Garden delights

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Who’s that lurking
In a thick mat of cobwebs?
A handsome specimen
If you like spiders

Garden Delights

Incy Wincy

 

There’s lots of activity in, out,
and around the bug house

Garden Delights

Another creature to identify

Plants thrive
in the warmth of the sunshine

Cacti and succulents in flower

 

 

 

Ringed plover, Dunlin, Tree sparrow

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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!

 

Lowther Pavilion – Lytham

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Lowther Pavilion is perfectly situated in the glorious Lowther Gardens. There’s all sorts on offer for all ages at the theatre, in the gardens, and a popular café serving scrumptious goodies.  Cross the road and you’re on the promenade looking at Southport on the opposite side of the Ribble estuary.

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Southport across the Ribble Estuary

Lowther Pavilion’s varied programme includes drama, comedy, musicals – something for everyone.  Voodoo Room was a great gig on 3 Feb.

Not a tribute band but three accomplished musicians playing their heroes’ music; Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream.

Pete Orr (guitar/vocals), John Tonks (drums/vocals) and Andy Tolman (bass/vocals) have an impressive back catalogue as individuals.  Put them together and you’ve got Voodoo Room, a trio showing a genuine, authentic appreciation of music from back in the day.  No posturing and not a prima donna in sight.  Just three genial guys enjoying a banter between themselves and with the audience.

Familiar tracks from Hendrix and Cream albums went down a storm. Cream’s Disraeli Gears, released in 1967, is fifty years old.  A large proportion of the audience very likely bought it first time round!

Each bandmate had a solo slot to showcase their expertise, ably rewarded by whoops and whistles from the crowd.  They did a two hour stint with just a fifteen minute interlude.

“There’s so much material we could do a four-hour set – but you’d need to phone the ambulance!” joked John the drummer.

Voodoo Room enjoyed every note they played.  So did everyone in the room.

 

 

 

BMX – Lytham St Annes

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BMX

Excitement!
Goldcoast BMX competition
at Park View 4 U in Lytham

Love BMX, parkour,
anything daring ….
…. so long as it’s someone else
being brave!

Tomorrow’s BMX stars

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Chat time

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Cool dudes

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Check out skateboarder in background

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Ready for lift-off

To see someone
at the top of his game
be amazed at
Danny’s awesome skill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to settle up and head home

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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.
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Settle Market Day

  • Dugdales Barn – idyllic holiday cottage and perfect base for exploring locally and further afield.
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Resident at Dugdales Barn

  • Ye Olde Naked Man Café and Bakery – for freshly baked bread and cakes.
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Ye Olde Naked Man Café and bakery

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Drake & Macefield Settle

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaver moon

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Beaver moon on Monday
Sadly, in these parts,
sky wearing a thick cloak of cloud

Pity

Big moon = big tides = fishing opportunities

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Fishing opportunities

Big tides = gruesome finds on the seashore

Big tides = scenic snap to counterbalance the gore

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Full moon = full tide