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November photo a day –

For theme for City Sonnets November photo a day for today is bare branches

This photograph I have taken this morning on my way to work. I love the fact that although this tree had been cut down for some reason it has not let that hold it back and has now got a new growth from the stump of the tree trunk. Although it is nearly bare now with it being autumn it normally has an extremely full set of branches.

Along with that there were the bare branches of the tree just inside the local primary school.

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Goodbye August

As we say goodbye to August it gives us the opportunity to look back at the month, at what we have done even during these strange times that we find ourselves in.

We have had some quiet time at the caravan after a busy period of working from both home and school. As well as just having some relaxing time at the caravan doing some baking, crafting, gardening and just people watching on the caravan veranda. We have also been for some walks around the local parks (Hesketh and Botanic Park), a trip along Southport Pier, along with a day trip to the Lake District.

Below is a selection of photographs from during this time.

After looking back at some of my August memories it is time to prepare to go back to work tomorrow and see what that will hold in this new normal.

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Birds on a feeder

This blog is for bird weekly photo challenge for our eyes open which we need photographs of birds on a feeder and today’s photo a day for city sonnets which is birds.

The photograph below was taken on a walk around Mere Sands Woods and we saw this little robin on top of the feeder, I just had to keep my fingers crossed it didn’t fly off before took the photograph.

This picture was taken at one of the hides at Martin Mere.

The photograph below is one of some birds on a feeder at the caravan.

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Yesterdays walk in the park – The Allerton Oak

Yesterday once I had left work Mr H and Charlie dog collected me and we went to a park so that Charlie could have a walk.

We love our little trips to Calderstones park in Allerton, normally after our gentle stroll in the park we would go and relax outside the mansion house with is now the cafe and have some refreshments. On yesterdays visit the cafe was still closed as they are still in lockdown. With lockdown still not lifted yet here in the UK the park was quite busy with families enjoy some precious time together and a little bit of sun so we altered our normal walk around the park for a slightly quieter route so that Charlie could have a little run. Our quieter route took us past the Allerton Oak.

The Allerton oak is a Sessile oak that is believed to be 1,000 years old. Legend says that the trees spreading branches sheltered the medievil hundred court. The trunk has a split down the middle of it and it is largely hollow, there are many legends about how this was caused but nobody is sure of the actual reason. The branches at the sides where the oak has spread are actually being held up by metal crutches and have been since 1907 but these are at a point where they will soon need to be replaced and the tree itself has a fence around it to protect it. It has won tree of the year twice once in 2014 and then again in 2019 and was entered into the European tree of the year in 2020 were it came 7th out of 16 trees with 16,449 votes. Any money raised from these competitions and donations from people help to maintain the tree.

In a moment of quiet while we stood just looking at the tree and taking some photographs the little grey squirrel just sat on one of the branches that are being held up with no worries looking out to see what was happening.

So hopefully you will think that same as me in that the tree in some ways in a little unusual if not only by the way that it looks for City Sonnets photo a day challenge and for the Friday friendly challenge but it was also a quiet moment within a rather busy park for the Lens Artists photo challenge.

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The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild – Day 9

It’s day 9 already and during the days so far I have been enjoying taking photographs of plants and flowers while Mr H and I are out and about.

So todays blog is not just for day 9 of 30 days wild but also for City sonnets letters and colours which is vibrant red, the friendly Friday challenge which is the colour pink and Cee’s flower of the day

Garden roses
Geraniums