2016 has been one hell of a ride; and not the fun kind with loop-de-loops and water slides. This year has felt like one of those haunted houses you see in dodgy travelling fairs where you’re scared your cart might fall off the track at any moment. Instead of the creepy skeleton dropping from above, I had the estate agent who informed us we had to leave our property at short notice. Instead of toxic dry ice to choke on, it’s been a combination of toxic personalities mixed with my own anxiety that’s choked me up, and instead of the sound of cackling witches and spooky ghosts it’s been nightmare phone calls like the one informing me of my Mum’s heart attack. I’ve never felt so powerless and useless as I have in 2016.
Attempting to stay positive and goal oriented has been hard, hence the long silent pauses on this blog, but as the saying goes: Every cloud has a silver lining. In my case this has come in a new sense of self: Self confidence, esteem and belief. It turns out that life’s struggles can make you stronger.
After trying and failing to fix my life for over a year, I decided it was time for a different approach to my problems, took life in to my own hands and with the help of my family I moved back to Liverpool. I’ve spent the past month rediscovering the city and falling in love with it all over again. There is so much that I missed when I’ve lived here previously; tons of art galleries, shops, and a seemingly endless supply new cafés and restaurants to try out.
So, onwards and upwards. It’s time for something different.
One of the best ways to get to know a city is to do so from the air. Wayne had only visited Liverpool once before moving here, so we took to finding the highest points of the city for some gorgeous landscape views. This was taken on the Wheel of Liverpool at the Albert Dock. It was a windy day and the slightest move in the cart sent it rocking back and fore. Bit scary, but a fun experience.
A failed attempt getting a skyline-selfie – missing all of the main landmarks but capturing my under-eye stress-bags beautifully. This was taken on the viewing deck at Liverpool Central Library. I hadn’t been in the library since my childhood and it’s changed so much! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the city. If not for the view, then do it for the impressive Picton Reading Room.
I found this on my Dad’s mantelpiece. I honestly have no recollection of this moment, which is kinda worrying because HOW CREEPY IS THAT SCARECROW/MARSHMALLOW MAN?!
Spotted in St Johns Gardens next to St Georges Hall. The gardens house some beautiful sculptures and statues. This is such a unique and respectful way to honour those who’ve died in vehicle accidents whilst also raising awareness.
Of all the days to try Liverpool’s City Bike scheme, I chose one of the hottest days of the year. This American Diner School bus serves up classic American fast food. I went for the grilled cheese. Yum!
This well behaved boy is perched happily on the mobility scooter of a lovely woman who’s name I’ve forgotten. I asked her if I could take a pic and she showed me his gorgeous peach coloured feathers. [Side note: Click here to read my Albert Dock Premier Inn review].
As I was hanging washing on the line a few weeks back, I spotted a hot-pink beetle thing running around the yard floor. I’ve never seen such a bold coloured insect in the UK before. After a bit of Googling I learned that’s it’s called a jewel wasp. Although it might look pretty, these wasps are pure evil. They reproduce by laying eggs inside cockroach brains, turning the roach in to a zombie in the process. Seriously, it’s effin weird. Read more here, if you like that kinda thing.
Every few years a stupid craze comes along that the media exacerbates. This year its clowns! Not just one clown, but gangs of clowns. Urgh, bring back happy slapping, please.