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The Bay and Beyond

Our Life back in England

Following on from our blog in France. "In and around Braye sous Faye" This blog will show how we have settled back into England and some of the things we will get up to.


The Local Area Posted on Wed, May 31, 2017 14:20:42

Having tried our own blog platform it is very limited and therefore we have had to go back to use Google Blogger.

The link is HERE

Morecambe Bay from Jenny Brown’s Point to Arnside

The Local Area Posted on Thu, May 25, 2017 21:08:01

On a glorious afternoon we went 6 miles up the coast to Jenny Brown’s Point, a perfect vantage point for looking out over the whole expanse of Morecambe Bay.

With five rivers draining into it Morecambe Bay is the largest expanse of intertidal sand and mudflats in the UK. It covers a approximately 120 sq miles.

The coastline is a series of peninsulas, created by the Rivers Wyre, Lune, Keer, Kent and Levens. The sands can be treacherous due to the shifting channels of the rivers and the formation of quick sand.

However the beauty of the area is recognised by the designation given to Arnside and Silverdale,”Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

Pheasant for supper

Local Wildlife Posted on Mon, May 22, 2017 21:57:55

Whilst gardening today I got as close as I’ve ever been to a live pheasant.

She had come to eat up the over spill from the bird feeders and seemed almost oblivious to my presence.

For some of these photos, I was only a metre away from her, partially hidden by the bush in the foreground.
We assume she must have young to feed somewhere close by and that she may have visited us before.

With a bit of luck, she’ll come again!

Leighton Moss RSPB nature reserve

The Local Area Posted on Sun, May 21, 2017 21:22:45

We are only about five miles from the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss, once chosen as the setting for Autumnwatch.

Today we went for our first visit and enjoyed every minute.

Leighton Moss is situated at Silverdale near Carnforth of the edge of Morecambe Bayand in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It contains the largest area of reed beds in northwest England and provides habitats for many species, including bitterns, otters, avocets and red deer.
The beautiful plumage of Black- tailed godwit..

The area contains salt marsh which provides habitat for the avocets.

We were lucky to catch a glimpse of a Water rail hiding amongst the iris.

With so much to see we’ll never be away from the place!

Mid May in the garden

Our Garden Posted on Thu, May 18, 2017 22:05:14

Every day seems to bring with it surprises in the garden. We are lucky to have a wonderful range of plants which will continue to reveal themselves to us as we live here through the seasons.

Just having cut the lawn this afternoon, it seemed the perfect opportunity to take some photos.

No doubt this will not be the last we’ll post about the garden. I’m sure we’ll be recording the changes through the seasons.

New lease of life

Our Garden Posted on Mon, May 15, 2017 17:30:18

When we moved house, not only did we inherit a garden full of beautiful plants but we were also left a table and six chair outdoor dining set, along with a three-seater swing seat.

We decided that, although the set was old, it was still solid and too good to throw out.

Last week, as a change and a rest from internal decorating, I prepared each item for painting by sanding it down thoroughly and then painting with two or three coats of Cuprinol Garden Shades in “Fresh Rosemary”.

Here are the “after” photos..

By complete coincidence, Aldi were selling Weatherproof Garden Furniture Covers this week, for £4.99. They are just the job!

And before anyone asks… NO I haven’t started work on swing-seat yet!

A walk to the coast

The Local Area Posted on Fri, May 12, 2017 20:55:56

Sometimes in an evening I go out for a short walk and a favourite one is to the nearby stretch of coast, where the river Keer flows out into Morecambe Bay.

It’s what you might class as a wild area of channels and grassy hummocks; not the sort of place to be when a high tide comes in. But for me its wildness is its beauty.

There are waders and seabirds to be seen; wild flowers, stunted by the salty air and the wind coming straight off the sea.

The approach takes us along a lane, at first parallel to the coast. The hedgerows, at this time of year, are rich in stitchwort, bluebells, red campion and primroses.

These hedges afford some protection and give you the chance to take in the views towards Warton Crag.

It’s only a short walk but just the thing to blow away the cobwebs and lift the spirit. We feel very lucky to have all this and so much more on our doorstep. It’s been a good move!