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Pig's Ear Park and Other Adventures

Port sunlight and other little adventures…

Monday was spent doing the inevitable washing etc..Tuesday all was done and the sun was shining…..

On board Boudicca there was a great lecture on Liverpool and although I have been there several times I decided to revisit some parts plus go over to the Wirral and visit Port Sunlight. P S was founded by the manufacturer of sunlight soap etc Lord Lever, he must have been a rich old dude…

It is a large village next door to his factory and was established around 1900, mainly arts and crafts in style , much influenced by William Morris but postdates him.

A lovely church where Lord whatever and Mrs Lord lever are buried, plus lovely gardens with a spectacular war memorial, lots of bronzes etc. Also a memorial to the Hillsborough tragedy. PLUS a spectacular gallery, Lady lever gallery of course.

Lever was a collector, wedgewood, furniture, Chinese snuff bottles, all sorts of Chinese pottery plus a collection of victorian paintings. The paintings were all a bit overblown in true Victorian style…

There was an exhibition of Rosetti paintings, all in the same overblown Victorian style and all of Janey Morris, wife of Willaim and lover of Rosetti!!!! Those Victorians sure had double standards. At one stage Rosetti lived with William and Jane at Kelmscott Manor.

Back on the train and over to Liverpool,visited the anglican cathedral which was hosting a dinner for University caterers -wow!!!! walked down Hope st, now very trendy to the Catholic cathedral but could only do the outside , a graduation was on. Lept on the bus to Moorfields station then the train to Birkdale Great day as it was lovely and sunny.

Today I had thought of going to Chester by train but instead virtuously did a twelve k walk along the beachfront, creaked a bit but pretty good. So am hopeful the isle of man will go well.
Lots of golden rule out, plus the last of the briar roses…Another lovely sunny day. may get the bike out tomorrow…

1 Comment

  1. Great reading your blogs, hope the IOM takes your fancy, maybe a chance to catch up on the motorcycle skills you learnt in Vietnam? will catch up when you get home. Love J & K.

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