Links and Likes ~ October.

October is fast becoming my favourite month.🙂 I’m loving crunching through colourful leaves, baking with apples and cinnamon, catching spooky  films on the telly and all the lovely Autumnal posts and updates. I thought I would share some of my fave blog links and likes lately.

I ♡ Autumn.🙂  image from pinterest.

Cathy  found a pretty way of displaying her Horse Chestnut collection. 

Polly picked up a bargain pair of vintage ice skates at a car boot sale. Will she get her skates on!🙂

Vintage Skates on Pinterest.

 I love Nina’s post about her secret October wedding in Edinburgh. Congratulations Nina. X

Pumpkin Donuts anybody?  A yummy recipe on Charlotte’s blog.

 Christine has been having  Fun with leaves in her Wild October.🙂

Now the nights are drawing in it might be the right time to bring out your favourite Board Games. Or why not visit a Board Game Cafe? Find out if theres one near you here.


Whats your fave Board Game?

Eliza wrote a fab Things to love about Autumn list. I do love a good list.:)

Grenson the Miniature Schnauzer knows the best place to go for a Sausage Butty in Greenwich.

I enjoyed Em’s post about her short break in Amsterdam. I still need to go!

The Postcards from Gibralter family have walked a  forest UFO Trail in Suffolk.

Christina is learning to embrace Autumn  Bavarian style.

 And if it is not to soon to think about Christmas , Janet from the blog   Someone Somewhere is arranging her annual Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap. Its a fun way to swap handmade and second hand presents. I’ve signed up again.🙂

Thanks for reading. X


Indulgent treat at Holmes Mill.

Back in the summer I blogged about  Bowland Beer Hall . at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe. The Hall which has what is thought to be the longest continuous bar in England serves 42 ever-changing cask ales, as well as a range of tasty bar snacks.  But horror of horrors, there are no puddings on the menu!  Happily the cafe at Holmes Mill is now open. And there is cake.🙂

Kind of in love with those lights.
Lots of cakes.
And artisan breads.

After a weekend of mostly tidying and decluttering the house , a good strong coffee and dessert was needed!  I dragged the OH to the newly opened cafe which is situated in what was the old boiler room at the mill. Presently only coffee and cakes ( but a great selection of cakes!) are available, although breakfasts and lunches are planned for the not too distant future. I couldn’t resist this divine Berry Pavlova, whilst Wil chose a delicious Hazelnut & caramel cheesecake.

The cakes are all homemade on site ( or’ Holmes Made’ according to their website😉 ) which is nice to know. Whilst sipping my coffee, I took a few photos of our surroundings. The patisserie opens out into the Bowland Brewery shop which in turn is next to a Gelateria.🙂

Foodie Heaven.



Ales of Outstanding Natural Beauty.🙂



I’m glad we indulged.🙂

Holmes Mill is situated on Greenacre street in Clitheroe.

Thanks for dropping by.
















Wildlife pics every day in October. Week two.


8th October.  Blackberries in the park. A late Summer and Autumn fruit that can be made into allsorts of lovely puddings, pies, jellies, junkets and jams. Here is a recipe for Apple & Blackberry Crumble .


9th October. Today (Sunday) turned out to be a good nature spotting day as it was sunny and still warm enough not to wear a coat. Although in the morning we had spied lots of squirrels at  Gawthorpe Hall , it was our afternoon walk around Standen on the outskirts of Clitheroe that proved more fruitful. I hope I have identified these right! The fungi looks like Ink Cap Mushrooms which are apparently edible.If they are them however, they are poisonous when combined with alcohol ~ leading  to their other moniker ‘Tippler’s Bane’. :b. The Dragonfly is a Common  Darter which is one of the few dragonflies that are around well into Autumn. The beautiful butterfly is a Comma , so named because the species have a white marking on their underside similar to a comma.:)


10th October.  View of the rather straggly honeysuckle in my backyard. It never has many flowers and those that bloom don’t have the lovely scent that wild honeysuckle has.😦


11th October. A-haaah my friend the Grey Heron!  There’s a particular spot on the river protected by a canopy of trees, that heron’s like to fish. I was passing with Hugo ( my dog) at just the right time to capture this photo.🙂


12th October.  A sunny morning though a bit nippy. These Elderberries grow by a wall which is a bit of  a sun trap. The shrub’s clusters of fragrant creamy white blossom that bloom in the summer lend their flowers to cordials and champagne. The berries of Autumn can be made into wine and preserves.


13th October. I love the candy striped flowers of the Herb Robert. They look so delicate but can flower well into Autumn.


14th October. One of my favourite Autumn flowers is the orange Chinese Lantern. A house nearby has an abundance of them adorning its garden.

Thanks for joining me in my second week of posting a wildlife photo every day in October…

 What have you spotted whilst out and about? 



In the grounds of Gawthorpe Hall.

Sunday dawned bright and sunny with an Autumnal nip in the air. We decided to try visiting Gawthorpe Hall  again , a handsome looking Grade 1 listed Elizabethan residence in Padiham. On our last visit the car park was jam packed full on a weekend lunch time ,so we turned back. And sure enough it was pretty busy at half nine on this particular morning too. It turns out there is a school football ground nearby so I guess families were dropping off their kids. I’m not to sure where Hall visitors should park at such times.😦  However we were fortunate on this occasion!

Gawthorpe Hall.

Although it would have been lovely to look inside this fine old house, we had Hugo with us ( dogs are only allowed in the grounds and Stubbins Estate) so we explored the outside for a couple of hours. Hugo enjoyed bombing around and it was still early enough for him not to bother anyone. The Hall itself did not open until 11am.





Gawthorpe Hall was built in the early 1600’s and was the family seat of the  Shuttleworth family until the 20th century when it was gifted to the National Trust.


A lot of work was done on the house and garden in the 1840’s when Janet Shuttleworth married Sir James Kay of Rochdale. The now Kay-Shuttleworths commissioned  Sir Charles Barry to carry out restorations . Sir Charles was the architect who remodelled Highclere House , which is the filming location of Downton Abbey. The couple were also friendly with Charlotte Bronte who visited Gawthorpe a couple of times and it is through them that she met her friend, the writer Elizabeth Gaskell.

A walk around the estate and we met these two characters. I shall call them Nippy and Chomper !  Chomper took a shine to me and more specifically my right arm. They were cute…but hungry. Serves me right for not bringing them apples.🙂




The grounds at Gawthorpe Hall are lovely to walk around especially in Autumn when the trees are slowly changing from green to reds and golds. I will leave you with a few more photos and if you would like to learn more about this National Trust Property, please take a look at Cathy’s blog post here.



Hoof and Rooster.

Clitheroe has yet another New Kid On The Block when it comes to dining out. The ‘Hoof and Rooster’ on York Street is an American Style BBQ and Smokehouse serving everything from Burgers to Brisket in a cool but cosy retro setting. I’ve actually been twice so I thought I had better do the blogger thing and post about it !



The first time was a Saturday morning at about 11.30am, Wil and I  thought we would bob in for a coffee and a nosy…and ended up staying for lunch. And why not! We had bagged a comfy leather sofa, which was so hard to move from.🙂 There was ample  opportunity to take quite a few photos with my phone before the lunchtime crowds arrived.





The vibe was very chilled with A Fine Frenzy and Ray Lamontagne playing in the background. I didn’t see a jukebox though! Looking around us there was however enough going on to keep our peepers busy. Every wall is adorned with colourful American memorabilia. Retro advertising ( the Lucky strike cigarettes board reminded me of Mad Men), Eye popping wall art, and Neon Signage.







But what about the important bit! The food!!  The menu is very meaty, which you would definitely expect from a Smokehouse. It’s mostly burgers,hotdogs, hot wings, pulled pork, brisket and steaks. On this occasion I opted for the Foot Long American Hot Dog ( Ok, I was hungry!) and Wil chose the Classic Steak Patty.

Our food was tasty and we had a friendly and attentive waitress so lunch was definitely a big thumbs up. And after all that I was still tempted to try dessert. What’s more Stateside than this yummy zesty Key lime pie.🙂


Our second visit was on Saturday evening and as you imagine, it was a hell of a lot busier, with a real buzzing night out vibe. I didn’t take many pics this time. Service was slower, but I will put that down to how busy it was. By the way you don’t have to eat at the Hoof and Rooster. There’s a well stocked bar ( specialising in American Craft beers) and I love the cute booths at the back of the restaurant, with tables made from old cable drums.

This time we were seated upstairs and as we were dining out with some veggie friends, I was a bit concerned about what they would think of the menu. I needn’t have worried. Vegetarian options include Spicy Bean Burger, Macaroni Cheese and Jack Fruit Burger. There’s seafood on the menu too. I really enjoyed my Soft Shell Crab Burger.🙂

Great Music, Good food , Good beer , Quirky colourful surroundings. What more could you want in Clitheroe !

Check out their Facebook page.

I might be tempted to bob in again soon…..for coffee and a slice of pumpkin pie.🙂























Wildlife pics every day in October. Week One.

Inspired by the lovely Louise at Ramblings of a Roachling   , I have decided to take a photo of something ‘Wild’ every day this month. Louise who is a veteran of June’s ‘Thirty Days Wild’ is continuing with the ‘Wildness’ through October on her blog. I thought a picture a day , would be a great way to appreciate the changing seasons, as well as being  a nod to her enthusiasm!


1st October. A Robin rests on a signpost. Robins seem to be one of the less shy birds that I see when I’m out and about. Always asociated with Christmas, because of their cheery red breasts, it is also said if you see one on Valentines day…you will marry a sailor!


2nd October. A Red Admiral butterfly feasts on Ivy flowers. The gentle October Sunshine means that butterflies are still visiting my back yard.🙂


3rd October. The sunny weather this week followed beautiful Sunrises  with gorgeous pink skies. The line from the old rhyme ‘Red Sky In The Morning , Shepherd’s Warning’  did not ring true.

4th October. Typical that when I spied these two lovelies, I didn’t have my good camera with me. Whilst walking Hugo through the fields I came accross a  Dipper with it’s bright white bib, bobbing and dipping in Mearley Brook. Dippers are small aquatic birds that can walk underwater to feed. I also saw a Goldfinch flittering amongst the dried yarrow seed heads by the riverside. In Autumn they are full of inscects which the finches feed on.I was alerted to this pretty bird by it’s musical notes. The collective name for a group of Goldfinches is a ‘charm’ taken from the Old English Charme and the Latin Carmen, meaning magical spell or song.🙂


5th October.  I could not resist this beautiful pink Hydrangea in The Castle grounds. The summer flowers are so showy and bloom into Autumn.

 6th October.  One thing I love about Autumn is the abundance of Autumn fruits, nuts and seeds. Clitheroe  Castle Park is home to lots of Grey squirrels and it looks as though most of the Horse Chestnuts have been feasted upon already, judging by the amount of empty shells scattered around. I did find a couple of shiny brown ‘conkers’ that the rascals must have missed though.:)

7th October. Quite a miserable day weather wise , but I did notice the changing colours of leaves this morning on my way to work.

What have you noticed wildlife wise recently?

You can also bob along to Christine’s Blog and find out what she’s been photographing in October.🙂

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Hurrah for Macmillan Coffee Mornings !  Not only are they a brilliant and social way to raise money for a fantastic cause,  they are also pure heaven for those of us with a sweet tooth.  This morning I dropped in at my friend Nicola’s Macmillan Coffee morning…and stuffed myself with cake. Nicola , who is a Queen Baker ( as well as a busy Mum of 4! ) made all these goodies.🙂

Lemon Drizzle.
Coffee Cake.
Chocolate Fudge Cake.
Take me to the Cake!

Our hostess got some recipe inspiration from the Macmillan Coffee Morning Recipe Page, which features quite a few recipes contributed by celebrities , such as Julie Walters and Amanda Holden.

Afternoon Tea anyone?
Ginger and Salted Caramel Cupcakes.
Victoria Sponge.
Pear and Ginger Cake. My personal favourite.🙂
Cookies🙂 The dark chocolate and ginger biscuits on the left, another favourite of mine , this recipe provided by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint.🙂

Nicola was sent a Coffee Morning Kit when she signed up to host this event, and this  included table cloths, bunting & cake toppers etc, as well as ideas for fund raising games and raffles. She had such a successful morning that she raised an amazing £270!

Cake really is best enjoyed with friends.

You can host a Macmillan Coffee Morning whenever you like, and help raise funds to support people with cancer. The website is Here.🙂

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