Weekend Wanders: Victorian Palm Houses, Artisan Markets and Robot Coffees

This weekend’s wanders took us a short distance to Sefton Park Palm House. We are very lucky to have two beautiful Victorian conservatories in our Liverpool parks, the Isla Gladstone in Stanley Park and the Palm House in Sefton Park. The Palm House is particularly special as it houses a myriad of wild and wonderful tropical plants and flowers. It was derelict for years, until it was saved by lots of campaigning and eventually restored. Now it’s used for weddings, events and film nights. One of our best friends got married there a few years ago, it really is the most stunning place!

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Image courtesy of The Guide Liverpool

This weekend there was an artisan winter market on comprising of stalls chock full of handmade jewellery, art, prints and food. I mean, let’s face it, once Bonfire Night is over it’s OK to get excited about mulled wine and handmade Christmas decorations!

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There was a fairly big queue to get in, but we didn’t mind waiting as it means that there are lots of people buying from small businesses, plus it makes sure the Palm House can stay open and host wonderful things like this.

Within approximately 0.8 seconds of walking through the door, I was instantly enamoured by these beautiful handmade bee necklaces. I’ve got a bit of a penchant for all things bee since both my maiden name and surname both begin with B, and bee things have always felt like a fitting way to tie them together. Plus they’re just super cute, aren’t they? (I really want a bee necklace, if any of my family are reading this, HINT HINT it’s nearly Christmas!)

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Outside there were artisan gins, local postcode honey made from urban hives in every postcode in Liverpool, and beautiful cakes and macarons.

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Macarons on cakes, I REPEAT, macarons on cakes! What more could you want in life?

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Gorgeous handmade candles. The stalls were all presented so rustically and beautifully; I’m surprised I didn’t bankrupt myself…

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We bought a beautiful hand carved Christmas tree decoration of the Liver Building from this guy. Look at the craftsmanship!

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These ladies definitely knew their stuff about succulents and cacti. Look at that pink sparkly jacket!

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Oh, we do love the Palm House. Even when there isn’t a specific event on, it’s a beautiful place to walk around – I highly recommend it for a weekend wander.

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On Sunday we took our traditional Sunday Big Walk. Mainly this is to tire out our dog Bonnie, but we are also enjoying finding all the different ways to walk down to the sea front from our new house. Last Sunday didn’t disappoint, as it was the most beautiful bright sunny day. I just cannot get enough of this golden Autumn light, I don’t want it to ever stop! It was fresh and crisp, and our cold little hands were begging for a hot coffee to warm them up, so we stopped at Space Coffee on Aigburth Road. We’d never been there before and I was enamoured with the industrial vintage decor and cute little robots dotted around the place! They made me their own version of a pumpkin spice latte (which was actually based on a normal coffee since I find the lattes pretty sickly) and it was delicious.

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We did a little more house spotting… dusky pink door of dreams!

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It was a typical Liverpool day down at the prom, blustery and fresh with a hint of salt in the air, and it was clear enough to see right over The Wirral to the Welsh mountains. Absolutely perfect.

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Please don’t let this Autumn sunshine ever end!

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Lucy x

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