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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

O stands for Over the Water.

People who live in Liverpool refer to The Wirral Peninsular as 'Over the Water', which in fact,  geographically speaking,  it is 'Over the Water'. The 'Water' is indeed the famous River Mersey. 


You will see Liverpool on the map and directly opposite is The Wirral. It was often referred to as The Dormitory of Liverpool as the people who worked in the flourishing Shipping, Banking and  Stockbroking  Companies took up residence there and commuted by the famous Liverpool ferry boats that would carry them to their offices etc. 

In the foreground is a Mersey Ferry and in the background, the famous buildings 'The Three Graces' from left to right The Royal Liver Buildings,(complete with Liverbirds), The Cunnard Shipping Company, The Port of Liverpool Building, (where I worked for a stockbroking company). Too the far right is the Majestic Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, built from red sandstone which was extracted from a Liverpool quarry.
You will see the office buildings, behind the ferry boat, with the weary workers sailing 'Over the Water'  back to their homes, on The Wirral, after a busy day at the office.
India Buildings (Entrance)
Holts Arcade that ran through the centre of the building.
When I first married I lived in a little apartment 'Over the water' I really loved living there and every morning used to walk along the promenade on the edge of the river, then take the ferry 'Over the Water' to Lloyds Bank, in India Buildings Liverpool, where I started my career.
 After a busy day working in a hot office, it was a joy to take the ferry boat home 'Over the water' and blow off the cobwebs, to our little love nest on the edge of the river. I would take a bus home because I would feel too tired to walk along the promenade, after working so hard.

 Whereas the buses in Liverpool were always painted in corporation green, the Wirral buses were painted blue and cream. Whenever I boarded one, a wave of nostalgia enveloped me because as a child we used to take a ferry across the river, then the bus to a seaside town called New Brighton which was a favourite holiday, or day out place for Merseysiders.
The promenade with Liverpool' in the background ' over the water'. We would walk the other way to get to New Brighton..

 Our little flat was just up the road from New Brighton, so each weekend we would spend a lot of time there just meeting friends and going to a lovely 'Olde Worlde Pub' called The Magazines, which many years ago was a popular haunt for smugglers... but there lies another yarn for me to spin! 

New Brighton Lighthouse at the mouth of The River Mersey

'Ahaarr me 'earties' (Pirate talk, meaning 'hello my friends'.) 



The Magazines as it looks today.

Well folks that's me done with  'Over the Water'....

My thanks to the Obliging Denise for devising ABCW also to Roger our Omniscient Overseer for doing what he does with such devotion. Thanks too, to all the helpers who assist Roger by visiting and commenting on assigned sites.

Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.


37 comments:

  1. I've never been there jet.. but ( i can't remember where) i know of it... and you remind me of the wish i had when i saw it earlier, to travel there at one point in time... Thank you for this trip!

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  2. OT

    By the way, i meant to tell you earlier, but i forgot it several times...

    You mention that you try to respond to every comment.... I don't know ofcourse if you are familiar with plugins, or how to use them, but there is one (i use it too) that sends an email to the commentor if you reply on it.... maybe an idea for you?

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    1. Hi Melody perhaps you could tell me how to do plug ins please?
      Di xx

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    2. Hi ... i don't know how it works in blogger.... but in wordpress, of one blogs on selfhosted ofcourse...
      one had the opportunity to add plugins... the plugin i mean is called: "Comment email reply"...

      And ofcourse you can email me if you have questions or need help ... mel62ko@gmail.com

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  3. Well now you have me wanting to to "Over the Water" and experience it in person...

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    1. it's a lovely place Ellen lots of quaint villages etc
      i loved living 'Over the Water' but also love being back home in liverpool...'Home is where the heart is'
      Best wishes,
      Di xx

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  4. I love the photographs of Over the Water. I always enjoy my virtual tours through the cities you've visited or lived at. Blessings, my friend!

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    1. thanks Arnoldo,I always enjoy my visits to your site, uplifting and inspirational.

      Blessings my friend. xx

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  5. What a sight that lighthouse is. The photos are beautiful.

    My ABC WEDNESDAY

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    1. Yes it is a sight worth seeing particularly on a stormy day,
      Kind regards,
      Di xx

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  6. I also love the lighthouse. What a wonderful place you live in.

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    1. Yes Nora Merseyside is a great place to live, either side of The River Mersey, I love it !

      Di xx

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  7. Hi Tubes!

    Now I didn't know any of that! One of my favourite bloggers, Thud, http://overthewaterx2.blogspot.co.uk/ uses the term 'OTW' regularly, and I thought it was all to do with his sister living in California! You probably know where he does all his work these days!

    I never got as far as Liverpool when I was working in Manchester - I did make Warrington though! Of course, I was seeing Liverpool as the epicentre of all pop music back in my youth, and I suppose that never really changes, although Paul McCartney now lives not far from 'The Turrets'!

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    1. hello Michael, how lovely to hear from you. I communicate with Thud quite often and know where he lives, not far from one of the homes I lived in on the Wirral.You know how involved i was in the music scene in the sixties. Liverpool was the best place to spend ones teen years and particularly in the Sixties !
      I hope you and Mme Scrobbs are well...
      love Di xx

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    2. Scrobs...you are half right..hence the x2!

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  8. Terrific pictures of over the water.
    Wonderful surroundings!
    Happy ABCW!

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    1. Hi Indrani, good to hear from you,
      thanks for your kind words,
      Best wishes,
      Di. xx

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  9. Great pics and details.Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Murthy,
      Thanks for your kind comments,
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  10. You are a talented writer!I always love reading your entries!
    Have a great week Di!
    Wil, ABCW Team

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    1. Hello Wil,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and I'm so pleased you enjoy reading my writing..really i just write as i think and hope it comes out ok!
      You have a great week too,
      best wishes,
      Di xx

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  11. What a wonderful post ~ so informative and love the personal touch also ~ fond memories for you ~ Looks like a lovely place ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    1. Hi Carol, thank you for your kind words, so kind.
      It is a lovely place to live, i have lots of happy memories
      tucked away in my heart, just waiting to be shared when the time is right,
      Best wishes,
      Di xx

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  12. you showed a ferry 'cross the Mersey> Pop fans would appreciate THAT.

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. 'Life goes on day after day
      hearts torn in every way
      So Ferry 'cross the Mersey
      'cause this land's the place I love,
      and here I'll stay'.

      (dedicated to you Roger)

      best wishes.
      Di.xx

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  13. 13 years and counting and I still feel like an exile over here in Brimstage.

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    1. Hi Thud,
      I know exactly how you feel, whilst I loved living 'Over the Water', my heart was ensconced in Liverpool'.
      Where you live is lovely and provides a good life for you and your family.
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  14. Great post - never did get to Liverpool when in the U|K so really appreciate the photos.

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    1. Hello Hildred,
      so lovely to hear from you and thank you for
      your kind comments.
      best wishes.
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  15. Interesting. Great shots of the place.

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    1. Hi Rajesh, I knew you would enjoy the shots,
      thanks for stopping by,
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  16. Simply loved the virtual trip 'Over the water' with you. It was pure infotainment!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind
      comments Ira, glad you enjoyed!

      best wishes,
      Di x
      ABCW team.

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  17. This is a delightful tale you shared, Di. It reminds me of being younger and enjoying life in my new career in the city. Good times. Thank you so much for the comfort you wrote on my post, Di. It calmed the nerves that I've been feeling this afternoon. Love ya. ~Su-sieee! Mac

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    1. Hi ya Su-sieee,
      delighted to hear from youI sure enjoyed working in the City, I felt so proud working for such a prestigious City Bank, going to a Chinese restaurant for lunch on pay day and being able to have my hair styled in a fashionable salon. Out of my first pay cheque i bought my Mama a bottle of her favourite perfume, she was delighted.
      I am so pleased you liked the writing, it just seemed to match The Mama's free spirit...
      I hope as time passes, as it surely does, you can think of her and your tears turn to warm smiles as mine surely do when I think of my dear Mama...
      Love and more hugs for you, the husband and Molly the Cat xx
      Di xx

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  18. Without 'Over the Water' how would one really appreciate the stunning majesty of the Liverpool waterfront? The Wirral: the peninsula with a view :)

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  19. I'm certainly looking forward to my second visit there. Hope to see lots of the city but unfortunately won't get to see "over the water" due to lack of car. But I did see lots on the ferry ride out of the river on the way to the Isle of Man!

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I usually like to reply to your comments but for some reason when i do post a reply it just diappears, any advice would be most welcome,Thanks Di x

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