The no-spend weekend was really a slight spend weekend as we had to buy a birthday gift for my mum, but of course that was already in the budget.
We decided to ignore the rain that was obviously going to arrive and walked to Lytham. We took a different route to the beach, giving us time to admire the fishermen's cottages and some other very nice houses and lots of nice gardens - the smell of lilac was everywhere. We went past the front of the Royal LSA golf course and reminisced about The Open in 2012 then down to the church where a Peregrine has been spotted going about business. Then onto the green where we became those people we always see when we go past in the car.
The benefit of walking along the grass rather than heading over the dunes straight to the beach is the many wonderful dogs to enjoy, pat and be sniffed by. I love dogs, but don't have one as a pet so it's nice to see so many. A brief stop at Granny's Bay (no icecream for me) then along the final stretch of the prom to Lytham, the tide was out so there were loads of bird to be spotted, plus sea smell. At Fairhaven Lake we saw swans with cygnets and geese with loads of teeny tinies sunbathing next to the Lancaster Bomber. Oh and the swan in the weird rock garden thing on the prom is sitting on a nest, it's right near the path so it's there for all to see.
In order to look for a gift for my mum we went into the shops we wouldn't usually visit because we assume there would be nothing for us. Sadly, there were lots of beautiful things, luckily we only had money for a card a pressie. It was fun to see another side of the town, rather than just nipping in to our usual places. I took advantage of the tester pots of hand and nail cream too, very luxurious.
Recently I've been taking a different route into the town when I go to the charity shop, down the main road and through the park rather than winding through the back streets, I've missed more changes. At the top of the crescent, right on the railway bridge is the one thing I've always thought the town lacked - a greengrocer! Hooray! I don't know how long it's been there, but it must be very very new as I'm sure I've walked past in the last couple of weeks. But there it is, another thing to enhance the town/ my life. It's a teeny bit out of the way but there is some street parking outside, I really hope it does well. I'm going to try it at the start of next month, fingers and toes crossed.
I even left my camera at home, all the better for seeing everything rather than just things that would make a nice picture. I feel refreshed for seeing things in a new way, and we didn't get wet.