Polly’s had a makeover …

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… and she’s got a new hat
(made from ends of previous hats)

 

Polly

Polly’s makeover and new hat

Polly

Polly’s new hat

Then there are other experimental
odds and ends …

a drumstick sock
a plantpot holder

Mrs Johnson’s Emporium
Bond Street, Blackpool South Shore
is the place to go for the
complete haberdashery experience

 

 

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Morecambe & Bolton-le-Sands

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Blackpool
the usual stomping ground

Just for a change
Morecambe and Bolton-le-Sands

Same coastline but totally different

Morecambe

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe

Morecambe – Grounded

Morecambe

Morecambe Bay – Waiting for the tide

Morecambe

Morecambe Bay from Bolton-le-Sands

Morecambe

Morecambe – Mountain Range Sculpture

Hide-hopping at Leighton Moss

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Another soggy day in the North West.  Perfect for hide-hopping at Leighton Moss, one of the RSPB’s special places.

Causeway Hide, the first stop to shelter from driving rain.  The mere is full of raucous chatter and activity.  Identifying the vast array of ducks and waders is aided by brilliant pictorial guides of who’s who posted on the inside of each of the seven hides dotted around the reserve.

Leighton Moss

From Causeway Hide

Favourite sightings of the day: watching a male and female bearded tit rummaging around in the bulrushes (see clump above – they’re in there somewhere!); half a dozen snipe with their long beaks, like mini-pneumatic drills, poking into the soft mud; a magnificent marsh harrier flying over the reedbeds on the hunt for unsuspecting prey.

Leighton Moss

Teal – from Eric Morecambe Hide

With a variety of trails and seven hides, there’s every chance of the visitor seeing something awesome at Leighton Moss.

Leighton MOss

Roe Deer

Leighton Moss

Robin

 

Leighton Moss

Robin

 

Leighton Moss

Thrush

Sightings of the day (13/02/18):

Bearded Tits (M&F)
Snipe (x6)
Marsh Harrier (M)
Roe Deer (x3)
Tree Creepers (5+)
Pintail (+)
Widgeon (+)
Teal (+)
Pochard (+)
Shoveller (+)
Gooseander (M&F)
Bullfinch (M&F)

 

Polly at work

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Polly Styrene has taken to her new modelling career

Polly
Polly modelling hat and cowl

 

 

Polly

Polly modelling hat

 

But she’s evoked yet another earworm

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

 

There’s a lot that goes on at Mrs Johnson’s Emporium
on Bond Street, Blackpool South Shore.
This Cavern of Wonderment is a crafter’s paradise
and den of inspiration and encouragement

Meet Polly

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Polly

Polly Styrene

 

She was sitting in British Heart Foundation’s shop window in St Annes, modelling a wig.  I didn’t want the wig.  She wasn’t for sale. After a bit of friendly banter, the kindly shop assistant let me have her.  For £1.50.  A bargain!

I tucked her under my arm and hurried home, with an earworm.

He’s a germ free adolescent
Cleanliness is her obsession
Cleans her teeth ten times a day
Scrub away, scrub away, scrub away
The SR way …

That’s when she became Polly Styrene
with apologies to the late Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex
(Germ Free Adolescence
is listed as one of those albums
you must hear before you die)

Polly Styrene has a future … … …

Threes

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Completely hooked on crochet
since joining  Mrs Johnson’s Emporium
Knit & Knatter Circle,
with three projects on the go!
(string bag/cowl/drumstick holder)

Crochet

Projects

Projects

Drumstick holders – one in progress

Projects

Drumstick holder – finished!

A recent visit to The Works in Blackpool
resulted in the purchase of
three crochet books

Projects

Crochet Books

Completed projects include
three hats
three string bags
three drumstick holders
not three scarves
not three cowls