Chill……….

I don’t know about you but I find it very hard to just…….be.ย  This afternoon I am hoping for some chilling time, yet here I am perusing wordpress. I’ve made myself a relaxing spot in my little back yard. I intend to glance through my copy of The Simple Things and catch some rays. I have cushions and music and a paperback novel.The sky is blue. All is fine in my world. Just relax Shaz…

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A relaxing space B-)
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Mr Blue Sky
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Happy Hanging basket ๐Ÿ˜€

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I'm amazed the hanging baskets survived our lack of green fingers!
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Lemon & Ginger tea in my rather retro teacup.

Hope you are having a fabulous bank holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Butterflies and Budleia :)

Walking through the castle grounds one morning before work I was struck by the abundance of butterflies. They all seemed to be congregating round one particular shrub species. The beautiful budleia with its lilac cone shaped flowers surely must be attracting the entire butterfly population of Clitheroe ! Here are some pictures I took. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cabbage White.
Cabbage White.
Pink Roses
Pink Roses
Red Admiral and Peacock
Red Admiral and Peacock
Clitheroe Castle
Clitheroe Castle
Poppies
Poppies
Comma
Comma
Peacock
Peacock
Butterflies!
Butterflies!

Foxy Fascination ^~^

I recently read an interesting post over on the lovely Plastic Rosaries blog about the authors love for all things fox related. I am quite similar in that respect.Foxes are such beautiful creatures yet they are probably our most fierce and controversial wild animal here in Britain. We do not have bears. We do not have wolves.We do not have Big Cats ( except maybe the Beast of Bodmin ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but we do seem to have an abundence of foxes, especially now in more urban areas.

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A beautiful Fox Piccie I found on Pinterest.

My experiences of foxes heralds back to my time as a child growing up on a farm at the foot of Pendle Hill in Lancashire. Foxes then seemed to be the bane of our lives , wiping out our chickens and even carrying off baby lambs. Both mine and my sisters pet bantam hens ‘Snowy ‘and ‘Penny’ were killed by a fox. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Dads answer to our fox problem was to let the resident Hunt tear accross our fields, horses and hounds in hot pursuit of a flash of copper coloured tail. And when this didn’t always work ( Foxes are quite wily) some hunters with rifles would arrive.ย  I remember as a little girl, peering into a sack in the back of the hunters landrover after their expedition and it was full of Live cubs. I never did find out what they were planning to do with them. :/

Live foxes though to me were not as scary as the stuffed variety. Family friends at the time had a mounted fox head on the wall next to their upstairs bathroom.Going to the loo was usually preceded with a laughing holla of now don’t let the fox get ya , hmmmm.Unfortunately I would then have nightmares featuring stuffed foxes hunting for me!

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Vintage fox fur, The Time Train Vintage shop, Clitheroe

Despite all this I do feel very honoured whenever I have had the privelige of seeing a fox. And it has usually happened in the city, not the countryside. On visits to friends in London I have spied a fox scavenging around the banks of the Thames for food at dusk, a fox sunning himself on a garden shed roof in broad daylight and another fox watching my train home speed by from a grassy embankment.

Of course now foxes seem to be living side by side with humansย  in Urban areas. This of course has been the cause ofย  controversy in the past with some foxes getting into peoples homes and causing damage and worse. We do not really experience that problem here in my small town….but I suspect I would be wary yet quite delighted if one decided to move in next door….

What are your opinions on Foxes?

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Another gorgeous image found on Pinterest.

In The Craft Tent.

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At the weekend my friend Lisa and I shared a stall in the craft tent at Gargrave Show. I think our products complimented each others very well and of course it was nice to have such lovely company. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lisa and her partner Mark own a bespoke tile shop in Clitheroe Tile Productions and make beautiful ceramic tags, coasters, buttons etc with the left over materials. And I turn vintage teacups I source from charity shops and jumble sales into scented candles, pin cushions and trinket stands. We are neither of us experts at running a stall but here are a few tips we have learned from our own experiences and other stall holders.

Research the fair you would like to do. Visit the fair and talk to the stall holders. Is it busy?, is it well organized?, Is there a good atmosphere?

Check if tables and chairs are provided. They usually are but not always. If not a wallpaper table and folding chairs will suffice. Make sure you bring a table cloth to cover the table.

Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.
Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.

Don’t forget your float.Not everyone will have the correct change.

Bring bags and bubble wrap You can order both quite cheaply online. Quite often I recycle gift bags and carrier bags.

I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.
I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.

Print out business cards. with your website and contact details on. Put them on your stall and bob them in the bags too.

Price items up clearly. I usually dot cards with prices on around the stall.

The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.
The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.

Display everything to its best advantage. You can use crates and boxes to add height and depth. And show off your wares! I use pretty vintage china to display the vintage brooches I sell.

Be Chatty.:) Engage with potential customers and Interact with the other stall holders.Its a good way of learning about other craft fairs and you might make some new friends too. ๐Ÿ˜€

Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
And here's a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. :)
And here’s a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope these tips will help anyone who is considering doing a stall at a craft fair.X

Our Jake.

Its been a soul searching few weeks.Summer is here but the hot weather has not been great for our dear old labrador Jake. Just after our camping trip in July he had a stroke. Luckilly it was only a small one but scary all the same. He also suffers from arthritous as many old dogs of his breed do and his back legs are especially bad. And to top it all he is recovering from a kidney infection. Poor old guy is turning into a right pill popper. Jake is 13.ย  14 in December. The Vet says he won’t get any better. His back legs will give way and there is the possibility of a second more serious stroke.We are monitering his progress, keeping him as cool and calm as possible ( his mindย  still thinks he’s a pup but his body doesn’t) and enjoying his company while we still have him. It is so heartbreaking when pets get old.

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Me and Jake.
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Beautiful boy.

Sorry for a bit of a maudlin post. Any advice on how to keep him comfortable from elderly labrador owners is most welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Food Festival and the Castle Proms.

Lancashire’s rugged fells and the sea faring towns and all the green fields in between are home to some wonderful fresh local produce and yesterday my local town played host to a fabulous food festival with stalls from all over the county. We met up with some friends and spent the day sampling tasty foodstuffs ,drinking in the ambiance of the festival ~ and drinking a few locally brewed real ales and ciders too. Well would have been rude not to. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the evening the festivities continued with the annual Proms in the castle grounds. I wish I had been able to take a few more pictures , the event is proving so popular now that it was hard to get close to the stalls, come Midday. Its great for the town though!

Clitheroe Food Festival.
Clitheroe Food Festival.
Baxters of Morcambe seafood.
Baxters of Morcambe seafood.
Piglet Pile On.
Piglet Pile On.
The port of Lancaster Smokehouse.
The port of Lancaster Smokehouse.
My God daughter enjoying the festival. :)
My God daughter enjoying the festival. ๐Ÿ™‚
Park Farm pies and cakes.
Park Farm pies and cakes.
Clitheroe Castle.
Clitheroe Castle.
The Proms.
The Proms.
Enjoying the Proms.:)
Enjoying the Proms.:)

seaside :)

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I love the coast. I just love any kind of seaside. ๐Ÿ™‚ When my friend Becky and her hubby and parents invited me along to St Annes for the afternoon, I hopped,skipped and jumped at the chance. ๐Ÿ™‚ St Annes is quite a sedate yet still very family orientated resort in between Blackpool and Lytham. Very close to Lytham ,the two are often referred to jointly as Lytham St Annes. There are a huge expanse of golden sands, a pier with impressive Victorian wraught iron work detail, amusements, donkey rides and even lovely lovely beach huts. The Beach huts have only recently been re introduced to St Annes. Last year when I came here with my boyfriend only one, the show hut, had been built. Now a further five have been erected. They are painted in fresh nautical colours and families and couples were making the most of them ,sitting on the decks in the sunshine :). If you wish to hire one for a day or longer look HERE.. Its on my bucket list!

Flower Windmill in Lytham.
Flower Windmill in Lytham.
Beach Huts :)
Beach Huts ๐Ÿ™‚
On the Beach.
On the Beach.
Deck Chairs.
Deck Chairs.
Donkey rides.
Donkey rides.
On the Pier.
On the Pier.
Rock. :)
Rock. ๐Ÿ™‚
Fairground rides on the Pier.
Fairground rides on the Pier.
Friendly frisby catching collie. :)
Friendly frisby catching collie. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gigantic Eclairs!
Gigantic Eclairs!

Which seaside resorts do you love ?

My Favorite Film Felines. ~^^~

There’s been an awful lot of the aloof yet outgoing O2 cat on the telly recently , embracing his inner dog and all that. Made me think about some of the Cool Kitty’s I have spied in the movies over the years. Most of them are purrfectly aware they are the actual Film Stars! They don’t need to Be More Dog. Here are just a few of my fave film felines.

Sassy the Himalayan cat is one of three pets who find themselves experiencing adventures in the wild as they make their way home to find their owners in The Incredible Journey. Sassy by name and Sassy by nature!
Sassy the Himalayan cat is one of three pets who find themselves experiencing adventures in the wild as they make their way home to find their owners in The Incredible Journey. Sassy by name and Sassy by nature!
Pyewacket ( I love that name) is Kim Novaks Witche's siamese who helps her cast a spell on mortal James Stewart in romantic comedy Bell,Book and Candle. Pyewacket was the name of an actual witch's familiar in 1647.
Pyewacket ( I love that name) is Kim Novaks Witche’s siamese who helps her cast a spell on mortal James Stewart in romantic comedy Bell,Book and Candle. Pyewacket was the name of an actual witch’s familiar in 1647.
Crookshanks is Hermoine's cat in the Harry Potter books and films.  He is half -cat/half -Kneazle. Therefore has the magical ability of recognising untrustworthy persons. Always handy    at Hogwarts !
Crookshanks is Hermoine’s cat in the Harry Potter books and films. He is half -cat/half -Kneazle. Therefore has the magical ability of recognising untrustworthy persons. Always handy at Hogwarts !
Blofelds Cat always gives the James Bond Villain more of an air of menace,don't you think ??
Blofelds Cat always gives the James Bond Villain more of an air of menace,don’t you think ??
Baby is the young leopard  in the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby ,starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.  In real life Cary was not as fond of Baby as Katharine who put a stuffed leopard in his dressing room as a joke, he apparently ran out very quickly.
Baby is the young leopard in the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby ,starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. In real life Cary was not as fond of Baby as Katharine who put a stuffed leopard in his dressing room as a joke, he apparently ran out very quickly.
Jones or Jonesie the Ginger Tom  is the only company Sigourney weaver's Ripley has left when the Alien slaughters the crew. He provides almost as many scary jump out of your seat moments as the Alien.
Jones or Jonesie the Ginger Tom is the only company Sigourney weaver’s Ripley has left when the Alien slaughters the crew. He provides almost as many scary jump out of your seat moments as the Alien.
who doesn't want to snuggle in Aslans majestic mane ,even if  he is a powerful and wise battle scarred lion.X
who doesn’t want to snuggle in Aslans majestic mane ,even if he is a powerful and wise battle scarred lion.X
Angus really does have to suffer for his art in Angus,Thongs and Perfect Snogging.Our heroine's little sis just wants him to look his best at breakfast.
Angus really does have to suffer for his art in Angus,Thongs and Perfect Snogging.Our heroine’s little sis just wants him to look his best at breakfast.
The Cheshire Cat looking a little toothsome in Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice In Wonderland. This cat creation obviously has good taste in tea. :)
The Cheshire Cat looking a little toothsome in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice In Wonderland. This cat creation obviously has good taste in tea. ๐Ÿ™‚
And here's my favorite movie moggie 'Cat'  in Breakfast at Tiffanys. The ginger tom lives with Holly Golightly. a new york socialite who doesn't want to get emotionally attached to anyone ~ not even  this adorable kitty. In real life Cat was played by Orangey,the only cat to win two Patsy awards ( the feline equivalent to the Oscars). :)
And here’s my favorite movie moggie ‘Cat’ in Breakfast at Tiffanys. The ginger tom lives with Holly Golightly. a new york socialite who doesn’t want to get emotionally attached to anyone ~ not even this adorable kitty. In real life Cat was played by Orangey,the only cat to win two Patsy awards ( the feline equivalent to the Oscars). ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you enjoyed my post. Who are your favorite Cat stars of the silver screen?