on the edge of the River Dee is a regular haunt of ours and I have blogged
about its ice cream and chips on a previous occasion.
enlarge this picture it will tell you about Parkgate.
When I was little it was possible to buy
twists of paper with cooked shrimps in them from the windows of a couple of the
local buildings but the shrimp fishing has long gone.It’s amazing to think that in Mum and Dad’s
lifetime Parkgate went from having a fishing fleet that sailed down the River
Dee to being the silted up marsh we see today.
Can you imagine the sea breaking over the rooftops of these
houses? That’s what it was like a century ago on stormy nights. You can read all about it here at NestonPast.com.
In a century Parkgate went from having a fishing fleet to just gullies and channels in a marsh.
mountain in the background across the marshes, the Dee and the intervening
hills is Moel Famau about which GB blogged the other day.
women chatting are Partner-who-loves-tea and one of her students.Wherever we go P-w-l-t bumps into a student
or former student – usually with ensuing hugs and squeals (from the students –
P-w-l-t doesn’t do squeals!).
A quiet corner of Parkgate – of which there are not many on a
Last week GB, Partner-who-loves-tea
and I went to Sudley House in Liverpool.
I would have taken photos of the outside but it was raining stair-rods
both when we arrived and when we left.
The school that I went to was Holt
High School for Boys - a school founded by the Holt family.
George Holt, who settled at Sudley
House, came from a family of prominent local businessmen. His father, George
Holt Senior, was originally from Rochdale. He moved to Liverpool as a young man
and made his fortune as a cotton broker. In 1820 he married Emma Durning, who
came from a rich and long-established Liverpool family. The couple were active
in local politics and educational and philanthropic schemes. They also collected art on a small scale.
Their diary records some of their purchases, most of them made from local
George Holt married Elizabeth Bright.
Their only child Emma was born in 1862. The family lived in Edge Lane and then
West Derby before settling at Sudley House in 1884. Emma, who was 21 at the time, lived at Sudley
for the remaining 60 years of her life. Emma was also a noted philanthropist.
Like her father she was a strong supporter of Liverpool University. She never
married, so with her death in 1944 George Holt's line came to an end. She
bequeathed the house and the collection of paintings assembled by her father to
the city of Liverpool. For a time Sudley
House housed a local library.
Today Sudley House is one of the few
period homes decorated in a Victorian style that still has many of its original
features. It is also the only surviving Victorian merchant art collection in
Britain still hanging in its original location. Some of my favourite pictures were
A Treatise on Parrots by Henry Stacey
Love’s Palace by J M Strudwick (1849-1935).
This painting was commissioned by Holt
himself. The subject is based on a poem
by G F Bodley.
Mrs Sargent by George Romney (1734-1802)
The Windmill by Thomas Creswick
A Lake Scene by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873)
Return from the Mill by Rosa Bonheur
Landscape, Hampstead (1848) by John
Everett Millais (1829-1896)
Today is the ninth blogivversary of
Rambles. I had various blogs before this one including ones on Angelfire before Google came along but this has been the longest-lasting and most popular one.
During those nine years I have done 2850 posts and had 835,000 page
views. Of those page views 251,212 were
from the USA and 210,537 from the UK.
Germany and Russia each had around 40,000 pageviews and the rest were
predominantly from Canada, France, Ukraine, Australia, India, and The
Netherlands. Nowadays I average 300 to
500 pageviews a day. I suspect my
comment moderation puts some people off commenting but it has proved necessary
because of the unpleasant spam I get.
The most popular search terms that
have brought people to Rambles include starlings, new penny, wink, creepers,
Buddy Holly, snowing, banana split, Rosa Bonheur, thank you, butterfly, trail,
tattoo… I wonder how many people found
what they imagined they would?
My most popular posts – judging by
pageviews – have been Eggheads (with 10,000 views); Brothel Creepers (I’m sure the majority of the
9336 folk who visited that didn’t get what they wanted!!); A Wink or a Wimble; Eugene Grasset - Librairie Romantique; Starlings; Buddy Holly - 1936-1959; A New
Penny; and that well known Bart Simpson
phrase Eat my shorts.
I’ve had many other blogs in the past
including ones for Words and phrases, the Wirral, my garden, the Hebrides,
Exeter, Wildlife, Recipes, On This Day, Memories, Postcards… Nowadays with the exception of my postcard
one they are all incorporated into Rambles so I occasionally post about all
those subjects. But past posts on those blogs can be seen by clicking on my profile and looking down the list of blogs. The other great thing
about “Rambles from my Chair” is that it has a list of my blogging friends down
the side and that’s very important to me.
In 2012 I did a blogiversary post (how many 'v's are there in blogivversary?) and in it I mentioned some of the people that blogging had brought me into contact with. "Some of them, like a Girl from Vermont (Heather) – I met early on and have kept in touch with ever since. Another reader of my blog – Canadian Chickadee (Carol) in Seattle doesn't have her own blog and yet we have become firm friends using both e-mails and snail mail. I've visited friends and acquaintances all over the world and unlike my blogging brother, GB, I don't use aeroplanes and the car. I just sit in my swivel chair at my desk and say hello from there." People like Dawn Treader (Monica from Sweden), Heleen (from The Netherlands) and Hawwa (Eva from Morocco/Spain) are not only blogging friends but also fellow postcard lovers and we share our news by snail mail. MessyMimi, Librarian (Meike), An English Travel Writer (Jenny) and A Georgia Girl with an English Heart (Kay) have visited and commented upon my blog for years now. Fhina (Carol), the most inappropriately named Woman of No Importance, and Adrian, whose images sometimes leave me drooling with envy, are among the other friends I have made.
So many friends I have been fortunate enough to make. And in a
month's time Partner-who-loves-tea and I will be meeting Friend-uber-special from Long Island when she
and her husband come over to Scotland for a visit. The thought of that is
Rambles from my Chair has given me enormous
pleasure over the years and I hope it has brought you enjoyment (and possibly even education) as well.
Thanks for stopping by! Would you like a cup of tea or coffee? And please, sit for a spell. If you enjoy my posts, please feel free to follow me or subscribe to my blog. This is a word verification free, family friendly blog, so everything I share here is for all ages. I am a happily married man in my late sixties who lives on the Wirral peninsula, near Liverpool, in the UK.
I'm a blogger - and nowadays that seems to be my main occupation. Rambles from My Chair is my main blog. I’m a retired local government executive - now studying how to survive a neurological disorder that gives me various problems but, hopefully, a whole new outlook on life and an increased sense of humour and perspective. There is a saying in Sweden "man måste vara frisk för att orka vara sjuk" ~ "you have to be well to cope with being ill"....
I enjoy most forms of communication and postcards are a special favourite. Scriptor Senex is Latin for Old Writer. My real name is John but I've almost forgotten that nowadays...
“He’s not so old. He’s just the age that he is, that’s all.” (Gerald Hammond)