Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park, Liverpool 2013

I was looking through some photos with a friend tonight when I spotted these photos that I took when me and Michelle went to feed the ducks in Sefton Park in Liverpool. We love it at Sefton Park, it’s such a lovely place to go for a wander after work or on a sunny Saturday afternoon 🙂

Sefton Park was opened on 20th May 1872 by Prince Arthur. He dedicated it “for the health and enjoyment of the townspeople”. I hadn’t realised that it will be 144 years old next month!

#365Project #Day6: Garstang Museum, Liverpool

Day 6 - Museum

Myself and Michelle had to pop to Sydney Jones Library in Liverpool city centre as our library cards had run out and we needed to renew (we’ll be going there soon as Michelle needs research books as the next book that she’s writing is The Undead: Book Three, Asia; the third book in our zombie series). I noticed a sign on the building opposite the library for Garstang Museum of Archaeology, which we’d never heard of. It’s only open on Wednesdays but I’m hoping that we can pop in in the future!

#365Project #Day3: Liverpool Cathedral

Day 3 - Anglican Cathedral Liverpool

Even though I’m not particularly religious, I’ve always loved visiting churches and cathedrals. The architecture is amazing and the stained glass windows are simply stunning. This was taken inside Liverpool Cathedral, I think it’s beautiful. While researching this post I found out that the bells weight a massive 31 tons! On their webpage, they “boast”

We boast the
* world’s highest and widest gothic arches
tallest tower offering spectacular city wide panoramas
* world’s highest and heaviest peal of bells
* UK’s largest, most magnificent organ
* beauty of the Great West Window and thought provoking Tracey Emin sculpture
* wonderful Lady Chapel and other places to pause, reflect and pray

Just to give you a potted history of the Cathedral: it wasn’t until June 1901 that the decision was made to build the Cathedral. The design was submitted in 1903 and 1904, the Foundation Stone was laid by King Edward VII at a great open-air service. During the service a choir sang Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. In 1910, the first part of the Cathedral to be completed, the Lady Chapel, was dedicated by Bishop Chavasse and Cosmo Lang, Archbishop of York. In 1942, the person who had submitted the design 39 years previously, Giles Gilbert Scott (by this time a Sir), placed the final stone on the final ‘finial’ at the top of the tower, three hundred and thirty one feet one and half inches (101 metres) above the Cathedral floor. The Cathedral’s celebrated its Centenary in 2004, and the first two phases of the new Visitor Centre opened in December 2006 and early 2007. The final phase, which involved upgrading the existing restaurant area, was completed in early 2008.

It is such a beautiful building, I love going to visit it. If you find yourself in Liverpool, I highly recommend taking the time to visit 🙂

Liverpool Pirate Festival At The Albert Dock 12th & 13th September

This looks awesome!

Liverpool Noise

The annual Liverpool Pirate Festival at Albert Dock returns with two days of spectacular, swashbuckling fun for all the family on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.

Running from 11am-5pm daily, come along dressed like a scurvy sea-dog and get into the spirit of the day.

There will be sword fighting, musketry and cannon fire, shanties and storytelling, free face painting and activity workshops, plus a spectacular ship-to-ship pirate battle across Albert Dock.

Discover how people lived in the days when pirate terrorised the high seas. Come aboard the pirate brigantine Zebu and learn the amazing true stories behind some of the real life pirates from legend.

Join the children’s pirate parade and march under the pirate banner and don’t forget to enjoy the range of offers and deals at venues all around Albert Dock.

For More Info Check The Official Facebook & Twitter Pages.

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Dereham Windmill


I am always on the lookout for places for Michael and I to visit in the future. We’ve never been to Norfolk before but it is on our list of places to go to. I’ve always been interested in visiting attractions like lighthouses and windmills, and there’s a windmill in Norfolk that I can’t wait to visit. I love reading about history and what people’s lives were like in the past.

Dereham Windmill was built in 1836 by millwright James Hardy for Michael Hardy who was a miller and baker. It is the last of several windmills in the Dereham District. Between 1914 and 1918 it was used for grist milling, oats, barley etc. for animal feed including acorns for pigs. Wheat was no longer milled for flour. Unfortunately though, the the mill ceased working in 1937 and was derelict by 1949. In 1972, it was given a Grade II listing and in 1978 the mill bought by Breckland District Council from Greens (Nurseries) Ltd. for the princely sum of £1. The mill was opened to the public by J. O. C. Birkbeck on 14th September 1987. In 2002 the mill taken over by Dereham Town Council. The weather wasn’t kind to the mill and in 2004 the mill lost part of a sail during a gale. In 2006, the sails were removed for renovation with £600,000 Lottery Grant being applied for. In 2010, the Mill had to be boarded up and left weatherproof as all attempts at funding had failed. Between October 2011 and July 2013, funding was organised and the windmill underwent further renovation, including replacement sails. Finally, in September 2013, the windmill re-opened to public as a “Community Exhibition Centre” which includes exhibition space for local pupils’ work with information on the Windmill’s History. You can find out more about upcoming exhibitions here.

Dereham Windmill can be found at the end of Greenfields Road in Dereham, NR20 3TE

You can find out more information about the windmill at their website:
http://www.derehamwindmill.co.uk

Places I’d love to visit with Michael

I’m originally from Leeds, but I have lived in different places around the UK. Michael has only ever lived in Merseyside, so that still leaves quite a few places around the UK to visit. I’m not the best on planes or boats, so I’ve always been more of a UK tourist than anything else and there are so many places that Michael and I have discussed visiting over the 6 years that we’ve been together.

I have just read Paula’s post Places I want to visit and it inspired me to create a blog post of our wishlist destinations. Some of the places listed will have been visited by at least one of us and we’d like to visit together, and some will be new to both of us.

Edinburgh

Neither of us has been to Scotland at all, so still a lot of places to go there! We’d both like to go to Edinburgh first. Michael really wants to see the castle because it’s made of granite and, like York, there’s been no attempts made to modernise it. He also wants to visit the National War Museum. I’m really excited to see the Museum of Childhood (being a massive kid myself!) and Edinburgh Zoo.

Whitby

Michael wants to go to Whitby for the Whitby jet, and also because part of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula was set in Whitby. I’m excited to visit Whitby Museum and Whitby’s 199 steps. I’ve heard that the view from the top is amazing, and I know that I’ll be shattered once I’ve climbed all of the steps, but I’d hate to have gone all the way to Whitby and not climbed them! Whitby Goth Weekend takes place twice yearly (April and October/November) so we’ll have to time our visit around then! They have a massive list of traders, so I think I’ll need to save up before we go 🙂

Scarborough

Michael wants to go to Scarborough because it’s like the “Southport of the North East coast”. I’ve been to Scarborough many times, mainly because my aunt and uncle live there. Therefore, there are places I really want to show Michael. Obviously, there are the arcade machines along the seafront (I love the 2p machines in particular!), but also Scarborough Castle, Rotunda Museum and no Scarborough visit would be complete without an ice cream sundae at Harbour Bar! It’s such a beautiful place to visit, and we will definitely hop onto one of the open top buses that run around Scarborough.

The Lake District

Michael wants to visit The Lake District as it’s an area of natural beauty. I’m really looking forward to going on a lake cruise on Ullswater lake, courtesy of Ullswater Steamers. It’s a place that neither of us have been to before, but we know so many people who have had such a great time there.

The Isle of Wight

Michael wants to visit The Isle of Wight because it’s where King Charles I was imprisoned (in Carisbrooke Castle), and he loves history. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown, Seaview Wildlife Encounter in Seaview and Ryde pier, which is the oldest seaside pier in England.

Newcastle

Michael wants to go to Newcastle to see the Tyne Bridge, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Swing Bridge over the River Tyne. I’ve never been to Newcastle either, but it’s always been on my list of places to visit.

Stonehenge

Michael has always wanted to go to Stonehenge because it’s one of the oldest man-made structures in the country. I’ve never been here either, and it would be great to see them in person.

St Agnes, Isles of Scilly

About 12 years ago, I went on holiday to Penzance, and while I was there, we took a trip over to St Agnes of the Isles of Scilly. It was so peaceful and tranquil, all you could hear was the sound of the sea and birds squawking. To not hear any traffic was so strange, but lovely at the same time. I know that dolphins have been spotted while on the boat journey over to St Agnes, so hopefully we’ll be lucky 🙂

Brighton

I used to live in Brighton, and I lived there for just over a year. I moved there in the February, and even though it was freezing and there weren’t really any tourists, there were plenty of things for me and my visiting friends to do. Michael has never been, but has always wanted to go. Things I’m going to show him include Brighton Pier (especially the freshly made doughnuts!), Sea Life Brighton, Brighton Toy and Model Museum and The Lanes.

I know that that’s a long list, and I’m sure that I’ve forgotten some places (so I might end up blogging about this again!), but I’m really looking forward now to visiting all of these places.

Where would you like to visit?

National Wildflower Centre in Knowsley

Recently, me and Michael went to the National Wildflower Centre in Knowsley. It’s such a lovely place to visit, and we’re so lucky to live so near it. This is from their website:

The National Wildflower Centre is a seasonal eco-visitor attraction in Knowsley – You’ll find us 5 miles (8 km) from Liverpool city centre. We showcase our natural wildflower heritage and inspire you to create new wildflower landscapes wherever you live. Our seasonal nature displays and creative community projects raise awareness about the importance of wildflowers, and encourage people to learn about creative conservation.

All the money we raise at the Centre is put back into our creative conservation founding charity Landlife. We particularly work with people with poor access in their communities to our natural environment. Just by visiting us, you can be sure you are making a valuable contribution. We are working in close partnership with Knowsley Council ‘The Wildflower Borough’, making new landscapes for communities.

Landlife’s trading enterprise Landlife Wildflowers also grows and sells native wildflower seeds, grown on its own farm. To buy online visit Landlife Wildflowers. All proceeds from the sale of goods online also support creative conservation.

We’re a creative bunch of people – And welcoming with it! Our Centre is a mix of refurbished old buildings and new architecture that look back to our conservation past – and project positive action for now and into the future. We have a lovely Cornflower Cafe, Shop and Conference venue too, amongst historical courtyards and a former walled garden space with seasonal displays.”

It really is worth visiting, and we’ll be going again soon 🙂

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Play In The Sand Day


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Today (11th August) is “Play In The Sand Day“! So if you live near a beach, today is the day to grab your bucket and spade, and maybe take a picnic and get on down to the beach 😀

The last time I went to the beach was to see Antony Gormley’s sculptures, “Another Place” at Crosby Beach, which is when the above pic was taken 🙂

National Parks Week

National Parks Week is taking place between Monday 28th July and Sunday 3rd August. According to the National Parks website,

“National Parks Week is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the 15 members of the National Parks family. The week is highlighted by events in a number of National Parks as well as the annual photography competition. The theme of this year’s National Parks Week is ‘Space to Grow’, a reference to our commitment to the future stewards of the country’s diverse landscapes.

Often, when we think of the future, of those who will look after the National Parks in the decades and centuries ahead, we think of young people. We think of the child catching his or her first fish, perhaps. But there is, too, the grandparent who is teaching that child to fish – who is instilling in him or her a respect and love of the UK’s natural beauty. This year’s National Parks Week honours everyone looking forward.”

For great ideas on where to go, what to do and what to see, check out their website 🙂

I have a new blog!

I have always enjoyed being touristy and visiting places, and once I met Michael that enjoyment grew as we would go places together. But then his car accident and brain injury put a stop to all that and left us unable to visit anywhere because the noise of crowds, new sights, bright colours etc put too much of a load on his brain cognitively, and he would become ‘full’ in his head and need a nap. All of the new data would just be too much for him to deal with, so eventually we decided to stop going anywhere to give him the best quality of life.

We are hoping that in time he’ll be able to cope with places again as it’s been 4 years now since his brain injury and I know that people with brain injuries can still be improving years later. With this in mind, and also because I miss going to places and being all touristy, I decided to start a new blog: http://whatsonwhere.wordpress.com. Each blog post will feature an upcoming, or already ongoing, event in the UK and I will also tweet about it on my Twitter accounts: @JennyPughUK and also @WhatsOnWhereUK. If even one person pops along to an event because they read my blog post, or saw my tweet, that would make me very happy indeed 😀