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Easter weekend walk

Todays blog is a summary of our Easter Sunday walk, I have posted about this place on numerous occasions but it is definitely our favourite woodland walk and with lockdown easing and being able to move around a little bit more it was time to take the opportunity to get back there. So todays blog will also bring in a few blogging challenges that I like to do and these are for Jo’s Monday Walk, Cee’s flower of the day and also Becky’s are you square? – bright squares.

A lot of my squares today are actually contributing to my bright squares for today from all of the bright blue skies to the bright reflections on the lake.

On leaving the car and deciding which direction we would start our walk this little bird was the first thing I saw flying up from the ground into the trees. It took a while to get this photograph as it kept flitting from branch to branch and it was quite difficult to find it camouflaged into the branches. Neither Mr H or I actually knew what it was when we first saw it but we now think that it is a chiffchaff.

The next two photographs are for for my flower of the day as I could not resist taking a photograph of the willow, its latin name in Salix caprea but it is known as a goat willow, pussy willow or a great sallow.

I couldn’t resist taking a close up of some of the catkins before carrying on our walk as they just looked so fabulous against that bright blue sky.

As we carried on our walk this tree trunk stump just needed to have its photograph taken. It always amazes me when they have gaps at the bottom of the trunk I am not sure how well you can see it. It always makes me wonder how it has been made.

Our next stop that we took photographs was the lake, this is always one of my favourite places to take photographs as every time you go it looks so different. As we walked around towards the lake we heard a couple of geese flying overhead heading for the lake. It was lovely to be able to actually see them both from the actual viewing platform as we walked around. With one of them standing on its tree trunk island preening itself in the sunshine while the other was on the lake. Although there were some ducks and a moorhen they were at the other side of the lake.

How fabulous does it look? Its looks like it was really sunny and warm but actually it is very deceiving as it was quite chilly. But just look at the reflections of the trees in the Lake it really didn’t matter how chilly it was as it was just a fabulous sight.

Charlie is also enjoying his surroundings although luckily enough the ducks had stayed away as Charlie really does not like being around the ducks (not sure why as there have always been ducks around the caravan.

As we made our way back to the car eventually I spotted this little duck just wandering back to the small lake by the visitor centre.

I didn’t actually realise until writing this that actually the majority of the photograph that I took were around the lake but Mr H did actually take a little video and he has posted it on his facebook group, so here is the link if you fancy having a little look and even listen to all of the birds that are in the background they were definitely very vocal. Plus there is also a very short video clip on this blogs facebook page that I managed to get of M H and Charlie dog and here is the link to that.

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Some dry and wilting leaves

For Cee’s fun foto challenge this week it is a special request for photographs of dry, wilting flowers and leaves. Here is my entry.

These are some dried out leaves that I spotted while on a walk around Mere Sands Woods

This one is my plant on the caravan veranda, the weather was so warm that when we got back from the shops it had all wilted but after some water it soon perked itself up and looked so much better.

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Walk around Mere Sands Wood

My walk for Jo’s Monday walk was actually done yesterday (Sunday) as I am not sure what the plan for today is yet. Although I think I have already done this as a Monday walk before it is one of my favourite places for a quiet walk.

As lockdown due to COVID 19 is continuing to be relaxed in England more places are starting to open and this weekend was the first time since lockdown that the wildlife trust has opened the car park at Mere Sands Woods so we thought we would take the opportunity for a short walk with Charlie dog around it.

I love taking pictures as we walk around although yesterday I only had the camera on my phone it was still plenty of fun though.

We got to see the ducks on the lake which all looked fabulous in the sunshine.

As we came away from the lake I noticed they had a sculpture in the tree of a woodpecker (I love that they do this with the trees that need to be cut down) they always have little reindeer hiding in the undergrowth as well. So these two little wooden sculptures are were inspired by mind over memories sculpture Saturday although this challenge has now finished.

It is such a peaceful walk looking at all of nature that we can see on our way round both plants and animals.

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Cee’s black and white challenge – signs

Over at Cee’s photography, the black and white challenge for this week is signs.

I have to say that I really do love this one below spotted while walking along the cancel with Charlie, I think he took note of what it said to him.

This one was above the steps leading to the railway. Not sure I wanted to know how many steps I was about to take.

The next couple of signs are on my way up to work each morning.

This sign was on our walk along Southport beach. As it is part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

This sign was in Mere Sands Woods which is one of our favourite walks with Charlie dog.

The next picture actually has two signs as it has the one on the wall which is the coffee shops name and the fire exit sign above the door.

My last sign is the sign of a local public house close to our caravan.

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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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📷 World Photography Day 📷

So today, Monday 19th August is world photography day some of my favourite contain mine and Mr H’s Shitzu Charlie.

I love this photograph of Charlie safely walking in Mr H’s and my shadow. This was taken at Mere Sands Woods on a chilly February morning. We all love going to Mere Sands Woods there are so many routes that we can walk and there are plenty of birds to watch. I can’t wait to post some more pictures of us all at Mere Sands Woods when we next visit.

Lets see some of your favourite photographs ….