My Captured Moment!

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Christmas 2008

I am sticking with a Christmas theme.

In 2008, Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture.

It was a fantastic year to be in the city, there was so much going on.

One of the city’s sights is the Superlambanana and in 2008, replicas were placed all over the place as part of a trail.

We spent a fabulous summer finding Lambananas in the most ingenious places.

So you can imagine our glee when we went to see Father Christmas that year and we were greeted by a Lambanana in his Christmas outfit.

This picture always reminds me of that great summer and Christmas excitement.

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Have a lovely day!

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!

 

Five On Friday!

What a week!

We have had the lurgy at The Glade HQ, so between that and world events this week, it has not been the most carefree of times to say the least!!!

But as usually happens in these situations, my children amaze me.

For example, on Wednesday evening during dinner, the youngest asked if she could have her hair cut into a ‘Pixie Cut’.

My immediate response was to say no, never, because I am paranoid about head lice and that mane needs to be tied up.

However, she went on to explain that she wanted to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

This is a charity that provides wigs for children suffering from hair loss.

She has decided that she will try to get sponsorships too.

I am so incredibly proud of her as are her friends, to be fair we are all a little bit amazed.

After all this is the tweenager who cried last time 2 inches was cut off her hair.

Therefore, if she is prepared to make this sacrifice for others, it gives me hope for the world in general!

So, to my five for this week;

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This beautiful head of thick, lush hair will, on the 22nd December, be gifted to Little Princess Trust.

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I would not be at all surprised if this is the hair style she comes away with, Audrey wears it so well but will a 12 year old?

But as the little Miss said herself, she knows her hair will grow back, others are not as fortunate.

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In a complete change of tone, last Saturday we went on a tour of the Mersey Tunnel.

The Tunnel has featured heavily in my life and I, once more, drive through it twice a day.

I will write a post about it for next week, but I have had a reoccurring nightmare about being stuck in there since I was about 7.

It was a fascinating morning, I was amazed at times and have definitely come away reassured.

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On Monday, I posted about having a lovely day!

This week, I printed off the instructions and framed them, they now adorn my newly painted kitchen wall.

Please feel free to print them off yourself if you would like, I don’t think LifeHack.org would mind for a moment.

I am delighted with the result.

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Finally, I have been making some Christmas plans this week.

I have still not baked the cake, this will have to happen this weekend.

But when we popped to a local shop to buy a gift for a charity collection, the youngest picked this owl decoration for our tree.

We think he is really cute and very Glade appropriate because, we share our trees with a very noisy owl or two.

That is it for this week. We have been trying to recover our mojo and do our bit, some more than others – I am looking at you Miss Glade xxx

We have plans to take my 84 year old Mother in Law out to the Museum of Liverpool this weekend, if it isn’t too windy, she keeps us all entertained.

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Have a lovely lovely day xx

 

 

 

My Sunday Photo!

Autumnal Sunset

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Liverpool : Friday 13th November 2015 

As we head towards the dark, damp days of Winter, the only consolation is the stunning early sunsets.

This unedited picture was taken from our office at 4pm.

I love the silhouette of the Liver Building and, the spire of Our Lady and St Nicholas church against the late autumnal sky.

The Wirral is just about visible at the other side of the River Mersey, it had been invisible earlier in the day because of the rain.

I guess it is about appreciating every pretty thing that nature has to offer at this time of year!

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Have a lovely day!

Five on Friday!

It has been a funny week here in The Glade.

We seem to have been even busier than normal and I am still trying to catch up from my time away at the end of last month.

Couple that with having the kitchen decorated and as a consequence the whole house is a tip, well lets just say, I need the weekend!

Once more I am joining with Amy for Five on Friday!

Here are my five happy things from this week –

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The Weeping Window poppies that were at the Tower of London last year have come to Liverpool.

I took this picture on Saturday evening. It was so very moving.

The lovely Karen at Crimson Kettle wrote about poppies last week for her Five on Friday, it was lovely! This picture is for you Karen x

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The Liverpool Pals are very closely associated with the association where I work.

The statue of The Unknown Soldier is looked after by the association and is located just outside.

My lovely colleague Tom organised the most beautiful service to commemorate Armistice Day on Wednesday.

It was very moving and exceptionally well attended.

Everyone who took part was delighted with Tom’s efforts, he did the Pals proud.

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On Tuesday, myself and the rest of my colleagues went to a beautiful venue in the city next to the marina, for a food tasting session.

The chef was bidding to cater for an event that is planned for next year and invited us all along.

Instead of giving us little samples, he cooked the most beautiful three course lunch, it was epic and such an unexpected treat!

The picture is of the dessert, Oh My Chocolate Tart!

It was gorgeous!

I did actually do some work this week ha!

Four – A Chapel update!

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Having lamented about the lack of progress on our Chapel in a recent post, it seems that work has begun.

A safety fence was erected around it while I was in San Francisco and workmen have been spotted in the vicinity this week.

Furthermore, Bovis Homes have sent an email pledging to hand it over to the residents by the 9th December 2015.

We are a little sceptical about this because all our houses were late.

However, this is huge progress, they have been silent on the matter for so long.

They have refused a meeting with the residents to discuss the details, nevertheless it’s exciting to see anything happening over there.

 I will keep you in the loop!

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It is Children In Need day today here in England.

I took a cake to work to raffle yesterday and was overwhelmed by the generosity of most of my colleagues.

I was hoping to bake more cakes for a cake sale, however the kitchen still resembles a building site, so will have to postpone it until Monday.

That’s my five for this week.

I have plans to sort the kitchen this weekend and, Gabriella is promising to pop home on Sunday!

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Thank you Amy for hosting.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

 

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!