A September Wedding.

Yesterday I was a bridesmaid for my good friend Arwen who’m I have known since primary school. It was an amazing day and I feel so honored to have been chosen to share in her and Ian’s celebrations. I thought I would quickly show you a couple of piccies from the wedding….before I go on my holidays. πŸ™‚

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Bridesmaids in Blue.
Bridesmaids in Blue.
The Happy Couple :)
The Happy Couple πŸ™‚
The wedding car.
The wedding car.

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Nice Bag Wil.Tee hee ;)
Nice Bag Wil.Tee hee πŸ˜‰

The wedding was held in the pretty Ribble valley village of Slaidburn. It was the first nuptials in the church there for two years. The wedding breakfast and evening reception were both held in the newly built village Hall and the catering was done by the local Hark To Bounty pub. So it was a real Village celebration.

Friends for many years. :)
Friends for many years. πŸ™‚
The gorgeous wedding cake was made by the brides very talented sister Robin.
The gorgeous wedding cake was made by the brides very talented sister Robin.
Cannot quite believe the beautiful bride is both a mum and a gran too !
Cannot quite believe the beautiful bride is both a mum and a gran too !
The bride with some of her beautiful family. :)
The bride with some of her beautiful family. πŸ™‚
The back detail of our beautiful dresses.
The back detail of our beautiful dresses.

Arwen wore a stunning gown from Orchid Bridal designs in Clitheroe and Vicky and I wore beautiful azure blue dresses from Amelias in Clitheroe. We loved the colour so much. I am very tempted to get mine shortened so I can wear it in the future as a cocktail type dress. If I ever go anywhere posh enough of course !

Hope you liked the pictures. πŸ™‚

Thanks to Emiline Drachenberg and Sarah Allen for the photographs.

The Shepherd’s Hut

I absolutely love this beautiful shepherds hut retreat that I found on Tales from the Finches Beak blog. I’m sure you will fall in love with it too. πŸ™‚

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We’ve been undecided all summer as to what to do for a proper break. Stay somewhere in England, back to our favourite spot in Cornwall, somewhere new or just crash on the beach for an all inclusive week abroad. Given the stunning summer we’ve had this year, I am really glad we didn’t go overseas.

I was in two minds about whether to share this place or not as I think we’ve found a real gem and part of me does wants to be really selfish and keep it all to myself!

In the end, we opted for a week somewhere new, and having foundΒ thisΒ converted shepherd’s hut online, we found a week we were free and made a booking. On arriving, it seemed even more lovely than online.

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Rather than being one tiny retreat, the accommodation is spread across two different β€˜huts’. The first (the green one above)…

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Pets and their Film Stars.:)

Ok here are just a few cute pics of lovely pets who lived movie star life styles with their adopted Hollywood icons. Its a picture heavy Pet post courtesy of my pinterest board. πŸ™‚

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Oscar the Pomeranian pooch with his human Jean Harlow.
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Pippin the fawn and Audrey Hepburn
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Kapi and his human Brigitte Bardot.
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Oliver the poodle with his human Grace Kelly.
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Marcus the siamese was introduced to James Dean by none other than Elizabeth Taylor.
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Here is Maf who lived with Marilyn Monroe
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Mactavish the scottish Terrier with his human Bette Davis
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New Boy the siamese was a present from Lawrence Olivier to his wife Vivien Leigh
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Stylish transport for Famous the yorkie and Audrey.
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C the white cat was Brando's biggest fan.
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Torga the Lion lived with 'The Birds' star Tippi Hedren.
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Here is Mike waking up his human Steve Mcqueen on a camping trip.
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And last but not least several multi coloured poodles with Doris Day.Not sure if any of these adopted her after their unusual pampering.:)

Do you know of any pets and their famous humans?

Zoo Visit.

Its been a good few years since I visited a Zoo. Back in 2006 Wil and I spent a long weekend in Berlin and one of the things we did was go to the Zoo there. Unfortunately the experience left us both feeling uneasy. Most of the animals we saw looked very institutionalized.Some were exhibiting repetitive behaviour such as pacing up and down and going round in circles. It made us feel very sad. Wil said he wouldn’t be visiting any Zoos again. Animals are meant to be where they belong~ living in the wild. I can see his point. There is absolutely no better feeling than seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. When I go out into the English countryside with my camera I love seeing our native creatures going about their business. And twice I have been fortunate enough to visit a friend in British Columbia, Canada and view magnificent beasts in the wild such as Bison, Moose, Elk, Coyote, Black bear, Golden Eagle and even a Mountain Lion. Special moments indeed.

Some years later we have young nephews and nieces and friends with kids. πŸ™‚ When my mate Fi suggested we take her little girl to the zoo whilst our other halves were away biking I must admit I was pleased she asked. It would be interesting to see how the animals were looked after at our nearest zoo Blackpool Zoo. Our friend Jo and her two little ones joined us too.
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It might be because it was a glorious sunny September day , but the animals we saw did all look content. I am no expert on institutionalized behavior so there was nothing obvious that I noticed. Of course there are probably so many signs I am totally clueless about. But we didn’t experience any animals looking distressed I am happy to report.

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The children certainly enjoyed the zoo. It was Lydia’s ( aged 3) first time so the delight they took in the experience was of course contagious. What do you think about zoos ? Are they a fantastic way of conserving the world’s wildlife and enabling future generations to enjoy diverse species they wouldn’t normally get to see ? Do we in fact have a right to observe animals that are not native to our land at such close quarters when the money might be better spent towards national parks in their native countries where they can roam free without fear of hunting etc. What do you think?

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Easy Peazy Baking and Alphabet Dating.

Well folks my boyfriend has gone off on a Dirty Weekend…………without Me!Β  Ok he is actually mountain biking in deepest darkest Wales with the boys.This involves lots of falling off into muddy ravines etc , whil’st trying to get ‘Air’. I say ‘boys’Β  though they are all in their late 30’s and some ( no names mentioned ! ) are 43. I guess it keeps them out of mischief. πŸ˜‰

So here I am Home Alone for a whole weekend. Ok i’m not strictly alone, I do have a certain black labrador for company. He mostly just sleeps and eats , dear old man. Β  Friday eve I happened to mention the word ‘baking’ though and he suddenly sprung to life before I could tie my Cath Kidston Apron strings. πŸ™‚

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Jake giving me his best ' Can I lick the bowl clean' look.

So here is my attempt at making Mars Bar Crispy Cake Tray Bake which the lovely Emma featured on her blog High Heels And Pink Glitter.

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Its a Tray Bake!

The results will be taken to the Zoo today ( not to share with with the monkeys Honest) and of course I’ve left a couple for when the wanderer returns. They do look a bit tempting though……………..

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So the blogosphere inspired me to bake this wknd ( well easy peazy baking anyhow πŸ™‚ ) and i’ve also been following the progress of an Alphabet Dating challenge over on the fabulous blog Wrapped Up In Rainbows. Have you heard of Alphabet Dating? Laura who writes the blog and her other half Chris are busy working their way though the alphabet on their days out together.For example their first alphabet date was the letter A so they went out on an Animal inspired date. And their B date involved Beer and Bulls Icecream! It sounds great fun and I have already suggested it to Wil. I think when you have been together a while ( 8 years! )you can slide into doing the same old ,same old ,dvd date night
or aft in the local pub. Alphabet Dating should get us out of our comfort zone and doing new things. What do you think? Why not give it a go too. πŸ™‚ Hopefully October may be the month to start! <3<3

A Vintage Afternoon.

Saturday afternoon I met up with a friend for a brew, a natter and a scout round a vintage fair. The Chic Vintage Fair was held in the St Marys Centre in Clitheroe and was packed to the rafters with glorious vintage homewares,clothing and collectables. Its always fun mooching round these types of events as you often spot something that reminds you of your childhood. I get ridiculously nostalgic when I glance upon a slideshow View Finder or a Mr Frosty slush maker!
And you also come accross unique gift ideas when people get crafty with their vintage. πŸ™‚

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Good Enough For The Queen. πŸ™‚
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Pretty Perfume bottles.
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Teacup Fairies from the fairy santuary. πŸ™‚
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Beautiful trinket stands made from vintage china and glass ware. Love it. πŸ™‚
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Vintage clothes rail

After the fair my friend and I went to the Exchange Coffee Company for a brew. She was short on time so after she left for home I couldn’t resist on going back and buying a string of pearls for a friends birthday and this beauty for my bedroom.

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I love this teacup covered in cath kidston fabric and lace. πŸ™‚

Then as I ambled home I couldn’t resist bobbing into Callooh Callay on Moor lane for a nosy in the Curiousity shop upstairs.

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Alice in wonderland fabric.

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Romeo and Juliet Teapot
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Retro kitchen appliance
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Old Mags.

And yes you guessed it ……. I treated myself to a slice of Bakewell tart in the tearooms downstairs. Naughty but nice. πŸ˜›

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Yummy!

September ~ changes in the scenery.

Its been a while since I wandered down the fields, along the brook and to the river ribble. I was surprised by the changes that have happened in only a few weeks. Leaves are subtly changing colour, birds are enjoying the ripening wild berries that adorn the hedgerows and some flowers are looking a little fuzzy round the edges. Summer still lingers however. Its a lovely warm day. πŸ™‚

Ivy creeps up a shed.
Ivy creeps up a shed.
Dandelion clock
Dandelion clock
Hawthorn berries.
Hawthorn berries.
Brook.
Brook.
Indian Basalm
Indian Basalm
Wild Mint
Wild Mint
Changing colours
Changing colours
Blackberries.
Blackberries.
There's a birdie in there. honest!
There’s a birdie in there. honest!
Elderberries.
Elderberries.
Bunny
Bunny
Thistledown
Thistledown
Gulls
Gulls
Rose hips
Rose hips
Mr Robin gets his close up!
Mr Robin gets his close up!

Teacup Treats. :)

Although I havn’t done any fairs recently I have still been looking out for teacup treasures. πŸ™‚

At the wknd I quickly bobbed into a gorgeous Crafty Vintage Fair at the st Marys centre ( inbetween bridesmaid dress fittings and
bridesmaid hair do practices!) and was quickly confronted by these beauties that caught my eye. First off a lovelyΒ  floral trio with no markings to say who made it but pretty all the same.

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Then I spied another delightful trio. This elegant pale green and white and gold pattened teacup, saucer and side plate are made by Royal Vale. I love the colours. πŸ™‚

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Of course another great place to find Teacups are Charity Shops. Sometimes you can be really lucky and bag a bargain and other times they might guess there are crazy teacup ladies in town and hoist the prices up. ( I’m one of them by the way!) Unfortunately I do find it almost impossible to resist a ravishingly retro teacup such as this one. I think my mum had the set this came from in the 70’s. πŸ™‚ Its called Delphine.

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Today walking home from work ( which does mean passing an abundence of charity shops) , I spotted this rather lovely pale rose teacup trio in Oxfam. I love the pretty scalloped shape of the cup. πŸ™‚

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Last but not least I found a stunning set of these white and gold Royal Vale teacups & saucers. I really think these beauties will make adorable christmas candles. What do you think?

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So some of these teacup treats I shall keep and some I shall turn into trinket stands and candles. I suspect I may find even more at the weekend as I believe there is yet another Vintage fair on in Clitheroe. Teacup Heaven!

If you like teacups you may want to look at my facebook page Mrs Tibbs Teacups & Candles. x

A Nautical Inspired Hen Do ^^^^^^

When my childhood friend Arwen asked me to be a bridesmaid earlier this year I was delighted to accept. My how time has flown by ! Only three weeks until the wedding now ( eeeeeak!). At the weekend it was the brides Hen Do and as one of the bridesmaids it was my duty to have lots of planning meetings with my fellow bridesmaid Vicky ( usually down the pub πŸ˜‰ ) in order to organize the Hen’s celebrations. Arwen wanted to keep things simple so we decided on a lovely buffet at our local wine bar ‘The Emporium’ in Clitheroe. Vicky came up with the great idea of a nautical/captain’s table theme which would tie in with the bride and grooms planned honeymoon cruise. We were able to reserve a stylish alcove in the hen party venue which we decorated with blue, white, silver and red balloons and colour co-ordinated bunting. Guests were asked to wear a nautical inspired outfit or something glam they would wear to the captain’s table. The bride looked fab in a floor length red dress. And everyone else scrubbed up nicely too. πŸ™‚

The beautiful bride and bridesmaid.
The beautiful bride and bridesmaid.
The brides sister Robin made these fab nautical inspired cup cakes.
The brides sister Robin made these fab nautical inspired cup cakes.
Ahoy there captain !
Ahoy there captain !

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Marshmallow Mouth!
Marshmallow Mouth!
Glam guests :)
Glam guests πŸ™‚

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As well as drinks and yummy food there was a little book for everyone to write well wishes and marriage advice in. And of course we played a couple of fun games too! One was called ‘Mr and Mrs’ which involved the bride guessing her husband to be’s answers to a list of questions we had set him. The fun part was whenever Arwen got a question wrong we bobbed a marshmallow in her mouth, which she wasn’t allowed to swallow.;). Another game was ‘Guess the celebrity Bride.’ Guests brought along pictures of famous brides and we covered the brides heads with post it notes. Our bride had to then ask three Yes/No questions and if she couldn’t name the celeb she had to do a dare. She could nominate the guests to do dares too ! We all ended up out round the pubs later. Didn’t realize I could still dance the night away until half two πŸ™‚ All in all a very good Hen Do ! x