Liverpool docks

We visited some of the south docks. Most of them are part of residential places or business parks.

Albert Dock is the most famous. Jesse Hartley designs the dock in 1839, but the construction began in 1841 and in 1845 the dock opens. Albert dock functioned until 1972. Now it hosts a few museums, restaurants and bars and it’s the starting point for sightseeing tours.ld_01

Wapping dock opens in 1834. It has been developed to link Georges, Salthouse, Canning, Albert, Dukes, Kings, Queens and Brunswick docks. The Wapping dock warehouse closes in 1988.
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The duck marines on the dock.
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King’s dock is connected with Wapping dock and Queen’s dock in the south. The dock was designed by Henry Berry and opened in 1785.

Kings dock was rebuilt in 1898 under the Dock Improvement Act and began to import fresh fruit from the Canary Islands, which was stored in quayside sheds. Samples were taken to the Liverpool Fruit Exchange where they were auctioned.

In early 2000 was planned the development of the under-utilised land at Kings dock. Initial reviews considered a range of options for the site and a concert arena and convention center facility was identified as likely to make the biggest impact on employment, the local economy and Liverpool’s national profile. So it was built the Echo arena and the Wheel.
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The Liverpool Cathedral seen from the docks. We went with Festus there, a few months ago.
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Queen’s dock, opened in 1785 and it’s the largest.
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The waterfront continue with the Royal Navy Headquarters (RNHQ) Merseyside, the HMS Eaglet establishment of the Royal Naval Reserve. This and the other docks in the southern system are owned by British Waterways.

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Our Easter

Yesterday was the Orthodox Easter. For us, the religious celebrations mean traditional food, spending time at home, having quality-time as a family and getting presents. This year we got a lot of chocolate eggs, taking advantage of the offers we found before and after the British Easter.oe_01

I dyed eggs again. This time I had 4 colors, so I boiled 16. A lot of eggs for 2 people, but we’ll finish them in 2-3 days.
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I baked cozonac. It’s a Romanian traditional sweet that it’s made at special occasions. The cozonac is a loaf, similar to the cross bun, made with milk, eggs and sugar. In the interior I make a special dough with cacao and I put raisins, Turkish delight and walnuts.
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Another idea I’ve “stolen” for this Easter. Chocolate eggs in a black-muffin nest with some lemon curd. A strange combination, but I love it.
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This is one of the presents hubby got for me. A flower-cake tray. On Saturday we went shopping in the Center and I saw this at Aldi, so hubby got it for me and I had to use it.
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My first flower-cake. I’m so pleased with the silicon mould, I think the cake looks great.
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British easter and Florii

Yesterday we celebrated the British Easter and the Florii, the Romanian corespondent of Palm Sunday. Hubby’s middle name comes from a flower and on Florii (flower-day) is his name-day.

For the Easter celebrations I baked cross buns and I dyed eggs. I like the cross buns and it is not the first time I eat them. The recipe it’s easy, very similar to a traditional Romanian sweet, cozonac. I’ll make cozonac this week, for the orthodox Easter.
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Although we don’t believe in superstitions, I shared a cross bun with hubby…so, we’ll not argue at all this year :)

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For the Florii I made some sweets for hubby. Sorry, no pictures.

And, of course, our fur-kids had their own special meals yesterday: Festus (our dog) received some canned fish in oil and Chubbchubbs (our cat) a special wet food, my mother took care of that.

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P90X graduate

I’m happy to announce I’m a P90X graduate! This was my last day and the results are better than I hoped! I started 3 times so far, but the computer broke down twice so I had to stop. This time my laptop survived and I was able to finish it…and now I’m a size 8!

Let me tell you about the program. It has 11 workouts that combine cardio, martial arts, core, strength and flexibility. The workouts alternate to create the “muscle confusion”, as Tony Horton says, to prevent hitting a plateau in your training. The plan integrates 6 workouts per week and the 7th one, stretch, it’s optional. Even if I skipped yoga and stretch or some workouts because I was too tired or busy, the results are very good.

I was slim when I started (size 10), so there isn’t a huge change in that prospective. Nevertheless I lost 4.5 pounds (2 kg) and my body fat is way lower: from 31.65% to 25.93%! I’m very happy with this result and I’ll continue working so I can lower my body fat even more. I lost 3 inches (7,5 cm) from the waist and 1.5 inches (4 cm) from the hips. I lost 9 pounds (4 kg) of fat and gained 4.5 pounds (2 kg) of muscles.

In January I was able to do 28 regular pushups and now I can do 100 pushups per workout, and I can do many more with my knees down. My strength is much higher, for example I can easily lift a big branch for Festus or his bag of food of 15 kg.

Hubby took some pictures of me doing different exercises. One-arm balance push up from the chest, shoulders & triceps workout. On the last workout I did 13 push ups.p90x_01

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Stack foot push up from the core synergistics workout. On the last workout I did 8.
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Side kick from the kenpo workout, 60 kicks every time.
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During the program I eat 2000-2200 calories/day, with a few exceptions (from 1700 to 2600). I tried to keep my protein intake around 1.2g/kg and after the strength workouts I had a whey protein shake. As usual, 50% of the calories were carbs and the rest proteins and fats.

On Wednesday, hubby and I will start all over again. We will run twice a week, so the program will be a little different.

Bring it!

Update: We started on the 11th April, a week later than planned.

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Age of Dinosaurs

Hubby, a friend and I went to see the special exhibition, Age of Dinosaurs, at World Museum. It would have been better if we had a kid with us… just to justify our presence there, but, even so, it was nice. We took some pictures and we had some laughs.

The leaflet I took from the front desk helped me give you some important info. But, first of all…aod_01

Smile! you’re on camera!

The first dinosaur we saw, a Camarasaurus (chambered lizard) had up to 20.000 kg and 32 m in length.
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This one is a Gallimimus (chicken mimic). His behavior was similar to a chicken.
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Me and hubby in the same picture… very unusual :))
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On the left it’s Protoceratops (first horned face) and on the right it’s a Velociraptor (quick plunderer). They didn’t move much. The leaflet said the Velociraptor was a vicious predator, even if it had only 7-15 kg.
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Oviraptor (egg thief). I though he was guarding his own eggs…but apparently he was guarding his breakfast. A fossil was found protecting a nest of unhatched eggs, 18 of them.
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Tarbosaurus (alarming lizard), it had 8 m in length and around 3600 kg. Nice movement and sounds. I liked this one.
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This is a half skull from a real dinosaur.
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This is not a war command center, but it’s looks like one. It was one of the two interactive tables depicting the dinosaur’s evolution.
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I just love his eyes. They were very realistic, they move, had a nice color and… he could close the eyelids.
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Costume Drama tour

Sudley house has a special exhibition: Costume Drama – Fashion from 1790 to 1850. Costume Drama tour it’s a part of the special exhibition and we had the pleasure to listen to Pauline Rushton talk about the dresses.

I like the house, it feels warm and welcoming even if it’s a museum. The staff it’s great too.cdt_01

This white dress had a nice story. It’s from 1820, but it came with a letter and the owner was a daughter of a captain from slave trade. He wrote that letter to his wife, telling her nice things about her, their kids, his mother in law. The letter had a PS where he said half of the slaves were brought on board, which was very cold comparing to the tone of the letter.
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This daytime dress was worn by a new bride, after her wedding.
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The dresses were made from cotton and most of them were donations. The curator explained so nicely the big differences between dresses and it was amazing to see how the fashion evolved so much in just a few years. The evolution was due to technological progress and trends.
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Dolls’ house on stand, from 1850-1880. The furniture is English, the glassware and metal chandeliers are French and the kitchen utensils, the ornaments and the tea set are German. It looked great.
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Now it’s the tea room but in the past it was the kitchen. The homemade cakes looked yummy but we didn’t had time to try them, maybe next time.
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We went for a stroll in the garden. It’s big and nice, with beautiful trees and very upset and fighting squirrels.
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Nowruz

Yesterday we were invited by one of hubby’s friends at VOOO to celebrate the nowruz. Nowruz, or the New Day, is an Iranian celebration marking the first day of spring; occurring on the astronomical Spring Equinox. This is the first day of the Persian new year, being celebrated for over 3,000 years.

The signification of nowruz:

“Nowruz is the Persians’ longest and most cherished festivity, on which all Iranians celebrate the New Year with the nature’s resurrection from withered winter. It is deeply rooted in Zoroastrianism and counts as the oldest Iranian festival. Nowruz ancientness, variety, colorfulness, and rich symbolism mark it off from its peers in other nations and countries.

Nowruz is the Celebration of Life; it is determined according to the spring equinox and coincides with March 21, or the previous/following day, marking the start of the spring in the northern hemisphere.”

source: irpedia

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