Tuesday, 24 February 2009


Today I abandoned my decorating plans for a while; moving furniture yesterday and a walk today have resurrected my heart problems so common sense dictates I leave it for a day or two to see how I get on. The walk – from Thingwall Nurseries along to Barnston Dale and then back and home - took me along a footpath I hadn’t been on before. It was extremely enjoyable despite having to take it at about 1 mph.

The lane to the Nursery has a hedgerow with a couple of dead trees in it. I love the appearance of dead wood and it always pleases me when people don’t tidy it up. It is an important habitat for insects and fungi.

This is Lower Thingwall Lane, Thingwall. This beautiful barn conversion is for sale... Pity I haven’t got £500,000 to spare. Mind you – the details don’t point out that it backs on to the local pub.

“A local landmark this beautifully converted Barn originates from the 17th/18th century, being part of the farm tending the land north of the property of Lower Thingwall Lane which was the old Liverpool Road. The accommodation is outstanding with a magnificent dining reception hall with further seating area and galleried landing, fabulous lounge/sitting room with cast iron range, farmhouse dining kitchen complete with Aga, pantry and utility. The accommodation is versatile for family living and also offers a ground floor shower room, further reception room &/or ground floor sixth bedroom, five bedrooms and bathroom to the first floor. There are impressive grounds to the property with car parking, courtyard with ornamental pond, bread oven, seating and barbeque area, large canopied porch, superb gardens with arbor and generous rural land plot to the lower garden with gated access, stable/workshop.”

The fields off the lane had plenty of horses and ponies in them.

The lane turns into a bridleway and this will be a delightful short walk during the summer.

There were plenty of birds in the lane – Great Tits singing loudly; a huge flock of small birds that I couldn’t identify against the light, twittering away; goldfinches; a Magpie squawking; Wood Pigeons flapping loudly and so on.

A Grey Squirrel took a good look at me for a few minutes.


  1. I am glad you took those pics - they are full of atmosphere -love the house

  2. Look forward to that walk.

  3. Thank you for taking me to Thingwall.

    Estate agents always manage to see the best in everything and never seemto see the downside.


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