got his walk in the rain, we walked down to Pier Head to see if the cruise ship had come in and low and behold there she was in all her glory. Due to the rain I did not take my camera, but thought we could go back later in the day which we did.

In the meantime back on the boat, I got on with doing a wash and then baking a cake, whilst Keith went off to the EE shop to get us a Osprey Mini Wifi device to replace our dongles.

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Instead of the 2 gig each, we now have 16 Gig between us.

After lunch friends Christine and Steve who own NB AmyJo (CLICK) came and paid us a visit and later on their daughter Jo joined us. We had a wonderful afternoon drinking tea and eating cake, whilst we put the world and his wife right and of course chatted about boating. No toilets were mentioned.

After our friends had left us, it was time to feed mog and dog and then take Paddy for his walk. I suggested we take Paddy out for a stroll along the river front to see the Caribbean Princess, which had birthed here yesterday.

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It was fortunate that we did walk down to see here because we were treated to excellent views of her as she left her birth and turned in the river to head off to her next port of call. She had come to Liverpool from Bermuda.

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The Mersey ferry was also coming in to dock at the end of her day. We also saw the Isle of Man ferry dock, allowing its passangers and vehicles to depart and then the next lot to get on board. A real treat for us to watch.

Back on board Keith connected us up to the new Oyster Mini Wifi, having charged it up and we are good to go.

I am seriously hoping we get some sleep tonight.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Day One. Liverpool getting our bearings.

Brilliant start to our day, the sun was shining.

Paddy and I enjoyed a lovely walk around the Salthouse Dock.

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In the dock are the Yellow Submarine and the Titanic hotel boat next door. You can book apartments on them for the whole experience.

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Hadar looked tiny in the big dock.

Back on the boat, we decided we would get our bearing on our first full day in the beautiful city. I made a picnic lunch and we set off to have an initial scout around Liverpool to find our bearings for the rest of our week here.

We headed for the Information Centre close to Salthouse Dock where we are moored to pick up a local map, which has proved very handy. We had our first look across the Mersey.

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There were storm clouds gathering for the first ferry trip out.

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Love the colour scheme.

Then we set off into the city centre, found the Chinese Buffet which we will visit sometime this week, rude not too really. We popped into Lime Street station, one which Keith have travelled to a few times in his youth.

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During the mid 1970’s Keith occasionally worked in the main telephone exchange in Liverpool. On the map we got from the Information Centre we noticed the street name Old Hall Street, the memories came back, this was the street the exchange was in, we wondered if it was still there. We found the street and walking a long it and Keith spotted this plaque, and the name rang a bell.

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This was the telephone exchange, the building is still here, and at present still owned by BT.

From there we headed back to the water front, to the new canal link in front of the Liver Building, which we travelled along yesterday.

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The Three Graces standing proud.

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We finished our walk around with a visit on the tug Brocklebank, which was fascinating as she was built at Yarwood’ s in Northwich, where “Pisces” was built.

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Keith enjoyed nattering about engines. Brocklebanks engine is 8 cylinder.

We had a fantastic day.

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