Posted by: sweetpea | September 12, 2006

Red squirrels and 100 Naked men

I visited mum at the weekend and on the Saturday afternoon we headed up past Liverpool and to the coast.  Our first stop was Formby to see the Red Squirrels.  I’d seen the reserve on the TV so had an idea of what it should look like, but we couldn’t find it.  I knew it was supposed to be an island of trees, so we headed out through the sand dunes to what looked like such an island.  As we approached we did see 3 squirrels much to our delight, but they soon disappeared and that was the last we saw of them.  We’d obviously not found the reserve as I seemed to remember that they were pretty tame, and these 3 were obviously not.

 

 

As we were so close to the beach we thought we might as well cross the remaining dunes and have a stroll along it before heading back to the car to see if we could find more squirrels.  It’s a long time since I’ve walked over dunes, and it reminded me of childhood holidays spent on Anglesey, traipsing through the dunes to reach the sandy beaches at Llanddwyn and Llanddona.  We were amazed at how lovely the beach was, vast stretches of clean sand as far as we could see, perfect for family holidays.  If only we’d known about them when we were little!

 

Dunes at Formby point

 

Back at the car we realised it was getting too late to find the squirrel reserve so decided that it would make a good excuse for a return visit next year.

 

 

Our next stop was Crosby to see the ‘another place’ sculptures created by Antony Gormley.  It consists of 100 life-size cast-iron figures standing on the beach at intervals and at different stages of rising out of the sand.  All look out to sea towards the horizon.  It was interesting to see the effect of the movement of sand, some of the bases had obviously been uncovered by the tide, whilst others had probably been buried deeper.  Also the sculptures further out to sea where covered in more and more barnacles and seaweed, from a distance they looked as if they were wearing clothes.  I’m sure they look quite eerie with the tide in.

The beach was also interesting because there were loads of bricks strewn along the top.  They’d all been weathered to different degrees by the sea, some were obviously bricks, but others looked more like pebbles.  They gave a lovely red band to the shoreline.

 

red bricks

 

close up of figure

 

horizon

 

Considering that as a child I lived so close to these shores, I’m amazed that we hadn’t discovered them sooner.  But I’m sure that now we have we’ll be back for more walks along the beaches, maybe even a Boxing Day walk.

 

sillouette

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