Thursday, 28 July 2011

Another Place

Where have I been for the last month - zooming round Manchester on the Metro?
Well, today we had a little trip to the coast just north of Liverpool, starting at Southport, home turf of poet Jean Sprackland, whose poem The Birkdale Nightingale is set in the wild dunes outside the town.
Then on to Crosby beach to see Antony Gormley's installation that I've wanted to visit for ages.
Make no mistake (signage emphasises) this is not a swimming beach. Proceed at your own risk

So, suitably cautioned, we advanced, stepping over the usual beach objects...

and the incredibly large...

to the main attractions...

some customised by visitors...

Then on, for a prize-winning ice cream at Parkgate, Wirral, former seaside town where the tide went out


  1. Wow do they still make the ice cream!! We used to live in Neston when I was a child and would go down to see the biannual tide coming in and have ice cream. Would so love to go see the sculptures, I love the Angel of the North, it's just along the road from where my ex lives so passed it all the time transporting children.
    much love

  2. I lived at Waterloo for several months during a 1970s winter, and I used to take walks along the front here (long before the installation of course). I always thought that there was a strangely desolate and isolated feel to the landscape (especially with a dusting of snow on the sands) even though it was only a few hundred metres from such a built up area. I would really love to see 'Another Place'. I'm sure it adds to the atmosphere.

  3. Lovely! The pictures are amazing! xx

  4. Isn't it great? We went there ourselves a couple of years ago. Must go back. Intriguing, haunting, compelling - it's all these things. Thank you for reminding me.

  5. thanks for dropping by and for your comments - it really is a magical place and well worth a visit