Where do I begin? It’s been such a busy week. At the beginning we had the birthday of Son-who-watches-films. An enjoyable present opening experience.
But part of the has been busy feeling yuck – and texting Son-who-watches-films at 2 a.m. to ask if he was up and could make me a cup of tea, some toast and bring me cool pads for my head from the fridge. Or whining at Partner-who-loves-tea or simply banging my head on the wall. Or, like yesterday morning, lying exhausted in bed thinking – “Why aren’t I out planting fruit trees in the Sunday sunshine?”
Another part has been simply catching up on things. But two days have been brilliant.
A Valentine’s Day trip to Liverpool
On Valentine’s Day Partner-who-loves-tea and I went to town (i.e. Liverpool) for a routine piece of shopping. Job done, we wandered around the shops and had a most enjoyable time. Our wanderings included having the set ‘lunch for two’ at John Lewis restaurant. That sounds quite reasonable, doesn’t it? It isn’t, it’s so naughty…
While in the restaurant having our ‘high tea’ (i.e. we were on the fourth floor), there was a fire in a nearby hotel and we had a bird’s eye view.
They brought the ladder truck.
In all it took six houirs to put the fire out and it did a lot of damage to the hotel's top floors but at least no one was injured and the place was evacuated within ten minutes.
We also found what we wanted as Silver Wedding present from GB. We have been looking for it since the event in last October. It is now half bought and the other half has yet to be done. Just a little teaser, to whet your appetite about something to come soon.
A couple of days ago P-w-l-t also got a new Samsung 10 inch tablet and has been playing with it at every opportunity.
On Friday I had a migraine overnight. The sort that had me using for-letter words and banging my head on the pillows (the next sort is banging it on the walls). So my plans to go to Chester with Partner who had a nine o’ clock appointment there on Saturday looked like they had gone for a Burton. But at eight a.m. I took my courage (and my camera) in both hands, donned my special scarf and headed off with her. I had a super day!
We meandered and took photos, we raided the charity shops, we stopped for coffee/tea breaks, and we trotted through the boutiques.
These are The Rows – a famous feature of the city of Chester. The shops at street level have a further row of shops above them.
Steps go from the pavement onto the rows at regular intervals.
Everywhere you go in the centre of Chester there marvellous Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century carvings on the Tudor and Stuart buildings.
There are coats of arms all over the place as well.
The market cross and St Peter’s church. (I’ll show the cathedral another time).
A coffee break, a bobby and a pretty girl
One of our coffee breaks was in The Patisserie Valerie. I can’t imagine why we were tempted into there…
It’s OK, we didn't eat it all. We split the carrot cake and fruit tart between us and took the franzipan home for later.
It’s about time people realised that....
British bobby on the beat.
I have no objection to pretty girls giving out balloons to advertise the Grosvenor Shopping Centre.
But doing it in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre seemed a bit pointless!
Chinese New Year
We met a very noisy march to mark the end of Chinese New Year week.
Complete with civic accompaniment – the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
Carrying the lettuce to entice the dragons forward.