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!

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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 🙂

Lily-watch: the update

I recently blogged about the lillies in my garden starting to bloom and I realised that I hadn’t followed up with photos of them since they have bloomed: so here they are! I haven’t measured them, but they are fairly large. We even have a baby stalk which grew late on and hasn’t flowered yet, bless!

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We also have rose bushes in our garden and I took this shot at the same time 🙂

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I think the sun was too bright for my phone to take bright pictures, hence the “dull” appearance, but I think you’ll agree that the flowers look lovely anyway 🙂

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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National Wildflower Centre
Court Hey Park
Roby Road
Knowsley
Liverpool

L16 3NA

Feeding the ducks in Sefton Park, Liverpool

Anyone who read my earlier blog post, “Why I love reading other people’s blog posts” will know that due to my husband Michael’s brain injury we haven’t been able to go out and be touristy as it would have made him ill, and we decided it wasn’t a situation we wanted to put him in. I had mentioned in that post that we wanted to try and go out more, and today, we did!

Because our printed books came last week, I am on holiday from my day job this week so I can do book promotion and contact people about advertising. We decided that as the weather has been nice that we’d go and feed the ducks today, and I am so glad that we did! We took some photos while we were there, so enjoy!