The Mersey Tunnel

The Mersey Tunnel has been a significant part of my life.

As a child, I spent an awful lots of time shuttling between the two sides of the River Mersey.

Now I find myself, once more, doing the daily commute through it.

So when himself suggested that we do the Tunnel Tour, I jumped at the opportunity.

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The tour starts in the art deco building at St George’s dock.

You know you are nearly there when, you see this original payment booth from 1934 when King George opened the Queensway Tunnel.

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The  2.01 mile tunnel was dug by hand, it took 1700 men, 9 years to build.

Sadly, 17 lives were lost but really that is quite amazing when you think about it.

This original pick axe is on display in the room where the tour starts.

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Although no longer in use, the original control room from the 1960’s certainly caused a stir.

It was like a scene from an early James Bond film.

Nevertheless, Mick the engineer, was quite insistent that the original was much more efficient than the computer version used now.

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There were plenty of dark corners and at the other end of this passageway, there was a hole in the wall.

The youngest was invited to throw a stone through the hole and it hit the water pretty quickly.

The River Mersey was not far away – yikes!

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This ventilation fan is original and still in full working order.

It was very impressive and extremely effective.

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This corridor led to the car deck, which is the bit that I drive along at least twice a day.

The corridor also led to the refuge points that were installed in 2004.

The refuges were very reassuring, there are seven of them, they each have a video link to the Tunnel Police and, are linked by a walkway below the road surface.

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Underneath the car deck was another tunnel that they call Central Avenue.

It was meant to be used for trams but the idea was quickly abandoned, it is now used for cabling and the main ventilation fresh air supply duct.

As regular users of the Tunnel, all three of us really enjoyed the tour.

Himself was fascinated, I was reassured and the youngest enjoyed the novelty of finding out what was behind the familiar walls.

Tunnel users will love this tour, although most of the other people in our group had never even driven through it, but still seemed to enjoyed it.

It is worth two hours of your life just to be throughly entertained by the double act that are the guides Billy and Ryan.

They were very welcoming and kept up their hilarious banter from start to finish.

If you get the chance, give it a go!

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Have a lovely day!

 

My Captured Moment – A surprise visitor!

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October 2013

This week My Captured Moment was taken in Blue Spring State Park, Florida.

It is a fuzzy image of our girls but that doesn’t really matter, actually it’s probably better, given that they are in their swimsuits.

However, I think you can make out  the image of the MANATEE that is next to them.

We had been enjoying a quiet day of down time after the madness that is Orlando,.

The girls were swimming in the spring, when this Manatee appeared and joined them.

Word must have spread like wild-fire around the park because the landing, where I was standing to take the picture, became very crowded, very quickly.

There must be many pictures of them in cameras all over the world and they were relentlessly questioned from the sidelines.

The Manatee was in no rush to leave, the amazing encounter only came to an end when the eldest eventually tired, and had to get out.

It was such a magical day, in beautiful, natural surroundings in the peaceful Floridan countryside.

Such a lovely change from the manic, materialistic whirl of the theme parks.

There is so much more to Florida if you get out of Orlando and explore.

It still rates as one of the best days of that holiday and it cost the princely sum of $6 to park!!

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Have a lovely day!

My Captured Moment! #22

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August 2008

I am taking full advantage of the eldest being away in Rome by popping this picture of her onto my post today.

We had a great week in London in the summer of 2008. We did all the tourist attractions and were really lucky with the weather.

We visited attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, the Museum of Childhood.

We took tea on Oxford Street and saw The Sound Of Music in the West End.

We watched the ‘Changing of the Guard’ outside Buckingham Palace and picnicked in most of the Royal Parks.

This picture was taken in The Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Palace Gardens.

‘Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the playground encourages children to explore and follow their imaginations, learning whilst they play’.

This was supposed to be a pit stop, but it was quite early in the morning and not nearly as busy as we expected –  so we lingered!

The eldest helped the youngest with ladders, swings and climbing frames.

It is a brilliant place to visit.

This picture always makes me smile at the memories we made that week.

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Have a lovely day!

Five On Friday……..The desperately clinging to Summer Edition!

I refuse to accept that Summer is over just like that!

The weather forecast for the weekend isn’t too bad for this part of the world, oh please, lets  not give up hope!

This week I have loved clinging on to summer………………….

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I have continued to walk Jack on his summer route (despite localised flooding), and when the rain had the cheek to show up……….

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it gave me the perfect excuse to get my new wellies out.

They were a real bargain in the summer sales and are so comfortable.

Perfect for dealing with summer showers.

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These lilies are three weeks old, three weeks!!!

They are still going strong and are definitely more beautiful in the flesh.

Ah I love summer flowers !

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I have enjoyed looking through our pictures of the summer so far…..!

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The photographs inspired a visit to a Turkish Restaurant in Liverpool, where we enjoyed a delicious meze.

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This week I have loved continuing with family adventures, regardless of the elements!.

We have been to Bounce Below and done some Geo Caching , it’s been great making the most of family time before the mayhem that is the school routine, begins again!

This week I’ve loved being slightly delusional but winter lasts such a long time!!!

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Thank you Amy for hosting!

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Thank you Ali and Steph for hosting!

Have a lovely day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bounce Below……in a cave in North Wales!

It was suggested that we might enjoy a family trip to Bounce Below in North Wales.

It is such a popular spot that they only had pre booked placed available on the day that we went.

Himself had booked our tickets in advance,  the only slot they had left was more than a week away at 10am.

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Therefore, we left the house at 7.45am on Sunday morning!

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We arrived in plenty of time to be fitted for our safety helmets.

The website had been checked before hand and so we all wore long sleeves and long trousers.

The reviews on line suggested that you couldn’t take your phone in to take pictures.

However, lots of people had their phones but there wasn’t anyone available, in time, to walk me out to get mine.

So I don’t have any pictures from inside 😦

When you arrive you are part of a big group with the same time slot.

The whole group is led into the mouth of a cave where there is a circuit of nets with tunnels and slides linking them together.

There is a very strict protocol about which way you go and there were plenty of members of staff on hand to police it.

Other than that, it is for you to explore.

The nets give a trampolining effect which is great fun.

The tunnels/slides are not as bad as they seem and even the youngest, who was initial hesitant, found her confidence.

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This picture was taken after we emerged from the cave an hour later.

There was a lot of crawling involved and if I was to go again, I wouldn’t wear jeans, my knees were chaffed.

I would also take my phone!

It was a great experience, it was very funny at times and we all really enjoyed it.

Most of the staff were great, but lets not discuss the service in the cafe!!!

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However, every cloud has a silver lining and, if the staff in the cafe had been better, we would have missed this lovely riverside walk to Llanrwst town centre from the carpark.

There we enjoyed a lovely lunch and we were able to sit outside in the square.   A great finish to the morning.

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Have a lovely day!