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.