‘Twas the night before Christmas

Christmas Eve.  The cards have been sent, the decorations are up, the baking is done, the presents are wrapped.  Time to relax and enjoy the holidays… Not so for friends and family in Toronto who have lost power due to the ice storm.  I hope that power is restored to them soon and that those without it find a place to be warm and happy….

Quite opposite to the pictures of snow and ice coming from Ontario, here our chance of a white Christmas is pretty much nil.  Although it makes it a little bit difficult to get into the Christmas spirit, the weather has been very conducive to getting out for some lovely walks over the past few days.

Today we met Denis for a 16 mile walk around Frodsham, Delamere and Helsby Hill.  Given the number of times I’ve driven past Helsby Hill on the motorway, it was nice to finally see the view from the top.  It was impressive – you could see all the way up the Mersey to Liverpool, Birkenhead and across to Wales as well.

On Sunday we met Julie and Stuart (along with Bron and Idris, of course) for a walk by Leasowe Lighthouse and Leasowe Bay.  There was a lot of ball action involving all 3 dogs followed by afternoon tea at Palm Hill.

On Friday morning, Stella and I went out to Hilbre Island and enjoyed the most amazing sunrise.  Paul and I also caught the sunset at West Kirby on a rather windy afternoon.

With all these wonderful walks have come some great picture taking opportunities.  Here are four of my favourites:

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West Kirby Sunset

P1030391West Kirby Sunrise

P1030405 Little Eye Sunrise

P1030425Leasowe Lighthouse

And Happy Christmas!

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days;

That can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth;

 That can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home.”

Charles Dickens