Meet 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 … … …


Bringing home the cockles


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


Rain’s forecast for tomorrow

will disappear into the murk


Ribble Estuary

Tractor waiting for cockler’s return





Seasonal scenes Lytham & St Annes


Christmas Day 2017

Christmas Day 2017

St Annes Beach

Christmas Day 2017

Black headed gulls don’t care what day it is

Christmas Day 2017

Southport – through St Annes Pier

Boxing Day

Christmas Day 2017

Time for reflection

Those clever, imaginative people
who volunteer
to keep the Ribble Estuary
at Lytham clean and tidy,
create Rudolph
from debris washed up on the shore

Christmas 2017


Not a snowflake in sight


While the rest of the country is covered in snow, the flat Fylde coast escapes.

It’s a weird sensation walking on frozen, slippery sand.  Jack Frost has sprinkled glitter in the dips and furrows left behind by the sea. Salty puddles are iced over.  It must have been a cold night.


Frozen sand


Frozen ripples

Sunlight creates shadowy patterns, and I think of hot waffles with maple syrup and salted caramel ice cream.


Sand patterns

The mountains of North Wales and the Lake District are snow-capped.  There’s an icing-sugar dusting of snow over the Bowland Fells and across the Ribble towards Winter Hill. Breathtakingly beautiful.

North Wales

Snow-capped Welsh Mountains

And what have we got?  Just a glorious, sunny day and spectacular views.


St Annes Beach Huts