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Three Queens visit Liverpool

Photos of the 3Queens event celebrating the coming together of Cunards three Queen cruise ships; Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Docking for the first time in their spiritual home, Liverpool.

The most photographed ship in Liverpool

The most photographed ship in Liverpool

A packed river Mersey

A packed river Mersey

QM2 docked in Liverpool

QM2 docked in Liverpool

Queen Victoria turning in the river Mersey

Queen Victoria turning in the river Mersey

The three queens in Liverpool

The three queens in Liverpool

The city awaits the fireworks

The city awaits the fireworks

God Save the Queen - Star Spangled Banner!

God Save the Queen – Star Spangled Banner!

Fireworks light up the docked Queen Victoria

Fireworks light up the docked Queen Victoria

Fireworks celebrate the three queens

Fireworks celebrate the three queens

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Pictures from across the River Mersey

A few photos taken recently from the Wirral side of the River Mersey looking across to the beautiful skyline of Liverpool.

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HMS Illustrious docked in Liverpool

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Scotland in the Autumn

Normally during half-term holiday we end up working or splitting our days off to look after the kids. This time we decided, back in August(!), to go away to Scotland and to enjoy a proper half-term holiday away from the normality of home. As it is with looking and booking holiday homes on-line there is always a little trepidation when you finally arrive at the front door, fingers crossed, that it lives up to the expectation that the pictures generated. Fortunately, the place we booked turned out to be amazing and a million times better than the pictures suggested. Whilst it was relatively close to a busy main road this was more than compensated for by having a river at the bottom of the garden and a view out across the beginning of the Grampian Mountains. The cottage was on the opposite side of the river to the closest town, but fortunately also at the bottom of the garden was a bridge. How handy!

Joining us for the first 4 days was Mr & Mrs Cakes who were also looking forward to chilling out and forgetting about the daily grind. In fact, the visitors didn’t stop there as one of Mr & Mrs Cakes good friends, a certain lead singer from the group Ladytron and her hubby also came up for a day – although to be fair they didn’t have as long a journey as they now live back north of the border. Us men went for a short bike ride on the Sunday following the Etape Caledonia route, meeting the rest of the gang in a lovely country hotel for what turned out to be a rather late lunch.

Following what turned out to be quite a hectic weekend, we spent the rest of the week enjoying the fantastic Scottish sun and blue sky, and visited a number of woodland walks and spectacular waterfalls in and around Pitlochry. The autumn colours were absolutely stunning and reminded me of my travels around New England each fall when I lived in New York. In fact, I would go as far to say that this Scottish autumn did enough
to rival the New England fall!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures and maybe if you haven’t been to Scotland in the autumn/fall they might inspire you to book a trip in the future. These pictures are only a select few, if you would like to see the rest of the set click the following link.

Slowing it down

A rather cool reflection

Red leaves

The Queens View

The Bridge over the lower Falls of Bruar

Higher Falls of Bruar

Instagram look-a-like by Aperture

Black Spout Falls

Possessed by pudding!

A silly cheesy smile