Brockholes is a nature reserve near Preston.It is just of the motor way and is tucked away, with large ponds and bird hides you wouldn’t know it was there unless you looked for it. Brockholes prides itself on being a floating visitor centre as the restaurant/shop/information are all set on platforms and looks rather spectacular.

There is something for everyone with a range of walks and an adventure playground for children.

I tried really hard to spot an otter but failed. Maybe next time.



My parents bought this chair from a carboot a few years ago. I started to hand sand it it then it got put in the garage never to be seen again.

When I purchased my house my Mum bought a handsander and I finally got round to using it to make light work of this. I used Rustoleum White Chalk paint and Rustoleum Gold paint for furniture.

Modern Calligraphy

Mellor and Rose guided me through the land of calligraphy with copious amounts of tea and a rather delicious chocolate brownie supplied by Montagues.

The session starts by working through the uppercase alphabet focusing on your pen grip which is trickier than expected.

Then the lowercase alphabet before focusing on drawing details to accompany your writing.

It was £39.

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