A brisk walk along the promenade to St Annes Pier really hurt my nose! As I breathed in the cold air numbed my nasal passages. Scarf to the rescue to warm the air! Made me wonder about those Antarctic explorers. The south-westerly was mean, but the sun popped out every now and then, creating drama in the sky.
On Christmas Day in the Morning
A brisk walk along the front at St Annes
Not many about
Home-made Christmas Tree
Fashioned from beach collections of:
No real trees harmed
in the making
of this festive delight
Leicester is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with lots of interest for the casual visitor. Theatres; museums; shopping; dining; two universities; the mighty LCFC; Leicester Tigers; Richard III – unceremoniously buried in a car park; and much more.
On a recent visit to catch up with my sister, Jane, we didn’t pursue any cultural, shopping, or sporting pursuits. Instead we had a leisurely 6 mile stroll along the Grand Union Canal.
Peppered with relics of Leicester’s industrial past, modern-day graffiti, wildlife, rural life on the edge of urban outskirts, our walk offered a myriad snapshot opportunities.
We stumbled upon the Bakers Arms in Blaby and relaxed over a first class “posh” fish and chip lunch. Too stuffed to muster the return journey on foot we caught the bus, and stopped off for a quick peek at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester doesn’t quite fit into
the “mybpool” theme
But it’s worth going off piste
every now and then!
Highlights of a week spent in Settle
- Settle itself – a bustling little market town and inviting gateway into the Yorkshire Dales. Wonderful walks from the market square.
- Dugdales Barn – idyllic holiday cottage and perfect base for exploring locally and further afield.
- Ye Olde Naked Man Café and Bakery – for freshly baked bread and cakes.
- Drake & Macefield Butchers – for ham and the best ever pasties.
- The Black Horse at Giggleswick – a ten minute walk across the River Ribble, rushing on its way to Lytham, to a friendly, traditional pub serving freshly prepared home-cooked food.
Will settle down in Settle again
So much more to explore another time
Set off with the intention of exploring beyond Malham, but low cloud and little visibility necessitated a change of plan. Back in Settle a walk along the Ribble as it flows towards Lytham (near Blackpool) reaped rewards.
First a dipper. I love watching these tough little tubbies as they dunk and dive, swim under gushing water and, if they’re lucky, pop up with a snack.
A break in the cloud threw a sliver of sunlight over Settle, albeit briefly.
Life in the Dales: shifting sheep from one pasture to another; cattle enjoying the comfort of a barn; a nosey tup taking a break from the girls!
Ruined barns and dwellings make you wonder
Back in Settle a local lurks – look out birdies!
Low cloud shrouds the hilltops
and obscures views
Victoria Cave – missed it in the mist!
(Didn’t miss a big fresh cowpat right in front of my eyes. Weird that?)
brightens up grey stone walls
that go on for miles
How many people
and how long did it take to build
A solitary wren
Sheep – plenty of them