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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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Just a bit of shopping

Today we had to drive back to Liverpool to pick up Mr Hs medication although we will be back in Liverpool to stay on Sunday as both of our holidays have now finished and we are back to work on Monday. Instead of coming back to the caravan the way in which we normally would we decided to go into the city centre to have a look in the outdoor shop for a new pair of walking boots for Mr H.

Once we parked the car in the multi-storey car park we started the All trails app to see what our mileage for today would be for our Walk 1,000 miles. Straight from the car park, we nipped into a department store so that I could pick up some embroidery thread to make some progress on my next square to Love quilts UK. As we left the store I couldn’t help but take a picture of the Christmas tree.

From here it was on to the outdoor shop to see what type of walking boots they had for Mr H. As he couldn’t decided if they would be his choice to buy he is planning on continuing to look around.

Before heading back to the car we walked up towards the Royal Albert Dock so that I could buy myself some fudge. On our way up I took a picture of the reindeer made of lights in Liverpool one.

The amount of miles walked while shopping in Liverpool city centre are below

Once we had got everything we needed it was back to the caravan in Southport and a little stop to grab some lunch. Once back at the caravan park we stopped for one last quick drink at the onsite club before heading to the caravan. For are you square I have the spotlights in the club while we were having a drink.

Today’s post for Just Jot January

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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 day in town

So today we decided on a walk around Southport town centre as Mr H wanted to get his hair cut and have a look for a new pair of walking boots instead of a walk with our walking boots on. We had a pleasant walk and we were still out and active.

We had an enjoyable couple of hours just wondering around town window shopping. Not many photographs while out walking but did manage to get what I thought where the last two nutcrackers that have been dotted around Southport since before Christmas. So hopefully I should now have pictures of all 10.

Then it was off to have something for lunch at the Shrimper on our way back to the caravan.

The website 64 million artists today challenged us to make something by any means possible and then give it away. I decided to crochet this bookmark as I am also in a Facebook group that is random acts of crochet kindness where people crochet small objects and leave for a member of the public to find to hopefully cheer them up. I will hopefully drop it off somewhere to be found tomorrow.

As we started getting to dusk it was time for some candlelight before putting the electric lights on.

Posts today was part of Linda’s Just Jot January challenge to post every day during January and for Life of B’s Are you Square?

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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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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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Virtual Charity walk

As I have written on my blog before I often write, send cards or gifts to children through post pals, then on their facebook page I saw that there was a virtual run that 20% of your entry fee would go to post pals. As I am about to do walk 1,000 miles in 2020 I thought that this would be a nice place to start while raising some money for Post pals.

So during the week of 22nd and the 28th December, I have to walk or run 5K. As I am not really a runner the plan is to walk it over the Christmas break. Below is my virtual bib.

So I have finally made it on Saturday which was the final day.

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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.