Not had too much action packed into our activities today. Not long ago we joined the National Trust and Speke Hall was only a bus ride away. About 50 minutes in fact and as the Hall didn't open until 11am on a Sunday (Not open Monday or Tuesday) it was a lazy start. Weather forecast was for rain late afternoon so on the precautionary side we packed our cagoules and set off to catch the 10.30am bus. Being dropped off almost at Liverpool Airport we then had a 15 minute walk to Speke Hall, a most impressive Tudor building with a Victorian influence. It also said to have it's ghosts and according to the guides, some members of the public have seen their presence.
Ever mindful that rain may be on the cards we first went walkabout to the shore line of the Mersey. I had hoped to see some wading birds but apart from the usual Gulls, none were present.
|Tide on it's way out|
|Most of the arrows were from Ian's attempt but the one in the middle was mine.|
Trying to wipe the smug grin from my face we then set off to admire the interior.
|The Victorian influence|
|A Victorian radiator top right and bottom left fossils in the stone flooring.|
|The bedrooms with the fabulous ornate panelling|
Forgoing the rest of the gardens and knowing we had a 15 minute walk back to the bus stop we made our way out. Just got to the road junction and the bus was seen disappearing in the distance. Blast and double blast. A 25 minute wait for the next one in the pouring rain was not going down so well. Then hurrah...another bus. We hailed it and yes it was going our way. A pair of very wet bods entered dripping water all over the bus and, with no seats downstairs, had to find two upstairs. Decided best to take the cagoules off before sitting down!
So got back to FS around 5ish and first thing was to put the diesel heater on before changing out of our wet things. Rain hasn't eased yet so no need to water the plants this evening.
And today's wildlife seen on the way to the estuary,