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金, 19 8月 2011 13:19

Liverpool

Liverpool...the centre of the world. Not exactly, but Liverpool is a grand city. It was built on the back of sea trade when England ruled the waves and half the world was pink. Liverpool was at the centre of this trade and it has never quite forgotten its importance. I have been coming to this city for many years, having grown up quite close, so let me show you some of my favourite places.



These three buildings dominate the waterfront at Pier Head. They are from left to right; The Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.



On top of the Liver Building you can find these two Liver Birds. This bird is a symbol of Liverpool and can be found on Liverpool Football Clubs logo. Many stories exist about the birds on top of this building, my favourite is that the female is looking out to sea to check that the sailors are safe, while the male bird is looking into the city to check that the pubs are open!
By the way, the clock face you can see is bigger than Big Ben!



Liverpool sits on the River Mersey, and looking out from Pier Head we can see a Mersey Ferry making its way across the river. There's a famous song by Gerry Marsden about this called simply, Ferry 'Cross the Mersey. It can usually be found in the karaoke boxes of Tokyo, and I have sang it many times.



Moving on from the Pier Head we come to the Albert Dock. This was the world's first fire proof warehouse system. Built from cast iron and brick it was a major improvement over the wooden structures that had existed before. It also allowed ships to unload/load their goods directly from the warehouses, speeded everything up.



This is a new addition to the things to see and do in Liverpool. It's called a duck (because it can travel on land and water) and offers a guided tour of the city. Lots more fun than a boring old sightseeing bus!



Here it is in the Canning Dock!

If you are ever in Liverpool I can't recommend this enough. A big thanks to John and Chris who were our driver and guide on our tour. Thanks for the informative tour and a bigger thank you for the jokes and entertainment!


It is often said that "An Englishman's home is his castle" but from what I can see this should be changed to "An Englishman's home is his garden shed."
For those who don't know what a garden shed is let me explain; as most houses in England have gardens there is a need for somewhere to store all those gardening tools, bags of compost, plant pots etc. So traditionally most gardens have a small building made of wood for this purpose 'the garden shed.' In recent years the garden shed has undergone a transformation and now you can custom order your shed to your own specification. (If you want to see some examples of custom made sheds follow this link to West Lancs Sheds, I went to school with the owner.)
That is what my parents did and now it has become a kind of extra room, with not a garden tool to be seen.


In fact inside it has several comfortable chairs, a table and at night can be lit up with numerous candles. During this stay we have sat in it during many evenings enjoying a glass of wine.


Some more of the items in the shed from their many visits to Japan. Last year when I first saw the aka-chouchin it was hung upside down!

水, 17 8月 2011 13:22

Rivington Pike

Today we went to Rivington Pike. It's a popular walking spot and offers some great views over Lancashire. On the walk up to the top of the hill we passed through the Rivington Terraced Gardens. These were laid out by Lord Leverhulme at the turn of the 20th Century but over the years have become neglected. Now it is an amazing adventure where you can see remains of the gardens and try to imagine what they must have looked like when new;


This I think was a summer house, or some sort of shelter. There are actually two of them looking out over a large flat space.


This tower at the top of the gardens was another summer house, apparently used by his wife for sewing! From this point you can see for miles.


And finally, this was a Japanese Garden. There are photographs in the visitor center that show a tea-house and a replica temple but the actual buildings have been sadly lost over the years.

As you can see it must have been very grand when it was built.

火, 16 8月 2011 13:24

Answers to the Picture Questions

Remember last week I asked what this was used for;

Well, remember I said you could see them outside the doors of many old houses in London. They are boot/shoe scrapers. A long time ago the streets of London were very muddy, so before you entered a house you scraped the mud off your boots.

Of course in Japan they had a better idea...you took your shoes off!

The other picture I took was on our walk to Martin Mere. I wanted to know what was growing in the fields.



Well they are potato plants. The area around here is well known for it's potatoes and this variety is even referred to as Ormskirk potatoes. You can see some potatoes lying on the ground next to the plants in this photo.



So there you have the answers to the questions, let me see if I can think of some more questions for you this week.

月, 15 8月 2011 13:36

Rufford Top Locks

The Leeds to Liverpool Canal passes through the village we are staying in. Whilst it's function as a working canal finished a long, long time ago it is still popular for leisure. As the canal passes through the countryside sometimes it needs to go up and down. Of course water cannot go up hill, so a system of locks are used. Basically they are big gates that stop the water and with controlled opening and closing you can change the water level allowing boats to go up and down.

Here are some images to help you imagine the system;

土, 13 8月 2011 17:22

Martin Mere

We took a walk across the fields to Martin Mere Wetland Centre. It is a very famous bird watching spot, and twitchers (bird watchers) can sit in the hides and observe the birds in their natural habitat.

This is the inside of one of hides.

If sitting around all day waiting for the birds to appear is not your thing, then their are many other birds from around the world to see. Countless varieties of ducks and these great flamingos.


I thought they looked so funny and reminded me of mingoville.

Question

I mentioned walking through the fields to get to Martin Mere, on our way we walked through lots of fields with these plants growing in them:

Do you know what they are?

木, 11 8月 2011 17:24

Albertopolis

Albertopolis refers to an area near South Kensington Station. It includes the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum.

With three museums located in a very small area it's a full day out.

I didn't take any photos inside the museums, quite often it's not allowed! But we did take a walk to Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. Prince Albert was Queen Victoria's husband. He organised the Great Exhibition in 1851 and with the money made bought a lot of land in the South Kensington area. They then built the wonderful museums mentioned above as well as colleges of art and music, Imperial University London and the Royal Albert Hall.

Many thanks to our guide, Christie, who showed us around the Albert Hall and provided the history of the area. I hope I've got it right!

Here are a couple of pictures of the Albert Memorial.

木, 11 8月 2011 17:22

Bye Bye London

It was time to say goodbye to London so in the morning we were busy seeing the places, or should I say palaces, we hadn't seen so far.

First stop, near to where we were staying was Fulham Palace. This is real gem of a find. Lots of history, and at one time was very important. Always quiet and quite close to Fulham Football Club.



No visit to London would be complete without seeing Buckingham Palace, so here is a photo.



While we were walking down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace we came across this Guardsman's Band.



Then it was into St.James's Park to look at the squirrels.



After this busy morning we got the train back north. This time with a seat!


Quick question, as we were walking past St.James's Palace I took a picture of this;

It was next to the door. They can be seen next to the doors of many old houses in London. Does anybody know what it is for?

水, 10 8月 2011 17:26

Riots!

We are now in London.

Once again, I have no cable to connect my camera to the PC! I have lots of photos to upload as soon as I get a cable!

As you may have seen on the news there have been many riots in London and other cities since Saturday night. A little scary but the areas affected are far away from the popular visitor areas.

Just to be safe we went to Richmond Park today. A very beautiful park in the south-west of London and considered very safe! We had a great day and will post photos as soon as possible.

On the way home we caught a bus to Putney, another relatively safe area of London. It was very surprising to see many shops had closed early, some had put paper on the windows to hide the stock, others had even put wooden boards over the windows to stop them being broken. It was very strange to see that even in this safe corner of London, there is a threat of damage from the trouble.

Thank you for your comments, and rest assured I am taking care to avoid any trouble and am determined to enjoy our time in England.

水, 10 8月 2011 17:25

Richmond Park

Made the short bus trip to Richmond Park, a very large park in south-west London dating back to least 1625. It is quite wild, with wide open spaces and areas of wooded land. Probably the biggest attraction are the deer which roam the park freely. Can be quite surprising if you are eating your sandwiches and suddenly a deer appears before you!



After the sandwiches we went looking for dessert.



These are called blackberries and can be found growing wild all over England. They are traditionally cooked as a crumble, sometimes with apples, but I think they taste great just picked and eaten. Delicious!

Later we walked down to the River Thames to head back into Richmond. Here on a open pasture we could get close to these cows.


My son, didn't know what they were! Which makes me feel very sad that maybe children in Tokyo are so removed from nature.



On the way home took this picture from Putney Bridge looking back into Putney. Sometimes the sunsets can be just great. The buildings that are lit up are boathouses...this area is famous for the Oxford versus Cambridge boat race held each year.

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