Sunday, June 14, 2009

A family visit

My sister Maxine and my nephews Alex and Joel came to stay last weekend, in between polling day and the count, which certainly took my mind off the waiting. We had a great time, they arrived early enough on Saturday morning for us to take grandstand seats at the Lord Mayor's Pageant.

Sadly it was raining on and off but not so much that it ruined the parade. Because this is Liverpool's Year of the Environment, there were no motorised vehicles allowed in the pageant, so there was marching, dancing and pedal power. I am still waiting for the photos to be emailed over, but there will be some really good ones. Pete Price did a good job of keeping the crowd entertained, accompanied by two 15 year-old student girls from the Bluecoat School. There were displays focussed on the sea, the land, the changes of seasons, space and travel, and the parade was joined by St John's Ambulance and various groups of cadets, soldiers and sailors.

Alex and Joel were very taken with the whole event, but their highlight, as described to their dad in a text, was seeing "The Lord Mayor dancing with a lady in a bra and thong" !! Actually it was a Brazilian dancer in a glittering bikini, and the Lord Mayor was a very good sport to join in with her dance when she stopped in front of us.

The pageant was followed by afternoon tea in the Town Hall and once again the kids were impressed by actually meeting the Lord Mayor and shaking his hand. Joel had his photo taken with the LordMayorLambanana, they had heard so much about these mythical beasts from Grandma Pam but this was the first time they had seen one for themselves.

Wandering through St John's Centre on the way to the bus stop, we came across two gorillas and their keeper who explained about how they were endangered species, and the boys enjoyed being hugged and having their nits pinched out by the female gorilla.

On Sunday we took the world famous Ferry across the Mersey, got off at Seacombe for an hour so the kids could play in the soft play area. We were going to go in the space centre but learnt too late that we should have bought combined tickets back at the Pier Head, so we will save that for another time. I took a couple of photos on my phone as we sailed back across. Back in Liverpool, we walked through Liverpool 1 and had lunch in Debenhams overlooking Chavasse Park. Colin who had joined us, went off to practice swimming in Queens Dock, in readiness for the Triathlon next week.

It was a really lovely weekend and I hope to tempt that back during the school summer holidays.

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