Camping in Silverdale :)

Ooooh I definatly need a little bit of sunshine. It is sooo grey out there and at times like these I wonder what can I possibly write about? So I thought I would go back in time and tell you about a lovely chilled camping trip we went on in May last year. I really love the sea side so I thought I would try and find a camp site on our own Lancashire coastline. The camping criteria with us is almost always somewhere that is dog friendly, in beautiful countryside and within walking distance of a pub. 🙂 We found the perfect place! ‘Gibralter Farm’ in Silverdale.
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The very name ‘Gibralter Farm’ conjours up warm sunshiney days and we were in luck! The campsite is situated on a working farm in the heart of the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with gorgeous views over Morecambe Bay. We pitched our tent in the lower left field which is adjacent to a little wooded area where you can camp too.silverdale 084
There are lots of footpaths from the site and if you wander through the woodland there is a perfect little cove where we saw Oyster catchers and Shelduck. Ok I was more excited about the birdlife than my other half but yes I am a bit of a bird nerd!

A little cove.
A little cove.

Windswept tree.
Windswept tree.

Even he was impressed that Gibralter Farm has its own resident Green Woodpecker. I spent a lot of time trying to capture its vivid colours on camera but the best I could manage was this siluette shot.
Green Woodpecker.
Green Woodpecker.

We wandered into the village of Silverdale a couple of times. It has a convenience store,a butchers, tearooms, an Indian restaurant and two pubs ‘The Royal Hotel’ and ‘The Woodlands.’ If you like your real ales and somewhere a little different try ‘The Woodlands'( If you can find it!) which is run by the villagers in an old manor house.It is kind of a bizarre place which also had a pop up victorian tearooms in one of the downstairs rooms when we visited. 🙂
We also had lunch at ‘The Wolf House Gallery ‘ across the road from Gibralter Farm.It was a little expensive but the food was good.

Silverdale itself is in Lancashire and neighboring Arnside only two miles up the road is in Cumbria.Both are well worth a visit. Arnside is a pretty village facing the estuary with a tiny promenade of cafes and gift shops.We took our dog Jake here for some walks on the beach and he made friends with a local dog. 🙂

Arnside Estuary.
Arnside Estuary.

Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.
Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.

If you love your wildlife make sure you take a walk round the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve where you can see all sorts of water fowl in the reeds. Unfortunately as we had Jake there were not to many areas we could take a dog.There is one public walkway where you can walk the hound,on a lead of course.

Tufted Duck in the Reeds.
Tufted Duck in the Reeds.

And a stay here is not complete without sampling the local delicacy ‘Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps’ which are caught in the shallow waters of the bay. We tried some in the nearby seaside town of Grange Over Sands.
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Gibralter Farm Campsite.
Gibralter Farm Campsite.

Hopefully we will try and head to Gibralter Farm again this year for a nice relaxing camping trip by the sea. 🙂

Let It Snow!

Hey we have had some snow in Clitheroe at last. Yay! We had a little last week which has been slowly melting…then today we had ….. an Inch! Chaos! Lots of schools in the area closed for snow days.Crazy! I of course trudged to work in my wellies.Don’t think I will be needing my snow shoes just yet. : )

Here are a few snaps I took in the castle grounds.

love this vivid yellow shrub in the snow.
love this vivid yellow shrub in the snow.

The Castle Keep.
The Castle Keep.

Jake in the snow.
Jake in the snow.

War Memorial.
War Memorial.

The sun setting a lovely pink behind the roof tops.
The sun setting a lovely pink behind the roof tops.

Sledging! Felt instantly jealous.Need to buy one...or improvise.:)
Sledging! Felt instantly jealous.Need to buy one…or improvise.:)

Vintage Treasure Troves.

It is remarkable that it is only in the last year or so that I have discovered the very existance of Vintage Shops. They are walk in Treasure Troves of Olde Worlde delights where you might discover anything from a 1950’s Powder Blue Vanity Case( I live in hope) to a beguiling Box Brownie.Who Knows 😀

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Pretty Vintage Brooches,Callooh! Callay!,Clitheroe.

My latest obsessions are Vintage brooches. There are an abundance in my fave Vintage shop ,part Alice In Wonderland inspired Tearoom/part Curiousity shop Callooh! Callay! in Clitheroe.You must visit for a brew and a browse..

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Winter Wonderland Tea.

I have decided to use my newly made Teacup pincushion as a tidy for my as yet quite small collection of brooches.You can either pin them to the cushion or display them on the saucer.:)

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Has anyone any ideas concerning what I can do with my brooches? Apart from wear them of course!

Teacup Pincushion

I thought I would try something a little new with my Teacups after a suggestion from a friend.Here is my first attempt at making a pincushion in a Teacup!

You Will Need :

An old Teacup
A small scrap of fabric
A needle and thread
Cotton wool stuffing
Hi Tack All Purpose Glue ( I got mine from Clitheroe market)

First draw a circle on your fabric a little more than twice the size of the top of your teacup.

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Using a needle and thread sew a simple running stitch around the edge of the circle.

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Then pull both thread ends tight so the fabric bunches up.

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Fill the gathered fabric with cotton wool stuffing.I bought some from a needlecraft stall on Clitheroe Market.

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Use Craft Glue on the inside of the cup ( in the bottom and around the lower inside.) Stick the pincushion inside!

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Voila! A Tea Cup Pin Cushion! I think I should have maybe stuffed a little more stuffing in my cushion…..but not bad for a first attempt. Stick in some pins and decorate with ribbon.:-D

Keswick.

Today the boyfriend and I decided to head up to Keswick in the Lake District.He loves all the many outdoorsy shops and I’m never going to say no to a day out in such a picturesque setting. 🙂

We got there just before lunch.It was a cold and clear fine day (At Last!) and our tummies rumbled their way to The Lakeland Pedlar.

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The Lakeland Pedlar is a hearty wholefood cafe popular with cyclists.It serves a comprehensive menu of great veggie food such as Black Bean and Beer Casserole and ‘Pedlars’ Hot and spicy Chilli. We are not vegetarians.We just like to go there cause the food is so darn tasty!

My Mediterranean Mezze.
My Mediterranean Mezze.

Wils Hot 'n'Spicy Chilli.
Wils Hot ‘n’Spicy Chilli.

The decor in the Pedlar is Vintage Bicycle inspired.There was formally a bike shop above the cafe but that has now moved to elsewhere in Keswick. A few cyclists still stopped by for grub though.The clientele included families with young children,walkers,cyclists and a couple with a very cute ‘Sportsman Lucas Terrier’ so doggies are welcome too.
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After our delicous meal we went for an amble round the shops.Even I got a bit outdoorsy and bought a scarlet coloured North Face jacket reduced in the sales. 🙂
Both of us were pretty impressed with this tipi in the Nordic Outdoors store.

I want this Tipi :)
I want this Tipi 🙂

A trip to Keswick is not the same without a wander down to the lake.Derwentwater is 3 miles long by 1 mile wide and is surrounded by pretty wooded fells.You can take a pleasure cruise around the lake but we just decided to enjoy the view from the launch. We could just make out a dusting of snow on the distant mountains.

silly goose.
silly goose.

Derwentwater.
Derwentwater.

The boat coming in.
The boat coming in.

After the lake we decided to check out another of Keswicks tourist attractions , the ‘Puzzling Place’. The Puzzling Place is an exhibition of optical illusions and puzzles in Museum square.We had a fun time figuring out the illusions.And yes some really did Amaze! One for the whole family.

The anti gravity room.
The anti gravity room.

Just enough time for coffee and cake before we headed home.I decided we had to visit the Wild Strawberry Tearooms just because they looked so pretty. 🙂
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And the cake tasted good too.So much for my diet!

I Love Cath Kidston….

About five years ago I stumbled into a Cath Kidston shop on a cold November day in Edinburgh.It was a discovery of starbursts of colour, beautiful floral fabrics and a nostalgic nod to vintage.I was in love 🙂

Cath Kidston herself started out with one little store selling home furnishings in Notting Hill and has gone from strength to strength ever since with shops all over the United Kingdom,Ireland and even far flung Japan. If I had my way I would do out my whole house Cath Kidston style but the other half isn’t so keen.:( But I do sneak in the odd tea towel and cushion here and there!

Here are a few items on my wish list.

Bloomsbury biker bag £65
Bloomsbury biker bag £65

Antique Rose Kingsize duver £85
Antique Rose Kingsize duver £85

Scrap book £12
Scrap book £12

london iphone 4 case £24
london iphone 4 case £24

Pinny flowers cross bag £45. Now £35
Pinny flowers cross bag £45. Now £35

Bath Melts £12
Bath Melts £12

Spot large wash bag £18
Spot large wash bag £18

Tea rose stripe gift set £18
Tea rose stripe gift set £18

All items can be found on the website http://www.cathkidston.co.uk. Happy Shopping!

New Years day by the River.

Happy New Year! We went for a lovely walk by the river today to get rid of our hangovers and it actually wasn’t raining for oh at least a couple of hours! Here are a few pics from our walk along the Ribble.

Mallards.
Mallards.

Mallards and a new duck on the block.
Mallards and a new duck on the block.

Jake getting impatient.'C'mon get a move on!'
Jake getting impatient.’C’mon get a move on!’

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winter foilage

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A few of our feathered friends were tucking into lunch. 🙂
Great tit
Great tit

Blackbird
Blackbird

Bullfinch
Bullfinch

Anyone know what kind of ducks these are? They seem to have made Edisford their home.: )
Anyone know what kind of ducks these are? They seem to have made Edisford their home.: )

All the best for a fabulous 2013!