I was over in the village of Culcheth hanging out with a relative. We had breakfast and then bought some bedding plants from a stall set up by St. Rocco’s, a hospice for people who are facing their final days. Now, in spite of its purpose, it is a very positive place where the sick people and their relatives are looked after well. The money from the sale will go to support their work.

As we were in gardening mode we decided to check out Bent’s Garden Centre which is nearby. This is the one that has the spectacular Christmas displays. It started decades ago selling a few plants but is now a destination in itself with all manner of distractions. One of the latest is a rather nice pet store with a pet cafĂ©. You can order treats for your furry friend and enjoy a coffee yourself.

The latest addition, though, took our breath away. A Jurassic crazy golf course for the kids, complete with animatronic dinosaurs…

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