End of year blog stats

I received an email today from WordPress telling me of the stats concerning my blog site for the year 2012.

I started this blog in March and in 2012, there were 45 new posts, with 690 pictures uploaded.

The blog site got 3,400 views during the year.

The busiest day of the year was September 10th with 62 views with the most popular post that day being ‘Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta’.

The posts that got the most views on the blog site in 2012 were:

  1. ‘Onward to Nottingham Castle’
  2. ‘City of Giants’
  3. ‘Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta’
  4. ‘Thingwall to Landican’
  5. ‘There’s no place like home’

The most commented on post in 2012 was ‘Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta’.

People who viewed the site came from 62 different countries.  Most visitors came from the United Kingdom with the United States and Australia not far behind.

I’ve enjoyed doing this blog as it has got me back into photography which I’d not done for a while.  I dusted off my old digital kit and I’ve even got my older film cameras out to take more photographs.  I’m even thinking of investing in some newer digital equipment. I’ve also really enjoyed getting out and about and photographing the Wirral where I live and further afield as the opportunity arises.

I’ll set myself some fresh challenges to take an even wider selection of photos for 2013.

Liverpool Christmas Lights and Continental Market

From late November and during December the streets of Liverpool have been illuminated by Christmas lights in the main shopping streets. During the heavy rain and dodging in between the Christmas shoppers weighed down with their shopping bags I ventured out to see if I could capture some of the atmosphere.

Church Street

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Whitechapel

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Liverpool One Shopping Centre

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Church Alley towards the Bluecoat Building

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At the same time a continental market has been transplanted onto Church Street and Whitechapel with various traders from across Europe and North Africa and beyond selling all sorts of wares from carpets, lanterns, Christmas decorations and other gifts as well as a whole host of different steaming dishes.cooking in large pans.

Continental Street Market

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Even the Liverpool Playhouse in Williamson Square was decked out with lights.

Liverpool Playhouse

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As we reach the end of December the lights will see the New Year in and they’ll be taken down until next November 2013.

Santa comes down our road tonight…

Every year in December the local Wirral Lions Club take Santa out on his sleigh in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  They tour around the local area going around the houses in the evenings encouraging people to donate to charity. Tonight Santa came down our road.

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The Lions Clubs are an international group founded in the USA which brings business people together to improve their communities.  The Lions provide financial and practical help to individuals and to a range of local, national and international charities.  Wirral Lions raise money by means of the Christmas sleigh and also through bedding plant sales, helping to run a Food Festival, a sponsored walk, charity collections, raffles and other events.  They give money and practical help to people in the community including the disabled, the elderly and others in need.  Last year, in spite of icy and cold weather, the Wirral Lions raised £9,000 through their Christmas collection, which was given to a variety of local charities and other good causes.

It is always exciting for our children (who are old enough to know better) when Santa comes down our road in his sleigh.  We can hear him getting closer as the Christmas carols and songs echo around the streets near our house before he actually turns into our road.

“Out of the Blue” lantern parade New Brighton Marine Lake

On Saturday night I went down to New Brighton where a lantern parade was taking place around the Marine Lake.  The event called “Out of the Blue – a Winter Celebration of Wirral’s Coastal Treasures” was being held to celebrate the end of Wirral’s Year of Coast and Countryside which I had been unaware of up till now.

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There was a large crowd which thronged the parade and some local residents had grandstand views from their flat windows.

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The procession started by the sailing centre at the new Marine Point development snaking along the Marine Lake to Fort Perch and then along the promenade where the various strange sea characters moved in and out of the crowd.

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The sea creatures included a giant sea bird, illuminated fish and glowing maritime characters such as bird people and illuminated sea ladies.  The event was accompanied by music which all seemed to be about being a lighthouse keeper, from what I could hear it sounded like a concept album which was played through at least twice.

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The event was organised using Liverpool 2008 ‘Capital of Culture’ Legacy funding which had to be spent by the end of this year  The Liverpool Lantern Company who were responsible for a Halloween event in Sefton Park in October put on this lantern carnival parade.

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The end of the procession was accompanied by a fireworks display from a pontoon in the middle of the marine lake.

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As the music finished and the fireworks faded the large crowd drifted way with some taking the opportunity to sample the fish and chips and the candy floss before heading home.

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