Thursday, 14 January 2021

Tape, Sunshine and Cutting Through the Weind



Oooh ... what's all this then?

  Someone has taped off all the grass at the riverside, Suky was proper miffed that I wouldn't allow her on there for a little run.  But although she could quite easily walk under the tape it would have been wrong of me to do so if I needed to pick anything up 😉


At last some blue sky, and although it was cold and very muddy underfoot just seeing some sunshine made the world of difference.

You've seen the riverside before so I thought I would show you what's further along our walk once we pop out into the carpark from the riverside footpath.  This new development on the site of what was a wonderful old building was stopped through the first lockdown so has been ongoing for a couple of years now.


But it's starting to take shape now and the new flats, shops and businesses should be good for our little town.


We cross the road after the new development and take a shortcut through Nickson's Weind.



It's a pretty little alleyway that leads through to more houses and if you carry on straight down across the road will bring you out at Booth's supermarket.


To the left just as you get into the Weind is another little path, Suky likes to 'make use' of the grassy bit in the middle most days 😄



I love this old wall and the plants and lichen growing on it, I examine it frequently while Suky sniffs much lower down ... I don't sniff I just look!!


Just in case you forget where you are this is the sign at the other end of the path.



We pass by more Weinds ...


... and blue plaques.


Thomas's Weind.


Then it's a left turn and along past the town Herb Garden, the one where the kindly gardener gave me some Rosemary cuttings just after I moved in.


It's looking very well looked after.


One of the many, many pubs our small town has, and the lovely old phone box on the left is now filled with flowering plants that spill from the empty window panes.


Then it's along the road until we reach another little cut through that brings us outright opposite home.  And little weary Puggy legs can rest while she snoozes and dreams of walks with Mum while I put the washing machine on and sit down at the computer with a coffee.


Sue xx


20 comments:

  1. Could the tape be left over from when it was very, very frozen? I saw one news report where a council had had to use a digger with big bucket to break ice from the edge of a pond to stop people walking onto it.

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    1. No, it literally went up overnight and nowhere was frozen. We were on the grass at 9ish the night before and it then it appeared for 9am next day. Very mysterious 🤔🤔

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  2. What a lovely place to live. I adore old brick and stone work, whether they be boundary walls or house walls. I could look at them for ages.
    Very mysterious about the tape.
    xx

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    1. I love old walls, especially dry stone walls and very old crumbly brick walls. They show lots of skill and the rocks and bricks are just beautiful. Modern building methods are sadly not as beautiful and they don't seem to last as long.

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  3. It looks like a lovely place to live and you had me sold at 'Booths'. ;)
    You've got me curious about the tape now. Keep us updated. X

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    1. It really is the best of both worlds, the river and countryside and the lovely old town with so many shops. AND I'm only a 25 minute drive from the seaside. Booth's is one of the best supermarkets isn't it. Both the staff and the food are great.

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  4. I love old towns that have some history. It does look like a pretty well kept place to live. You've got me thinking about that tape now!

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    1. Oh this town has so much history, I'll try to remember to share thing with the blog as I find out about them. One thing I've always known is that Garstang was the first Fairtrade town in the world and is twinned with two others.

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  5. What a delightful town you have moved into Sue. It looks so pretty and interesting with some lovely walks both down by the riverside and around the town itself. No wonder you decided you wanted to settle here. I think it gives you a bit of both worlds, a rural feel and a towny feel (if that makes any sense!!). Will you be looking to buy a property in that town when your Welsh home is sold? I have never been to Garstang and do not know the area at all, but it really does look delightful.

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    1. It is lovely, and yes we are moving here. In fact our house purchase is going through as I type. We have taken out a temporary mortgage to buy a rather special place that suits us both, it's just out of the centre of this lovely town, about a ten minute walk to the shops and amenities which will suit me just fine, and we will be on the canal rather than the river ... but still water and a nice place to walk the dogs :-)

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  6. Thank you for the walk this morning, I enjoyed it. I love to see the old walls. I grew up in Manchester but moved to the U.S. many years ago so I love to see pictures of home. I'm enjoying your other blog too. Jo in Wisconsin.

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    1. Good, yes Manchester where I'm from, is just an hours drive away. So it's handy for visiting relatives ... usually!! I have relatives in Chicago, my Great Aunt Edna married a GI after the war and went home with him.

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    2. I'm about 130 miles from Chicago. Small world isn't it. I think I remember you saying you were from Manchester but I didn't realise it was only and hour away from where you live now.

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  7. p.s. I wanted to say that I like the spinning globe on your blog. I show up as Oconomowoc Wisconsin. I always check to make sure I show up haha! Jo.

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    1. Sometimes it can be addictive watching it can't it ... I'll look out for you :-)

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  8. You live in such a lovely place, I really enjoyed joining you and Suky for your walk.
    I'm unfamiliar with a "Weind", I wonder if that's a word local to Garstang? The dry stone wall is gorgeous and I love the herb bed where the kind gardener gave you a cutting. Lovely to see some sunshine, too - it's been grim here all week. xxx

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    1. It's basically a path that is accessible on foot, but some of them here have room for a car to drive part way along. Although it's a word used quite a bit in Lancashire, putting it into Google translate shows that the word has Dutch origins ... it does look a bit Dutch doesn't it. It's pronounced like 'waned'. It's back to drizzle and dreariness now, you just have to make the most of any dry day at the moment don't you.

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    2. What a lovely walk around town! I'm happy for you to have found a home to buy there. Thanks for explaining what a Weind is as I had never heard that term either. Take care Sue!

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    3. Yes, we are so pleased to have found a property that suits us both in our favourite town.

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  9. Oh Sue thank you so much for sharing a little walk around Garstang. Last time I was there was probably 1975. I lived in Inskip which wasn't too far away. Sadly I didn't spend much time exploring Garstang, I was busy working in Preston and then on the weekend travelling back to Glossop. Beautiful part of the Country♥ xoxo

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