Walking the Beach

Photo: from Sandra Crook

Photo: from Sandra Crook

One could walk for many miles, starting from Lytham. Today you need to dodge the spindrift’s, for it’s a blustery morning, I start slowly passing the windmill, my eyes are downcast as I scan the ground for treasure. There have been many dubious findings when each morning I set out for my walk. Yesterday the colour of gold would caught my eye, as a spy’d a sovereign mounted in fat gold ring, resting like a lord on the pavement. As if it was not enough that I collect the treasures that the sea delivers each day, now the lords and ladies leave offerings for me.

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  1. Iain Kelly

    I could join him for that walk. Sounds enchanting.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, late this morning I visited Lytham with my family, then later this evening Blackpool illuminations. The illuminations where rather quiet!

  2. Sandra

    I’d quite forgotten the windmill at Lytham. Lovely story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra. Late this morning I visited Lytham with family. I purchased a simple childlike water colour of an owl and a cat. Which I hope to use as an illustration cover for a children’s story.

  3. neilmacdon

    I loved “now the lords and ladies leave offerings for me”

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was pleased to hear that Neil… Over the years I have visited Lytham quite often.

  4. jillyfunnell

    Somehow I don’t think the lords and ladies are being intentionally generous. I loved this. Especially spindrift. Lovely word.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jilly… Spindrift is a favourite word of mine,

  5. Edith M. Field

    Beautifully evocative!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Edith, You have encouraged me to think about my writing, which is good.

  6. rochellewisoff

    Lovely descriptions, Michael. I felt like I was there.



    1. Michael Humphris

      That is good to know. Thank you Rochelle,

  7. lisarey1990

    Sounds like a lovely peaceful walk.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Peaceful yet eventful, which the area around Lytham St Annes often is. Then again I have known the area for 55 years !

  8. Joe Owens

    When we visited the beach on Labor Day weekend in America I saw a couple of fellows with metal detectors looking for treasures.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Beaches do often swallow items. I hope that you had a fine day, I love being next to the sea, especially if the beach is quiet, which it was today.

  9. Rowena

    Michael, this sounded almost like a mystical beach compared to our local beach with it’s golden sand and almost endless summers. I think that beach might also offer up some other secrets given half the chance. Well done.
    Best wishes,

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rowena, I was pleased that a small degree of mystery came across. Lytham today is quite genteel. Yet only seventy years ago ships where still being constructed there.

      1. Rowena

        That seems to be happening the world over. No doubt from an economic perspective we should be more concerned about our missing industrial industries. That siad, cleaner ways of manufacturing are so much better for the environment and our health.
        Best wishes,

        1. Michael Humphris

          I suspect that the ship building now spoils beautiful place in Asia these days. I do wonder if at the moment there are any clean industries.

  10. pennygadd51

    What a wonderful description – “a sovereign mounted in fat gold ring, resting like a lord on the pavement.”!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Penny. I was thinking about someone who was experiencing really hard times, and how they might marvel that anyone could afford a gold ring let alone lose it.

  11. Woman_on_Pause

    Beautiful imagery. I really enjoyed this.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is kind of you to say so, I am pleased you enjoyed it.

  12. J.A. Prentice

    Great story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      As a town Lytham encourges me to write, in part it is the the sea air and the wide open sky.

  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I love the thought of what you can find… and sometimes you just get lucky…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Bjorn. Finding the gold ring, which was taken to the local police station, set my character on the road to recovering his own wealth. The story was centred on a place I know well.

  14. granonine

    Great descriptive words, painting a misty picture. I can almost smell the salty waves 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, I love seaside towns, they are often full of character and encourage me to put pen to paper

  15. Alicia Jamtaas

    There’s magic in this story. I must rush over to Google and check out Lytham because you have brought it to life! Thanks.
    (“would caught my eye.” Perhaps this should be “had caught my eye.”

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am sorry about the faulty phrase, I have to hold my hands up and admit to writing this story in a great hurry. I was about to take a small group of visitors from Germany to Lytham, and later to Blackpool illuminations. I have known the area for many many years, and still love visiting there.

  16. Na'ama Yehuda

    One of the best pastimes, to find ‘treasures’ on the sand! 🙂 Well done!
    My contribution, if you’re in the mood: https://naamayehuda.com/2018/10/03/the-gift/

    1. Michael Humphris

      Beach combing is diffinately an interesting pastime. I have family visiting this week. I will definately however get to read your contribution

  17. anuragbakhshi

    What a magical story. I want to go to that beach now 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind comment, for me quiet beaches are magical places.

  18. subroto

    Wonderful descriptive prose. Put me right there in the middle of the scene.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, I do love quiet beaches.

  19. Piyali

    I love the descriptions and this line “now the lords and ladies leave offerings for me”

    1. Michael Humphris

      I to was pleased with that line, it reflects how Lytham was once seen.

      1. Piyali

        There’s a hint of longing or nostalgia in this line and I loved it.

  20. Dale

    A lovely walk, you brought us on, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale for such a lovely comment. I guess that we who like to tell stories, are often taking people on a journey.

  21. 4963andypop

    I like the voice of this chacter that takes us back to the times when lords and ladies walked. Sounds like its his lucky day!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was so pleased to read your comment about the voice in my story, thank you.

  22. JoHawkTheWriter

    What a lovely story of your walk. My daughter is notorious for finding coins and small treasures when we take a walk. The ability takes willingness to slow down from our busy world and see. Great story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      As a child I often found coins and treasure , it made life interesting,

  23. Sarah Ann

    Great descriptions putting the reader on the walk with your MC. Let’s hope he continues to prosper.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sarah, I believe that he is happy with his lot

  24. Dawn M. Miller

    Sounds lie a nice walk.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It really is, and it is quite underrated by the people of Lancashire

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