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:
We’re in Ormskirk now, and this lovely tree is on the A58 just to the east of Ormskirk.
There are more in Ormskirk, but first we’re heading north to Burscough, for an A59 selection.
Further up the A59…
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….
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.
With a bit more hunting we then find the monkey I spotted, towering above the school.
Next we pass a couple more on the A59 which we’ll return to, but we’re heading for the monkey at Tarleton.
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.
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.
Our next monkey is by no means as shy as this one.
We’re heading back into Ormskirk now, and in front of Martlands Farm Shop (OPEN) is this lovely tree.
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.
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.
Leaving Ormskirk we’re heading towards Maghull, only to spot these two in Lydiate.
And in Maghull another one I’ve often driven past, opposite the Coach and Horses pub on Liverpool Road North.
And another tree I often pass on the way to Thornton crematorium. At least I always thought of it as ‘one tree’.
And our final monkey for today, a small specimen.
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…
So, here are the 21 monkeys from our Good Friday ramble. A monkey puzzle delight.