The Shining

A Friday Walk then, in all but name, as it’s happening on a Saturday. And a walk done so many times it’s become a meditation now. The Shining Shore.The Shining01Taking place in the lanes around Thurstaston on the far side of the Wirral, I’ve not been here since last March. Mostly urban walking in Liverpool since then. But we’re both off work today and it’s good to get out here together on holiday.

Still wintry here, the long hedge in Station Road completely bare.

Still wintry here, the long hedge in Station Road completely bare.

But for a few left over berries too bitter even for the winter birds.

But for a few left over berries too bitter even for the winter birds.

We’ve parked in the visitor centre on the Wirral Way, where the train station used to be. Hence this being called Station Road.

No lambs in the fields yet, just curious sheep.

No lambs in the fields yet, just curious sheep.

But in the Old School House garden the first sign of spring, a crocus.

But in the Old School House garden the first sign of spring, a crocus.

At the top of the road we reach Thurstaston, St Bartholomews.

At the top of the road we reach Thurstaston, St Bartholomews.

And in the church yard here we find what we are expecting to find in the middle of February.

A Galanthus Extravaganza.

A Galanthus Extravaganza.

The snowdrops are here.

The snowdrops are here.

All around the gravestones.

All around the gravestones.

More than ever before.

More than ever before.

Celebrating life.

Celebrating life.

Nature in all its glory, shining.

Nature in all its glory, shining.

And crocuses too.

And crocuses too.

Or should that be crocci?

Meanwhile, Sarah's spotted something, or maybe 'things'

Meanwhile, Sarah’s spotted something, or maybe ‘things’

One monkey or two?

One monkey or two?

As you may well know by now Sarah is cataloguing all known araucaria, or monkey puzzle trees, on her own ‘Monkey Map’ website. And though we’ve been in this church yard many times before we’ve not spent so much time in here on a winter’s day, when the other trees are bare and monkeys are easier to spot.

Looks like one from here, but Sarah suspects it’s actually two trees, a male and a female.

The angel thinks it's one.

The angel thinks it’s one.

But Sarah's up on the wall and all over the place to try and prove it's true.

But Sarah’s up on the wall and all over the place to try and prove it’s two.

And is it? See Sarah’s own post on the issue to find what she found!

Meanwhile it's time for lunch.

Meanwhile it’s time for lunch.

Baked beetroots in garlic and thyme with mozzarella. Plus salads of cabbage, carrot and tomatoes, with spinach, spring onion, rice and Wensleydale. All prepared by Sarah, thank you.

Sat here in picture perfect England.

Sat here in picture perfect England.

After lunch we walk the high lane, far above the Dee Estuary.

After lunch we walk the high lane, far above the Dee Estuary.

Past the Christmas tree plantation.

Past the Christmas tree plantation.

The hazel catkins.

The hazel catkins.

And the maybush.

And the maybush.

It’s the new camera’s first time on the Shining Shore and it’s enjoying itself.

Down into the Dungeon.

Down into the Dungeon, a marshy wood.

The place will be covered in bluebells in the spring. Here are their bright green shoots.

The place will be covered in bluebells in the spring. Here are their bright green shoots.

The stream slips over into a ravine.

The stream slips over into a ravine.

Never seen people climbing up here before.

Never seen people climbing up here before.

Sarah gathers kindling.

Sarah gathers kindling.

Dry bark to help with starting the fire at her allotment.

Dry bark to help with starting the fire at her allotment.

While I sit and look out over a misty estuary.

While I sit and look out over a misty estuary.

The coast of Wales is out there. But you wouldn't know.

The coast of Wales is out there. But you wouldn’t know.

So me and the camera focus on closer things. Old fence posts.

So me and the camera focus on closer things. Old fence posts.

Gently degenerating.

Gently degenerating.

And this perfect tree.

And this perfect tree.

Soon we leave the parish of St Bartholomew.

Soon we leave the parish of St Bartholomew.

And cross Heswall Fields.

And cross Heswall Fields.

To reach the Shining Shore itself.

To reach the Shining Shore itself.

Tide well out, boats marooned.

Tide well out, boats marooned.

Out there is Ireland.

Out there is Ireland.

Time for a cup of tea?

Time for a cup of tea?

Then down onto the beach.

Then down onto the beach.

By the boulder clay cliffs.

By the boulder clay cliffs.

Watching the birdlife.

Watching the birdlife.

The gentle ducks.

The gentle ducks.

Throwing pebbles to listed to the 'pwut' of them landing in the mud.

Throwing stones to listen to the ‘pwut’ of them landing in the mud.

Playing with the shutter speed until I actually capture a stone in flight.

Erosion has slowed this past year, but erosion it is.

Erosion has slowed this past year, but erosion it is.

Sarah walks quietly in one of her favourite places on the Earth.

Sarah walks quietly in one of her favourite places on the Earth.

The Shining Shore.

The Shining Shore.

Time to go home?

Time to go home?

Not without observing the proprieties.

Along to Parkgate, to Nicholl's.

Along to Parkgate, to Nicholl’s.

Been going for 78 years now. Making the finest ice cream in the known world, our known world.

Here's the choice.

Here’s the choice.

The choice is made.

The choice is made.

And here we are, on the wall at Parkgate.

And here we are, on the wall at Parkgate.

Panna Cotta and Strawberry for Sarah. Chocolate and Panna Cotta for me. Both with flakes of course. We’re having a holiday!

See all of 2012’s Friday Walks here. And search the blog on Thurstaston or Shining Shore to see this perfect walk done in other years, in all seasons.

6 thoughts on “The Shining

  1. lindsay53

    That’s what’s so nice about winter. You can see the structure of trees and shrubs before the foliage returns.A sort of bare beauty. That tree is magnificent and your camera certainly seemed to enjoy itself. Lovely, sharp pictures turning mundane things like fenceposts into things of beauty.

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  2. humphries346

    Thanks Ronnie and Sarah I love your posts always informative and making us aware of the Localities around us beautiful sensitive pictures I loved your landscape and wildlife shots

    Reply

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