Thursday Favourites ~ April. :)

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I have kind of got out of doing my Thursday Favourites posts recently. I think its me rebelling against having a bit of routine on my blog ;0). Today though I am in the mood for routine ~ so here are a few things I have enjoyed lately…

Girly day out. :)

Girly day out. :)

A couple of weekends ago I got to spend the whole day with two of my best friends. I cannot remember the last time before this that we managed to snatch more than a couple of hours together . Life just gets in the way you know. Anyway I blogged about how we enjoyed yummy tea and cake at Propertea in Manchester before spending the rest of our day shopping, gossiping and having the odd cheeky drink. :) Days out with the girls are the best !

Easter Bun pudding. :)

Easter Bun pudding. :)

Here is a very sticky gooey calorific chocolaty pudding I made from a recipe found on a Tesco recipe card. As soon as Easter arrived and Lent ended it meant that I was allowed to eat chocolate again.Yippee ! So yes i really pigged out and this yummy dessert was quite the Easter treat. A bit like a bread and butter pudding ,its a good way of using up those impulse buy Hot Cross Buns.

The Tern Project, Morecambe.

The Tern Project, Morecambe.

It was certainly grand to get some lovely sunshine over the Easter weekend too. As I was working on Good Friday, the other half agreed that on Monday we could head for the seaside. :)
We drove over to Morecambe and had a wander along the promenade which is home to The Tern Project ,a nature trail of quirky art works featuring the seabird life of Morecambe bay. There are limericks,jokes and poetry too….and a magpie Hopscotch. Fun on the Prom. :)

Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn.

Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn.

Did you watch the BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn ? Having never read the novel or seen the 1939 Hitchcock directed film , I was interested in catching this version. Despite the grumbling about the mumbling , I actually really enjoyed this gothic tale. The final part of the three parter was definitely the best though. Did you manage to watch it and did the cornish accents put you off?

Ladybird love. :)

Ladybird love. :)

A little treasure hunting with a lovely friend from the blog Olive and Harry , resulted in me purchasing two more Ladybird nature books first published in 1959. I remember there was a library of them at my village primary school. So I shall look out for more. Love exploring the countryside with them and taking them along with me , to see how farming and wildlife have evolved over the decades. :)

Thanks for stopping by

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Sea air ~ Morecambe, Arnside and Silverdale.

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Sea air ~ Morecambe, Arnside and Silverdale.
Quirky seabird sculptures adorn the promenade in Morecambe.

Quirky seabird sculptures adorn the promenade in Morecambe.

Easter Monday and blue skies and sunshine. The perfect day for a trip to the coast. We ventured firstly to the Lancashire seaside town of Morecambe, taking the scenic route through the beautiful Trough Of Bowland. Thankfully we didn’t run over any pheasants on the way. The trough is highly populated with them !

Morecambe has gone through a little revamp since my last visit. The promenade anyway is looking fantastic with its quirky seabird sculptures. The iconic Midland Hotel was brought back to its former glory and reopened a few years ago. This imposing example of art deco architecture looks over the bay.

The promenade with the Midland Hotel in the distance.

The promenade with the Midland Hotel in the distance.

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After wandering along the promenade and admiring various sculptures, rhymes and the statue of Eric Morecambe we decided to head further along the coast for our lunch. Not before having a nosy in the Old Pier bookshop which is so crammed full of old books that if a shelf fell on you , you might not be found for days. :)

Arnside.

Arnside.

Next stop was a few miles up the coast to the pretty village of Arnside which looks over the river Kent estuary. We bought a bit of a picnic and ate it while’st watching the world go by. :) There are a few gift shops,cafes and a couple of pubs on the front to peruse if you wish.

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And then it was back to Lancashire and the nearby village of Silverdale. We walked down to the cove and watched the tide coming in ( very quickly ) over Morecambe bay. Noticed lots of people out with dogs today. We have made the decision not to get another dog until the end of the year but seeing so many playing and having fun chasing sticks in the sunshine made us smile a little longingly.

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The cove at Silverdale.

The cove at Silverdale.

A yorkie surveys his kingdom. :)

A yorkie surveys his kingdom. :)

Hello from Silverdale.

Hello from Silverdale.

It was interesting to find out that Silverdale has literary connections. Elisabeth Gaskell wrote some of her Bronte biography here and Charlotte Bronte apparently holidayed here herself.

This post is my April blog for the #take12trips challenge. I really loved my day by the sea in Lancashire and Cumbria. :)

April Photo an hour.

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April Photo an hour.

I’ve joined in again with Janey’s #photoanhour challenge on Instagram so here are my pictures from Saturday. I had a nice day, spent mostly catching up with lovely mates. :-) Always a plus!

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9am ~ Enjoying a brew in my fave mug.
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10am ~ Trying to persuede Slinky to come outside for a bit of sunshine. She had other ideas.

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11am ~ Did a few errands in town and snapped this picture of the Castle museum and beautiful blue sky.
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Noon ~ Grabbed a quick lunch of crusty bread with mushroom pate at home before heading back into town to meet a friend.

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1pm ~ Met Tracy for ‘ Treasure Hunting’ and here are some Alice prints to admire.

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2pm ~ Tracy pondering whether to purchase this teeny tiny seagull. :-D

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3pm ~ Sweetie jars. Think this was a panic picture. Sometimes its quite difficult thinking about what to take !

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4pm ~ Yes we are still out mooching round the shops. These bunnys in the florists were embarrased to see us. :-P

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5pm ~ Quick trip to Homebase before heading home. Most of these plants are Tracys. She wondered how many would survive her cats curiousity !

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6pm ~ And these are my purchases. I bought more than i thought i had. Excited about the ladybird books which i love. :-)

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7pm ~ My other half is out so off to my mate Beckys for a catch up. She kindly feeds me yummy soup.

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8pm ~ I love spending time with cat people :-) This is Sam my couch companion at Beckys.

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9pm ~ And this is my last pic of the day. Beckys masks. I’d like to say I was then whisked off to a masquerede ball. But sadly not !

To see more Photo An Hour posts check out #photoanhour on Twitter and Instagram and maybe you can join in with Janey’s next one in May. :)

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.

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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?