18 December 2015

Hedgehogs



These pictures are actually from a couple of years ago, when me and a friend found two baby hedgehogs in the garden, but I thought I’d share them anyway. We had been sat inside having dinner when we heard squeaking – like the noise that a guinea pig might make. We looked outside and saw these two cute little baby hedgehogs. They were on the patio in the back garden so we put on gloves and moved them back up the steps to the grass where we guessed they would have come from. 


Later, when it had got dark we could hear them again so we rang a helpline for people who had found hedgehogs and we were told to bring them inside, to keep them warm, and that we could feed them plain cat food. So we did. We brought the two of them inside in a cardboard box and fed them one of the cats’ chicken pouches which they seemed to enjoy. 

The next day we could hear another hedgehog outside and thought that it could be looking for the two we had, so we put the box outside under the hedge with some food, in the hope that they would find each other. Once we came home they had both gone; I like to think that they managed to reunite!


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15 December 2015

A Trip to York



I’ve always liked York; I used to visit often when I was younger. It was the perfect autumn day when we drove to York the other week. We walked along by the River Ouse with the sun making the water sparkle. It reminded me of the time I went on a canal boat down the Ouse, sitting on the roof of the boat as the sun beat down. 



We walked into the centre of the city – there are lots of shops and places to eat. There’s also lots of little roads and one of the best places to walk round is The Shambles with its tiny cobbled road and little shops either side.  There’s also a really nice fudge shop (if you can find it – we didn’t this time!) We got a milkshake each from CafĂ© Nero and walked to the Minster since it was too nice of a day to be stuck inside. We didn’t go inside York Minster, but you can and entry is about £10. We finished our trip by walking along the castle wall; this gave us a different view of the Minster, as well as a brilliant view of York itself. (I also saw a hedgehog in someone’s garden.)


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8 December 2015

Stadium Tour - Liverpool to Rochdale



I went to Liverpool on the same day that I visited Oldham and Manchester.  We went to Tranmere first as it was the furthest away.  Driving through the Mersey Tunnel is terrifying, and I had to do it twice to get Prenton Park and back. We were going to avoid it on the way back, but the detour would have added on an hour and a half to the journey.  After I'd taken photos here we drove back through the tunnel and to Anfield.  They were getting a new stand built, I think, so it was quite busy.  


Next, we went to Goodison Park; I was surprised at how close the two stadiums actually are to each other!  The man in the carpark told us where we could park and an Everton bus waved at us while were taking photos in front of the Goodison Road sign. After leaving Everton we drove into Liverpool city centre to see the Liver bird building and headed to Albert Dock for a bite to eat.


The final stops on our long day of touring were Wigan, Bolton, Bury and Rochdale.  We went to Wigan first after dinner - they actually have a brick in the front of the stadium commemorating when they beat us (City) in the cup final.


Bolton were shutting their gates by the time we got there so we quickly snapped a photo and drove to Bury, who actually had shut their gates!  (I had to get a photo through the bars.) Luckily, the last ground on our tour, Rochdale, was easy to get to and I was able to get a picture without any trouble.  Eighteen down, 74 to go…


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1 December 2015

Stadium Tour - Oldham, City and United


Continuing on with my ‘nearby stadiums tour’, we drove to Oldham’s ground, Boundary Park. We parked outside the ground and took pictures in front of the main entrance. (Between taking the first two photos below, I got chased by a dog!). 


After that incident, we went back to Manchester and to my beloved City's home, the Etihad. I already have numerous photos from here but since we were passing by... It was a lovely sunny day in Manchester too.


The next stop, sadly, was Old Trafford. I don't know what was going on, but they had people at the barriers into the car park and the place was full of tourists. I decided to get a quick photo and make a hasty exit before anyone noticed me in my City colours.


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