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Sefton Park Gardens, 8th September 2019

Today was another National Garden Scheme day, when members of the RHS with extraordinary private gardens open them to the public for a small fee, proceeds to charity. Nothing starts until noon, so we dawdled outside the Museum of Liverpool … Continue reading

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Festival Gardens, 1st September 2019

If the cooler weather hadn’t told us, we would have known it was the first day of autumn because workmen in Tarleton Street in the city centre were putting up the Christmas lights. Although we were planning to go to … Continue reading

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Rimrose Valley, 25th August 2019

On a very hot, sunny and cloudless day – shirt sleeves and sun hats – we went to Rimrose Valley Country Park to see their wildflower meadow. The valley of the old Rimrose Brook is the border between Crosby and … Continue reading

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Seacombe to New Brighton, 18th August 2019

It was a clear and sunny day with a brisk breeze, perfect for a trip on the Mersey ferry. We threaded our way through the city centre towards the Pier Head, via Mathew Street and its hordes of tourists, passing … Continue reading

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Port Sunlight River Park, 11th August 2019

Port Sunlight River Park used to be the Port Sunlight factory’s private Bromborough dock, from where Sunlight Soap was exported worldwide. From 1995-2006 it was a landfill site, and then it was capped with an HDPE membrane, with clay and … Continue reading

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The Dream, St Helens, 4th August 2019

It’s a few years since we’ve been able to get to the Dream, but we’ve recently found a bus that runs there on Sundays. “Dream” is a piece of public sculpture resembling the head of a young girl with her … Continue reading

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Rotten Row, Southport, 28th July 2019

It was raining hard when we met in Queen Square. What a change after the record-breaking heatwave of last week! While we waited for the bus we looked again at the unidentified tree next to the New Look shop. It … Continue reading

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Wirral Way, 21st July 2019

Today we walked the first stretch of the Wirral Way, Hooton to Hadlow Road and back. It’s a linear path, the former route of the old Hooton to West Kirkby line of the Birkenhead railway. It closed in 1962, anticipating … Continue reading

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Norris Green and Newsham Parks, 14th July 2019

Norris Green Park is a new venue for us, inspired by Channel 5’s “Great Garden Challenge”, shown on 2nd July. Last autumn, two teams of designers and their helpers made small competing gardens in this run-down public park, which have … Continue reading

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Ormskirk Parks, 7th July 2019

We had hoped to get to Burscough for their Scarecrow Festival, but the regular bus from Ormskirk to Burscough doesn’t run on Sundays, and there were no special buses provided, so Ormskirk was as far as we got. They have … Continue reading

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