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As we’re on a few emailing lists occasionally something comes through that is actually quite interesting. In this case Wendy received an email newsletter from Menai Cottages which mentioned some outdoor art installations they’d sponsored by Anthony Garratt called “Four on Anglesey” and as one of them was almost directly behind Cerrig-y-Barcud, the cottages we were staying at, we ventured up the track for a closer look. This first which I’m guessing would be classed as Southwest, “A view to Caernarfon Castle” was on a circular walk in the area…

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After failing once more to drag myself out of bed to catch the tides last weekend for a sea fishing session I decided last thing on Sunday that I just had to get out of the house. Driving towards Mere Sands I changed my mind at the last minute and headed down the brow in Tarleton to our local branch of the Leeds Liverpool canal and the boatyard at the canals junction with the River Douglas. It’s been a few years since I’ve ventured down here and even in that…

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We’ve not being doing much sea fishing or walking these few weeks since getting back from our summer break to Anglesey as we’ve either been sorting out bits and pieces around the house or the weather has been just a bit too British. I did notice that the local narrow gauge railway, The West Lancashire Light Railway, were having a steam gala so deciding on a lazy Sunday I made the exhausting 1/2 mile walk to the centre of the village. As well as the trains which were ferrying people…

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As well as sea fishing during our summer break we managed to do a bit of walking around Anglesey even though the weather this year was a bit hit and miss. A new walk for us this year was local to the cottage where we stay at Bodedern. Setting off at Llanfachraeth, we did a circular. Westwards seawards then down the coast to follow the Afon Alaw back inland. A leisurely walk of about 6 miles which took in some quiet country lanes and some beautiful unspoilt coastline. The fields…

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Sometimes the weather or that annoying thing called real life can get in the way of our fishing or walking but even when busy it’s always great to get out and about, even if it’s for just a little while. We’re very lucky in Lancashire to have near by the WWT reserve, Martin Mere which, like all the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserves is running events throughout June to help showcase the work they do and enable everyone to enjoy some of the UK’s fantastic wildlife. The agenda for June…

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We’ve not been sea fishing for a while but we’re making up for it soon with a week on Anglesey so we’ve been getting our kit together and doing all sorts of home and garden maintenance type things before we go away. Even though I’m supposed to be getting stuff ready for going away I couldn’t resist a quick walk along our local River Douglas, not for any specific reason, just because it’s been a nice day. Nothing unusual to report although if the number of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies flitting…

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Spring is in the air and it’s time for all creatures great and small to start doing what the birds and the bees do best – yes – it’s time for some good old fashioned sex. Everywhere you look at this time of year you can see all types of fauna paired up and ready to make whoopie. During the past few days I’ve made the most of the weather and spent a fair amount of time wondering round Queens Park, Bolton. As well as the usual suspects of Sparrows,…

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After saying the weather in West Lancashire hasn’t been too bad mother nature threw the heaviest snowfall our way last weekend since I was a child. So, after struggling home on Friday night we did what any other like minded loony would do and went for a walk on the Saturday. We had such a good time tramping along the River Douglas through the snow I did it again on Sunday, this time with the ‘proper’ camera. Instead of just going along the river I spent some time wondering through…

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Thankfully the weather hasn’t been too extreme here in Lancashire these past couple of weeks although we have had some very cold days which without the snow feels a bit like we’ve been ripped off. Last Monday was a case in point where it was so cold the fog was freezing in the air and you could see ice crystals suspended in front of your face. It did look great once I got out of the car in Bolton but driving to work down the M61 through the ice laden…

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I didn’t get to go out sea fishing this weekend due to the weather being just too damn cold and wet although a few of the guys from the Wirral Sea Fishing website had a couple of sessions on Saturday, one at Seaforth and the other at Hall Road, Crosby. Not much was caught but credit due to them, they stuck it out in truly horrid conditions. The bravest I managed was a gentle walk along the banks of our local river, the Douglas to see if I could manage…

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