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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Maya The lost Tortoiseshell Cat !

 We went across to Burscough today for the opening of the V.I.P Charity shop that is replacing the one at Hesketh Bank . Firstly to show our support and wish everyone well on the new venture. It was looking amazing and Sam the manageress has done a great job. People were flocking in to see what was on offer.
Secondly it also gave us chance, while we were there, to take a look at the old Wharf side area on the canal and see what has been done with the site. It was great to also find a Canal Heritage weekend going on with displays and stalls, traditional Lancashire Clog dancers and Morris Dancers. Even the the threat of heavy showers was not putting them off. We had our  lunch at a lovely little tearoom with a scrumptious cake display to tempt us.
I then found a shop selling Italian made clothes and gifts where I picked up a lovely Baby book that I can record my little Grandson George's first years in. Its beautiful inside I also spent some money on  the most wonderful smelling room fragrance.
One of the canal barges was selling wool inside so we went in and chatted and I came out with some beautiful wool, the choice was so good from inexpensive right through to hand dyed  at the top end of the scale.


 On another note this week we have been kept busy trying to trace the owner of the little cat shown here, that has been around over the last couple of months but recently started appearing here looking for food. So of course I gave her some as she was so hungry and I also contacted Cats protection and put in a Found notice in the local Shop. On Thursday I was contacted by her owner who lives on  the other side of the village. She had been missing since April. Now we have to catch her which will be easier said than done because she is nervy and timid. So watch this space!


We are still going for evening walks in the local lanes and saw a Kestrel hunting and a field with lots of Bunnies.
As I write its pouring down but in the past week it has been sunny and dull and Muggy but no rain. Next week its The Tennis so we know it will either be scorching or pouring!







Thursday, 13 June 2013

Myerscough Open Day

 Two blog posts in as many days but we had a busy weekend and I wanted to share a few of the pictures we took on the Open Day. It seems to get bigger and busier every year and the roads leading there were packed with cars queuing, Luckily for us ,we could arrive on our boat and moor up just a 15 mins walk away and so  that way, we do not have the car admission price to pay of £15.
There is so much to see and do with all the stalls ,shows and animals on display,Peter tended to gravitate to all the foodie stalls for tasters!
I enjoyed seeing the animals and birds of prey which were all being very good with all the noise and fuss going on around them.





 Back on the boat later we were feeding swan families and a rather unusual duck with 9 ducklings after some research we think she might be a female mandarin duck. There is a male living further up the canal.
The weather stayed good, rather muggy and warm towards the later part of the day and lots of little flies were out but stayed dry. A very nice day!



protecting his family,

little reed bunting just had a bathe


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Charlotte Bronte and Gawthorpe Hall and Summer Evenings!

 Summer Walks in the local country lanes have been enjoyed, in the last week or two of this beautiful sunny warm weather, by us both and it has given me the opportunity to indulge in some photography. I was so delighted to be able to find a Woodpeckers nest hole high up in an Old Oak tree and went back daily to see how things were going .The parent birds were constantly back and forth to feed and I was able to capture them and the young as they put the head out of the hole to have a look at the big new world they would soon be emerging into. The early evening when we were on our walks was so peaceful and there was wildlife to be seen everywhere.


Local pathways

Beautiful summer scene

Loads of Nettles left as habitat for caterpillars

Chickens in their lovely field of buttercups

Hello World!
A beakful of grubs for the young

Parent woodpecker near hole

Cheeky chaffinch
 Over the weekend we took a trip out, as the weather was so nice, to Burnley.
The area from Burnley across the Moors to Haworth is so much a part of the Bronte Story that you can easily spend a lovely day out exploring places closely associated with them.
We found ourselves at Gawthorpe Hall . It was here that Charlotte Bronte spent a few days with her new husband as guests of the owners the Shuttleworth Family. Unfortunately they did not visit as we did in summer but in the dark cold and gloomy winter months and she went out walking and caught a nasty sore throat and cold which made her very ill and weak. Poor Charlotte was not to live long after this event and sadly died of ill health while she was pregnant.
As I walked in the grounds I found myself wondering if she sat on the huge stone seat, or walked in the woods or gazed at the lovely view from the house across the river. She would not have smelt the wonderful flowers as I did on that summers day. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon.
You do not have to pay to picnic in the grounds and there is a little teashop for refreshments!

Gawthorpe Hall

Stone Planters from The Early 20th Century

The smell was gorgeous


A lovely place to sit

Looking up at the house

Inside the house is a textile exibition

Rose garden, late this year

Me enjoying a rest

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