Bringing home the cockles

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 Southport
across the Ribble Estuary from Lytham

Sometimes you can’t see Southport

You could today

The light created interesting hues, shapes, and atmosphere,
offering snapshot opportunities

 

Ribble Estuary

Cockler returns

 

Ribble Estuary

Moored

Rain’s forecast for tomorrow

Southport
will disappear into the murk

 

Ribble Estuary

Tractor waiting for cockler’s return

 

 

 

 

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Dancing on Ice

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A thin covering of ice
on the Ornamental Gardens in St Annes
offered perfect conditions
for ice dance practice

Dancing on Ice

Corps de Ballet

Pirouttes, a Triple Salchow, Lutz
and other unconventional  moves
were on show for all to see

Dancing on Ice

Posing

Could “Seagull Skid & Crash”
become the latest technique
to be adopted
by the professionals?

Dancing on Ice

Skid & Crash

 

Lytham Club Day – fun of the fair

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The lure of the fairground
Distorted music
Whirring, spinning,
death defying machinery
Ride attendants
urging everyone
to pay up and get on board
for a stomach churning experience

Funfair

Chaos

Funfair

Blood curdling screams

Happy families
with squealing,
bouncing kiddies,
little faces wrapped in candyfloss,
tongues chasing runny ice cream
as it dribbles down
its once crunchy cornet

Mmmm … the smells
Hot dogs and sizzling onions oozing tomato ketchup;
salt and vinegar chips;
sugary donuts for dunking
in gloopy chocolate sauce
Food of the gods? For some!

If you’re lucky
you might win a goldfish
or a cuddly toy
– at a price

Funfair

Hook a duck to win Henry

Funfair

Hello Spongebob!

Lytham Club Day Fun Fair,
back for another year

Funfair

Keep out or kept in?

 

 

 

One man went to mow …

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… went to mow the meadow

Freckleton

Man at work

A quintessential summer’s day. Birdsong. Buzzards. Butterflies. A startled hare, disturbed by the thrum of the tractor, dashed across the field. That wonderful smell of freshly mown hay.

The farmer didn’t waste any time collecting the results of his labour.

Freckleton

Hay collected

Another meadow full of wild flowers ready for mowing.  A farmer’s work is never done.

Freckleton

Farmer’s next field for mowing

 

Freckleton

Speckled Wood

Freckleton

Large Skipper

Freckleton to the Naze is the start (or end) of the Lancashire Coastal Way.  It follows the creek leading to the River Ribble where the River Douglas joins.  A lovely spot for a picnic.

On the way back The Ship at Freckleton is perfect for a rewarding beer (and lunch if you’ve not already eaten a picnic) sitting in the garden overlooking the Lancashire plains with Winter Hill in the distance.  Note to self: picnic not required next time.

 

Avenham Park – Preston

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Drizzle didn’t spoil her
quiet contemplation
in the serene grounds
of Preston’s beautiful Avenham Park

Avenham Park

Quiet contemplation

Whatever the weather,
nothing stops
the urgency of collecting food
for a nestful of hungry chicks

Avenham Park

Female blackbird

Fragile daisies
growing out of the cracks in the wall
of the railway bridge

Wildflowers along the River Ribble

 

Always something uplifting
to see on one’s travels

Common Terns – Preston Marina

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They’re back!  About 130 pairs of common terns busy nesting on the floating pontoons at Preston Dock. What a racket as they jostle and squabble for a place in one of the purpose built next boxes, courtesy of Fylde Bird Club, Preston City Council and RSPB.  The nest boxes provide shelter for adults as they incubate their eggs and, once hatched, the chicks are contained and protected from marauding gulls on the look-out for a tasty snack.

Preston marina

Having a stretch

Preston marina

Rearranging nesting material

Preston marina

A silvery catch

Preston marina

Three eggs

It’s a wonderful sight and sound.  I’ll be back next week to see the hatchlings before they grow up.  They’ll take off in August, to return next April.

Two pairs bred in 2009.  Over 130 pairs in 2017.  That’s an amazing success story.

There are other inhabitants sharing Preston marina with the terns.

Preston marina

Hello!

 

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