Estuary views Irish Sea Lytham Lancashire

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Looking back up the Ribble Estuary towards Freckleton and Preston

One of our favourite areas of the country and one we lived close to for many years. It is also an area that my family comes from. They were Master mariners in Freckleton and worked out of that village and Preston. My great gg grandfather Joseph Sumner and his young son Joseph were lost on the ship of that name off the coast at Whitehaven Cumbria in 1866. My good fortune was that my great g/grandfather Robert was on another ship as a Master mariner at the time of this tragedy. My great grandmother was Isabella was born some years later. I will write of this later.

This a stunning coastline but as you can see on the photos looking out to the Irish sea it a treacherous and volatile body of water.

Looking out into the Irish Sea Lytham St Annes Lancashire
Blustery day for fishing in the Irish Sea at Lytham St Annes Lancashire
A true story of family survival against all the odds – it has a happy ending I promise

Published by Neal Atherton

My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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