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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?

Sad times at Manchester Dogs Home.

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As an animal lover, I couldn’t not mention the sadness I feel for all the poor dogs who have perished in the arson attack on Manchester Dog’s Home. It is heartbreaking and quite impossible to comprehend why someone would want to harm innocent animals. Selfless people risked their lives in trying to get the dogs out and happily many were rescued. These are being looked after and an online appeal has already raised 1 million. Just goes to show there are a lot of good people out there too. If you have not come across it already, here is the link if you would like to donate.

Thanks for reading. ^^

52 Lists ~ Morning Routine.

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My Morning Routine differs, depending on my shifts at work. I do a mixture of earlies, lates and mids so sometimes I don’t know where i’m at at all. I guess I could give you an idea of a typical early morning. Here goes!

5-15am. Slinky the cat decides its her breakfast time and starts jumping all over us and generally being annoying. Her worst trick though is attacking my phone, which is also my alarm. She often bats it, sending it flying across the room.

5-30am. My alarm goes off. I hate getting up straight away though and I have it on snooze ( much to the annoyance of my other half!), but we are so annoyed with Slinky by now that one of us will fly downstairs to feed her. You may wonder why we don’t shut the bedroom door? Its because she still likes to get us up early by mowing and scratching the carpet!!! Still, we love her as she is such a cutie. :)

5-50am. Get up properly ( after a couple of snoozes), shower and get ready for work.

6-20am. Have some strong black coffee and breakfast, usually cereal. On earlies I sometimes end up eating two breakfasts. Toast at work later on. Very bad I know! Watch some breakfast telly and I may even check some social media. Well don’t we all!

6-45am. Walk to work. The ten minute walk wakes me up properly, and I’m almost bright and bushy tailed by the time I get there.

I think our morning routines will change again soon anyway , as we are hoping to welcome a new edition to our home in a couple of months. A dog….or perhaps a puppy. Excited and nervous! X

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Liebster Award :-D

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So I am a very lucky blogger indeed as I have been awarded a Liebster Award by the lovely ‘ Girl In Brogues’ herself, Saskia. The award is really all about getting to know some of your fave bloggers.:) The idea is to answer a mini questionaire written by whoever nominated you, then nominate a few blogs you follow to answer your own set of questions. I would just like to thank the wonderful Josie and also the lovely Lisa for doing the honor of giving me this award in the past. I’m sorry I never got round to posting about it until now. Pure laziness on my part!

Anyway here are Saskia’s questions and my answers. :)

1. What did you want to be when you were a kid? ~ I wanted to work in a library and I wanted to write. So having this blog is like a dream come true. :)
2. If you were in a police movie, who would be your crime-fighting partner? ~ I’m thinking Sealy Booth from Bones. Ha I loved that actor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer too.
3. What are your favourite flowers? ~ I love most flowers. At the moment I’m loving dahlias, if they could speak they would say ‘Autumns round the corner, but summers still here’.
4. What is your favourite catchphrase? ~ Naughty but Nice!
5. Pick a TV programme – Who Do You Think You Are?, Eastenders or Broadchurch? Broadchurch. ~ I’m not a soap fan but I love a good drama. When Broadchurch was on, I was seriously addicted.
6. Describe your perfect evening gown. ~ I’m not really an evening gown type of person. Anything long swamps me as i’m so short.
7. What are you better at, fibbing or breaking bad news? ~ I’m really bad at both!
8. You have to pick an outrageous outfit to wear for Halloween – what would it be? ~ With my mad mop, I’m thinking Cousin It. :)
9. Pick another blogger and tell us why you love them. ~ Goodness there are so many. I shall pick Mary from Adventures with the blonde coyote as I love reading about her travels around America in her teardrop caravan with her two dogs.
10. What’s your breakfast cereal? ~ When i’m being good its special K with added blueberries but most of the time its coco pops. :)
11. Who’s your favourite TV chef? ~ Simon Rimmer on Sunday Brunch.

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I love blueberries with my cereal. :)

And now I would like to award the Liebster Award to the following bloggers and leave ten questions for you guys to hopefully answer.Yes you guys…or girls and one guy!

Nina from London-Edinburgh.
Emily from Emily’s Vintage World.
Andy from City Jackdaw.
Kit from The Eagle and other bikes.
Cathy from Red Rose Style.

1. Whats the last boxset you watched?
2. Are you a cat or a dog person?
3. Lakeside or seashore?
4. What do you like to do to wind down?
5. Do you have a sweet tooth?
6. What was your favorite book as a child?
7. Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe?
8. Which Festival would you really like to go to?
9. What is your favorite season?
10. Where in the world would your holiday home be?

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I love both. :)

I am excited to see peoples answers. :-D .Thanks again for my award. I shall take my leave and take a bow. :-D

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One Hundred Happy Days. :)

Between April and August I took part in the 100 Happy Days Challenge on Instagram. The idea is ~ take a photo every day for 100 days of something that makes you smile or feel happy.  It seems quite a simple premise and an easy one too. But actually the challenge can be a toughie , especially if your having a bad day. The end result though, I think for me, is that joy and appreciation can be discovered in the little  things. I thought I would post a small selection of my photographs on my blog. To see them all you can follow me on Instagram.

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3/100 Happiness is a Dandelion clock.
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8/100 My brother made me pancakes for breakfast.
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16/100 Finding Slinky chillaxing with a pal.
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20/100 Out for a drink with my other half and wearing my new spoon ring.
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27/100 Reading my fave mag with a fruity tea.
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29/100 Beautiful hawthorn blossom spied on a country walk.
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42/100 Dogs in beer gardens.Love them.
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44/100 Blue sky in my home town.
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59/100 Spending the day with my sis.
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60/100 Found some cute china.
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65/100 Out for my besties birthday.
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71/100 Sense of achievment. Made it up the Buttertubs pass to see the Tour in Yorkshire.
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80/100 50p glass bambi bargain.
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Spending time with my gorgeous niece and nephew.
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87/100 Came home to find Wil had painted the patio set blue. Love it!
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92/100 Happy Happy Happy to be in Paris. My first time.
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Nothing like your own cozy bed.

Hope you liked my pics. A quick insight into my life over the summer. Maybe you should try the 100 Happy Days challenge. Give it a go! x

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A day out in Lancaster.

If you have been reading my recent posts, you will know that we had a few days away camping on the coast at Bolton le sands.Oneday we decided to get the bus into nearby Lancaster. If you have ever been to this Lancashire town, you will know it is great for shopping and nights out. It is also worth exploring for its fascinating history ~ so I am including our visit for my #take12trips entry for September.

The first thing we did when we arrived was actually head out of the centre to Williamson Park. This beautiful parkland is home to an edwardian butterfly house and the imposing Ashton Memorial, which dominates Lancasters skyline.

Beautiful hydrangea.
Beautiful hydrangea.
The Ashton Memorial.
The Ashton Memorial.

This magnificent white stone folly was built by a wealthy baron for his late wife in the early 1900’s. It commands spectacular views of Morecambe bay….which I totally forgot to photograph. Sorry folks! Think I was in to much of a hurry to visit the tropical Butterfly House. :)

The Ashton memorial reminded me of the Sacre Coeur or even the Taj Mahal.
The Ashton memorial reminded me of the Sacre Coeur or even the Taj Mahal.

I must admit I did love the butterfly house. Could have spent hours in there chasing the butterflies round for photographs. Several species such as Swallowtail and Owl butterflies fluttered in between the palm trees , delighting the visitors, even landing on us ~ well Wil anyway.
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As well as the Butterfly house there is also a mini beast house, aviary with free flying birds, animal garden and cafe and gift shop , all situated near the memorial. I wish we had explored the grounds a little more as the park has woodland walks,trails, monuments and ponds.
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For lunch we headed back into the city and enjoyed some good traditional pub grub in the Penny Bank Pub on Penny street, washed down with real ales and cider. Then we had a look in the Assembly Rooms for vintage treasures.

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In the heart of the city stands the deceptively Harry Potter like castle with its dark history that includes the Pendle Witch Trials and time spent as a prison. We didn’t do the tour which I regret now, as it is the only way to see inside this grade 1 listed building.

Lancaster Castle.
Lancaster Castle.

Instead we decided to visit the nearby Judge’s Lodgings which houses The Museum of Childhood. I think I like to release my inner child…and drag Wil along with me. :) This grand house is worth a look anyway with its many rooms decked out as they would have been many years ago. The top floor is devoted to the childhood museum.

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It was fun looking out for things that reminded us of our own childhoods. I loved the womble! All in all we had a perfect day of sightseeing, shopping and drinking in the odd pub. :)

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