The River Mersey taken on a walk around Sale Waterpark. Having spent my childhood in this part of Manchester this is a special place to me. I have great memories of walking and cycling along the banks of this river. As you can see this was a great summers day which makes this landscape nice and colourful. I framed this photograph to show as much of the river curving off into the distance as I could. The reflection of the bright blue sky on the water contrasts against the green of the grass.
In the heart of Chester city centre is this famous clock. Opened to the public in 1899 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 80th birthday. It stands on the site of the original entrance to the Roman fortress. Chester has one of the best preserved Roman walls in Britain. The full circuit of the wall around the centre of Chester is 2 miles long and well worth the wall along the top of the wall. There are many black and white timber buildings in Chester. The one on the left of this photograph is a great example built in 1395. It is one of the most impressive things to see in the city.
You can see some of the new modern architecture with the famous Royal Liver Building in the centre. On the far right is Museum of Liverpool which I still haven’t had a chance to explore inside. It had been many years since I last visited Liverpool. Knowing I wanted to return I also knew that parking in the city centre was expensive. One of the best ways to get into Liverpool is to take the ferry. Parking up at the free Seacombe Car Park it was a two minute walk from the car onto the ferry. The ferry only took 10 minutes to cross the river to the Liverpool Waterfront. This photograph was taken as we got back to the car in the mid afternoon looking east across the River Mersey.
Port Sunlight is s a unique and beautiful 19th century garden village. Created for the Sunlight Soap factory workers. Today there are 900 listed buildings in this small suburb. Opposite the Lady Lever Art Gallery is the museum pictured here. Built in 1913 it was originally the Girls Club. We were only in the village for a very short time and didn’t get a chance to go inside and explore the museum. The brightly coloured flowers drew my eye to capture this wide view of the museum.
Walking around Calke Abbey gardeners was fantastic. Bright flower beds and well designed vegetable gardens. I took many photographs but this was one many others missed. In the middle of the garden is a large brick house. I assume this would have been the head gardeners home. Walking up to a dark doorway it felt like I was stepping back in time. I looked through to find the head gardeners office. Scenes like this with the old, rusting tools hanging up are great record photographs. The crumbling plaster and paint on the wall behind add to the feeling of stepping back in time 100 years.