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Quiet weekend walk

This weekends walk for Jo’s Monday Walks was not an exceptionally long walk or with lots of things to see and do but it was a peaceful walk with not many people around so it was nice. This is another of our favourite walks to do with Charlie dog as he loves just how open it is.

It was our first trip in a good while to RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh and below are just some of the photographs taken as we walked.

Here is also a little video of some of Charlie dog walk that I posted on facebook.

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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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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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Two gentle strolls

So today Mr H and I had two gentle strolls one with Charlie dog and then a very short one without Charlie dog.

The first one was at Rufford, we drove over to Rufford Old Hall which belongs to the National trust. The hall wasn’t actually open but it didn’t matter as we were planning on taking Charlie with us we wouldn’t have been able to go in the house but we could use that as a base to start our walk.

We eventually came out of Rufford Old Hall to make our way along part of the Sollom to Burscough Canal as we got on to the canal path there was a sign that Charlie dog made a note of as well as Mr H and me.

As we walked along the canal side there was some farmland with sheep grazing on it.

Once we got to the junction with the road we came off the canal to start our journey back round to the car that we had left in Rufford Old Hall’s car park but before we went back round we had a little look at Rufford Marina where there was a brasserie to get a drink and a bite to eat. Then it was back along to the main road where we had planned on having a drink when we got back to Rufford Old Hall but when we arrived at the courtyard we could only sit outside with having the dog with us and the picnic tables weren’t undercover so they were wet so it was back to the car and we headed back to the caravan so that Charlie dog could have a little rest.

Water pump in Rufford Old Hall’s courtyard

Once Charlie was back at the caravan we went off to Tarleton to grab a bite to eat at the Cock and Bottle.

After lunch we went for a little walk along Tarleton Lock along a small stretch of the canal.

On our way back to the caravan we nipped into The Courtyard which is a fabulous shop that sells a vast selection of items from greeting cards and ornaments to clothes and bedding so that I could have a little look for a something to wear for Mr H’s cousin’s wedding.

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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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Look at the birdies 🦆🦢

So today Charlie stayed in the caravan having a little rest while we took a little trip to Martin Mere WWT. We have been past it so many times since we got the caravan and still hadn’t been. I went there a very long time ago when I was a toddler but that was the last time I visited (there is a photograph somewhere from then that I will have to find now to show Mr H).

I have to say that although I love to look at birds I actually get scared when they start to fly (I have always been like this) I do seem to be a bit too cope if they are not flying close to me. We had a great time walking around and looking at all of the birds.

It is really large in size and the amount of birds is vast even at this time of year.

I think that I have a few birds today for Granny shot it’s bird of the day as there were far too many for me to chose just one of them.

Chilean flamingo
Wood duck
Muscovy duck with a puna teal duck in the background
Black-necked swan
Greater flamingo

As well as birds I even managed to take a picture of some common holly for Cee’s flower of the day.

Common Holly

We spent the afternoon at the caravan and we had a couple of trick or treaters as it is Halloween.

Overall today was an enjoyable day. I hope that you have all had a good Halloween.

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Heritage day … Liverpool

As September is filled with open heritage days and today we sampled one of them in Liverpool.

Calderstones Park

The Mansion House

This weekend the mansion house re-opened after a lot of renovation work and as part of the open heritage days there was the opportunity to walk around and take part in various activities.

As well as activities we also got to see the Calder Stones that give the area its name. They are believed to be the remains of an ancient tomb that once stood on the border of Allerton and Wavertree. The stones are highly decorated with carved symbols. These have been in the park for as long as I know but have now been moved. Below are some of the pictures I took of the stones.

After we had walked around the house we had a walk around the walled garden. We don’t normally go in there as we would normally go to the park with the dog and he isn’t allowed in there. Along with all of the beautiful flower displays, we saw plenty of squirrels and birds. Below are some of the pictures from in the walled garden. Below are some of my pictures from in the walled garden.

Sudley House

Sudley House was completed in 1824 and it became the home of George Holt in 1884. George Holt was a shipping line owner and an art collector. On the death of George, the house was passed to his only daughter Emma. Upon Emma’s death the house was bequeathed to the city and is now under the control of National Museums Liverpool. Below are some of my pictures from Sudley House.