I've just got back from a very enjoyable day out. Drove the fifteen or so miles to Liverpool Town centre. Bought tickets for the Philharmonic Hall in May when the Royal Marines Band will be there for the Battle of the Atlantic celebrations. (70 years ago). Then carried on to Otterspool Promenade for a long walk and a picnic on a bench overlooking North Wales and the Wirral peninsula. The weather was glorious and the sun quite warm, people were out waking, cycling and running and there was a general atmosphere of fun with lots of children on their new bikes and scooters etc.
I do agree old pal, the weather here is just like a Spring day and everyone is out and about. I stood at the end of the village and, looking west could see The Cheviot still with snow, looking north Lindisfarne was basking in the weak sunshine and probably sinking under the weight of pre-season tourists, finally looking east I could make out Bamburgh Castle looking imposing as ever.
This brings to mind a poem, written by John Dryden, I learned in my youth and which I can relate to.
"How blessed is he, who leads a country life,
Unvexed with anxious cares and void of strife!
Who studying peace, and shunning civil rage,
Enjoy'd his youth, and now enjoys his age."
We certainly can't complain about the weather so far in 2013, let's hope it continues.
I'm not really living in the country but do live on the posh side of Liverpool. I'm also in a bungalow but from the attic window I can see North Wales on a good day.
I was brought up as an evacuee in the countryside of Shropshire, and I also have lived in wonderful country areas such as Dartmoor so I can relate to your poem. But I also think country life in those far off days were much less hectic than they are now.
I think you are over the limit with the same old groaners. Liverpool is no different than other cities for that kind of petty crime. It never has been either, but for some reason or other TV liked to have somewhere to run down. It happened to pick on Liverpool. I suggest you get a few books and read all about this fair city. who knows even someone as thick as you may become enlightened!
Jock1e. Yes it is said that Liverpool was once the capital of Wales. It has also been said to be the capital of Ireland, because of all the Irish who settled here probably. Most of us Scousers can boast an Irish Grandparent. I certainly can, along with a Scottish one. Maybe we were also once the capital of Scotland?