We’re having a mini heatwave here in the UK at the moment. I’m not expecting it to last long but it is ridiculously hot right now. I had the heating on and ugg boots last week, why can’t Great Britain sort it’s weather out? Anyway, we’ve been getting out and following the herds to our gorgeous beaches. We are so very lucky to have a huge choice of lovely places to visit.
On Sunday afternoon the sun just surprised us so we didn’t want to waste it sitting indoors. We grabbed our beach bag and headed to Hoylake. If you’re not from these parts then you may still have heard of it as they sometimes hold the golf open there. It becomes a hive of excitement, the schools close early and people even rent their homes out for a small fortune to accommodate the thousands of fans.
They must have known I was coming as they’d hung yards and yards of bunting up! I was expecting it to be really busy but there was hardly anyone. I left the lads playing football in one of the pitches you can see above. The rest of us headed along the prom.
It looks like a desert here. I love the fact that there’s still lush greenery growing in the sand.
We found ourselves a lovely little spot on the golden, soft sand. A bucket and spade and Jude was in his element. Which meant I could snap a few photos of the beautiful surroundings.
We were only here for about an hour but it’s all you need to feel like you’ve been at one with nature.
Jude had a great time, he didn’t want to leave.
That evening the hubster and I went out to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely meal at our new favourite tapas restaurant, Lunya. The food was amazing along with the service and surroundings. We finished the evening off with a drink in The Cavern Club. It’s a brilliant atmosphere in there, especially when there’s a Beatles band playing.
More date nights are definitely in order, it’s the only time we get to spend together alone as a couple. It’s nice to escape the house and kids occasionally, reminds me I’m not just a mother and housewife.
Back soon with some hooky happenings. Stay cool xx
Thursday 28th May was a date that had been on the calendar for a while now. I’d been given the challenge by the hubby, of securing tickets to see Sir Paul McCartney perform in his hometown of Liverpool. Bearing in mind this was going to be sold out in a matter of minutes, and it’s on his bucket list…… No pressure then! Well it was a very tense time I can tell you but with no expense spared, I did it! I was rather pleased with myself for the rest of the day and so relieved.
With babysitters organised and a quick tea gobbled down, we headed over the Mersey to the Echo arena. There were so many people. We knew it’d be busy but it was like Beatlemania all over again!
Once we managed to find the right queue, we moved steadily closer to the arena. I was wearing heels which doesn’t happen very often and now I remember why, ouchy!
Finally we got to our seats and there we sat for over an hour waiting patiently for the stage to be graced with Sir Paul’s presence. My shoes came off the second we sat down, such a relief. We couldn’t even get a drink as the queue for the bar was miles long.
It was a full house.
When he did come on, wow what an entrance. I’m now going to bore you with a few snaps. Obviously you can’t really get a sense of the atmosphere from photos but it was electric.
He performed 40 songs that evening, with no breaks, what a man! Amazing for someone in their 70’s. It was very special for us in particular as we’re massive Beatles fans and ‘Hey Jude’ is our song, and also the reason we named our son Jude Harrison. It was our first dance at our wedding, which coincidentally took place at one of Paul McCartneys favourite local haunts in Rye, East Sussex. It’s a gorgeous boutique hotel, restaurant and pub called The George. When we were there to have our food tasting for the wedding, Paul McCartneys band just happened to check in! My hubby’s jaw just dropped. Apparently they stay there frequently as Paul has a house just a stones throw away. We did consider inviting him to our wedding to listen to our Beatles band but thought he’d probably be a wee bit busy!
All in all it was a fantastic evening, very surreal. Still hasn’t quite sunk in yet I don’t think that we were in the presence of such a legend.
Last night was date night for my hubby and I. We were lucky enough to go and see The Merseybeatles who are, in our opinion, the best Beatles tribute band around.
It was all the more special for us as they played at our wedding five years ago.
As they’re a local band too, we get to see them play fairly regularly. They do a show every January in a gorgeous local theatre called The Gladstone in Port Sunlight. It’s a really lovely venue, perfect for intimate gigs like this one. It’s been preserved beautifully and feels like you’re stepping back in time when you cross through their chunky wooden doors. Even the box office is a quirky little hatch on a huge brick wall with a little bell to ring for attention!
We’re hoping to see them again soon at The Cavern Club. They are the resident band there, I bet the atmosphere is fab!