February Things. :)

Just a quick catch up post of all the lovely things that I have enjoyed in February. I must say this month has really flown by. Sometimes it has felt like Spring really is just round the corner. And at other times I’m very glad to be snuggled by the roaring fire in the local pub. :)

Books. This year I have decided to try and read at least one book a month. And in February I happily did. I am falling back in love with reading again. :) I completed Gone Girl ( I am now tempted to call any Amys I know ‘Amazing Amy’ :P ) and I also enjoyed Eva Rice’s charming 1950s tale The Lost Art of keeping secrets with its ditsy characters, crumbling mansion, duck suppers and afternoon teas.

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Eve & Adam.

Films. The romance of Valentines day did not really reflect in the movies I watched this month. My fave by far is an original and captivating vampire story The Only Lovers Left Alive which is actually a love story of sorts.Adam and Eve are years old vampires and the epitome of cool.They are married but live apart.Eve in Tangier.Adam in Detroit ~ his present reincarnation being that of a reclusive rock star, hiding away from his fans.Both have evolved over the years, preferring not to kill humans , sourcing their diet by other means. Eve is reunited with her lover when she senses he is growing jaded of life.The Older by maybe a few thousand years Eve still sees beauty in the world that humanity created. Their reunion is thrown into chaos when Eves younger sister ( who is quite fond of the odd midnight snack) pays them a visit. I loved this film and Tilda Swinton and Tom Huddleston are just right in their roles. Swinton especially brings a wisdom and ethereal quality to Eve. Divine.

Of course I had to watch Gone Girl after reading the book. I thought it was a pretty faithful adaptation. Although if you read the novel you do get a better insight into why the characters behave as they do. If you liked Gone Girl then you will probably also like Before I go to Sleep , a thriller starring Nicole kidman as a woman who wakes up every morning with no memory of anything from her life before. Colin Firth is her long suffering husband and Mark Strong a doctor who claims to be helping her. But whom can she trust…….
So February has been full of thrills and chills film wise. And no Fifty Shades of Grey , as yet. ;)

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Paloma. :)

Music. Currently listening to ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ Paloma Faith in the car. Oh yes this girl has style and strength and has just won a Brit Award for Best British Female.

Tea Room Treasures. February has seen me eating out at the Garden Kitchen near Sawley with the other half and also my friend Lisa and I discovered the perfectly pretty shabby chic tea room Mellingsin Whalley. I do love a good tea room.:)

Mellings in Whalley.
Mellings in Whalley.

What have you enjoyed in February?

February ~ Photo an hour.

I  joined in again with Janey and  Louisas  #photoanhour on Instagram.  It was Saturday and for me, it involved pets, friends, food and booze. Just a typical weekend then. ;)

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9am ~ Blueberries in my breakfast.

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10am ~ Hugo is full of beans!

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11am ~ Flicking through the NEXT catalogue.

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Noon ~ Lunch in a pretty tea rooms  in Whalley with  a friend.

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1pm ~ Pudding is yummy.Eton Mess.

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2pm ~ I bought this wine.Purely for the label of course!

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3pm ~ Walking through the castle grounds.

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4pm ~ Admiring this Mermaid necklace in Chillimoon( my friends shop).

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5pm ~ Enjoying a cup of raspberry tea at home.

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6pm ~ Swapped tea for beer.Well Guiness actually. Down the local!

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7pm ~ Our friends springer Mollie.A proper pub dog. :-D

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8pm ~ Back home and its Sainsburys Indian for tea.

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9pm ~ We are actually watching Greyfriars Bobby which I recorded on Freeview.

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10pm ~ Saturday nights rock don’t they!  Here I am already thinking about going to snoozeville. But will Slinky let me in bed? zzzzzzzzz

So that was my day.How was yours?

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Mellings Vegetarian Restaurant ~ Whalley.

My lovely friend Lisa and I decided to catch up over lunch yesterday. We headed to the nearby village of Whalley where our venue of choice was Mellings situated on King street ~ the main road through Whalley.

As soon as we stepped inside we knew it was going to be our kind of place. The lovely shabby chic interior dotted with vintage touches and fresh flowers welcomed us in from the cold breezy day outside.

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Lisa is a vegetarian so we were intrigued to test out the menu. I think Mellings may be the only completely vegi place to dine in the Ribble Valley. They are also happy to cater for vegan and gluten free. We were pleased to see a varied selection of dishes on both the menu and the Specials board.

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I had Chick pea cake with salad. Was delicious.
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Lisa enjoyed her tempura vegetables.

Our food was home cooked and tasty. Although i’m not a vegetarian myself I was pleasantly surprised. I was also completely in love with the decor. :)

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Of course we had to try out the puddings too!  Lisa had the fruit crumble and custard and I had the Mellings Mess. Oh so delicious. :)

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Winter warming crumble.
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Mellings mess.

We were so thrilled to discover this lovely restaurant right on our doorstep. It opens Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings too so I sense an evening out in Whalley coming on soon. Oh and they serve afternoon teas as well!

Vegetarian and Vintage. A tearoom treasure indeed!

Back to Barley.

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The Pendleside village of Barley and the surrounding area are fast becoming a favorite haunt of mine. Back in october we walked the Pendle Sculpture Trail with some friends. Since then we have returned a couple of times with our labrador pup Hugo. On Sunday the sun shone so we headed over the hill and I snapped a couple of photos. Unfortunately Pendle itself was shrouded in mist. A spooky reminder of the areas witchy connections.

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Mist over Pendle.
Mist over Pendle.
A friendly little robin.
A friendly little robin.
Batty for bats.
Batty for bats.
Sun rays.
Sun rays.

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Witchy tile.
Witchy tile.
Broomsticks.
Broomsticks.
Rosehips in February!
Rosehips in February!
I think Wil might have swapped me for this lovely lady!
I think Wil might have swapped me for this lovely lady!
Snowdrops in Barley.
Snowdrops in Barley.

I’m sure we will be returning again as there are still a few sculptures we keep missing out on. And the Barley Mow pub in the village has just reopened. Both Inns there do food and are dog friendly. So where better to go for a walk and a bite to eat!

Bye for now.

A Valentines Afternoon Tea.

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The way to a girls heart is through a delicious Afternoon Tea right! For Valentines Day I took matters into my own hands and booked myself and the other half a Valentines themed Afternoon Tea at the Garden Kitchen near Clitheroe. ;0)

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Having been here before with friends, I was keen to experience the Afternoon Tea with Wil too. Its a little different to your average Afternoon Tea. Instead of a cake stand everything is served on a cute miniature picnic bench.

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For the Valentines weekend ( and this Monday) the Picnic bench is all cute cakes and love hearts. The savories are quite nice too ….though maybe the sandwiches could have been a little more exciting.I did enjoy the tasty tomato and basil soup though served in a mini teacup.

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I’m all for the sweet things and the diminutive desserts did not disappoint. Gingerbread love hearts, White chocolate and raspberry scones, chocolate marshmallow skewers. Nom Nom Nom. :)

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The cute red velvet cupcake in a plant pot had a Love heart perched on the top. Mine said ‘Just Say No’ which did remind me that my healthy eating regime has seriously fallen by the wayside…..again! Oh well, back on it tomorrow. As always a glass welly boot contained a tasty treat. A love potion apparently. ;)

The Valentines Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea was £19.99 for two people and this included a tea or coffee and a glass of prosecco each. Its a quirky and fun way of experiencing an English tradition. And you can enjoy different themed picnic benches at ‘The Garden Kitchen’ all year round. Happy days!

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Early Birdie.

Wandering home from work the other day I noticed this sign in my local AGE UK charity shop. :)

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I like going in there for a teacup rummage…..but most of the charity shops in my town ( including this one) have put the prices up on Vintage Crockery. :( An ‘Early Bird Discount’ though was a great reason to head to the shops on a teacup treasure hunt!
So bright and early I  pegged it into town with my beadie eyes at the ready to bag a bargain. I literally galloped round the shop grabbing at cups and saucers until I realised there were actually no other early birds there ( tee hee) so I was safe to browse until the clock struck half past. In the end I only bought two pairs of trios and a hand full of vintage brooches….but they are quite pretty and were also half price. :)

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I have two ‘Duchess Ivy’ trios which were £2 each and two ‘Salisbury’ floral trios which were £3 each. My plan is to make them into teacup candles for my sadly neglected Teacup candle Stall . My first craft fair is booked for March so I had better get making !

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My trio of brooches were £1.50 each and my plan is to pin them to vintage playing cards and sell them on my stall too. They are so shiny!

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Whilst I took photos of my treasures Slinky the cat supervised. I think she was a bit put out that I was disturbing her cat nap though.

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Are you a fan of vintage teacups?

Arm chair Travel. :)

It might be just about now that your thinking about booking a foreign holiday, somewhere you can laze in the sun maybe,or take in the sights. Recently I watched one of my fave films ~ Under The Tuscan Sun , which never fails to make me long to explore the rolling hills and vinyards of Tuscany in Italy.  Here are a few movies that inspire me to journey to these places for real. Or just enjoy a spot of armchair travel. :)

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Lost In Translation ( 2003 ) ~ A tired actor ( Bill Murray) and a photographer’s young wife ( Scarlett Johanssen) both find themselves in Tokyo and form a close friendship, whilst getting to grips with Japanese culture and figuring out what they want out of life. Love this movie.

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Amelie ( 2001) Charming romantic comedy set in Paris about a young waitress ‘Amelie’ who dishes out good deeds along with her creme brulee.A magical film.English Subtitles.

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The Way (2010) ~Tom an American doctor ( Martin Sheen) travels to France to collect the remains of his estranged son who was killed in an accident in the Pyrenees. He had died walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as ‘The Way of St James’. Tom decides to complete the pilgrimage for him and embarks on the 800Km trek across the top of Spain, meeting other troubled souls along the way. A road movie where the characters walk…..and the journey is also one of self discovery.

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Roman Holiday ( 1953) ~ Why not discover Rome through the eyes of a Royal princess playing truant. Audrey Hepburn plays the princess longing to do normal everyday things in the city….and Gregory Peck is the undercover reporter showing her the sights, looking for a good story and finding himself falling in love. A fairytale romance. :)

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Only You ( 1991) ~ To Italy again and Marissa Tomei plays Faith, who travels to Europe in a quest to find her one true love and destiny. A sweet rom com about mistaken identity and dreams coming true , with scenes shot in Venice and Positano and Rome.

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In Bruges ( 2008) ~ Irish hitmen and dwarves in Bruges.This black comedy stars Collin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as assasins waiting on instruction in the historic Belgium city one Christmas, after a job goes wrong. Darkly funny.

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Midnight in Paris (2011) ~ Discover the Paris of today and the Paris of the 1920s in this time travel romance directed by Woody Allen. A nostalgic writer ( Owen Wilson) finds himself mysteriously going back in time to the days of Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali everyday at Midnight. A homage to the citys artistic history with a love story thrown in too.

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) ~ Based on the journals of ‘Che Guevara’ this is the tale of two medical students who travel through South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s. Enjoy the stunning scenery and find out how the Cuban revolutionary got his calling. English subtitles.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) ~ New York is the setting for this iconic Audrey Hepburn movie.She plays madcap socialite ‘ Holly Golightly’ who lives in a Manhatten appartment with her cat with no name. George Peppard is the unknown writer who falls for her charms.One of my favorite films ever!

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Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) ~ Diane Lane plays a writer who whilst holidaying in Tuscany after her marriage breaks down, impulsively buys a crumbling villa. Life changes for her in many unexpected ways.A fabulous little film. :)

Which films inspire you to book a holiday?

These are a few of my favourite things.

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