15 Feb 2014

Bridges at Salford Quays

It all began a couple of weeks ago when M took the train down to London for work, and I made the mistake of telling J that he had. The child latched on to the three words in that sentence that made most sense to him, electric, train and London. All I ever heard from then on was, "J go Falling Down (aka London Bridge) on electric choo-choo train!"

It kept playing on loop all through our waking hours. I could not switch it off. It played in the car, it played at play-group, it played at the dinner table, it played in the bath, it played in the cot, it even played at the nocturnal awakenings instead of the usual howl and cry! It would not stop playing the day after, and the day after, and...you get the picture. The Record just would not stop (Duracell, take note. This is what is meant by long-lasting power).

Anyone with any experience of commuting on the West Coast Mainline will know what I am talking about when I say it is impractical, almost impossible, to get on a train to London with a toddler in tow at a moment's notice. Anyway, going with that plan would be tantamount to yielding to toddler blackmail. Not a good precedent to set. So that plan had to be scrapped.

The Red Brick Road to The Millennium Bridge
It was Sunday, it was cold, wet, windy and miserable. But all this paled in comparison to the prospect of The Record playing for yet another week. In the hope that one bridge is as good as the next one to a toddler, we got on an electric tram to visit the bridges at Salford Quays.
Crossing the Millennium Bridge at Salford Quays

J was delighted with the tram ride. More so, as we had to hop off one tram and hop on to another one on the way. We got off at MediaCity and walked along, past the Lowry Theatre and the Lowry Shopping Centre, to where the Salford Millennium (or Lift) Bridge stood in all its glory. J was not impressed. This bridge looked nothing like the one in his book, the one that keeps falling down.

Even so, perhaps as the tram ride had been so much fun, perhaps to humour his parents for their efforts on this cold and wet day, J did walk to the Bridge. And then he walked across it to the other side, stopping part-way across to pose for the waiting paps.

Posing on the Millennium Bridge at Salford Quays
Once across, he did take his time toddling along the promenade, stopping and staring and running and jumping and then walking along again. We took time out from gawking at the Millennium Bridge to visit the Imperial War Museum that sits on the Quays.

Time to Stand and Stare at Salford Quays
Looking over to the Millennium Bridge 
Instead of retracing our steps back to the tram station, we decided to go all the way round, passing the newly built ITV studios. Good call, as J got the opportunity to run across a different bridge this time. The MediaCity Bridge took us to the BBC studios that house CBeebies(!) and then on to the trams.

The MediaCity Bridge at Salford Quays
A rather eventful day, and The Record still plays on. Not on loop now, just intermittently.


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30 comments:

  1. Oh I haven't done a Country Kids post in ages as out local woods are a bit boggy at the mo'.It looks like you had a great day out.

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  2. bridges make for such simple fun! must pop over to Salford Quays

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  3. Oh what a great story teller you are. I really enjoyed that.
    Btw I have been to the Lowry :-)
    Bless them the way they pick out the words that they understand.
    Love your pics and sounds like a superb action-packed day.
    Liska xxx

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    1. Thanks ever so much for your kind words Liska. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. xxx

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  4. What a great compromise - it sounds like J had a wonderful time on the tram and bridges. Thanks for linking up and sharing your adventure with Country Kids.

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    1. He certainly did enjoy the trams. Not so sure about the bridges :-) London is still very much on the cards as far as he is concerned.

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  5. My eldest would have adored a similar trip at that age, he loved trains and anything mechanical and outdoors. It has been rather windy this week so well done you for getting out!

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    1. We had no choice as far as this visit was concerned. It was either this, or the incessant playing of The Record!

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  6. Looks like you had fun. #CountryKids

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  7. Oh my boys have always loved trains and brifges too!

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  8. It looks like he had lots of fun. Great pictures x

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  9. Ooooo that looks fun. We haven't got many bridges round here I may have to find some!!

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  10. It looks like you have such a fun time, there's something 'adventurous' about bridges :) x

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    1. I like them too :-) Great fun to go across them, gives you a fantastic sense of adventure.

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  11. Hubby went to media city a could of years ago and was very excited by the cbeebies studio - hope he gets to see london bridge very soon x

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    1. Oh, he will. I am sure of that. We still keep getting the 'electric train to falling down' bit intermittently!

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  12. Sounds very determined - now you've shown how great it is I can imagine the recording will keep going on.

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    1. It has not stopped :-D I can only hope once we take him down to London and he sees all the big bridges there, he will be happy!

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  13. Aw bless him. THere's no telling them when they have an idea in their head is there x

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    1. Sadly not. And once an idea gets in there, it is almost impossible to get it out!

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  14. Sounds like a grand day out!

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  15. What a great day! We were down there last summer at the Imperial War Museum and loved having a walk around.

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  16. so many interesting sights to take in x

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  17. Looks like you had fun. x
    #Whatsthestory

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  18. Is the recording still going? Looks like you had a lovely day out #whatsthestory

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  19. Sounds like you had a lot of fun - inspite of the weather! x

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  20. What a good idea - sounds like you had a great time on the tram and those bridges. Lovely photos of the little adventurer too! Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

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    1. Thank you Charly. It was quite a fun day out despite the horrible weather.

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  21. Lovely post and a very decent compromise, I reckon!

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  22. This sounds like such a good day out! Very good compromise :) #WhatstheStory

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