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This Week I’ve Loved

The Liverpool Eye

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 We have been meaning to go on the wheel for ages.

Last weekend we had dinner in Liverpool and decided to go and have a look.

There wasn’t a queue and as it was dusk, it seemed the ideal time to hop on.

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We climbed into the capsule, which had commentary by a couple of local radio hosts, piped into it.

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 The background of this picture shows how light it was at the beginning, we watched the dark descend upon the city.

Each time the capsule went around, slowly, we watched the light fading and the darkness fall.

There were three turns of the wheel in total.

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 The view as darkness fell upon the famous skyline.

I don’t think we could have timed it any better.

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That is why This Week I have loved the Liverpool Eye.

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 Have a lovely day!

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Street Food in Liverpool – Mowgli style!

I recently enjoyed a wonderful evening at Mowgli in Liverpool.

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As soon as we entered the restaurant, we felt the hipster vibe!

The decor was so cool!

We were greeted as soon as we walked through the door and promised a table within a few minutes.

Mowgli has a no booking policy, so you do have to take a chance and be prepared to wait!

We struck lucky and was shown to a table within 10 minutes of our arrival.

The waitress explained the menu to us and took our drinks order.

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We each ordered a Tiffin Box for one.

I chose the Indian School Tiffin which promised four tiers of meat free and carb offerings, which claimed to be chosen by Mother- because she is always right ha!

My friend chose the Office Worker’s Tiffin which was the meat version which would be chosen by the chef.

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 The food came in these uber trendy pots.

There were three sorts of curries and one sort of rice.

My vegetarian selection included Tea Seeped Chickpeas, Temple Dahl and Picnic Potato Curry.

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The food was absolutely beautiful. The flavours of each dish were so distinctive.

The tea in which the Chickpeas had been seeped was detectable but not overpowering.

The Temple Dahl was light and had a really subtle lemon and coriander flavour, that was just right.

The spice that you would expect ,was found in the Picnic Potato Curry. It was warming and spicy with a strong taste but, it was not enough to make your eyes water.

The curries were complimented by fluffy basmati rice that was cooked to perfection.

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As if that wasn’t enough – it was , neither of us finished despite having arrived ravenous, we also ordered two Puri soft flat breads.

They were like little pillows of perfection that melted in your mouth.

I cannot recommend a visit to Mowgli enough. The food was absolutely delicious, it is the best place that I have been to for a while.

My friend and I both agreed that the food was really great value, especially given the quality of the dishes, my main course was £10 and the meat version was £12 -fabulous!

Give it a try if you are ever in Liverpool, or make a special trip, it’s that good!

I bet you will be delighted too!

Have a lovely day!

Wandering around Albert Dock! 

This weekend there was a music festival of sorts at The Pier Head in Liverpool, a continuation of the celebration to mark Cunard’s 175th Anniversary.

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There was a ship in the dock next to the stage which I thought was very fitting.

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This ferry has been decorated by Peter Blake to mark the anniversary, but if you look at that water you will have some indication of just how windy it was. It was also freezing cold!

We decided to wander onto Albert Dock and see if we could find anywhere more sheltered, we did have Jack and the youngest with us after all.

Albert Dock was looking magnificent and it was full of tourists who seem to be missing their dogs that they had left at home, Jack was delighted!

There was all sorts of things going on, I think these sailor’s were either being arrested or off to perform a routine, it was too crowded to see where there went.

This Anniversary really has been celebrated in style in Liverpool, I have been really impressed with how the events have been organised and thought out.

Albert Dock is definitely one of my favourite places to visit in Liverpool.

 

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Have a lovely day!

Speke Hall – A walking tour!

As another weekend of gloomy weather beckoned,  Jack still needed to be walked so off we went to Speke Hall.

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Unusually for us, we didn’t visit the house this time. Instead, we chose to make the most of the dry weather and explore the grounds. We were hoping to do a bit of a Geo Cashing but when we read the reviews online, it seems they may have been moved and my phone was rapidly running out of charge.

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So  instead, we wandered through the garden to the pond. It was such a peaceful place that looked lovely even on such a dull day. I liked the reflection of the trees in the pond and tried to capture it, you may have to use your imagination here,or just believe me that it was a very pleasing sight.

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Eventually, we continued our walk around the perimeter and came to a clearing in the wooded area, we could see the River Mersey and somewhere, not too far away, on the other side is our house. It was strange seeing the opposite coastline, we are so used to looking over in this direction, but we could make out The Eastham Ferry Hotel, so all was well ha!

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We completed the circular walk and ended up back in the garden which was full of beautiful flowers. These pink ones were everywhere and looked so perfect.

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I was told this Ice cream was Cornish but I wasn’t convinced, despite checking with the lady selling them. What do you think? Too pale? Me too!

 

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 Have a lovely day!

We finally found Red Squirrels! 

Yesterday we returned  to Formby Point and I promise,  the picture to the right at the top is of a Red Squirrel!!!!!!!! We finally saw one – well actually three in the end,  it has taken almost 20 years of visiting, but they were worth the wait!

They are so tiny compared to the grey ones and much more timid. The grey ones in The Glade tap on our window when we are eating our breakfast.- so bold!

The Red ones were much more reserved and kept to a safe distance, hence the blurry photograph because I couldn’t get any nearer, even with Jack firmly on his lead.

We also had a bracing walk along the beach, it was really windy and quite chilly. We  cut up the sand dunes a bit further along the beach than usual and at the top we discovered The Asparagus Walk.

It was well marked and in a field near to the beach, we came across  this sculpture (bottom right) of a local farmer Jimmy Lowe who, it seems was a bit of a celebrity  in Asparagus circles back in the 1930’s. It was created by a local sculpturer Simon Archer and there is an audio of him talking about it behind the installation, he was really interesting.

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Jack had most of the trail and beach to himself, some squirrels came out to say hello and there was no queue for the refreshment kiosk. It was fab!

We even saw this little chap wandering along the road on the way.

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Have a lovely day!

 

 

 

Hanover Street Social

I wrote on Saturday about having restaurant reservations with friends at somewhere I had been wanting to try for a while, it was here at Hanover Street Social.

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It is based in the centre of Liverpool City Centre. From the outside it looks very unassuming. Those three sets of windows constitute the outside view.

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There were Gins and Bellini’s of every flavour on offer. The bartenders looked to be experts and they were all beautifully prepared. My friend order a Gin and Tonic which was served with cloves floating on the top, she really enjoyed it.

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We were there in time to order from the LunchTime Menu. It offers two courses for £10.95. This is the Chicken dish with a seed mustard sauce that himself ordered. He enjoyed it but it seems to have been served with sweet potatoes as opposed to the daphanoise potatoes that it was advertised with.

imageOur friend A chose the steak which was served with a dressed rocket salad. We didn’t see the French fries as advertised and, they were not mentioned by the waitress.

He said he enjoyed it too,  both him and himself didn’t indulge in too much conversation until they had finished ha!

imageDisappointingly, there was only one vegetarian choice on offer so, the remaining three of us ordered the Gnocchi with  roasted pepper and tomato sauce, with herbed creme fraiche. When it arrived, it was only warm but I think that might have been the creme fraiche cooling it down.

It was delicious and the sauce was very tangy but not sour, as can sometimes be the case with tomatoes. It tasted like fresh ingredients had been used and I could certainly taste the peppers.

However,  the portions were small and we were very hungry. I forgot to get pictures of the cheesecake that I ordered for desert or the ice cream chosen by the youngest. Nevertheless, my cheesecake was delicious and had a very strong lemon flavour but not zingy which is how I like lemon deserts. Again, it was a very small serving.

I enjoyed the meal, but was left feeling a bit disappointed. The atmosphere was great. The service was pleasant but my  friend was deprived of her second gin because the menu was never brought to her as she had requested. This too was disappointing.

imageThe people watching from our table, we were in a window seat, was very entertaining, these chaps caused particular amusement.

However, as soon as we got home, himself popped out and brought us a takeaway back. We were starving! There are so many fabulous places to eat in Liverpool City Centre, we probably won’t rush to return.

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 Have a lovely day!

 

Red Squirrels : Formby Point

My Sunday Photo this week was taken at Formby Point in Liverpool last weekend.

It is a coastal path that includes sand dunes and, a wooded area that houses red squirrels. We have been before when the eldest was a baby and a couple of times since but, we have never seen a red squirrel!

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This picture of Jack on top of a sand dune has not had any filters whatsoever used on it. The sky really was that blue and the sand that yellow, it was quite amazing.

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It was quite bizarre, this looked liked a Christmas tree graveyard. We guess, but don’t really know, that it must be what they do with the trees that don’t sell at Christmas time, some were still wrapped in the netting they come in.

The beach was quite crowded and Jack was a bit skittish at the thought of all the picnics  he could potentially liberate. Therefore, we walked back over the dunes to the wooded area that we had driven through en route to the car park.

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We walked the red squirrel trail and, yet again, we didn’t see a single one of the blighters!

However, we have a cunning plan, himself quizzed one of the rangers for the low down, and it seems that we will venture there in time for breakfast in the very near future. Apparently,  it’s the only time they come out to play- who knew?  We are plagued by their grey cousins morning, noon and night in The Glade, but there you go, the red ones must be  shy.

Nevertheless, it was a lovely walk. There was a mobile van selling refreshments and an  ice cream van or two, be warned though, I am reliably informed by Ms Glade that the ice cream was quite expensive ha! I loved it!

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On the way home we popped to Crosby Beach to see, Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place‘.

There are 100 of these cast iron men littered all over the beach, I think they are amazing. He has said that he based them on himself!!

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I am not sure if you can see the people on the beach leading to the water, they are all  iron men too. I liked this scene of the tanker crossing between the wind farm and the iron men. I don’t think I like the look of the wind farm very much, but I know some people do.

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Have a lovely day!

UPDATE : Please see the brilliant explanations below for why the Christmas trees are there, it’s fab and makes perfect sense!! Thank you ladies xx