Monday, 3 October 2016


Still felt lovely and late-Summery this weekend - Autumn dragging her heels
This October weekend our first stop was the lovely Wortley Hall Gardens - looking a bit in need of TLC just now but seems from this newsletter that the Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens are working hard to remedy this.

Loved this close up of the bark on the above tree - absolutely stunning patterns
and more elegant wrought iron gates at this once-grand entrance.
sunlight playing through the trees
and across the ha-ha
But we were soon off for ice creams at Our Cow Molly in Dungworth, followed by a pint at the Old Horns in Bradfield
and a jaunt round the cemetery of the ancient St Nicholas Church - beautiful in the low evening sun.
Saturday saw us all at the ever wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park with a gentle rolling mist across the hills
followed by a great meal at the Milestone in Kelham Island then home for film and cake - The World's Fastest Indian - such a beautiful film and full of heart!

Then Sunday afternoon it was just us two and a stroll into Greno Woods - just amazed that the blue skies were holding out!!
and it was warm enough to shed those jackets
We soon emerge from the trees to the top of the world, at St Helena - the city spread at our feet
Beautiful big skies
in all directions
Then a stroll back through Grenoside
and the village green
Bunting still up from the Tour De France glory days - and why not!  Remember that wonderful Tour de Yorkshire weekend in Grenoside . . .
Happy times - great company

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

ferried across

Very late writing this up (and this is but the tip of the iceberg for 2016 adventures as yet undocumented, so watch this space ....) - but this was our August Bank Holiday exploration of all things Liverpool.

Saturday August 27

We started with a Razzle Dazzle ferry across the Mersey - complete with soundtrack!
A zip around both cathedrals, the Everyman Theatre, the Phil and finally the Picton, where the 2016 Beatles Festival tribute band competition was in full swing and we were besieged with Beatle suited and wigged foursomes!!
 and that evening a spectacular meal at the new (to us) Burnt Truffle in Heswall
Sunday August 28

Then Sunday saw us back on those Liddypool streets, starting with a coffee in Cains Brewery
and followed by a stupendous Sunday Roast at Camp and Furnace
 Then a launch into the Liverpool Biennial proper
Inside the cavernous Toxteth Reservoir
for Rita McBride's laser installation 'Portal'
 Then on to the Welsh streets
  for 'Momentary Monument - The Stone' by Lara Favaretto
and one of the other streets, recently uses as a film set so all painted a menacing black
Loved this old Liverpool Echo sign - the cry across the city evenings from my childhood 'Echo! Echo!'
and so on to Granby Street and an interesting look around the refurbished streets following the 2015 Turner Prize win.
 Then for some, it was a train back to London and a final gaze at St George's Hall
while the rest of us wandered along to see the demolished Futurist Cinema on Lime Street
 then a final catching of the last sun on Moreton shore across the Irish Sea
and the glimmering lights of Liverpool
Monday August 29

Today it was a slow roadtrip back to Sheffield, winding through the Cheshire lanes - first stop the rather magnificent ruin of Beeston Castle
 with it's stunning views across the Cheshire Plain
and it's bright and breezy little cafe which did a great coffee
and finally the very newly restored and impressive Bramall Hall
 with incredible paintings and patterns still evident on the woodwork in some of the rooms

and that, folks, was that - the end of a lovely family whirlwind of a weekend.

One day soon I might start writing up our roadtrip proper - 4,500 miles across America this July.  Or our adventure to Spain by train or our wonderful sunny Eighter's week in Northumberland.  Where to start . . . .