Cyprus Life – in pictures vs Fylde Coast Musings

Our new life in Cyprus began in early March 2004. Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas spending a glorious 12 years in Limassol. Feel free to read my posts and view my many #photosofCyprus. However in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We're now living on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea in the north west of England. More places for us to discover as this part of the UK is not so familiar to us either.


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Fylde Coast Musings – a voyage of #discovery through #photography


So, it’s a little over 3 months since we arrived back in UK after our 12 years sojourn in Limassol, Cyprus…. and boy, isn’t life different!

Firstly, the weather:
How crap is the Great British weather  😦
We’ve been terribly spoiled during our 12 summers in “Sunny Cyprus” where after 3 months in UK and looking back makes me think the sun must have shone every day. Okay, they reckon on average Cyprus has 340 days of sunshine and yep, I reckon that’s about right!

In UK however, completely the opposite – we must have 340 days of rain here!
Put it this way, for every sunny day we’ve had so far since our return it seems to be we get 2 – 3 rainy or miserable days….. we’ve just experienced 3 rather pleasant sunny days on the trot with a temperature of around 22 degrees Celsius. That was Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We were promised it from Monday but that weather forecast fell on deaf ears and it was cloudy until rather late in the afternoon.

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Today (Friday) we’ve woken up to wind and rain at around 07:00hrs. It’s still raining, still windy right now at 12:26hrs – with, get this…. a whole 15 degrees Celsius.
Photo: taken just now from my desk by the window…

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This weather pattern is due to follow for the next few days, or shall I say that according to my mobile phone weather app, we’re stuck with it until Wednesday of next week!

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As the saying goes “make hay whilst the sun shines” and that’s what we’ve been doing! We bought ourselves a little motor after about 6 weeks or so from our return. We’re sticking with the “Greek” theme here and purchased a sweet Kalos 1.4SX produced by Chevrolet. It’s already taken us on several journeys around our new locality.

The Kalos performs well, it even has air-conditioning (yeah, yeah I know…. we’re not likely to be using that much). Sadly, it’s a manual gearbox which is a bit of a dampner, for me anyway – but hubby is happy enough with that. She even has alloy wheels, Woo Hoo 🙂

Here she is on our drive…. we haven’t christened her yet. We love the colour!

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We’ve journeyed as far as Morecambe, Lancashire so far – but we have a bigger journey coming up at the weekend when we will make our way to Manchester for a friends’ birthday celebration.

Where we’ve been to date:

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Sunny Morecambe

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Bilsborrow near Garstang

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Owd Nells & Guys Thatched – Bilsborrow

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Eric Morecambe in Sunny Morecambe

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Marton Mere holiday park (a stop off in the middle of DIY shopping)

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Blackpool and The Big One

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Skippool Creek near Thornton Cleveleys

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The City of Lancaster

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The City of Lancaster

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Cleveleys and the RAF Red Arrows

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Glasson Dock

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Glasson Dock canalside

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Church at Glasson Dock

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Got my “Cemetery Fix” at Glasson Dock

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Loving It In Lytham

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Loving It In Lytham

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Windy Harbour caravan park – at the end of the M55

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Wrea Green

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Wrea Green

In case you’re wondering whereabouts in the world we now live – it’s a little place unknown to most people, unless you’re from the North West of UK. We’re on the mouth of the Wyre Estuary where the river Wyre meets the Irish Sea – directly across the river from Fleetwood, the village of Knott End on Sea, Lancashire.

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Putting Knott End on Sea on the map

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Knott End Cafe by the ferry jetty

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Knott End View of Fleetwood

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Knott End Jetty – where the river meets the sea

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River Wyre and Fleetwood by the public footpath access across Knott End Golf Course.


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A short trip back “home” to UK for a family visit – Blackpool revisited.


Well our journey all went rather smoothly, which after reading all the horror stories of queues at the Cyprus airports etc we were very pleased with…

We flew from Larnaca to Liverpool John Lennon airport, had our car collected on the tarmac at the Departures drop off and returned back to the same place on our arrival back in Cyprus a week later. The car storage company telephoned to double check and give us info where to meet on drop off and again after our flight landed in LCA. The cost was just 34 EUR for this fab service!

Check in was very fast with easyJet on Tuesday evening – we arrived at the desks at approx 19:45 and there were 4 desks in operation. We went through very quickly and my carry on bag was also allowed to be checked in free of charge along with our main suitcase. I like to get rid of it but don’t really want to pay for a 2nd suitcase 😉 Normally, on the return leg they make me take it onboard which means lugging it around the airport for 2hrs but not this time – it went back in the hold coming back as well 🙂

We stayed at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, directly on the airport at Liverpool so no taxis or delays (our 3rd stay at this hotel). Off the plane and in our room 10 minutes later. Next morning after breakfast, we headed to Liverpool South Parkway railway station, collected our pre-paid tickets from the machine and managed to grab a train an hour earlier than planned so were in Blackpool North by 11:00hrs.

Our hotel room was ready when we arrived 15 minutes later on foot from the station and we were allocated a room right at the front overlooking the sea and to the North Pier at Blackpool. This from my mobile:

And this was our hotel for 6 nights, at The Bedford on the promenade at North Shore (near Pleasant Street tram stop)

The Bedford Hotel, Blackpool

We hit really lucky with the weather and although rain was forecast a couple of times later in the week, it never materialised but when I phoned my mum the morning after we got back home to Cyprus, it was raining there!

Some shots here from the first part of our week:

 

Sunset from north shore (11 June) taken opposite the Tiffany’s Hotel on the seafront (Pleasant Street tram stop):
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The one thing which really surprised us was how late it stayed light of an evening. The sunset photo was taken at around 22:00hrs and it still wasn’t dark then. We’d completely forgotten about that after 11yrs living in Cyprus because our other 2 trips back to UK have been in the winter months. This photo was taken at the same time but looking in the opposite direction which puts the light into perspective:
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Along the prom:
Promenade Shelters, Blackpool

North Pier photos:
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The little boy in the red T-shirt caught my attention…. his backpack was almost as big as he was:
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The nearest we could get to our Curium Beach taverna – photos from my glass of wine at The Beach House cafe bar on the prom:
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Daddy and Daughter

Blackpool Promenade / Seafront

On our way out on Sunday evening at 21:00hrs – off for a few drinks.
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One for my mate Trev – Knott End Ferry… we weren’t totally convinced it would get to the jetty as the tide on the Wyre was so low:
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North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood:
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Poulton-le-Fylde station, the last stop before Blackpool:
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Throw in a couple of evenings of entertainment at a nearby hotel, one of which entailed a reunion of some 80+ disc jockeys from the 1970s and 1980s who had travelled far and wide from the Nordic countries and including Denmark and Scandinavia as well as being transported back into the early 1960s of the Hi De Hi era (UK television programme for the uninitiated) and the “shiniest bald head competition”, it all left rather a surreal experience….

Thank heavens we had the forethought to take a trip down to Soul Suite opposite the Grand Metropole Hotel for an evening of Northern Soul and Motown music the night before!

The journey back went just as easily…. arrived early at Blackpool North so grabbed an earlier train which allowed us time to grab a bacon butty at Preston station and a brew as we had to leave the hotel before breakfast. The bus to the airport was waiting when we arrived at Liverpool South Parkway railway station and we were in the airport by 11:15 so had time to chill out before our flight left at 13:45 then back on terra firma about 20 minutes before schedule.

Oh well, it’s back to work on Monday for me 😦 but I still have the rest of the summer in Cyprus to enjoy!