Delighted with my ‘new’ cataloguing system using postcodes, I turned my attention to ‘over the water’ as we, here in Liverpool, call the Wirral. We’ve had a really good explore of ‘wider Liverpool’ and our monkey hunting has been very fruitful! Over on the Wirral, monkeys seem to be a bit thin on the ground, but we knew of a couple so on Easter Monday we bravely set off, without any special equipment, other than our eyes being peeled, to hunt for monkeys.
Here’s the result:
12 monkeys so far. So first we have the lovely monkey at Ness Gardens over on the Wirral, which I will now call CH1. It was also the first monkey I posted on this blog here.
Next from the Wirral are the three monkeys forming a monkey puzzle drive at West Kirby. I wrote about them here, and also about the significance of monkey puzzle drives.
And our latest newcomer from CH, is from my regular contributor Jeff Jones, who spotted this one just outside Chester on the road out towards Christleton. Jeff took this photograph from his car window, while at a roundabout, which is not recommended! But it’s a lovely specimen and I’m sure I couldn’t have resisted grabbing a photo of this one either.
On Easter Monday, we found a further seven monkeys. The first two were in Heswall.
And further along Barnston Road, another one:
Encouraged by two such great specimens close to each other, we were sure we were in prime monkey territory, and set off hunting for more.
Monkeys were hard to come by in Heswall… but we didn’t give up.
This doesn’t belong to the bungalow, but is in the back garden of the house next door… being kept secret.
We drive away from Heswall feeling a bit disappointed. Surely there would have been more there? Perhaps there are? As we are driving home, I am musing over this, and then it’s a ‘stop the car’ moment. How had I missed this monster?!
This is on Pensby Road. It’s a monster indeed.
*UPDATE (24 June 2014) – I have since found out that this was the site of Thingwall Hall, built in 1849 for a Liverpool Merchant, and demolished in 1960.
Before we turn for home we decide to visit Oxton, where there is a small tree I’ve spotted. But on the way, we find this!
This tree is struggling a bit as it’s quite densely planted with a fuchsia and some other shrubs… and monkeys like their own space.
So that’s the CH catalogue for now. But let me know if you know of any CH monkeys…. or anywhere else monkeys! You can find a form on the Contact page.