Quarry Bank Mill

Yesterday we went to Quarry Bank Mill, near Manchester. Hubby forgot to take the camera, so he took pictures with the phone.

I was very impressed with the mill, it was even better than expected. The staff were very helpful, they showed us how different things worked. 20131128_125514

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This is the apprentice house. We had a guided tour and it was lovely. The guide told us a lot of interesting facts about the life the workers used to have in the mill. We’ve heard some details about The mill and it sounds very interesting.

In this house used to live 90 apprentices and the superintendent with his wife. The apprentices were mostly orphan girls, taken from when they were 9 years old and forced to work until they reached 18 or sometimes 21. In one bedroom there were 60 girls and they had to work for 12 hours/day for 6 days/week so they could earn their keeping.

But, if they wanted to, they could work overtime and get some money after the contract was finished. Even if it sounds awful, the life in the mill was better than in other places.
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Home for 2 years

I’ve moved many times until now. Before my 6th birthday I moved 3 times, but I was so little it didn’t actually matter.

At 22 I moved with my boyfriend (now hubby) in a small town near Bucharest… at 23 we moved in Bucharest… at 24 we moved again in another small town near Bucharest, after the wedding. I though we were settled, but it turned out that after a few years we’ve made a radical change and we moved to UK.

So 2 years ago, at 29, I arrived in Liverpool. It was the 1st time I was in UK and I wasn’t sure I would like it. We’ve stayed for 6 months in Liverpool and we moved to Wirral, a few minutes away from L’pool. Now I’m sure I’ll live my life here, in the UK, even if we’ll move again in another city.

I’m in love with the British weather… I’m sure it sounds strange, but for me it’s not too cold nor too hot. I’m not even bothered if it’s raining. In the city it’s not muddy and if we go for walks in muddy places… I’m the proud owner of 2 wellies (one of them has butterflies!!).

I love the food, cheddar is my favorite type of cheese… I think I’ve eaten cheddar every day for the last 2 years, so… I’m a huge fan. My life as a vegetarian is easier here, having the “V” on the labels. Some types of cheese or deserts aren’t vegetarian, but it’s not a problem, as I can easily see the ones that are. Also there are so many choices, I couldn’t be more happier.

The desserts are great, I was never too found of syrupy deserts (traditional in Romania), so scones, fruit cakes, cupcakes, lime/lemon tarts and cheesecakes are perfect for me. I think my favorite desert is sticky toffee pudding, but I’m in love with chocolate lava cake too.

I love the way most Brits think. The fact that many of them get involved in different organizations, helping the parks, the stray dogs, butterflies, rats, cats, rabbits, ponies, the homeless, the abused women, people with cancer and even different landmarks, like Williamson tunnels.

I like their politeness. In 2 years I got used to smile at people on the street or at the cashier in supermarket. I like the fact so many are active at 70-80, going to restaurants/pubs, holidays. And I’m a monarchist 🙂

I’m even found of the TV programs! Considering a few months ago we bought our 1st TV that is something interesting. I’m sure I’m not in the target market for the shows I’m watching, but they are really interesting. Masterchef and Great British bake off are lovely and I even bought an agenda to write down everything I want to remember.

Also, I’m very keen in Coast and Countryfile. I watch Time team and other building/buying shows, like Location, location, location and Grand Designs.

I’m also very happy with the camping sites that are available here. Next year I’m sure I can convince hubby to have another camping trip.

Self catering cottages are also great, especially for us, with Festus. We’ve already rented 2 for next year, when we’ll go to fairs. This kind of holiday accommodation is perfect for us, having a place where we can leave Festus alone for a few hours is great. Also, having a kitchen is great. After staying on 4″ heels for 9-10 hours, I don’t have any desire to go to a restaurant to eat. I’d rather snuggle on the sofa with a ready meal and, maybe, a glass of wine.

All this (and a few other things) makes me feel that I’m already at home. It’s not perfect, but nowhere is perfect.

Speke Hall

I’ve been so busy in October and November, that I didn’t have time to write anything. We had a lot of events, a “creepy” house for Halloween, hubby’s birthday and my birthday and we’ve changed the car.

Now, that finally things are starting to settle down, I have more time to post on my blog and on Festus’s blog.

This weekend we’ve visited Speke Hall. For my birthday I’ve received a membership to National Trust. I’m very happy with it, we have an additional reason to go on day trips or to visit an interesting place for a few hours.sp_01

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This is the original victorian wallpaper.
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The great hall with it’s original Tudor fireplace. It looks lovely with the Christmas decorations.
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I would love to have my breakfast in a similar setting.
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On the paneled wall is depicted the story of the family that built Speke Hall.
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The rose garden should look lovely in the summer.
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The maze, seen from outside.
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Here is the restaurant. We had a coffee and Wet Nelly, a Liverpool speciality. I really enjoyed it. Hubby wasn’t that keen on it, as he prefers more syrupy cakes.
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The airport is so close that we saw a few airplanes leaving.
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