QZINE in Clitheroe

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We recently ate out at a new~ish restaurant in Clitheroe. Qzine is situated in the Swan Courtyard just off Castle Street. As it was a warm evening we decided to take a table outside in the courtyard which has an outdoor dining area. Specializing in home cooked Mediteranean cuisine, this bistro serves up something a little different to the usual Italian and Indians we are used to in our small Lancashire home town.

Qzine is fast becoming famous for its sumptious Gourmet Burger menu brimming with such diversely named classics as Sweet Chilli Of Mine ,Fry Me To The Moon, Relight My Fire and Breakfast at Tiffanys. Wil went for the former. πŸ™‚ Who needs Gourmet Burger Kitchen hey. There is even a Cli
theroe Castle Stacker Burger
which sounds rather a mouthful.

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I decided to plump for the ‘Something Vegeterian ‘ which is a huge plate of falafels, stuffed peppers, couscous, olives, humous, feta cheese etc served with warm Lavache bread. Heavenly.

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Other choices on the menu included tasty meat options from the Grill,a selection of falafel dishes and even some speciality pies.

Qzine was a very relaxed dining experience. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was divine. And It was perfect to sit outside on a balmy summers evening. Of course now I shall have to go back to check out the interior.Its a good excuse. πŸ˜‰

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The restaurant is open all through the day and until 9 every eve except monday ( until 3) and closed Sundays.

Three Counties in One Day……..and a winner revealed :)

Helloo there its been another perfect summers day here in sunny Lancashire. Or should that be Yorkshire and Cumbria too ? I’ve managed to visit all three counties in one day today ! This morning we drove over to Clapham in the Dales. The pretty village with its meandering brook was holding its annual Street Fair and Duck Race. There were classic cars and a Jazz band too. And I bought some pretty crimson rose covered teacups and saucers to make into candles for 30p each. Happy Girl Me ! Not used to finding such bargains these days. I also bagged a Mr Men Snakes and Ladders game for my nephew and niece for Β£1 and three darling vintage brooches for 20p each. Such treasures πŸ™‚

The Street Fair.
The Street Fair.
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Classic Citroen 2 cv
Ruskins View ,Kirkby Lonsdale
Ruskins View ,Kirkby Lonsdale

About ten miles up the road from Clapham village is the historic Cumbrian market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. We parked at Devils bridge which spans the river Lune and walked along the river bank into town via the steep Radical Steps ( 86 steps….not that I counted!) Kirkby Lonsdale has plenty of lovely little gift shops,boutiques and cafes. We had yummy Ice creams from Emma’s Teashop in the market square. I can highly recommend the Lemon Curd flavor πŸ™‚

The Radical Steps.
The Radical Steps.
Lovely Old house.
Lovely Old house.
Orchid in Gisburn Forest.
Orchid in Gisburn Forest.

On the way home we thought we would bob and see some friends who live in the middle of a Forest. They run a farm that rescues and rehomes rare breeds, called The Great British Farm Project. I don’t know why I was soo amazed to find they really do live in the middle of a forest as I follow Tracy’s lovely blog OLIVE AND HARRY which is full of amazing tales and gorgeous pictures of their farm and mad menagerie. But after trudging through a mile of forestry mountain bike trails, clutching a jar of marmalade from the street fair, we spied their little farm and were greeted by a handful of whippets and Tracy. πŸ™‚
We were then introduced to some of the happy rescue animals. I wish I had taken more pictures!

Soay and Boreray sheep.
Soay and Boreray sheep.
Mouse and Sparrow. They are such great mates. :)
Mouse and Sparrow. They are such great mates. πŸ™‚
Mouse and Sparrow accompanied us through the fields.
Mouse and Sparrow accompanied us through the fields.
A new arrival. Born today and quite a surprise ~ a Soay sheep and her hours old lamb.
A new arrival. Born today and quite a surprise ~ a Soay sheep and her hours old lamb.

It was great to see how well all the animals are doing and what a good job Tracy and Stephen do at looking after them all. πŸ™‚ If you wish to know more about the farm look Here.

Thank you to all the people who entered my Teacup Candle Give Away which was in honor of my Blogs 1st Birthday. The winner has been drawn randomly from a teacup.

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Emma from the blog High Heels and Glitter ~ you have won the teacup candle !
Contact me via email at shazzarob@hotmail.co.uk

Bonnie Blooms.

Clematis
Clematis

Inspired by some lovely garden posts out there in the blogosphere I thought I would show you some snaps of my Mums garden. She has always loved tending her plants and flowers. So on a visit this weekend I tried to capture some of the loveliness. Now why didn’t I inherit her green fingers ? All I seem to inherit is Green Flies !

Sweet Peas
Sweet Peas

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Delphinium
Delphinium

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Mums House.
Mums House.
Samaritan Rose
Samaritan Rose
The Prettiest bloom ~my niece.
The Prettiest bloom ~my niece.
Bonnie Pink Rose.
Bonnie Pink Rose.

It has been another hot weekend so Mum is worried there may be a hose pipe ban. But rain and thunderstorms are predicted this week. I shall concentrate on trying to keep my Sea Holly alive. Fingers crossed !

Chasing Butterflies.

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This morning I decided to amble through the fields to the river. I thought the wildlife would all be lazy in the sunshine and I would get tons of pictures. Instead I was a bit lazy myself and spent lots of time in the shade under a tree of magpies. Even before 10am it was scorching ! My favorite part of the walk was catching fleeting glimpses of a gleaming kingfisher( no snaps i’m afraid,quick as lightning!) and my favorite poser wasn’t wildlife at all but a very friendly cat perched on a stile. πŸ™‚ I wore myself out chasing butterflies..

A Dipper in the brook. Wish I had managed to get more of his white bib.
A Dipper in the brook. Wish I had managed to get more of his white bib.
Cabbage white
Cabbage white
Meadow cranesbill
Meadow cranesbill
A doggy cooling off in the river.
A doggy cooling off in the river.
Friendly kitty
Friendly kitty
River Ribble
River Ribble
Tortoiseshell
Tortoiseshell
Meadow sweet.
Meadow sweet.
Shady sheep
Shady sheep

How are you cooling off in this heatwave ?

Maybe its not a heatwave at all but an actual proper Summer !

One year of blogging and a Give Away. :)

Wow can’t quite believe my little blog Sunshine and Celandines is one year old this month. πŸ™‚Β  I started my blog as a celebration of all the things I love and am interested in. There are musings about vintage finds, wildlife walks, yummy food and favourite films. I write mostly for myself but yes I do get a happy buzz and a feeling of satisfaction when someone likes or comments on a post. Yippeee!

So to markΒ  Sunshine and CelandinesΒ  birthday I thought I would treat you to a littleΒ  giveaway ( Hurrah! ). According to my stats my most widely read entry is What To Do With Your Vintage Teacups. so it seems appropiate that I should treat you to one of my own hand pouredΒ  Teacup Candles. πŸ™‚

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Its a jasmine scented soy wax candle in a teacup.
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The teacup and saucer are mismatched with a dainty gold flowered pattern.

To be in with a chance of winning the teacup candle pictured all you have to do is leave a comment by the 28th of July. I will then collect all the commenters names in a tea cup and draw out a name at random. πŸ™‚

Good Luck ! x

The One Planet Shop.

A few days ago my craft fair friend Lisa and I dropped by at theΒ  OnePlanet shop in the lancashire town of Accrington. Managed by one of our fellow lovely craft fair folk Kerry, the shop is a cornacopia of ethical, fairtrade,handmade and locally sourced gifts and goodies. The vibrantly coloured shop frontage on Abbey street entices you in. There is lots to see inside!

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From tasty wholesome fairtrade food to locally produced arts and crafts to enviromentally friendly pampering products the One Planet Shop has plenty for everyone. Lisa’s lovely ceramic tags and buttons are stocked in the shop too as are a small selection of my teacup candles.
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So if your ever in Accrington be sure to drop in 54 Abbey street for a nosy. πŸ™‚

Chilled Camping Trip in the Yorkshire Dales.

We thought we would make the most of this glorious sunshine and have a short weekend break away in our tent. We certainly hit the jackpot with the weather hey ! The campsite we chose is one we have been to previously, Howgill Lodge near the pretty village of Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales. Howgill Lodgeis a family run campsite which takes caravans,camper vans and tents. We camped in the bottom field without electric, two adults,one tent and one dog ~ Β£20 per night.

Howgill Lodge Campsite.
Howgill Lodge Campsite.

Because it was so hot we decided to mostly chill outside the tent. πŸ™‚ On Friday eve we had a barbecue, using our Cobb Barbecue which by the way is a brilliant totally portable little barbie, extremely handy for taking camping. We loved that every pitch at Howgill Lodge has its own picnic bench. How good is that when the weather is so perfect! So all meals and any cooking we did was all prepared and eaten outside. Lots of relaxing and reading too. My reading rut , I think has ended. I started and finished The Great Gatsby ( hurrah ) and settled down with some good magazines.

Settling down with The Simple Things.
Settling down with The Simple Things.
An extra guest for dinner.
An extra guest for dinner.

On Saturday we ventured away from our tent and drove the short drive to the lovely Priory ruins of Bolton Abbey. That may sound super lazy but our old labrador Jake can no longer walk very far. In the past we have enjoyed leisurely ambles along the river to the Bolton Abbey estate. This time we parked in one of the three designated car parks . There is a Β£7 charge for the day. Jake enjoyed messing about in the river as did we ! Its a brill place to go for a picnic and there is lots of wildlife. I spotted a dipper,goosander and a heron. πŸ™‚

The Priory ruins.
The Priory ruins.
Messing about in the river.
Messing about in the river.

Saturday evening we took the car into Appletreewick and ate out at one of the two pubs. Again, the village is within short walking distance. We only drove because Jake cannot manage the journey anymore. The Craven arms was our chosen destination. If you love yummy pub grub and real ales and a touch of quirky decor you will adore the Craven. Check out the wise words of the weather stone hanging outside the front door. And look for the bar stool which the posterior of actress Linda Grey ( Su Ellen in Dallas ) has apparently graced. Who Knew !

The Weather Stone.
The Weather Stone.
Fish and Chips at the Craven.
Fish and Chips at the Craven.

All in all we had a really relaxed weekend and it was great just to chill, enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. How did you spend the scorcher of a weekend? We were absolutely back home to watch the nail biting Wimbledon final. A huge Well Done to Andy Murray ! πŸ™‚

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A Picnic Afternoon Tea.

My friend Jo hit on a lovely idea to celebrate her birthday. She had heard about a new tearooms that have opened at Holden Clough Nurseries near Bolton By Bowland. And they prepare an Afternoon Tea with a twist !

A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !
A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !

The Garden Kitchen is a newly built tea rooms that serves delicious locally sourced produce in the heart of the Ribble Valley. As it was a sunny day ( hurrah ! ) we decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and pleasing views of pretty flowering plants and shrubs.

The Birthday Girl ready to  tuck in.
The Birthday Girl ready to tuck in.

The Afternoon Tea is served on a mini Picnic bench which really blends in with the charming ambiance of dining out at the nurseries. There are a selection of dainty finger sandwiches,heavenly homemade quiches and of course some truly decadent and divine cakes and desserts, including cute little cupcakes served in plant pots,ravishing rocky road,exquisite eclairs and strawberry milkshake that you sip from a straw out of a dinky pot wellington boot.

Of course as it was a celebration we opted for glasses of something bubbly too as well as pots of tea. πŸ™‚

Ladies that Lunch.
Ladies that Lunch.

After our leisurely lunch we thought we had all better pretend to be gardeners and peruse the plant section ! To Jo’s delight she found an Azalea shrub with her name on it. A Johanna Azalea ! Unfortunately I did not spy any of my namesake ,the Rose of Sharon. I opted for a Sea Holly instead.

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Sea Holly.

The staff were very friendly and attentive and boxed up our leftovers to take home. We had a lovely afternoon. It was a tremendous treat.:)