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Trip along the pier

Today is the last day of mine and Mr Hs holiday and it is back to work tomorrow so to get out today for our last walk of the holiday we decided to park further up Marine Drive than we normally would and walk right the way along past the pier and along side the beach.

Once we got to the end after looking at the transpennine poster at the end we turned around to go back.

We walked back towards the pier so that we could walk along it to the cafe at the end for a rest and a drink before heading back along the pier and then the rest of the way along Marine Drive back to the car.

Once back at the caravan there some time to do a little more of my cross stitch square for Love Quilts UK before having to pack the car to head home. My intention was to complete some more of it and to try and crochet some little nests to send over to wildlife centres in Australia for the animals that have been effected by the fires, I think that they deserve some Random acts of crochet kindness at the moment. Hopefully this week they will be some of my aims.

This post is for Lindas Just Jot January and there are some streetlights again for life of Bs are you square?

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Park life…

Today we went for a little walk around Botanic park in Churchtown as is one of Charlie dog’s favourite parks to wander around as he gets to see the birds in the aviary. Then he can have a walk around the lake. So I took some photographs as we walked around the park that are below.

The couple of pictures below have both paths and a tunnel for Alive and trekkings Which way photo challenge.

We even walked although a path that we don’t normally which led us through a little tunnel.

Then back out to the next little route by the lake.

The post below if you look very carefully you will see a gull and a pigeon in flight for today’s Are you square?

Once we had walked round to the cafe we stopped so Mr H could have a drink of tea, Charlie dog could have a drink of water and a treat and I could have a nice cold soft drink. I was also going to leave my little bookmark at the cafe but we started talking to a man and his dog and I forgot until Mr H reminded me as we were leaving.

The plan after the park was to go to the Bold Arms for a little lunch but we ended up just nipping in for a little drink before heading back to the caravan.

The picture below is for Brian at Bushboys world who asks us to post our last photograph. It shows Charlie relaxing at the public house after his walk around the park.

Charlie Dog resting in the Bold Arms

Below are my all trails map and mileage for today for Walk 1,000 and my keeping active for Red January for Mind.

Especially for Linda as part of my Just Jot January below is my pattern for my simple flower bookmark. I just hope I have written it so you can understand as it is my first time writing done any instructions for anyone other than myself.

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A warm welcome to 2020

So it is the 1st January 2020 and Mr H, Charlie dog and I have started our day with breakfast at one of our favourite public houses, The cock and bottle in Tarleton. The plan was to have breakfast and then go on a little walk with Charlie but we arrived slightly early and had a little pre-breakfast walk with Charlie so came straight back to the caravan.

After a little rest and looking to see what was on television I started to have a look on the All trails app to see what walk we could do next. So that we could continue the progress we have already made on our walk 1,000 miles and today is the 1st day of Red January for Mind where the aim is to be active in some way every day of January.

I created a walk on all trails and just to test if I could do it on my phone put through the actual website, not the app . The map created while at the caravan is below.

After showing it to Mr H we decided to give it a go as we had only had a short walk earlier on. So it was time to get our boots on.

Had a lovely varied walk the start along the country lanes. Once on the country lanes we made a slight change to the original map.

Then onto roads with houses and eventually on to a main road. As we walked along the main road at looked at the street lights to see just one already lit up.

Once we got back to the caravan we stopped our recording of our walk to see how many miles we had completed on the walk.

This is my first post for a post a day in January for Linda’s Just jot January, I even managed to get a picture for LPM Photo adventure rural life and a light for life of Bs Are you square?

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Adventures in the dunes

As part of our walk 1,000 miles Mr H and I decided to have a little walk along Ainsdale dunes to see if we could see any of the red poll or Berwick sheep that are brought to the dunes from their normal pastures during the winter to graze on the dine vegetation.

Below some of the pictures taken of the scenery as we first made our way onto the dunes.

Although we didn’t see any red poll cattle there was definitely evidence that the had been around.

As we walked further on we did see some of the Herdwick sheep and managed to get a picture of one of them standing on top of one of the dunes.

We also saw plenty of birds although only managed to get a picture of this one although it was quite a way away.

Then I got more pictures of the scenery and even what looked like a Christmas tree in the middle of nowhere, all it needed was some decorations and some lights.

I also got some pictures of some of the plants including a pine tree and what I think is a puffball fungi.

This next picture is of the dunes that I had to come down as this was one of the smaller dunes that I had to choose from.

Below is the All trails screenshots of the mileage and route that we took.

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Walking the dog

Although today is the 4th day of wild Christmas with the wildlife trust it is our 1st as we haven’t been able to any decent walks over Christmas day and boxing day we thought that today Charlie deserved a decent walk to blow off the festive cobwebs. So after an early get up for the weekend and a little rest it was time for Charlie to get his harness on and for Mr H and I to get our walking boots on. We decided to do one of our favourite walks that is not far from the caravan and is actually part of the wildlife trust at Mere Sands Woods.

Mere sands woods is part of the Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside wildlife trust in Rufford surrounded by agricultural land. The site covers 42 hectares with lakes, woodland and grassland. There are 3 routes of different levels of accessibility.

Charlie enjoying the fresh air

Today we decided that we would walk right the way around the parameter to the wood whereas sometimes we will just do half. They are currently doing a lot of work on the visitor centre that is there so one of the paths that we would normally walk along is cut off as we would normally walk around the meadow with sheep in it and walk along past the lake.

There are so many things to see while you are on your walk. So for today’s flower of the day, I spotted this Ivy around the base of one of the trees.

You always find lots of fungi while you are walking around and I do love taking pictures of fungi. Here are some from todays walk.

I have 2 pictures for Xingfumama’s take a seat. The first is a seat cut out of the base of a tree and the second are little toadstools shaped from wood.

Seat cut in tree stump
3 Little toadstools

The signpost is my photograph for Alive and trekking’s which way challenge. Along with the signpost, there are also some photographs of the paths that were taken.

This crooked tree is my photograph for Cee’s black and white photo challenge for this week which is crooked and squiggly lines.

Although you can hardly see him but this robin is my Bird of the day for Granny Shot its photo challenge it took so long to try and get a photograph of one of the robins that we saw as they just kept flying away as soon as my camera was ready.

As Mr H and I have signed up to walk 1,000 miles in 2020 we are actually starting ours now so this walk will be our first lot of miles to count for this. Below are the screenshots from the All trails app to show how have walked.

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The weekends nearly over

Well, this week has been an unusual weekend, I was up extra early on Saturday as Charlie dog decided that 5.30 was the ideal time to get up. As it was quiet I thought it would be an ideal time to get some crafting done. So as it is nearly Christmas and I was trying to make a slightly different Christmas decoration to send of to my crafty secret elfster for Christmas. So to go with the things that I already have or am planning to do to finish off I decided that I would crochet twist on the traditional paper chain (now I love them so much I plan to make some for our caravan as well).

Finished paper chain for gift.

Once Mr H got up we went into town to post some Christmas cards that need to go overseas and get Mr H a Christmas Jumper for work on Friday. While in town doing the shopping that we know we needed to get we had a little look for some other Christmas presents. We saw the tree that is outside the town hall, it is a metal one that you can walk through. I look forward to going in the evening to take a picture from inside so that you can see the lights.

We visited a new coffee shop that has just opened that seems really nice and was friendly (I will write a proper review when we visited next).

I had seen that Southport have 10 nutcracker statues situated around town as a competition and we found some of them (hoping before they go that I find all 10 and I can do a blog just about all of them but below are some found this weekend.

Today the weather hasn’t been the best but we still had a little bit more shopping to get done this weekend so we had an early trip into town. Before we left for town we looked out of the window to see a pheasant.

We managed to get a few more presents sorted. Then we went to see the tree in Wayfarers arcade, I really love visiting here as it brings back so many memories of visiting Southport with my Grandma when I was a child although it has changed so much since then.

It’s back to work tomorrow but I just have 2 more weeks in work before I finish for the Christmas holidays.

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Reviews – Public Houses – The Windmill

Address – 12-14 Seabank Road, Southport, PR9 0EL

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The Windmill is a friendly local pub just off Lord Street in Southport. It has a wide selection of drinks including real ale. It also serves good quality home-cooked food and the menu has a varied selection including a roast dinner on a Sunday.

Mr H and I have been to The Windmill a few times now and have always had an enjoyable meal and drink. On occasion we have taken Charlie with us.

They have a range of entertainment of an evening including a quiz night every Wednesday, live music on a Thursday and an open mic night on a Friday as well as an act on a Saturday.

Below is a selection of photographs taken at the windmill.

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Reviews – Public Houses – The Bold Arms

Address – 59-61 Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 7NE

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Mr H and I regularly visit The Bold Arms with little Charlie dog as it is close to one if Charlie’s favourite parks. This is a really nice pub we have only been into the bar as we always come with Charlie. Sometimes we will just call in to have a quick drink and on other occasions we will have something to eat as well. Every time we have been in it has always been clean and tidy. The staff are always pleasant and helpful. The food has always been of an exceptional standard, whether we have had a quick snack or a full meal.

Mr H and I would definitely recommend coming to The Bold Arms if you are in the area and we will continue to keep coming back.