Sunday, January 22, 2006

Runcorn Ski Centre


Another trip over to Runcorn this morning with Hazel, Archie and James for the 5th or maybe 6th ski lesson. They are both getting quite confident now and enjoying the ride to the top and the swift descent. We went off and left them to it and walked round the park ( part of the Mersey Forest ) that surrounds the ski centre on three sides. Lots of narrow gauge train tracks around the park which seem to go for miles with sidings and loop lines and must be fun for kids to ride on in the Spring and Summer. Sometimes you see the engine driver tinkering in the engine shed as we leave to go home. Perhaps someone should inform the authorities?
We also saw a heron on a small reedy pond but it flew away as we approached and I didn't get a photo. We got lost after about 30 minutes and so had to ask the way back. A helpful elderly couple out for a walk led us to where they thought the ski centre was asking others on the way if we were going in the right direction. One chap we asked sounded like he was Eastern European and reminded of the programme we saw the other day about the influx of foreign workers from Poland to Cheshire since the relaxation of the borders between European Union members. As many as 3,000 have migrated to Crewe of all places, where they work in factories making pizza and garlic bread!
Anyway, we got home for a late lunch and in the afternoon Hazel took the car back via Aldi for some groceries.
Last night we had a nice take-away curry and a family film on DVD. One from the library sale called "Second Hand Lions" with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall as two cantankerous Texan brothers who get lumbered with a nephew played by the boy who was in A.I. It was quite amusing and Caines texan drawl didn't sound too bad considering.

9 comments:

Roger Stevens said...

Well, we've gawn and dunnit now. We've been checking it out for a while, visiting sites, looking at brochures, that sort of thing. Trying out the seats and checking the fridge.l

And today we found just the model. Yep - you guessed it. We put the deposit down on a motor home.

It's the spirit of the Wild West. Heading towards the wild blue horizon.

Yeeeeehaaah!!!

michael said...

How exciting! When are you off then? Are you selling up before you go? How will you drive to America? Or have you bought one in the U.S. and plan to pick it up when you get there?

Roger Stevens said...

Yeeehoooooo!!!!

Well, actually America's still a little way off. When we do that it'll be Canada (to visit Jill's new relatives) first and then working our way down. We'll probably hire the mopther of all motorhomes for that.

In the meantime we're going to try it out in the UK (and possibly Europe) and we've put the deposit down on a rather more modest model which we've bought second hand. It's ten years old but has only had one owner. That's what the salesperson said anyway. Apparently it was a little old lady who only ever drove it to the shops.

We'll probably drive it up your way soon.

Roger Stevens said...

Mopthers make very good motorhomes actually.

michael said...

Sounds like an adventure anyway, mopthers or not! We look forward to seeing it parked outside our house! I liked the look of those big silver bullet shaped ones, like Ry Cooder had on the front of his first LP. Airflow?

Syl said...

wow Roger...."Hit the road, Jack, and don'tcha come back no more,no more"! sounds really exciting!!!
You know, Michael, it's great Archie is learning to ski young...something he can always enjoy. That and the guitar...he sounds like a busy young man. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing end to a fun day. Take care & hi to Hazel!

michael said...

Its a bit of an expensive hobby but he seems to enjoy it and he doesnt do much sports really so good exercise for him. Some families turning up for lessons in their huge "4 by 4's" have three or four kids to pay for so we are lucky we only have to fork out for one!

michael said...

hazel said
..your new motor home sounds very exciting...BUT..please promise not to go on and on about chemical toilets and fold down put you up beds and battery powered fridges and useful storage areas or.....else!!
I know how these motor homes affect some people and its not pretty......I"ve seen it happen.
just tell us about the wonderful places you go....
Hi Syl and jon too...

michael said...

Yes, those fold down chemical toilets are the pits! Have you ever seen that great film with Jack Nicholson "Shmidt"? where he drives accross america in a huge motor home and ends up sleeping on the roof?