The Blitz Cafe ~ Hebden Bridge.

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The Blitz Cafe ~ Hebden Bridge.

Have you ever been to Hebden Bridge?  Its a bohemian little Yorkshire town , packed full of quirky independent shops. There’s hobbledy cobbledy streets and surrounding  craggy countryside. We drove here the other weekend and saw quite a bit of said countryside!  The satnav took us on a bit of a magical mystery tour, so we were a bit frazzled by the time we finally arrived.

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It was a rainy & wet yet humid day.  Even the ducks and geese were bedraggled. :)

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We went in search of lunch and happily found  a cafe above Feathergills Emporium in st George’s Square called The Blitz Cafe. Its a 1940′s tea room brimming with wartime
memorabilia.

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The menus are written in ration book style with wartime inspired dishes such as Corned Beef Hash, Rabbit Pie and Blitz Rarebit.  Wil chose Bacon & Egg pie and I enjoyed my Homity Pie.

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My Homity Pie was very tasty. Its made with spam, leeks and savoury mash. :)

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There were some delicious homemade cakes on the menu too. And old fashioned pudding treats such as Spotted Dick and Jam Rolypoly. The waitresses dressed up in 1940s attire . I wish I had asked for a picture.

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Downstairs in the Emporium there were wonderful sweet smelling aromas from the Apothocary. Lotions and potions galore.

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So if your ever in Hebden Bridge , why not bob into the Blitz Cafe for a cuppa or a frefreshing glass of Rhubarb & Rosehip Cordial ( a waitresses recommendation  which was amazingly good) and a piece of pie or afternoon tea.

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Bye for now.X

52 Lists: Books I have enjoyed.

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Although I used to read lots ( I mean lots! as a kiddiwink I bordered on antisocial as I always had my head in a book), these days I’m lucky if I manage to read three novels a year. :( I don’t know exactly why ~ i think its maybe because I havn’t found anything so riveting recently, that I want to leave my life temporarily and get lost in a good story. I think I just need to find a good story!  But anyway here is a list of some of the books I’ve enjoyed over the years…..some are still in my bookshelf. :)

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Alices Adventures in Wonderland  ~  Lewis Carroll.

Wuthering Heights  ~  Emily Bronte.

Bridget Jones Diary  ~  Helen Fielding.

Let the right one in   ~  John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Harry Potter Series    ~   J K Rowling.

Dracula  ~  Bram Stoker.

Salems Lot  ~  Stephen King.

Twilight  ~  Stephanie Meyer.

A Lion called Christian  ~ Anthony Bourke & John Rendall.

The Graveyard book  ~  Neil Gamen.

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents  ~  Terry Pratchet.

The Cat  ~  Colette.

The Lovely Bones  ~  Alice Seabold.

The Water Babies  ~  Charles Kingsley.

Game of Thrones series  ~  George R R Martin.

What are your favourite books? Any recommendations?

July : Photo An Hour.

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When I can , I try to join in with Janey from Is that you darling and her Photo an Hour challenge. She invites anyone to participate , either on Instagram, their blog or both. She chose the Saturday just gone for July’s photos. It turned out to be rainy and muggy here in the North West. Here are my pics.

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9am ~ Enjoying a morning coffee , and watching the rain outside.

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10am ~ Slinky keeps an eye on me as I tidy the bedroom.

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11am ~ We are in Accrington. Dropped off some teacup candles at a friends shop. This pic is taken in the car park.

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12pm ~ Hebden Bridge. Ok this pic was taken at about half past as we used the sat nav to direct us from Accrington. An hour and a half later…..We both felt like throwing it out the car window!

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1pm ~ Lunch in a 1940s tearoom in HB. This Homity Pie was proper good. Peace and harmony restored :)

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2pm ~ Hebden Bridge is full of interesting little shops….including Vintage shops….so I had to drag Wil round a few….to keep out of the rain. Was good though and didn’t buy anything.

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3pm ~ On way home in the car with my only purchase. Mr Fitzpatricks Rhubarb & Rosehip Cordial. I tried it at Feathergills and couldn’t resist buying a bottle. :)

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4pm ~ Catching the end of Saturdays stage of the tour. I cannot pretend to remember who won though.lol

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5pm ~ Having a natter at my friend Beckys.She lives on the same street.Miss Tilly gets cozy on the sofa with me.

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6pm ~ I’m at home again with Wil and we are catching up on some shows. In the add break the new Coke commercial comes on. Very cute.:)

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7pm ~ I try out Mr Fitzpatricks cordial with some Archers. I had to nip to the corner shop for lemonade. It was marvelously refreshing.:-P

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8pm ~ Some nibbles to eat whil’st watching the dvd we put on. I shall leave you here as I then got engrossed in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ which was an enjoyably kooky film choice.

So there you have it. By the way I have a blog birthday Giveaway going on if you want to check it out. :)

52 Lists : My Hopes and dreams ( right now).

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This is a difficult one as It is fair to say that if everything in my life right now stayed the same, I would be perfectly happy and greatful. However here is just a teeny list. ;-)

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~ Need to get the house smartened up a little. DIY is always pushed to the back of our priorities. Holidays this year.Home improvements next year!

~ Another four legged friend. We have Slinky our cat and we will definitetly be looking for a doog after our travels this year. Our beloved labrador Jakey died in January and we miss him every day. Life for us is not as forfilling without him.

~ I would personally love a camper van or even a caravan ( must be getting old! ) but there again , we always have great camping trips with our little tent. :)

~ I think every girl would like to get engaged ( Hint Hint !) but having been married before ( when very very young) the whole actually getting wed bit , does give me the jitters. :-P

~ To continue feeling as happy and blessed as I do now. xx

Happy Blog Birthday and a Teacup Giveaway!

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Hi folks its JULY which means my little blog is celebrating its 2nd Birthday!  Two years ago I started Sunshine & Celandines after being inspired by some fabulous blogs out there and now I’m an avid blogger and blog reader. :)

Looking back at my stats it doesn’t surprise me that my most popular posts seem to have been those that involve teacups……as I am forever hunting for teacup treasures and posting about them.
My most often nosied at posts include a retro pudding in a tea cup and What To Do with Your Vintage Tea Cups.

With this in mind I thought I would do a little Giveaway to celebrate my blogs birthday. Its of course teacuptastic! Its a beautiful fine bone china cup & saucer. :)

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You could soon be drinking your cuppa from this teacup treasure. :)

I have actually started a bit of a collection of these cashmere tea cups by Maxwell &Williams because I cannot resist their gorgeous bright colouring and pretty design. I have chosen a sunshiney yellow one ( the colour of celandines :) ) with a pink saucer to tempt you with.

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All you need to do is tell me your favourite teacup tipple in the comments section below. I will enter everyones name in a teacup draw on the 30 July and let the winner know soon after. Good luck!!

An amble around Ambleside. :)

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An amble around Ambleside. :)

Sunday, we visited the quaint little town of Ambleside in the Lake District. We were on our way to see family in the North Lakes , so stopped off here for lunch. Luckily the promised showers did not materialize so we bought  ourselves a little picnic  from the ApplePie Bakery and ‘ambled’ our way down to the lakeside. The lake is of course ‘Lake Windermere’ which is the largest of Cumbrias many expanses of water. The area by the lake is known as ‘Waterhead’ and it was fun to watch the world go by from here. We also treated ourselves to some chocolate dipped Icecreams ! After that we strolled back and looked round the town which is full of pretty gift shops, cafes , pubs and outdoorsy shops , all set against a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

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2014-07-13 12.19.50Those Ice creams were amazing! Do you have a favourite village or town to visit in the Lake District?