Today we had the pleasure of Tim and Kate's company at their home in Southport for an afternoon of photos from our Italian Border Route trip, and from the TGO Challenge, on which we walked with them this year from Newtonmore to the upper reaches of Glen Feshie.
They are seasoned backpackers and have done 'The Challenge' ten times, so the slide show took a bit longer than usual as we tried to explain some of the intricacies and incidents of the Italian trip.
We did manage to find time to wander down to Ainsdale Sands (above), which Tim and Kate are lucky enough to have on their doorstep.
The Black-headed Gulls that have taken up residence on our local canal also proliferate in the coastal region of Southport. Here they are lining up, readying themselves for target practice.
There were lots of Coots and Tufted Ducks on the pond behind the sands, mostly looking very lazy and well nourished.