"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Same area, new territory, exploration time #4 – seaside walkabout!

Posted on December 29, 2017 by Sioux under General

  With the good weather looking to be around for a while yet, I took a train to the coastal town of Southport for a quick look around, as I knew the annual airshow had been hosted there on the same day. It was over by the time I got there but that didn’t stop […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time #3 – squirrel hunting!

Posted on December 26, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I arranged to meet up with a fellow carer/photographer at the Formby Squirrel and Nature reserve as we both wanted to get some images of the elusive red squirrel. She came armed with peanuts and we went squirrel hunting, careful not to waste peanuts on the every-hungry crows and blackbirds! Along the way I […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time #2 – fun at the zoo!

Posted on December 23, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Up and out early, I took the train to Chester and a bus to the zoo. In the early 1900’s a young boy visiting the Manchester Zoo with his father, said “One day when I have a zoo, there won’t be any bars on the cages”. Despite heavy opposition, in 1930, that dream started […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time #1 – the origins of an old faithful!

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I had a few days before my next assignment in Liverpool, so had loads of time to do some exploring, as well as a new arrival to meet! I was staying in an area called Port Sunlight, in Liverpool, which is one of the finest surviving garden villages in the UK.  Founded by William Lever […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time!

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Sioux under Green Door

  I had a few days in Liverpool before starting work again, so arranged with friends to stay in a guest room at a block of retirement apartments.   I was given a lovely little 2-sleeper room, with fridge & microwave. The station was close by and the area was historic. A shop & pub […]

Rekindling old friendships #9 – Time to say farewell

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I had an early morning flight so I said my farewells and we headed to the airport. Watching the sun rise from above the clouds is always special.  It wasn’t a very long flight and no sooner had we reached cruising height than it was time to descend again!   We landed at a […]

Rekindling old friendships #8 – kiss that stone! #3

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Back in Cork City, I visited the three spired Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral (Ardeaglais Naomh Fionnbarra). Each of the three spires support a Celtic cross in reference to Saint Patrick, seen as a foundational ancestor by both Irish Catholics and Protestants.  Legend has it that after Finbarr died, his remains were brought to Cork to be enclosed […]

Rekindling old friendships #7 – kiss that stone! #2

Posted on December 8, 2017 by Sioux under General

  There are massive gardens surrounding Blarney castle with paths taking walkers past various attractions such as several natural rock formations with fanciful names such as Druid’s Circle, Witch’s Cave and the Wishing Steps. The grounds include a poison garden with a number of poisonous plants; and a couple of stunning waterfalls.   The Giant Dolmen resting near the river’s edge is […]

Rekindling old friendships #6 – kiss that stone! #1

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Taking advantage of the clear, dry weather, I headed into Cork City on the bus and from there to Blarney Castle – when in Ireland, one has to get to kiss the Blarney Stone & I intended to do just that! Having said that, being as how there are millions of others that have […]

Rekindling old friendships #5 – Out and about in Cork

Posted on December 2, 2017 by Sioux under General

  With an hour to spare before I caught the bus to Blarney Castle, I wandered around in Cork, but didn’t venture too far from the bus terminal as the next bus was only due two hours later. When I returned later in the day, I walked further but headed to Saint Fin Barre’s cathedral […]





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