Car Boot Finds.

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Sunday morning I headed up to the local car boot sale at Clitheroe Auction Market. I was of course on the hunt for teacups to make into candles for my next craft fair. I wasn’t in luck though. Teacup drought at the car boot. Oh Well !

So here is what i did find :

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Teaspoons <3 ~ These shiny teaspoons were £2 for three. I'm especially loving the foxy one from Melton Mowbrey. Not sure whether to sell them with teacup trios or keep them for myself. ;)

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I was immediatly drawn to this pretty set of 20 Victorian inspired  postcards which are reproductions by the RSPB. There are Christmas ones, Birthday ones and New Years ones all featuring vintage bird prints. Holly and Housemartins. Bluetits and fir cones. I paid £2. What should I do with them my crafty blogging friends??

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I also got this sweet half moon vintage brooch for £1 .It has a few stones missing but still looks very effective.

And my final find was a Next casual black floral dress for £4. Looks alright for a sunday afternoon in the pub. And just my cup of tea. :-)

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Have you ever found any bargains at car boot sales?

Propertea in Manchester. :)

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Propertea  in Manchester. :)

A rare treat on Saturday !  I got to spend the whole day with two of my besties. :)  Have known Fi and Jo for nearly 15 years now, since we all lived on the same street in our twenties. These two lovely ladies are busy mums  so escaping from the kids for a whole ten hours is quite a fete. A little planning and we managed it , dashing for the 9-40 train to Manchester. :)

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I had done a little research ( only a bit ;) ) into a tea room that opened just before Christmas. Tucked away in the grounds of Manchester Cathedral and only a stones throw from Victoria station, Propertea is a relaxing and contemporary haven for a ‘proper cuppa and slice of cake’. It is part owned by celebrity ghost hunter/former Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding. We saw no spooks at our table. :)

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So before we hit the shops ( and strawberry woo woos ;) ) we went for a brew and yes, we had to indulge in a sweet treat too. How could we resist!

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Propertea has an impressive leaf tea selection and I loved how the tea is served out of glass teapots.You also get a cute tea timer so you know how long to stew your brew. :) The waiting on staff were very informative and friendly with their recommendations.

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And the cakes not only look good , they are pretty yummy too. We opted for lemon cake, raspberry and orange cake and the rainbow battenberg.

If tea is not your forte there is also a good selection of coffees and soft drinks and the menu includes sandwiches, soups and stews. On the website it says that herbs from the cathedral gardens are used in the cooking.

Popping in for a brew at Propertea was the perfect start to our day out in Manchester. After that there was lots of retail therapy, ciders at the oyster bar, lunch at the Molly house and cocktails on Canal street. :) Here are a few pics taken in the cathedral grounds before we headed into the city.

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Where do you like to go for a cuppa in Manchester?

Blossoms and Bunny’s.

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Blossoms and Bunny’s.
Pretty blossom.

Pretty blossom.

No Thursday Favourites this morning. I decided to go for a walk down the fields as I haven’t dragged you all down there for a while. :)

The blackthorn bushes are covered in lacey white blossoms. I heard curlews calling. I chased kingfishers as they darted downstream ( alas no pictures yet again) and saw spring lambs and rabbits too, relaxing in the sunshine.

Cooing Wood Pigeons.

Cooing Wood Pigeons.

Sammy the snail.

Sammy the snail.

Bunny.

Bunny.

Relaxing in the sun.

Relaxing in the sun.

Hello there !

Hello there !

Wood anenome.

Wood anenome.

Wild garlic leaves.

Wild garlic leaves.

Blackthorn blossom.

Blackthorn blossom.

Catkins.

Catkins.

Female bullfinch

Female bullfinch

River Ribble.

River Ribble.

Snoozy bunny.

Snoozy bunny.

How is spring doing near you?

Oatbake with blueberries and raspberries.

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Oatbake with blueberries and raspberries.
Oatbake. :)

Oatbake. :)

Treated myself to a baking cook~ book at the weekend. Its the Nordic Bakery Cookbook by Miisa Mink. Originally from Finland Miisa runs the Nordic Bakery and her book is brimmed full of scandinavian breads, pastries, cakes, buns and cookies. My other half wanted to try out the recipe for Oatbake with blueberries and raspberries. I was on hand with the camera. :)

You will need

100g porridge oats
300ml hot milk
100g unsalted butter, softened at room temp
60g caster sugar
3 tbspoons runny honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
120g plain flour
150g blueberries
150g raspberries
Icing sugar to dust
a 900g/2-1b loaf tin, greased

Nordic Bakery Cookbook.

Nordic Bakery Cookbook.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas 4

Put the oats and milk to one side in a mixing bowl and allow the oats to absorb most of the milk and to cool down slightly.

Put the butter and sugar in a separate bowl snd whisk until pale and fluffy. Stir in the honey and vanilla extract. Gradually add the beaten egg, a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the baking powder and flour together, then fold into the butter mixture. Drain any remaining liquid from the oats, then stir into the mixing bowl.

Cake mixture.

Cake mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle the blueberries and raspberries on top. :)

Ready to put in the oven.

Ready to put in the oven.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 mins, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let rest in the tin for 10 mins before turning onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

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The recipe says it can be served with a dollop of whipped cream or custard if you wish. Enjoyed mine on its own in front of Shetland on the telly. :)

This recipe is from the Nordic Bakery Cookbook.

Alice Pic Of The Week ’3′

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My Alice Pic Of The Week is of these adorable tile tags which were a present from my friend Lisa on my last birthday. Lisa and her partner Mark have a bespoke tile company  Tile Productions  and they make ceramic buttons and tags and other lovely bits and bobs from any spare clay they have left over. I have always admired them especially the Alice inspired ones so was very happy when i received such a pretty present. I’m still wondering how to display them. Any ideas? I think my fave one is The White Rabbit. Or maybe the smoking caterpillar. :)

Please feel welcome to send me any Alice In Wonderland inspired photos you have taken on your travels as I would love to feature them as an Alice Pic Of The week. My email is breadandbutterfly4071@yahoo.com :)

Rheged.

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Last weekend we bobbed into the Rheged centre near Penrith to buy a gift. It was a flying visit so I can’t tell you a huge amount. But from what I did see there~ it certainly looks like an interesting place to spend some time.

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It combines art galleries, shops, cafe, spa, craft work shops and even a 3D Cinema all inside a grass covered exhibition centre.

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It looks a great place to take the kids as we noticed an outdoor play area near the entrance called Turrets and Tunnels. Inside there is a pottery painting workshop and a childrens soft play area. Around Rheghed there were various giant paper lantern like animals. :)

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We had a quick look in a couple of the shops. The other half liked the Outdoor store with its branded walking gear. I must admit I would like one of these Fjallraven bags. Only for the cute fox!

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We noticed a toy shop, a sweet shop and a food hall too. But I was mostly drawn to Splash Out which as the name suggests made me want to splash out.  :)

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Splash Out sells lovely clothes from brands including Joules, Seasalt and French Connection. Also lots of pretty paper, cards, stationary and books. The perfect place to browse. :) I treated myself to the Nordic Bakery Cookbook.

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Also had a speedy look round one of the free exhibitions. Cumbrian Alchemy explores the links between the areas industry such as nuclear energy and mining with archaeology, monuments and traditions of the region.

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So if your ever in the area take a look around. Hopefully next time I will have a little more chance to explore. :)

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Thursday Favourites ’12′

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Thursday Favourites ’12′

Hi and welcome to this weeks Thursday Favourites. What have I enjoyed about the past seven days……

Warm Sunshine. :)

The Sun has been out ( occasionally) and you could actually feel its warmth on your back. Sunglasses were worn and certain kitty cats ( thats Slinky Malinki) dared venture into the back yard for a sniff before scooting back in at top speed. I’m almost as frightened at letting her out as she is of going out though……

Family Time.

It was nice at the weekend to spend time with both sets of Mums for Mothers Day. We took Wil’s Mum out for lunch on Saturday and visited mine on Sunday. My siblings and niece and nephew were at Mums too so it was great to have a fun family day.:)

Family time in warm sunshine. :)

Family time in warm sunshine. :)

New Baking Tins.

I treated myself to some new baking tins, mixing bowl and cake stand with some of the proceeds made from my teacup trinket stands. I hope these new purchases will encourage me to bake more.Hmmm I seem to like my polka dots.

Baking bits from Homebase.

Baking bits from Homebase.

Scary movies.

Actually watched a couple of scary(ish) movies recently which is amazing for me and my ‘hide behind a cushion when anything mildly scary is on the telly’ persona. We saw dark and atmospheric fairytale ‘Pans labyrinth’ and haunting ghost story ‘The woman in black’ starring Daniel Radcliffe ……..and yes I did watch them half behind a cushion. But at least I watched them!

Pans Labyrinth.

Pans Labyrinth.

Fruit-imals.

And lastly I thought I would feature this amazing Owl made by a work colleague to encourage kids to eat fruit. Must be enough fruit in him to constitute our now ’7′ a day recommended portions hey. Cute as well. :)

Fruity!

Fruity!

Bye for Now.X