A Weekend in Lancashire and Cheshire

First stop was Port Sunlight, where we had a guided tour in the rain to ourselves…

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Then up to Fort Perch Rock, which was closed… so a walk on the beach and a view of Liverpool from across the water.

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On Saturday we headed first to Speke Hall (more NT “savings”)….

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Speke Hall is apparently Mark’s all-time favourite NT property, as here was a billiard table he was actually invited to play with….

From there it was on to Crosby Beach to see the Antony Gormley statues. I had kind of expected groups of interacting people rather than lots of men staring out to sea, obviously all cast from the same mould…

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Then it was on to Formby to see the red squirrels.

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We finished the trip off on Monday with a visit to Dunham Massey. The WW1 hospital experience, complete with actors, was good. For a split second I was tempted to suggest to Mark that he could always hop into a bed and start groaning… but luckily I managed to clamp my mouth shut in time…

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…and home via Ikea to order some nearest-available drawer front replacements for mine damaged in a freak man-with-saw incident….All happily resolved by a smiling lady in the kitchen department with an incredible knowledge of past Ikea kitchen ranges – “hmmm that sounds like Solar….”. So all’s well that ends well…..

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