We’ve welcomed a couple of visitors to ‘the north’ in the past month or so. First up, Florian’s mum, who arrived from Germany to celebrate her birthday with us. We think she got the full English experience: an afternoon cream tea, a pair of wellies (bought here, and seen here), a visit to a country house, a meal in a country pub (the Swan, Kettleshulme – which serves the best seafood risotto I’ve ever eaten), and a Sunday trip to Chester for a meet-up with my parents, a beef roast, shopping and a Mr Whippy. And she had fish and chips, twice!


The afternoon tea at And The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon in West Didsbury was delicious. Even the egg and cress sandwiches were scrummy and I don’t like egg sandwiches. You get a lot for your money. We had to take home cakes and scones as it was all too much in one sitting. They even allowed us to have it on a Friday when they usually only serve it at weekends!


Exploring Lyme Park

Florian and his mum on the banks of the River Dee in Chester

And a couple of weeks ago, our niece Niamh came to stay. She lives in the north west  but technically Manchester is further ‘north’ than the Wirral. She’s just turned 12 and her present was a weekend with us (such a lucky girl!).  Anyway, we gave her the full German experience: Flammkuchen, German breakfast, Manchester Christmas Market where she sampled a Bratwurst and a Glühwein (non-alcoholic of course, which she didn’t like and who can blame her, so she got a hot chocolate as compensation), Raclette, and she helped us bake our first batch of Christmas biscuits. We think she had a good time.


On the Manchester Wheel


At the Christmas Market

Baking biscuits

The finished product… nom nom nom!


5 thoughts on “Visitors

    1. Thank you, and thanks also for the suggestion about the scarf. My mother-in-law did pretty much what you suggested in the end and I’m very pleased with the finished result – who knew it was so easy! (Apologies for the late reply). Happy 2012!

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