Eastgate and Eastgate Clock

Eastgate and Eastgate Clock

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. 

Narrowboat on the bridgewater canal

Narrowboat on the bridgewater canal

Cruising down the Bridgewater canal on my dad’s boat I see the canal from a lower angle. Being in the middle of the canel rather than on the banks gives a unique perspective. Especially of the other cruisers and narrowboats moored along the banks. This is one of the nicest looking traditional narrowboats I saw. We cruised from Sale Cruising Club up to Thelwall and back. The furtherest we have been on the boat. The Evening Star of North Yorks is a traditional narrowboat.

Thelwall Village Post Office

Thelwall Village Post Office

Thelwall is one of the smallest villages in England. It’s in Warrington, Cheshire near to where I grew up. Until this year I’d never visited the village. I went with my family for lunch at the Pickering Arms is across the road from the old Post Office. The traditional red telephone box is a rare sight in 2017 but I happy there are still some left in Britain. The red of the post box to the left and red front door work well together. Unfortunately, like many small post offices, this one has been closed as is now part of someone’s home.

Homemade scarecrow doll

Homemade scarecrow doll

Scarecrows come in all shapes and sizes. In this case a doll. I was exploring my dad’s new allotment. After seeing the great fruit and vegetables he’s growing for the family. I looked around at the neighbours. Some had little sheds. Some hand crafted signs. Then this allotment with a few doll scarecrows. This was my favourite, surrounded by colourful flowers.