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Ribble Valley Mod Weekender.

Clitheroe was overtaken by Vespas and lambrettas over the weekend. It was the Ribble Valley Mod weekender and over 500 scooters honked their horns as they paraded through town on Saturday. Other events included various mod influenced bands playing in some of the local cafes and pubs and a mod market set up in the Rose & crown car park. I personally don’t really know my Mods from my Rockers, though I do feel a little better educated now! I took my camera uptown and got quite a few shots so this blog post was born. Scooter porn. :) Scuse my ignorance on the subject but aren’t they fantastic.

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I did manage to see one of the bands later on in Keystreet. Northern Sugar, who were pretty good. :)

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By complete coincidence I had made these cute Pink Vespa expresso cup candles a few weeks earlier. This weekend turned out to be the perfect time to sell them….and they were snapped up from my friends shop Chillimoon.Happy days.:))
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Hope you’ve had a fab weekend. I’m spending the rest of it chillin.:)

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52 Lists ~ List the things that bring you comfort.

Walks in the country.
Walks in the country.
~ Gentle warm sunshine on my skin.
~  Snuggles on the sofa with my other half.
~  A mug of hot chocolate or a refreshing fruit tea in a pretty vintage teacup.
~ Nudges and purrs from my beautiful black cat Slinky.She is not a cuddle cat yet. Oneday!
~ Country walks. Seeing nature up close and personal is a great comfort.
~  The company of good friends.
~  A freshly made up bed.
~  Trips to the coast….and knowing i’m only an hour from the sea.
~   A slab of Wil’s delicious home made lemon & lime cake.
~ Cozy night tv eg Downton,Bake off and Our Zoo. :)

What would be on your comforts list? x

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Girls Night Out ~ Paint Pot.

It was not that long ago that a Friday Night meant going out round town for a few drinks and a dance. These days I’m more likely to be found curled up with a dvd ……but last Friday I was out painting pottery!

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Our table.:)

Paint Pot is situated in the Swan Courtyard in Clitheroe and it is here that a friend organized a girls night out. All we needed to do was bring ourselves and something to drink. Preferably a bottle of wine or two. :)

This ‘Paint your Own’ Pottery studio is used to catering for family fun but not many people know they hold Ladies nights too. There were eight of us in our group and we had a table to ourselves, decorated prettily but practically with a disposable union jack tablecloth. Our painting pinnys were tied to the chairs, in bright yellow bows. :)

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Looking fetching in our bright yellow aprons. :)
Ailyn's homemade cakes....before we scoffed the lot.
Ailyn’s homemade cakes….before we scoffed the lot.

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We all got to choose which piece of pottery we each wanted to paint.There was plenty of choice. Mugs, tiles, butter dishes, teapots, tree baubles. You name it, they have it. :)

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For a few hours we had a fun time chatting, painting and the odd glass of wine. It wasn’t expensive either. The cost of your pot is taken out of a ten pound deposit you pay beforehand plus a £2.50 fee for the evening.

Helen and her marvellous mug.
Helen and her marvellous mug.
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Sarah's gorgeous gecko.
We all loved Abbigail's spoon rest.
We all loved Abbigail’s spoon rest.

At the end of the evening we left our creations to be fired. We can pick them up soon. Can’t wait ! The dogs bowl is mine by the way.

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Our pots waiting to be fired.

We all had a fantastic girls night out….and there was still time to head to the pub after. Thank you Paint Pot for a great evening. :))

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A peek inside the Cake ‘Ole.

Finding ourselves with an hour left on the parking in Skipton on Saturday, we bobbed inside the ‘Cake ‘Ole ‘ , in  the Craven Arcade for a quick spot of lunch. Having walked past the cafe a few times before with a look of longing, I was excited to finally take a look inside. Vibrant colours and quirky decor ( a zebra sticking out of the wall, I ask you :) ) greeted us. The whole place is a feast for the eyes !

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Everywhere you look there is something a little different, a little unusual , to make you smile. :)

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Our table wore wellies.....

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Half vintage tea room/half Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory ~ the Cake’Ole has that kind of feeling about it. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Mr Wonka himself had poured the tea. :) Instead we had some friendly waiting on staff.

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This quirky cafe is most definatly about the cake…….but they do a mean panini too. Wil had the spicey cheese with red pepper ( he loved it) and I had a tuna and cheese filling. I spotted they had Mr Fitzpatricks cordials so I chose the rubarb & rosehip which is a firm fave of mine.

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We could not leave without trying a mini cake each. :)  Wil sampled  the Carrot cake and I had the red velvet. Don’t they look cute! Tasted heavenly too.

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I will most certainly visit again next time I’m in Skipton. There’s lots of creative combinations of milkshakes to try out. Peanut butter and jelly anyone?.

Names for a black labrador. :)

After a good eight months as a dog free household, we finally feel the time is right to welcome another happy hound into our home. :)

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image via pinterest.

We had kind of decided to look for a smaller dog. I guess our hearts belong to labradors though as a visit to see a gorgeous black lab called Ruby and her eight bundles of joy soon convinced us other wise. Here is the little chappie we will be taking home at the end of October!

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I’m excited but nervous as I’ve never looked after a pup before. Wil already had our lovely lab Jake when we got together, so I never experienced the sleepless nights, toilet training and chewing of furniture. Have all that to look forward to!

So we are currently puppy proofing the house and thinking of names. At the moment we are both liking Hugo,Dash and Rueben. But still open to suggestions……..

What names for a black labrador do you like?

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a Carnival of Curiosities in Blackburn.

Helter Skelter :)
Helter Skelter :)

Roll up, roll up for the carnival is in town. The Carnival Of Curiosities was just one of the attractions at the Blackburn Heritage Festival over the weekend. Myself and a couple of friends prepared to be amazed and astounded as we wandered round the Victorian style fairground. Here are a few pictures from the day. :)

Its always lovely to see the Thwaite's  Shire horses.
Its always lovely to see the Thwaite’s Shire horses.

Carousel ride.
Carousel ride.

Nicola Hebson's 'Dead Good Jewellery and Taxidermy.
Nicola Hebson’s ‘Dead Good Jewellery and Taxidermy.
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Stilt walker 'Long Legged Larry'.
Stilt walker ‘Long Legged Larry’.
Spooky dolls heads.
Spooky dolls heads.
The Apothecary Bar.
The Apothecary Bar.
Cute owl cupcakes. :)
Cute owl cupcakes. :)
Tiny wonders in the Curiovan emporium of Natural wonderment.
Tiny wonders in the Curiovan emporium of Natural wonderment.
'The Remedy. The singer has a gorgeous voice.
‘The Remedy. The singer has a gorgeous voice.
Enjoying a brew in Liz N Lils.
Enjoying a brew in Liz N Lils.
Vintage glamour ~ Its the Sparkle Sisters.
Vintage glamour ~ Its the Sparkle Sisters.

Twydall Crumblepatch's taxidermy marionette puppets.
Twydall Crumblepatch’s taxidermy marionette puppets.
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Everybody loves a mermaid.
Everybody loves a mermaid.

It was also nice to see that there is more to Blackburn than just the Mall. If you ever visit you might want to look out for Decades Vintage Fashion on Lord street, No11 Town Hall street ( quirky new gift shop featuring ‘Dead good’ jewellery by Nicola Hebson) and Liz ‘N’ lils vintage style tea room, in what used to be ‘The Grapes’ on Northgate.

I just wish I had had a go on that Helterskelter!

Helter Skelter :)
Helter Skelter :)

September ~ Photo an hour.

On Saturday I joined in with Janey’s Photo an hour challenge. It so happened that my day was spent shopping ( and catching up over a few drinks) in Manchester with friends, so most of my pics were taken in the city for a change. The idea is to take a photo on the hour, every hour, and post on Instagram or blog or both. :)

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8am ~ What does one wear for a day out in Manchester? Decisions! Decisions!

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9am ~ Watering this little beauty. Think it was thirsty!

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10am ~ Arwen and I on the train, not long into our journey to Manchester.

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11am ~ Arrived in the big city! This is a view of the footy museum if your interested.

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12pm ~ We’ve met our friend Gill and made our way to the canal side to Dukes 92 for lunch.On the wine already! The waterside venue is quite nice on a sunny day.
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1pm ~ View of the Hilton from Dukes. We have plans to nip there for cocktails later. :-P

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2pm ~ Shopping. I wish I could wear heels like this…..but I would soon be on the deck!

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3pm ~ Trying on a sparkley blue jumper from Quiz, which I did end up buying.

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4pm ~ Still shopping.Think were in Next here. Loving the blingy lights.
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5pm ~ In the Q for Cloud 23 , which is the bar in the heavens of the Hilton on Deansgate.

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6pm ~ Arwen and I with our cocktails, Cloud23.
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7pm ~ Lost track of time and forgot to take a photo at seven, so here are our cocktails. Notice Arwen also has a Hot Chocolate.:)

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8pm ~ Last photo.Its the train station. My phone battery is giving up so I call it a day on the pics. It was a lovely day out with friends, hopefully repeated soon.:)

Where do you like going shopping?

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