Sunday Photo


This tree is in Eastham Woods, we all have differing views about it, read here!


Have a lovely day x









New Brighton Rocks!

image After taking Ms Glade back to Manchester in time to go to work and then driving straight back, I desperately needed to stretch my legs by Saturday afternoon. New Brighton beach is about a 15 minute drive from The Glade, the beach is Jack’s very favourite place to go and, Miss Glade had the company of her second cousin, they were both keen,so it fitted the bill nicely.

The lighthouse is situated next to Fort Perch Rock and although it has not been used since 1973, there has been a light on or near the rock since 1683. Fort Perch Rock was important in the defence of the Port of Liverpool since the time of the Napoleaonic wars until the Second World War. However, up until the 19th century the area had a reputation for smuggling and wrecking. Some people still believe that this area has secret hidden tunnels!! image Ferries used to to bring visitors across the Mersey until 1971. However, there were few visitors on Saturday except for a few scattered dog walkers. It was bitterly cold and an emergence stop off at Morrisons for a restorative Hot Chocolate was in order! But at least we had stretched our legs.

A late afternoon in Parkgate: An adventure with Jack

We are very fortunate on the Wirral to have access to the “Wirral Way”. It is 12.2 miles of disused railway line that is situated within the Wirral Country Park. The park contains some of the most peaceful and pretty countryside, in my humble opinion, that England has to offer. image It is so vast that you can often find yourself alone for large stretches. This section of the route is through the small hamlet of Parkgate which was once a port along the River Dee. image The river once came as far as the sandstone wall that you can see in this picture, however this is now 100 square foot of salt marsh. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, Parkgate was famous as a seaside destination with baths.  Lady Emma Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s mistress, was born nearby in a small village called Ness and, it is believed that she bathed here regularly.It is even rumoured that Nelson sailed up the River Dee to visit her.

It is also thought that in April 1742, Handel stayed in Parkgate before sailing to Dublin to  perform the Messiah for the first time!

image But nowadays, Parkgate is famous for Nicholl’s ice cream and still has a   fantastic line in summer sunsets.  However, even in February the early evening sky, above the North Wales Coast, is still very pretty. For us, there are two other things that we particularly like about Parkgate; the carvery pub at the end of The parade and, Mr Glade’s sister works as a district nurse in that area, today we bumped into Aunty T, everyone was very pleased to see her, especially Jack! You can find more information about Parkgate here.

Thurstaston : An adventure with Jack


Here is Jack of The Glade on the beautiful headlands at Thurstaston. Thurstaston forms part of the Wirral Country Park and can be found on the west coast of the Wirral peninsular. It is about a 20 minute drive from The Glade.

This picture was taken on Saturday on the 14th February at approximately 1pm. It is quite amazing because only moments before we had been walking along the beach and taken the photograph below, what a difference when the sun managed to break through (no filters used!).


There are two sets of steps to get from the headlands down to the beach . They are well worth the effort because look at that beautiful sand.


To read more about Thurstaston click here.


220px-Eastern_Grey_Squirrel[1] There are grey squirrels in abundance on the Wirral. However, they are a particular feature here on our Glade. We are inundated by them. One even tapped on our front window when we were eating breakfast one Saturday morning.

Mr Glade is particularly unimpressed with grey squirrels. He firmly subscribes to the school of thought that they are vermin – ‘Vegetarian Rats’ he has been known to declare them.

Most days, Jack of the Glade, has his breakfast in the garden. However, unlike the popular reputation of his breed, he isn’t greedy and doesn’t always finish it immediately.

Enter stage left – the squirrel or more accurately, squirrels! They not only run amok over our new patio and turf, but they finish Jack’s breakfast in double quick time.

Nevertheless, things have reached a new low with our invaders this week, they have actually dug a hole in our newly laid turf in the back garden. Right beside my newly planted apple tree!! image “What does Jack do?” I hear you ask.

Well our ‘Gun’ dog hides out in the kitchen.

He will chase a squirrel with the best of them but, if there is a chance in hell that he might catch one – he opts to stay indoors and protect his people!  #fearless

Mr Glade could have a point, maybe they are a nuisance after all!!

Is the world full of Black Labs?


This is Jack of The Glade!

When we walk Jack, it seems that the Eastham Woods are full of Black Labs. They are everywhere!

Jack of The Glade belongs to Ms Glade, he was a present for her 18th birthday. Ms Glade now mostly resides in Manchester, she is a student. Whilst she does return home often for food and sleep, she isn’t here, obviously, to look after ‘her’ dog on a daily basis.

Therefore, its a good job that he really is this cute in real life because we all don’t seem to mind looking after him. Even when he eats my favourite summer shoes or chews the heels of my brand new boots, he still manages to get a treat and a lovely walk.

We are quite spoiled for brilliant dog walks around these parts. Jack is great for our family because he always gets us out and we have our best talks/discussions on our rambles with Jack!

Dogs are great!