I also finished knitting my eight squares (two were blocking) for the second clue of the Rowan Mystery Afghan. In the spirit of the knit-a-long I also tried something new with this pattern - intarsia. It was a bit sloppy at first but I got plenty of practice untangling the bobbins and I'm quite pleased with the results.
On Monday, we wanted to go for a long walk, without having to drive anywhere. So we jumped on the bus and underground and went to the other side of the Mersey to tackle the 12 mile Wirral Way. This is a very flat walk from Hooton to West Kirby via a disused railway track converted into a pedestrian/cycle track. It's very similar to the Beltline in Toronto, just a lot longer. Here's the pretty and shady start of it.
Further along, you walk through deep rock formations and under very extensive tree tunnels.
There are pockets of pretty views overlooking the surrounding fields and countryside. Those hills you see in the distance are part of North Wales.
We took a detour off the official path up to the village of Heswall to have some lunch, coming down through Heswall Dales which is an overgrown nature reserve. You can see the river Dee in the distance.
And the water accompanies you on the last third of the walk. Here is the Dee estuary seen from the cliffs at Thurstaston.
Closer to West Kirby and the end of the Wirral Way, there is a man-made lake cordoned off from the river which is used by beginner windsurfers and sailors. You can walk right around it, although on windy days, you run the risk of the waves crashing over your feet.
And in the distance is Hilbre Island which you can walk out to during low tide - something I'd definitely like to do one day.