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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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West Kirby Boating Lake

The children and I took a stroll around West Kirby boating lake one Saturday afternoon whilst Lou did the shopping. It was cold, with a northerly wind blowing, although this didn’t put the kids off wanting ice cream! Although, to be honest, there is never a bad time to have ice cream!!

Water like a mirror

Water like a mirror

Tranquility

Tranquility

Dark and Moody boating lake

Dark and Moody boating lake

Writing your name in the sand

Writing your name in the sand

Siblings loving each other...for once!

Siblings loving each other…for once!

There is never a bad time to have donuts!

There is never a bad time to have donuts!


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An afternoon trip to Ness Botanical Gardens

This afternoon me and the family took a trip to Ness Gardens. The website describes much better than I could so why bother trying when I can easily cut and paste the text from their website!

Set on the Wirral Peninsula, Ness offers the enthusiast many horticultural delights including a replica of an imaginative show garden designed by Chris Beardshaw which won prestigious awards at Tatton; extensive, beautiful herbaceous borders always with something to offer the eye; a Victorian style Potager with many fruit trees and vegetables and Alpine House; a waterfall and water gardens; the largest UK collection of sorbus and most of the 49 known species of birch; plus seasonal surprises such as a splendid laburnum arch, and magnificent collections of magnolias, camellias, and rhododendrons.

The gardens were designed by Arthur Bulley, a local cotton merchant in Liverpool, and When he died in 1948 he left the gardens to the University of Liverpool with an endowment of £75,000 to ensure that they remained as a botanic garden which would serve as a reminder to their creator. On the day we visited the entrance to the gardens was free for everyone as part of the heritage celebration, however, normally University of Liverpool staff and their immediate family can gain free entry on any day. Good for us since Lou works at the University!

If you are into plants and wildlife then I would definitely urge you to take a trip to the gardens and then to enjoy afternoon tea in Rose’s tearoom! On this particular visit there were lots of dragonflies buzzing around, some the apparent size of a small bird! The one photographed below was clinging to a rock a few inches above the water of a large pond. I was quite amazed I managed to get a good shot as I the only lens I had with me was a 28mm prime which meant I had to crouch down and get real close to fill the frame. Surprisingly it didn’t seem too bothered by this and stayed around long enough for me to get ‘the shot’!

The version uploaded here is a low(ish) resolution version but go to my flickr site which has the original uploaded. The detail in the fly, in particular its eyes, is amazing. http://www.flickr.com/photos/djjohnson/sets/72157631355412954/