look what the tide brought in



Along the banks of the River Ribble near Preston


  • River Ribble – 75 miles long, rises in Yorkshire, flows through Lancashire into the Irish Sea
  • The Ribble Way, long distance footpath, follows the course of the river through a picturesque and fascinating landscape.
  • Don’t be put off by the snaps – it isn’t a rubbish walk by any stretch of the imagination



Blue skies


Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Crying a song
Nothing but seabirds
All day long

Apologies to Irving Berlin for second verse lyric change. Seagulls/seabirds more appropriate in this neck of the woods than bluebirds. 

Balls of bubble wrap


Balls of  bubble wrap washed up on the beach?

Each little bubble is an egg capsule produced by the common whelk. Whelks reproduce in the autumn. Several females often attach their eggs to the same egg mass, creating puffy balls of egg cases. The eggs hatch in the winter, the juvenile snails disperse, and the empty egg cases wash up onto the beach.

Whelks can live for up to 10 years.

Sailors used the empty egg cases as wash sponges.

Fascinating subject for a snapshot.