Good Friday monkeys

Our Good Friday ramble on a beautiful blue day was provided a most excellent collection of monkeys in ‘wider Liverpool’ – in fact 21 in total. The first five of them – the St Helens cluster – can be found here. The rest… well, here they are:

L37 Ormskirk.

L37 Ormskirk.

We’re in Ormskirk now, and this lovely tree is on the A58 just to the east of Ormskirk.

L37

L37.

There are more in Ormskirk, but first we’re heading north to Burscough, for an A59 selection.

A59 north of Burscough. L38.

A59 north of Burscough. L38.

The owners of L38 also have gnomes. Another suburban statement?

The owners of L38 also have gnomes. Another suburban statement?

Further up the A59…

The unmistakable branches of a monkey.

The unmistakable branches of a monkey.

L39.

L39. Towering above the bungalow in the garden where it lives.

When I see a monkey this big, I can’t help wondering what was there before. This monkey must be about 100 or more years old, the bungalow isn’t… so perhaps this was the Victorian statement planting for a house that is no longer there….

Today, a blue sky day, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Today, a blue sky day, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

We carry on towards Burscough, where I know there are several more that I’d spotted earlier in the week north of the town. But first, a diversion at Burscourgh. ‘Look!’ I cry as we are briefly elevated as the road rises above the canal. I’ve spotted the top of a monkey. We turn left into Orrell Lane to ‘find the monkey’. We’re in a densely packed area of small terrace houses right next to the canal. No monkey can be seen. We park. ‘Look!’ exclaims Ronnie… not the monkey I’d seen, but another one, a baby in a back yard.

L40. A baby.

L40. A baby.

L40. Well spotted Ronnie.

L40. Well spotted Ronnie.

With a bit more hunting we then find the monkey I spotted, towering above the school.

L41. Probably the inspiration for L40.

L41. Probably the inspiration for L40.

L40 actually lives in the back garden of a house on Orrell Lane, Burscough.

L41 actually lives in the back garden of a house on Orrell Lane, Burscough.

Next we pass a couple more on the A59 which we’ll return to, but we’re heading for the monkey at Tarleton.

Crossroads at Tarleton.

Crossroads at Tarleton.

PR1. Our first PR monkey.

PR1. Our first ‘PR’ monkey.

Yes, although we’ve been in Lancashire for ages, we’ve finally crossed a postcode boundary and are now officially in ‘PR’ land. We head back south, down the A59.

L42.

L42.

Seeing this monkey for the second time, I actually have no idea how I managed to spot it and note it – whilst driving! It’s barely visible, just sticking up above the converted barn beyond a field of leeks. I have to go to the front gate of Farthing Cottage to get a closer view.

L42. Just visible.

L42. Just visible.

Our next monkey is by no means as shy as this one.

L43, yes a suburban statement.

L43, yes a suburban statement.

L43. In front of Moss Dene.

L43. In front of Moss Dene.

We’re heading back into Ormskirk now, and in front of Martlands Farm Shop (OPEN) is this lovely tree.

L44.

L44.

L44. A very attractive monkey indeed.

L44. A very attractive monkey indeed.

It is still a mystery to me why some monkey puzzle trees keep their lower branches like this one, and others lose them, creating a sort of ‘umbrella’ type tree.

L44.

L44. Looks almost ‘cuddly’ in the soft sunshine.

L45. Holborn Hill, Ormskirk.

L45. Holborn Hill, Ormskirk.

But we’re not finished yet – here’s a monkey I’ve often driven past on my way into Ormskirk, it’s on the A59 approaching the town from Aughton.

L45.

L45.

Leaving Ormskirk we’re heading towards Maghull, only to spot these two in Lydiate.

L46 and L47. Neighbours.

L46 and L47. Neighbours on Moss Lane.

L46 (or L47), a back garden monkey.

L46 (or L47), a back garden monkey.

And in Maghull another one I’ve often driven past, opposite the Coach and Horses pub on Liverpool Road North.

L48.

L48.

Lovely.

Lovely.

And another tree I often pass on the way to Thornton crematorium. At least I always thought of it as ‘one tree’.

Monkey on Liverpool Road South, Maghull.

Monkey on Liverpool Road South, Maghull.

Which actually turns out to be two monkeys. L49 and L50.

Which actually turns out to be two monkeys. L49 and L50.

And our final monkey for today, a small specimen.

L51. Thornton crematorium.

L51. Thornton crematorium.

At the end of the ‘St Helens cluster’ we were at St Helens crematorium where there was a baby monkey. This is also a young monkey, juvenile rather than baby, but I wonder about monkey puzzle trees and gardens of rest and if there is a connection…

L51.

L51.

L51.

L51.

So, here are the 21 monkeys from our Good Friday ramble. A monkey puzzle delight.

Wider Liv North

 

 

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