Springtime Came Yesterday and Left Again Today

Yesterday was Springtime. I know this because a butterfly told me. It was the first butterfly we’ve seen in the garden this year.  The battered condition of this Small Tortoiseshell is a testament to its having survived the winter.  I suspect that today it has gone back into whatever warm place it likes to call home.      We went into Preston for lunch and, as it was such a nice day, we parked down by the river and walked up through Miller and Avenham Parks into town.       Warm enough to sit in the sun:  But not warm enough for me to discard winter woollens just yet. (Current weather here right now is: wind, heavy rain, chilly, i.e. WINTER) I know that a lot of us bloggers in the northern hemisphere are awaiting springtime.  The one who instantly comes to mind is Liz at  Dot Knows!   Why not pay her a visit at Elleturner4.wordpress.com Her blog promises: Fab photos, witty asides and light hearted humour….  If you enjoy wildlife, blue skies and general joie de vivre, you won’t be disappointed.  

A Winter Walk around Brockholes Nature Reserve

A Winter Walk around Brockholes Nature Reserve A couple of weeks ago we visited Brockholes, a local nature reserve, on a frosty afternoon. Our walk started from the Floating Visitors’ Centre.  Yes Floating ! 400 tonnes of wood and concrete float on a pontoon in the middle of the lake. The design and construction are fascinating to read about and information can be found here as I can’t begin to describe or explain how it all works. There should be a sense of mysterious discovery through the reeds that inspires people to come and explore,” says Adam Khan, as we walk along a curving path that cleverly frames glimpses of the rooftops between landscaped beams. “We wanted the building to sit like a creature with its nose poking out of the foliage – architect Adam Khan     One of the trails follows part of the Ribble Way:   This part of the trail can also accommodate cyclists:   The cycle trail veers off uphill before Boilton Woods, keeping the woods tranquil for both walkers and wildlife:   Out of the woods we walked on the boardwalks through the reedbeds:   We saw lots of  waterfowl, woodland birds, a couple of […]

Public Transport: Black & White Challenge

Two very different examples of local public transport for this week’s Black & White Challenge. The first shows the Ferry across the River Wyre which carries pedestrians and cyclists between  Knott End and Fleetwood. Its timetable is determined by the tide times and, for all that it is well used by locals and day-trippers, it is frequently under threat of closure.   The second picture shows Preston’s iconic bus station.  It was built in the late 60’s in the Brutalist style of architecture. It has been described by the Twentieth Century Society as “one of the most significant Brutalist buildings in the UK”. wiki There have been plans to have it demolished and campaigns to Save our Bus Station. It is definitely here to stay now that English Heritage has granted it the status of a Grade ll Listed Building. You can love it or hate it but everyone has an opinion about it. So what do YOU think?… I certainly like it more now than I did when I first saw it.   For more posts on Public Transport, why not visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge :    

Wordless Wednesday: iPhoneography at Haslam Park

Wordless Wednesday: iPhoneography at Haslam Park

Yellow Doors

Had a problem today uploading files onto WordPress, so possibly a bit late with this post for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge .  Whenever we go in to town we like to park the car down by the river and walk up through the old part of the town centre. (I say town, though Preston is now officially a city). It’s only a 10 minute walk, or an hour if you wander taking time to appreciate what’s there. This old part of Preston was very grand, housing rich merchants and their families, at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Now its buildings are used in a variety of ways: some are architects’ or lawyers’ offices, some are student flats, some are bedsits, some are family homes. The glorious thing about this area is that the external architecture hasn’t been changed and so the doors are, in the main, original. (First door shown is clearly NOT an original, though I had to smile at the attempt to make it look Ye Olde English with its elaborate hinges). It looks like its had a bit of a kicking too. They come in all colours, but more of that in a future post. Today I’m […]

“Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – “Gap”

Gap-toothed guitarist at last year’s Caribbean Carnival in Preston, NW England Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – Gap

Standing out from the Crowd

How to stand out from the crowd at that most colourful of events, Preston’s Caribbean Carnival, in 5 easy lessons 1  Ignore all colour and dress in black and white with perhaps a “pop” of red. 2  Look unexpectedly serious and walk slowly when others are dancing 3  Ensure all make-up is refreshed regularly 4  Stop long enough for the photographers 5  If all the above fail, then you can always run across the road waving a bendy stick. Can’t wait for next year’s Carnival!

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