Teacups, Ruby Red Shoes and Vintage Frocks.

This evening I have mostly been making a few  teacup candles, purchasing a pair of  red Ruby Shoo shoes off Amazon and deciding which dress I should wear to my upcoming birthday Vintage Tea Party. Its been a rather pleasant way to spend a few hours. 🙂

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A few Teacup candles sitting and setting.

At the weekend I went on the hunt for something to wear for my birthday celebrations . Having booked my fave vintage tea rooms Callooh ! Callay! and sent out invites with a rather broad dress code ~ tea dress, vintage ( any era) or Alice In Wonderland inspired, I realised I didn’t actually have anything to wear myself. Oooops!

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One of my Invites. 🙂

My first port of call was as luck would have it , a Crafty Vintage Fair in my local town. I was quickly drawn to this pretty purple tea dress at the Psychotic Monkey stall which was a bargain at only £12-50. I had to snap it up !

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I had more shopping plans however. Aranged to catch the train into Darwen with my friend Becky and our other halves as Becky had discovered a wonderful little vintage clothes shop there the previous weekend called My Vintage Having deposited the boys at the pub we spent a good hour perusing the rails at this excellent little boutique. I must have tried on over ten different dresses ! The store owner was very helpful and didn’t mind at all. In the end I decided i would really go for it and bought a black and white polka dot 1950’s style Wiggle dress. 🙂

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Wiggle dress.

I had also really loved a very quirky vintage inspired dress covered in ……….cats!  It had a bit of an Alice In Wonderland feel about it i thought. Think the lady at the shop was most delighted when i went back for it. My lovely boyfriend having discovered how cheap pints are in Darwen decided to pay for both dresses as a birthday present. Hurrah !

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Quirky Cat Face dress.

You can probably guess that the dress I have actually decided to wear to my birthday tea party is………… the polka dot wiggle dress! Im going to be brave and attempt to look a bit glam. The red Ruby Shoo shoes I have ordered should hopefully look perfect with it. I shall take a photo for you when they arrive. 🙂

I am sure I will get lots of wear out of the other fab frocks I bought too. Have already got plans to wear the quirky cat creation at my next craft fair. Miaow!

Facing 40 !!

EEEEEEEK In less than a month I shall be 40. How did this happen. How did it get here so fast?? O-oh the Big 40 ! Life begins at 40! And all that jazz. So i’m trying to put a positive spin on it by looking forward to some exciting celebrations. I shall be having a night out round town, a family meal , an evening away ( don’t know where , its a surprise! ) and a Mad Hatters style~ ish Tea Party. Im v excited about all these things……but i’l probably be pretending I’m 30.Not 40 !

Actually thinking back 30 was a bit scary too. In my twenties I was out having fun, going out every weekend, working in a bar and meeting tons of different people. And then you hit thirty and most of your friends are eventually finding ‘the one’,getting married, having kids etc. Big stuff is expected of you in your 30s. So at least at 40 your life is sorted….well, kind of. 🙂

A Long Time Ago I was Thirty !
A Long Time Ago I was Thirty !

My life is pretty much going great at the mo. I’m lucky enough to have fab family and friends and my boyfriend Wil.I have a house that is morgage free ( I must have been the only teenager i knew to take out a morgage ~~ strange child! ) and I’ve got into blogging and doing craft fairs these past couple of years. Yes I have a slight obsession with teacups but I think that shows a certain level of sophistication. Tee Hee ! 🙂 So my thirties have been mostly good. I am in a Happy place. Maybe my 40s will be even better !

Have you any big birthdays coming up? How do you feel about them?

Autumn colours in the Park.

Late afternoon and I went for a wander in our local park. Leaves crunched underfoot and grey clouds threatened showers. The Autumn colours still shone through.

Clitheroe Castle.
Clitheroe Castle.
Oranges and Pinks.
Oranges and Pinks.
Creeping Ivy.
Creeping Ivy.
Crunching !
Crunching !
This  architecture was donated to Clitheroe by the Houses of Parliament.
This architecture was donated to Clitheroe by the Houses of Parliament.
Stone Lion.
Stone Lion.
Golden Shrub.
Golden Shrub.
Pendle Hill in the distance.
Pendle Hill in the distance.
Funghi.
Funghi.
The Emporium through the trees.
The Emporium through the trees.
Big Sky.
Big Sky.
Home to my bow wow.
Home to my bow wow.

Cath Kidston does Bird Print.

Being a bit of a Bird Nerd I was feeling chirpy cheerful 🙂 when I came across all the lovely birdy print on the Cath Kidston website. Here are some of my favorite feathered finds.

Garden Birds Dress £65
Garden Birds Dress £65
Garden Birds Large Paris Tote £65
Garden Birds Large Paris Tote £65
Little Birds Minilite Umbrella £22
Little Birds Minilite Umbrella £22
Garden Birds Wallet £28
Garden Birds Wallet £28
Little Birds Tablet Case in a gift box  £35
Little Birds Tablet Case in a gift box £35
Little Bird Bangle.
Little Bird Bangle.
Bird 3 tier cake stand £30.
Bird 3 tier cake stand £30.
Loving this ~~ Blue tit Jumper £65.
Loving this ~~ Blue tit Jumper £65.
Bird Tea for One set £25
Bird Tea for One set £25
Garden Birds leather strap messenger bag £45.
Garden Birds leather strap messenger bag £45.
Garden Birds Cushion £24.
Garden Birds Cushion £24.

Which are your favorites?

Autumn days

I thought i would reblog a post of mine from last Autumn 🙂
Anyone remember the song Autumn days? x

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Ok a tiny part of me is still holding on to an Indian summer : ), but many of my fellow bloggers are already writing about the changing season,hunting in the hedgerows for blackberries and sloes, walks in the country wearing skinny jeans,woolly jumpers& boots and baking apple crumbles.MMmmmmm I’m feeling all Autumnal already!
Thinking back to my childhood, having grown up in the countryside on a farm and attended the local village school, the different seasons all had their own attractions.Autumn was such a lot of fun! I remember playing conkers with my friends,picking damsons and crab apples for Mum to make jams and jellys,waving goodbye to the migrating swallows and running from cheeky schoolboys bearing itching powder made from crushed rose hip seeds mixed with flour. Hmmm I wonder if today’s kids know how to make Itching Powder??
I also have been thinking about a hymn we used…

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The Forbidden Corner.

Having borrowed my niece ( Imogen 3) and nephew ( Roman 5) for the day ,we whisked them off to a land of quirky castles, enchanted forests, underground tunnels and a mysterious maze. The Forbidden Corner near Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales is a four acre garden of surprises to delight in and explore. The kids loved it though I suspect we enjoyed the day just as much as they did!

In The Dragon's Mouth.
In The Dragon’s Mouth.
Cheeky Cherub. :)
Cheeky Cherub. 🙂

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Scary Skeleton.
Scary Skeleton.

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Tickets can be bought for The Forbidden Corner  online here.. We had a fun and magical time. If you love Harry Potter, Alice In Wonderland and classic fairy tales then you will find this curious creation absolutely enchanting. 🙂

Crafty Vintage at Backridge Farm.

On Saturday I spent a good few hours perusing the treasures at a Crafty Vintage event at the lovely Backridge Farm near Waddington in the rural ribble valley. The farm  has its own cozy restaurant and numerous local independant shops housed in its outbuildings. An old barn brimmed full of vintage and home made delights complimented the atmosphere perfectly.

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Llamas grazing in one of the fields at Backridge. 🙂

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I actually got organised this wknd and started my Christmas Present Shopping. I know its early but……..what better place to start!!
I found gorgeous gifts from Little Owl by Hazel Lyon,   Nancys Craft Boutique and Realicoul who all had delightful stalls at the fair.:)

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So I rescued these kittens ~ purrfect prezzies from Nancys Craft Boutique.

And of course I had to treat myself a little bit too. Two very chic  little handbags for £5…….. just made to dance round. Tee Hee 🙂

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Have you made a start on your Xmas shopping yet ? X

An Autumn Stroll in Skipton.

Today the warmth of the sun coaxed us out of our home town and along the A59 to Skipton. I love this Yorkshire Dales market town with its cobbled side streets, eclectic independant shops, quaint cafes and brightly painted barges. We had a stroll along the canal and an amble round the shops and discovered a few new businesses that have opened since our last visit. Here are a few snaps of our day.:)

Moo to Milkshake !
Moo to Milkshake !
All Aboard !
All Aboard !
Beautiful Barge Art.
Beautiful Barge Art.
Skipton Canal
Skipton Canal
The Castle from the Canal.
The Castle from the Canal.
A swan peeks out.
A swan peeks out.
Siberian Hot Chocolate in the Russian Tearooms.
Siberian Hot Chocolate in the Russian Tearooms.
Scarlet Berries.
Scarlet Berries.
Sign for my favourite shop in Skipton < Emmas Apothacary.
Sign for my favourite shop in Skipton < Emmas Apothacary.
From where I purchased this blue birdie. :)
And I couldn't resist these gorgeous Xmas Cards. A little early but had to be done!
And I couldn’t resist these gorgeous Xmas Cards. A little early but had to be done!
A new vintage shop The Magpie that has opened. Lots of lovely things inside.
A new vintage shop The Magpie that has opened. Lots of lovely things inside.
New Pie and Mash shop and look at that Blue Blue Sky.
New Pie and Mash shop.
Darling Teacup I found today at Skipton Antiques and collectables centre.
Darling Teacup I found today at Skipton Antiques and collectables centre.

Glad you could drop by…..x

Atlantic Coastal Agadir.

I have been lucky enough to visit and fall in love with the African country of Morocco twice. A few years ago we visited exotic Marrakesh and exquisite Essaouira which you can read about in a previous post. And only last week we were sunning ourselves in the Atlantic coastal resort of Agadir. It seems like forever ago now though.

We decided on Agadir as we genuinely just wanted to get away from it all and relax. Though its in an African country the city is just short of four hours away on the plane and there’s only an hours time difference. The main languages spoken are Arabic and French.

Sand horse sculpture on the beach.
Sand horse sculpture on the beach.

As soon as you come into Agadir you will notice it nestles under a hill top which has the Arabic words for God, King and Country inscribed into the hillside. This is because Agadir itself is a new city built in the sixties. The original settlement was completely destroyed in an earthquake in 1960, killing 15000 people and leaving 50,000 homeless. The new city was built as a resort around the sandy bay and the king offered cash incentives to settle there. The words in the hillside are lit up at night to remind the people of their homes history.

God, King and Country written in Arabic on the hillside.
God, King and Country written in Arabic on the hillside.

Although Agadir is relatively new it still has its charms as a holiday destination. The long wide sandy beach goes on for miles as does the adjacent palm tree lined promenade. The sea breeze here keeps you cool in the otherwise thirty plus temps. The Atlantic sea can be rough for swimmers and amazing for surfers. Every morning the locals are out jogging and keeping fit. You can hire bikes and cycle to the marina, indulge in a mint tea and cycle back along the promenade. 🙂

The Marina.
The Marina.

I must say we totally cheated with our accommodation in Morocco this year. We decided to go all inclusive, which I had never done before and I must say before going I did have my reservations. All was well though and we really enjoyed our time in the RIU Tikida Dunas hotel. I don’t have anything to compare it to, having had no previous all inclusive experience but it seemed to tick all the boxes. A spacious ground floor room with a sun terrace and sea views, several palm tree fringed pools and four different buffet style restaurants. There were activities and entertainment but I was far to lazy to get involved. However if you should ever visit any of the more historical and cultural Moroccan cities I would recommend staying in traditional town house called a riad which will give your trip a real authentic flavour.

Our hotel grounds.
Our hotel grounds.
there were magpies everywhere! This one I took upside down from my sun lounger.
there were magpies everywhere! This one I took upside down from my sun lounger.
Mint tea.
Mint tea.

There are souks in Agadir but we decided to go on a half day excursion to the walled Berber city of Taroudannt instead.On the way we drove through Argan tree country where we came across twisted trees full of goats ! Apparently they love the fruits which are used to make cooking oil and cosmetics. Berber people believe Argan oil keeps them healthy well into their old age. It certainly keeps the goats nimble!

Goats in the argan trees.
Goats in the argan trees.

Taroudannts impressive sand coloured stone fortifications still remain intact and inside dusty squares and shady souks invite you to wander and explore.

Olives.
Olives.

Spices.
Spices.
I will work off all those tagines !
I will work off all those tagines !
Babouches.
Babouches.
More Spices.
More Spices.
There were lots of cats at the hotel. Luckilly they were fed and looked after. :)
There were lots of cats at the hotel. Luckilly they were fed and looked after. 🙂

Although Taroudannt was interesting (rather like a mini Marrakesh ) we were glad to get back to the coast and the invigorating ocean breeze. Then we were mostly lazy for the rest of our trip. I think we must have needed the rest though! Have you ever visited Morocco ?

Sunset at Agadir.
Sunset at Agadir.