Ferry across the Mersey

Ferry across the Mersey

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. 

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Back in the UK for another family reunion. This time we spend the long May bank holiday weekend at a farm house in Calke (pronounced Cork). Being so close we all made sure we visited the abbey. This Baroque mansion was built in 1701 but was never actually an abbey. It was owner by the Harper family for nearly 300 years. Today it is in the care of the National Trust. The grounds were expansive and well worth a visit. Inside much of the interior is in a variety of states of decay. This was surprising but still very interesting to see.

Lippo Centre – Hong Kong

Lippo Centre - Hong Kong

Cities are one of my favourite photographic subjects. Getting to view points or lookout points isn’t always easy. In Hong Kong it’s generally pretty simple to find high up lookouts. Walking through Hong Kong Park I saw a vantage point tower. It was a great surprise that not only was it open to the public but it was free to walk up the stairs to the top. This was the view looking across the park to the surround skyscrapers. The Lippo Centre is a twin tower complex completed in 1988. It’s one of the more unique pieces of architecture in the city. The octagonal buildings are clad with a dark blue refractive glass curtain wall. The tower on the left has 44 floors with 48 floors in tower 2 on the right.

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.