Yup, I am back home. My mother was having a special birthday, so I, with the help of Thud, decided to surprise her. And surprised she was. What was also surprising was that my first two days here were sunny and dry. I knew the dry weather was not going to last, of course. A quick drive over to New Brighton today reminded me, none too gently, of how powerful the winds off Liverpool Bay can be. I shouldn't complain: Fort Perch Rock has been withstanding the 40 mph winds (and worse) that I had the joy of experiencing todayfrom it's vantage point on the River Mersey since Napoleonic times. Ten minutes was enough for me. I really should have had something stronger than coffee.