It’s Tuesday evening and I am catching you up on recent events. Today was busy with house cleaning (finally getting on top of all that builders’ dust) and baking. This coming Thursday is my day to bring the afternoon tea for all the volunteers at Speke Hall: I’ve made a caramel slice and carrot cake so far, and will continue with a Devil’s Food chocolate cake and chocolate brownies tomorrow. Plus there’s a few bananas going brown, so perhaps a banana cake. There are also dozens more apples left, so I’m thinking about an apple cake too.

Back at home we’ve already stuffed ourselves with apple crumble and apple pie (using Mum’s recipe).

Yesterday Mum and I went on an open-top bus tour of Liverpool.

The Port of Liverpool building.

The Liver Building.

The Museum.

St John’s Gardens behind St George’s Hall.

The once grand Victorian hotel next to Lime Street Station, which is now student accommodation.

The Metropolitan Cathedral.

The archway into Chinatown.

The bombed-out church, St Lukes.

Albert Dock.

The Hard Day’s Night Hotel.

St George’s Hall.

Liverpool Cathedral – the world’s largest Anglican cathedral.

The Yellow Duck Marine.

The soon to open Museum of Liverpool.

Mum at Albert Dock.

Tomorrow Mum and I are going to Knowsley Hall – the seat of the Earls of Derby. Knowsley Hall’s history goes all the way back to Stanley, the first Earl of Derby (the one who helped Henry Tudor in Richard III).