“A burst on me banjo”

Funny, 26 years since he died and my dad can still make me laugh out loud.
The dual carriageway was empty in the bright February sun as the lights changed from red to green, my foot hit the accelerator and just kept pressing on down while the guages went off to the right.
He used to do the same, until reined in by the world and responsibilities.
He always justified succumbing to the gods of speed by explaining he was “just having a burst on me banjo”.
True, dad was never going to go any faster than 50mph in a Morris Minor full of wife, three kids and associated paraphernalia, but the joy of life and unfailing principle of disobedience was always there, bubbling under – and he used to love letting it out.
I was reminded of his driving as I headed back from Crosby yesterday, cruising slightly faster than 50mph after a meeting at the marine park.
I checked out the water before I left.
Tufties and two Goldeneyes were blown around on the small boating lake, while the Skylarks and Snow Bunting, though present, were keeping a low profile in the strong winds and eye-shredding sandstorm at the top end of the lake.

Plenty of Blackwits (well, 30+) sheltering on the damp grasslands, with Oystercatchers and common gull sp.
Calmer today of course, with a few alba wags, mipits and small parties of Goldfinch passing the tower at Ainsdale, and flowering Common Whitlow Grass.
Later on, there were still five Bewick’s Swans feeding on the water off Nels Hide at Marshside.

I wanted to catch up with the Bewick’s as they are so scarce here now, but clearly not so badly that I was prepared to get any closer than the Hesketh Rd platform, where I zapped the swans full zoom in the gathering gloom at 5pm-ish.
A flock of 17 Fieldfares dropped into the tallest trees of the SSSI ditch, presumably to roost as I pulled away into the Friday evening commuting traffic – no chance of a burst on me banjo there then.

2 thoughts on ““A burst on me banjo”

  1. This month sees the British Trust for Ornithology’s annual National Nestbox Week take place, and the RSPB is running a fun family quiz trail at Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston, to help celebrate.
    Available every day through February, families can pick up a quiz sheet at reception between 9.30am-4.30pm and follow the trails to discover the variety of nestboxes available to help give nature a home. It is free to take part, though normal admission charges apply to non-members.
    There are also Wildlife Explorer backpacks for budding nature detectives which are £3 to hire, and the den building area in the woods to get active and creative.
    Whilst some winter flocks will be preparing to leave the site towards the end of February, others like the iconic avocets normally start arriving around the middle of the month. Meanwhile, the resident herons and egrets start carrying sticks up to build nests in their treetop colony.
    Visitors can now also pick up everything needed for a delicious picnic or to enjoy by the reserve’s wood-burning stove, as a selection of locally-made sandwiches are available to buy daily, alongside hot and cold drinks plus a range of snacks.
    Venue: RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands nature reserve, Puddington Lane, Burton, Cheshire, CH64 5SF.


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