The Weekend Blog

26th July 2014

New Brighton

I promise to make this post cheerier than the last Weekend Blog. Promise.

The weather has been something quite special this week in Liverpool. We’ve been trying to make the most of it as much as we can by spending lots of time outside; even if it’s just popping to the shops in town.

On Monday I had an appointment with the physiotherapist. I’ve been given some exercise to do three times a day, and I have to follow these exercises with ice therapy, i.e. putting ice on my hip. I’m actually loving the ice therapy, as strange as it sounds. I bought a flexible ice pack from Poundland and I find that it really helps to sooth the pain I experience after physiotherapy. I have another appointment next week where I will be having an ultrasound of my hip.

On Wednesday, Tyrone and I met up with our friend Darren and I took a walk up to Everton Park. Everton Park is home to the Everton tower – the tower that is featured on the badge of Everton football club. The view of the city from the park is beautiful I’m starting to wish that I had taken my camera with me. Maybe next time. Until then, here’s some poor quality Instagram pictures:

Everton Park

(My flat is located somewhere among those tower blocks.)

On Thursday I had a day of appointments. First of all I had to go and see the disability support team at uni. Then I had an ergonomic assessment at home. I’m having a desk made specifically for me (I got to pick the colour and size) and a chair that will make my study area a lot more comfortable.

On Friday, Tyrone and I took the train to New Brighton; another seaside town in the Merseyside area. I finally got my chance to paddle in the sea (see picture) and I plan of sharing the photographs I took in another post next week.

Today, the giants are in town. It’s hard to explain what the giants are, so here is a link to a post which has pictures and a bit more information on the whole event. We are going to see the giants later this afternoon when they walk near to our flat. I’m going to try and get some photographs, but I know it will be a bit of a nightmare because it’s going to be so busy. The giants were also in town yesterday, and the queue to get into the train station to leave Liverpool was a one hour wait!

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  1. Wow…that first photo looks stunning! It looks like a photo I would buy to put in my home! πŸ™‚ I hope that your therapy appointments start to help your hip out. Hip injuries and pain can be so hard since those muscles are tight to begin with. (at least for me…) You might ask your therapist about some yoga moves since those can be very healing!

    • Holly

      Thank you! My boyfriend is a great photographer. πŸ˜› Thanks for the suggestion! I actually love doing yoga but I stopped when I started developing pains in my hip. I’d love to get back into it.

  2. Liverpool looks both quaint and urban πŸ™‚

    Not gonna lie, those giants look terrifying as hell. Crazy all the mechanics that go behind maneuvering them! Random, but I immediately though of the film “The Iron Giant” when I saw the pictures and video clip.

    I hope your hip recovers soon! Great blog too πŸ˜€

    • Holly

      Haha, I can see why you think they look terrifying. They’re actually pretty amazing to watch in person because their movements are so human like.

      And thank you. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m glad to hear that things have been better for you :). Hope the ultrasound goes well~

    The view from the park looks really nice! What’s in the brick house?

    The event with giants in town looks neat! It must’ve taken a lot of practice to have every movement with the giants in sync. Hope you’ll enjoy the show!

    • Holly

      The brick house is the Everton tower that features on the badge of the football club. I think it was once a prison in which they locked up drunk people, haha!!

      Although the giants have come over from France, all of the people controlling them are locals who volunteered to get involved. I’m starting to wish I had now. Ah well, maybe next time!

  4. UMM I saw your picture on Instagram of the giants & I was terrified. I don’t know if I can actually see them when you post it haha. JK, I love horror movies, but man those things are HUUUUGEE. Well, they are called giants after all.

    Nice to see that you & Tyrone are having wonderful cheery weekends. πŸ™‚ Adventures in England, sigh, so nice. Good to hear that the ice pack helps with your hip. Sounds like it should. Has your doctor suggested you use icey-hot packs? You know, they’re cold & then they’re hot? Those feel so nice whenever something is bruising or in pain, especially on your back.

    • Holly

      Haha, they really aren’t that scary in person, but I can see why you might find them terrifying. Especially the little girl one. She’s got a particularly scary face!

      I’ve not heard of icey-hot packs but they sound amazing. I’d love to give them a go, and if they helped it would be a real bonus. πŸ™‚

  5. Those giants are interesting, I think it’s cool there is a story behind their journey rather than just being floats in a parade.

    • Holly

      I think the story idea is pretty cool too. Unfortunately it’s impossible to follow the story because you can’t follow the giants around too easily. It’s just too busy!