We visited Port Sunlight, which has an art gallery, a beautiful town built by Lord Leverhulme (founder of what became Unilever) for the factory workers, and a museum explaining it all. I have lived all my life in North West England and am ashamed that I have never visited before. Great day out.
We also went to Chirk castle, which is always an enjoyable visit, especially in the spring, with camellias and magnolias. And then Bodnant, which is fast becoming a truly great garden. It has been redesigned in the last five years or so, with overgrown areas cleaned out and replanted, whilst keeping the spectacular old trees. It has terracing in front of the house, with a long water feature, from where there are views of Snowdonia. The bad news is that the very special Head Gardener has been poached by Sissinghurst. Our loss is their gain.
TSH went photographing steam trains.
No time for any actual dissertation work.