Ringed plover, Dunlin, Tree sparrow


I admire professional wildlife photographers
Every feather, every whisker pin sharp
My efforts are snapshots
Merely snapping a shot
Hoping it will be recognisable
I’m happy with today’s subjects!

Ribble estuary

Ringed plovers and dunlin


Ribble estuary

Dunlin & interloper



Fairhaven sand dunes

Tree sparrow

The one’s that didn’t materialise – a wheatear, a little brown mottled thing I couldn’t identify, linnets too far away and too fast to capture, and the scratchy tones of, possibly, a whitethroat skulking in the shrubbery that refused to show itself.  Another time maybe?

The other great find was this –  to add to my collection of beach treasures. It didn’t flinch an inch!

Beach treasure

Not wildlife. Just wild!



Hedeghog alert – St Annes


Little silver hedgehog  recently posted great excitement at seeing hedgehog poo! I too have seen evidence in my front garden; the first time in 3 years living in St Annes.

Hedgehogs need a thoroughfare for their night-time foraging. All the gardens are enclosed where I live, so unless neighbours agree to take out another brick in the wall, hedgies are well and truly stumped.

A few weeks back we cut out a hole in the garden gate, created two hedgehog nesting sites, and waited. Last night I was fidgety about next door’s security lights forever going on and off.  As the neighbours were away, I went to investigate, and almost trod on a huge beast of a hedgehog outside the back door. S/He curled up and played dead until I went away. Then s/he went about the usual hedgehog business. Since creating the hole in the gate we suspected hedgehog activity, and now it’s confirmed. Can’t tell you how exciting this is! I’ll lie in wait every evening to attempt a pic for evidence.

Until then, hedgie pics from when we lived in Leicester, where hogs (and foxes) were regular visitors to the garden. We offered our garden as a release site for recuperating hogs. They just bunked off into the wild, never to return. There’s gratitude for you! Since being in St Annes we’ve missed visitations from prickly friends, but so happy that this could be the turning point.


Leicester Hedgehog

Wholemeal bread – yum!


Leicester Hedgehog

Thirsty work!


Leicester Hedgehog

I don’t mind sharing!

Blackpool Opera House


Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, One Direction, Peter Kay, Cats, Grease, Joseph – just a few of the notable performers and touring companies that have performed in Blackpool at the Opera House.

Blackpool Opera House

Every seat taken for Joe Bonamassa

A 3000-seater, the Opera House is one of the largest theatres in the UK with one of the largest stages. There are three tiers: Stalls, Circle, and Balcony. There’s not a bad seat in the Opera House.

From the Balcony, high up in the clouds, the view of Joe Bonamassa and his band on Saturday night was unbelievable. The acoustics, for such an old place, are amazing. The seating, for such an old place, is spot on. And the old place looks like going on for years to come.

The soulful, bluesy voices of singers Jade MacRae and Mahalia Barnes, exceptional musicianship of Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (keyboards), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), together with Joe Bonamassa and his many guitars, made this 2 hour set exceptional in every way.

2999 others thought so too!

Joe Bonamassa official video for Mountain Climbing.

Corrie Fisticuffs at Fairhaven


After a morning’s filming at the Beach Café, the whole kit and kaboodle shifted to the beach by Fairhaven Lake for the afternoon stint.

There’s definitely trouble afoot between Peter, Steve and Nick.

Coronation Street

I’m after you!



The local Fairhaven Lake residents
are far too busy
for the antics of Coronation Street

Fairhaven Lake

Canada Geese goslings


Fairhaven Lake

While the chicks have a rest, I’ve time for a shower

Fiarhaven Lake

Mrs Mallard and ducklings

Corrie – Day 2 in St Annes


Location!  Location!

St Annes Beach Cafe is the place to be!

Coronation Street

Peter & Steve at St Annes Beach Cafe

Day 2 of filming, and there’s Peter and Steve outside the ever-popular Beach Café.  There’s a telephone rant going on, and Steve throws a wobbly.

Coronation Street

Telephone issues

“I’m off to the pub and chippy so Leanne doesn’t think we’re lying!”


Another take, and another, and another, … … and more takes!

Coronation Street

Peter & Steve – Is it a wrap? No!

The cast and crew enjoy a good humoured banter.  Spectators are loving the show, and in between takes the actors are happy to have photos taken with admiring fans.


They’re off to Fairhaven Lake this afternoon.  So am I!