Renting with dog

As you probably know, we have an amazing dog – Festus. In Romania we didn’t have to rent with him, as we had our own apartment.

When Festus and I moved here it was easy because hubby was already here and the landlady said it’s fine if he wants to bring his rottie.

After a few months, in May last year, we moved from Liverpool and we were undecided between Liverpool and Manchester. We had options near Manchester and in Liverpool, but we’ve decided to move to Wirral.

It was a very good idea, we both like Wirral. Near us there is a small forest, a lot of parks, shops, nice restaurants, beach and interesting tourist attractions.

We’ve made a few friends this year, I am a volunteer and I like what I’m doing. All this and the nice landscapes of Wirral were enough to make us decide to look for a house in this area.

We started looking 2 months ago, but we weren’t in a rush. We went to 4-5 agencies and we looked online for properties to rent. We said from the start we don’t want to collaborate with one of them, a very big one, but with quite unpleasant employees.

The 3rd agency was the one that we thought it had potential. We went there and talked for a few minutes, they didn’t ask nothing about us, just what type of properties we are looking for. We booked viewings for 2 houses that were fine from our point of view. Unlike most tenants, we didn’t want a place near a bus station or a school. Both houses were in an industrial aria. That was perfect for us, just a few houses, so less cats. It sounds strange, but the number of cats is a big deal for us with Festus, because he has a high prey drive.

Anyway, the houses didn’t look good. We told the agent we want to see more proprieties and that we had a dog. After 15 minutes, we got a call from the agency.  We were asked where are we from, what breed is Festus. Apparently it made a difference, as in 5 minutes she called again and told him they cannot help us find a place.

We were disapointed. The houses weren’t nice, they didn’t look like in the pictures and I’m sure the landlords would have said it’s fine to let with a dog. Considering the way the houses looked, it was unlikely that Festus would have damaged the place. The lady said she didn’t call the landlords, but she thought they wouldn’t agree, that no landlord would agree.

The 4th agency was the one. We went there and talked with a lovely lady. We told her about Festus and our requirements. Again, we booked viewings for 2 houses and we had low expectations. After the ordeal with the 3rd agency, we thought the houses will be in a bad shape, unlike the pictures on the website. The 1st house we saw was fine. The 2nd one was even better. So, we went back to the agency, told them we want to rent it.

They talked with the landlord and she said she doesn’t mind we have a rottweiler. So, we saw it on Thursday and on Tuesday next week we paid the deposit. Happy ending!

I still don’t think is hard to rent with a dog. We end up renting the 1st house we said we want to rent. It takes time to find a good place, but everybody has issues when they search for a home.

We had a lot of requirements: post office in walking distance, easy to find a parking space, a quieter street and not near a bus station, a green spot close to the house, a yard (even if it’s small), 2 bedrooms, storage space and enough cupboards in the kitchen.

Lightnight 2013

This year the weather was better than last year. It started raining as we were heading back to the car.ln_01

We’ve started the tour of the museums with Tate, which celebrated his 25th anniversary. We didn’t take pictures. I liked a few pieces on display, but not many.

Beside the displays I’ve already seen and liked, I was impressed by “Blood of a Poet Box”, by Eleanor Antin. She made a wooden box containing one hundred glass slides of blood specimens from poets.

After Tate, we went to Museum of Liverpool. There we arrived in time for the workshop with the osteoarchaeologist. It was a funny way to learn a few things about the way the Romans were treating different illnesses. We even saw a “real” brain surgery.
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Open Eye Gallery was the next on our list. Last year they had more interesting photos on display.

Drape was really boring, even if the idea behind the photos was interesting.

After that, we went to the Town Hall. I really enjoyed this year representations. I saw very interesting and realistic drawings. Also, we’ve encountered a few characters in the Hall, and that was a nice touch.
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In the back of the Hall there was a food fair. Similar with the fairs in medieval times: same location, food stalls, beer stalls and music.

We had to cross L1 to get to Victoria Gallery and Museum and, finally I saw one of the trees from “In other words”. Lovely, isn’t it?
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There was a band singing and dancing in L1. Very nice music and entertaining. Unfortunately it was cold and late, so they didn’t have a large audience.
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We’ve reached Victoria Gallery and Museum. We’ve passed by it so many times while we stood in Liverpool, but we never had the time to visit it until now.
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In the Victoria Gallery we saw the lovely story of James Baillie Fraser. The drawings are great, too. There are a few other interesting exhibits in the gallery.

This is the 1st time I see an owl skeleton. I never imagined it would look like this.
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Another interesting exhibit in Victoria Museum. Liverpool’s Dental Hospital is over 150 years old. It was founded by dentist William John Newman to provide free dental treatment for the poor people.

Newman was treating poor people three mornings a week. He had to sell subscriptions, so he could fund the free cabinet. In 1863 his dental rooms were renamed The Liverpool Dental Hospital. In time, more dentists joined him, offering free service. In 1880 the hospital had to move because the previous location was to small.

At 55, in 1887, Newman died leaving his family impoverished because he had spent so much of his time treating the poor.
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There are some interesting displays about teeth and treatments. For example, in the past, they used human teeth. Some of the teeth used were from poor people, cadavers or imported from US, from the battle field.

In the Museum there are some fossils too.
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Just perfect for heavy smokers.
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We planned to go to Walker and St. George’s Hall, but we didn’t have time. So, we went to Palm House.

This was the 1st time Palm House participated at Lightnight. It looked beautiful, even if we arrived to late to visit it.
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The Labyrinth was in the Cathedral. It was nicer than outside, especially because it started to rain. There were lots of people and live music.
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Sorry for the quality of the photos, we didn’t have the camera, just the phone.

Circular walk

I’m a big fan of nature, so, walking thru the forest and fields sounds great every time. We were prepared with a map with lots of details.

Because we left home at 5pm we had time only for a shorter walk. We parked at Brimstage Hall and jumped the stile in the field near the car park. The route was easy to follow and very nice. cw_01

There were a few stiles on the way. There is a small gap for dogs, but I’m not sure if Festus will fit thru it. Anyway, on the next circular walk we’ll take him with us.
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A lovely picture of the Thornton Manor. I’ve read in the leaflet the Manor was build in 1840 and it was owned by William Lever, the founder of the soap factory in Port Sunlight.
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We reached Thornton Hough Village. It is a small village, with a nice church and lovely houses.
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On the way back to Brimstage Hall.
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Hat Works Museum

We went yesterday in Manchester with business. But it was a shame not to take advantage to visit Hat Works Museum and have a nice evening with friends at a shisha bar.

First of all, we had to make sure Festus is tired. More pictures here.

A play in the woods is always enough to make him want to sleep for the rest of the day. Hubby and I weren’t dressed for the occasion, but, with Festus, that’s not a problem. As you can see in the picture, this time Festus and hubby had matching “outfits”. hwm_01

Heels were too much, but I had the “flats in a pocket” with me. They are really great.
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Hat Works Museum was very interesting. I think we must go back to visit it with a guide.
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Me trying new looks, in case the Victorian clothing will be in style again. I love the cape, but I’m not so sure about the bonnet.
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I also tried a few modern looks. Hubby tried a painter hat, looked good on him.
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It was funny to try on hats. Also we both find the technological process very interesting. I didn’t like the fact that in the old days they used beaver and rabbit fur to make the hats. I had the impression all of them are made from wool.

After visiting the museum and the meetings, we went with friends at a shisha bar called Wanasah Cafe. The service was very good.

Croxteth Hall

Yesterday we went to Croxteth Hall. It was lovely. We both enjoyed the Hall, the walled gardens and the farm.

The Hall is beautiful. The history of the Earls of Sefton is interesting, from the first Earl receiving the title in 1771 to the last one, the 7th, who died in 1972.

We saw the wine cellar, the servants hall, the kitchens, the steward’s room and the family rooms. The kitchens were gorgeous. They are big, with lovely skylight windows and 3 kitchen islands. A dream for every cook.

The family rooms were very nice. The Smoking room was interesting, small and comfortable. The Billiard room was lovely too.
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