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My Trip to England – On the Wirral – Part Four

Now I’m going to include all the little towns and villages I left out of the first two sections on the Wirral – or is it – In the Wirral? There is a debate as which is the correct way to say it. I’ll let the folks in or on the Wirral duke it out!

Meols, Wirral, England

Meols, Wirral, England

Prenton, Wirral,  England

St. Andrews Church, Hoylake, Wirral, England

St. James Church, Birkenhead, Wirral, England

Christ Church, Birkenhead, Wirral, England

                                   

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My Trip to England -the Wirral – West Kirby

If I lived in England I think West Kirby would be a good place to live! It’s beautiful, has a magnificent seashore and the Marine Walk is a great promenade for walking, socializing, feeling the sea breeze, sailing on the Marine Lake, a man-made lake, making it possible to even sail during low tide!

West Kirby is a town on the north-west corner of the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside, England, at the mouth of the River Dee. To the north-east lies Hoylake, to the east Grange and Newton, and to the south-east Caldy. WIKIPEDIA.

  Getting ready to walk the promenade around Marine Lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 Marine Lake is man-made and is large enough to hold sailing events,  sailboarding and many more water related activities including: canoeing, kayaking, and power-boating.

During low tide it is possible to hike to HILBRE ISLAND, a TIDAL ISLAND, meaning it’s important to time your visit just right or you may have to wait for the tide to change before geting back to land!

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My Trip to England – the Wirral

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This is part two of My Trip to England. I took loads of photos of the many lovely areas in the Wirral. The only problem is, I’m not sure that I remember where each photo was taken. Hopefully, my English friend, Robert, who lives in the Wirral, will recognize where each photo was taken and correct me if I get the village wrong! That’s why I’ve decided to make this blog all about the Wirral, instead of each town separately.

What and where is the Wirral?

The Wirral is located in northwest England across the Mersey River from Liverpool and consists of many towns and villages. The peninsula is approximately fifteen miles long and seven miles wide. The Merseyrail, a commuter train, runs through many of these small towns. I love the train system in England! Oh, that we had a train system running in the US like this! I only had to walk about a block to the train station and then travel to New Brighton, West Kirby, Wallasey Village, Port Sunlight, Bidston, Birkenhead, and more, most in the matter of minutes. The same trains would travel in the other direction across the river to Liverpool, Crosby, Southport, and many other little towns.

First, let’s get on the train at the Birkenhead North station and travel to  New Brighton.
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New Brighton, England

New Brighton, England

New Brighton, England

New Brighton, England

New Brighton, England

One of six mermaids lining the streets of New Brighton, part of the
Mermaid Trail.

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Fort Perch Rock is a coastal defence battery built between 1825 and 1829.

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One of three cast iron shelters made in the late 19th century.

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Black Pearl pirate ship, an art installation, constructed mostly with drift wood.

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My Trip to England – Liverpool

England is a beautiful country. I was fortunate enough to spend two months there, visiting a friend who was born in England and lived some of his life in England and some in Scotland.

While there, he helped me plan day tours to different areas in England, Wales and Scotland. In the next four or five blogs I will share my travels to Whitby, England; London, Wales, and a few lovely villages in Wirral with you.

Years ago I had a desire to go to England – but not as a tourist, staying in a commercial hotel, touring nonstop everyday for one or two weeks with a group of other tourists, and then flying home exhausted. No, I wanted to stay somewhere in the country where I could experience life as the English do – or as I do in my country, the USA. Sightseeing for sure, but also just hanging out at home, working in the garden, washing clothes (and hanging them on the line!), walking to the local grocery stores and experiencing life as a whole rather than just a tourist.

So, here goes! I am starting with Liverpool , which is across the Mersey River, where I lived for two months “in the Wirral”. When I asked my friend, Robert, exactly where do you live? He replied, “In the Wirral”, which, finding his British accent sometimes a wee bit hard to understand, and being a little hard of hearing, I thought he was saying “in the world”! No, seriously, what is the name of your town? And he explained that Wirral is across the Mersey River from Liverpool and is a peninsula made up many towns and villages. There are some beautiful quaint villages in the Wirral, many of them being situated along the River Mersey or the River Dee or the Irish Sea.

But, enough of the Wirral for now. Let’s get going to Liverpool!

     Lambananas – mini sculptures of the famous yellow Superlambana located on the Albert Dock.  Here is the history of the Superlambanana.

Some other attractions on the Albert Dock are the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool museum,the beatles story, a tour on the Mersey Ferry, amusement rides, and plenty of cafes for a coffee or tea – or beer.

Here are some views from the Merseyside Maritime Museum Restaurant.

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John Lennon, Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool, England

The Hard Days Night Hotel with Beatles statues adorning the building!

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One of the three Dazzle ships, the Mersey ferry.  “Sir Peter’s design, entitled Everybody Razzle Dazzle, 2015 covers the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop with a distinctive pattern in monochrome and colour, transforming the vessel into a moving artwork as it continues its service. This is the third in the series of Dazzle Ferry commissions and the first to be a working vessel.

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The Royal Liver Building, one of the “three graces”, a trio of landmarks built on the site of the former George’s Dock and referred to since at least 1998 as “The Three Graces”.

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A Light Easter Salad

Wishing my fellow bloggers a Blessed Easter!

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Out-of-the Garden-Salad

Assorted garden lettuce
Couple baby carrots (tiny ones)
Sliced kohlrabi
Snipped garlic chives
Baby pea pods
Nasturtium leaves and a flower or two
Lawry’s garlic powder
Minced onion bits


Use kitchen shears to cut up carrots, chives, and nasturtium leaves. Throw pea pods in whole and slice kohlrabi in thin slivers. Toss with small amount of honey-dijon dressing. Awesome!

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    The flowers and leaves of the nasturtium plant.

    The flowers and leaves of the nasturtium plant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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From whence do I come?
From whence do I go?
Nay, for I say, as surely
As the wind does blow,
As surely as the sun shines,
So then shall I be.
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A beautiful place to contemplate, meditate and just be,Sholom Park is located in Ocala, Florida.

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Art, Castle and Digs in Scotland

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I spotted this wonderfully happy mural on a building in Glasgow as I was about to embark on a tour through the Highlands.

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Inveraray Castle

There is actually a young family that lives here in the castle. The 2012 Christmas episode of Downton Abbey was partly filmed here.

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And the digs!

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