Sometimes, a change of scenery, even just for an afternoon, can do you the world of good.
At the weekend I went over to spend the weekend with my boyfriend’s family and it was really good. One of the best parts though was venturing out to Formby for a few hours on Saturday afternoon to go in search of red squirrels and have a walk along the very windy beach.
I remember visiting the National Trust site at Formby years ago with my Dad and sister. We went to see the red squirrels which were, and still are, quite a rarity in the UK, so it was lovely to see them in wild habitat.
They did reduce in numbers for a few years thanks to a nasty case of the squirrel pox but they’re back and they’re back in complete force. In fact, we spotted 17 on our wanders around the woodland. You just have to know where to look, be quiet and patient and step off the beaten track a bit.
We often just stopped to stare at the trees and saw several at once. Then there were times we didn’t talk to each other – we must have looked like a couple that just didn’t want to have a conversation – but that’s when we heard the rustle of the squirrels running across the branches.
It was lovely to see these cute creatures chasing after each other, dangling from the trees and trying to sneak out of sight because they’re so timid.
Walking out of the woodland took us to the beach. Thank goodness the rainy morning had turned into a sunny afternoon because I got to see my boyfriend’s local hangout in such a good light. Quite literally. The waves were tumbling, the sand dunes looked tropical and the beach was such a treat to walk on.
I wish, wish, wish, I lived nearer the coast but until then, I just have to appreciate moments like this.
Have you been to Formby before? Would you go to see the red squirrels? I swear they’re the cutest creatures!