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Friday, 23 April 2021

Home again, home again jiggety jig

I have a "long week" booked at my favourite campsite in May. Granted it's in Scotland and there is still a chance that I won't be able to travel over the border but optimism rules . . . However, alongside optimism comes caution and as it is well over a year since I had been away in the campervan we had the idea for me to do a couple of nights somewhere less rural in case anything did not work, or I had forgotten something vital.



I feel a bit of a fraud - I stayed at CMC site in Southport and nothing broke, nothing went wrong and I did not forget a single thing. The trip ended up being three nights to give me two complete days on the coast, one of which was spent at Crosby because I wanted to see the Antony Gormley sculptures. Tip: park at the north end of the beach because it is much, much quieter and walk down towards Liverpool if you want to see it all. I arrived a few minutes after low tide when the entire installation was exposed and stayed until high tide having watched them all disappear.  All art is subjective, modern art possibly more;  I found it interesting and disappointing in equal measure.







The second full day was spent at RSPB Marshside but sadly I don't think I got to enjoy the full potential of the site. Whilst driving down on Sunday I listened to a Professor of (Something Relevant) on Radio 4 talking about the "risks" of opening up outdoor venues and she said there was no known case of Covid transmission in an outdoor setting. So I cannot see the logic of the RSPB keeping hides closed, although I am probably just grumpy because I still haven't seen the avocet who are 'supposed' to be easy to see in this area.





I took a long, slow route home via Lytham and Blackpool to join up a couple of sections which Bill and I had not driven and have now concluded that the North West section of the English coast is DONE. I know I missed the docks area of Barrow but I'll do that whenever I decide to visit large islands, and I have made an executive decision to ignore the Wirral so my next trip south will start from Prestatyn.

It was so lovely to be away in the van again, I knew I had missed it but sometimes it is not until you return to something you can really see how much of a hole the absence had made.





Our internet connection is off  more than on at present, PlusNet have no idea what the problem is and it's taken two full days to upload this blog which has been frustrating and wasted a heck of a lot of time. If I don't respond to comments, sorry but at least you know why.






21 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you able to do a road trip with Bill. Now, on to bigger and better things! There are times when I miss our camper something terrible.

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    1. Oh go on, get another - just a small one - you know you want to!! ðŸĪŠ 🚐

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  2. I'm glad you have enjoyed your days away in Bill and you had such beautiful weather too. I have never seen the Antony Gormley sculptures and that's something I'd love to do. I do hope you are able to spend your planned week in Scotland in May. Then when you start your coastal trip from Prestatyn we can meet up as you'll be in my neck of the woods, that would be lovely xx

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    1. Cheers Eileen, fingers remain crossed but so far Scotland is looking like a "go" 😄

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  3. Glad to hear that nothing went wrong and you enjoyed your mini break - you certainly got the right weather for it. Fingers crossed that everything now works out for your trip to Scotland :)

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    1. You're right eunice, I was too hot on more than one occasion!

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  4. Glad the trip went well & you had no hiccups. We've seen the sculptures & I found them disappointing in that they were all the same & although there were very few people around on the particular day, a couple with two children in tow were in front of us & the little girl said to here Mum, "Oh, he's showing his private bits" and that made us laugh. Pity about Marshside, but maybe one day.
    Hope you get to enjoy your Scottish holiday in May. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I am sure everyone's response to the installation is different.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely and well needed break. Good luck with your next one. I know what you mean about the sculptures. He's quite an odd artist to keep making the same models of himself. I love to visit the one in Winchester Cathedral's crypt though. It's got such a calming serenity to it. Oh, and the one near the O2 in Greenwich is very clever. When you arrive by boat it sort of magically appears out of a pile of metal bits. :)

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    1. Hi D, lovely to hear from you again. I had forgotten about the crypt in Winchester which is disgraceful since I often used to pop in for a quiet 20 minuts when shopping.

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  6. Well done. Southport CMC is one of our favourites (we have a touring caravan). I don't know that you are done with the North West yet. Nearby is RSPB Leighton Moss, fantastic reserve. We have seen avocets there as well as marsh harriers. Morecambe town itself is run down but the promenade area is fab and a walk along the prom to Heysham is lovely. Don't dismiss the Wirral either, there's a nature reserve there too.

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    1. Cheers David, I visited Morecambe, Leighton Moss and that part of the coast in 2019.

      As I have chosen not to include rivers as "coast", Wirral has been gently excluded because it is a lot of driving for not a lot of sea . . . once I have managed the whole 5,000+ miles of the main UK coastline I can think about mopping up the bits previously missed 😉

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  7. Welcome home! I'm glad you managed to get away and have a break.
    I'd love to see the Gormley statues. I love all art and one of the things I'm most looking forward to is Walsall New Art Gallery reopening so I can revisit all the paintings that have been a part of my life since I was a child.
    Fingers crossed that you get in scotland next month, it's looking okay so far.
    Hope t'internet sorts itself out. We've been really happy with PlusNet. xxx

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    1. Cheers Vix, now that campsites are open perhaps you and Gilbert could have a little overnighter? (and Lord Jon too, obviously ðŸĪŠ)

      Things looking OK for Scotland - at present - all fingers and toes crossed.

      Internet is "sorted", it wasn't PlusNet's fault - Management had plugged something into the system which was causing all sorts of interference, he is suitably contrite.

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  8. I would love to see the Gormley figures one day, hopefully before the sea claims them as her own and takes them all out with the tide.

    I used to walk the beaches of Walney Island almost daily with Alan when we first met. It's worth a visit when you can, although Barrow in Furness isn't that great ... said by someone who has lived there three times. Although the drive in is nice, so drive in, drive through and head for the island.

    I'm so glad your first trip in Bill was a success.

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    1. You're not that far away Sue, perhaps a day out to Crosby when the builders have gone?

      I did wave at you (from a distance) on my way home :-)

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  9. I'm so pleased your trip went smoothly and you enjoyed your time away. It's a few years since I visited Crosby beach. You can probably guess which part of the figures Lily was fascinated by! I didn't realise they would be quite so realistic :)

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    1. Thanks for the giggle Jules, I suspect you are not the first parent who has had to deal with the anatomical 'correctness' of the figures 🧐

      Personally I felt the entire installation would have been far more powerful if the figures were androgynous, but I am not a well funded or self-indulgent "artiste" so what the hell do I know?

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    2. They came as quite a surprise to me too. I'm sorry for misunderstanding your question. I usually like to be walking by 9am. It would be earlier if it was just down to me, but it depends how far we are travelling and how quickly I can get Lily chivvied along. X

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  10. Wonderful photos! I hope you get to go to Scotland.

    My next trip is over to Leicestershire for a friends wedding the weekend of my birthday in June.

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  11. I love going in search of public art. Many of Gormley's figures are androgynous...I wonder what statement he was making by creating these ones specifically male? (I could make a joke about the concept of men eroding?) Thanks for including the map. My knowledge of detailed UK geography is suspect. I have the full apparatus for tenting in my shed but it hasn't been used for 12 years. I expect my tenting days are done. Maybe I need to rent a camper van for a weekend. I know what you mean about the avocets. I am always looking for birds and plants one is "supposed" to be able to see, and am frequently disappointed!
    - Dar @ anexactinglife

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