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A list of five things that i  have enjoyed or that have made me smile in the past seven days  ~~ My Thursday Favourites.

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Haggis, Neeps & Tatties.
Wil surprised me with a Burns night supper on Saturday tonight.Ok so the neeps were actually carrots but you get the idea. I discovered I actually like Haggis ~ as long as I don’t think about whats in it ! Did you have Haggis on Burns night?

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Keeping Cozy ~ I love my pale blue fawn knitted covered hot water bottle which i treated myself to at Christmas. Its so snuggly and so pretty and perfect for keeping me warm this grim January. I got mine from Callooh! Callay! in Clitheroe but you can find it online at Amazon.

The Simple Things.
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I love recieving my copy of  The Simple Things in the post every month. Wil got me a subscription for Xmas and its a lovely magazine with such gorgeous photo’s. Articles in the latest edition include where to go for tea and cake, the life of french writer Colette and how to write a love letter. Ooh La La!

Maneki ~ Neko
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A friend gave us this sweet Lucky Japanese Cat which according to Japanese custom is a bringer of good fortune. His right paw moves and looks like he’s waving though he is actually supposed to be beckoning or welcoming any guests into the home. 🙂

Tearoom Treasures.

Richmond Tea Rooms.X
Richmond Tea Rooms.X

And I found this amazing Tearooms in Manchester along with some friends. If you love vintage teacups, Alice In Wonderland, Lavish Tim Burton style Decor and Heaven sent cakes and desserts you will adore the Richmond Tea Rooms in the Village area of the city. You can read my post about them Here.

Hope you are having a wonderful week. X

Mermaids in the Movies.

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I recently watched Pirates of the Carabean – On Stranger tides and the plot involves the pirates obtaining a Mermaid’s tear. This got me thinking ~ what other films feature fish tailed femmes?

I’ve come up with a list of eleven Mermaid movies. A handful I have seen but a few like Mr Peabody and the Mermaid and Miranda , I really need to watch them! If you know of any I have missed please feel free to comment. 🙂

Mr Peabody and the mermaid( 1948)

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A middle aged man catches a mermaid whil’st fishing on holiday. Unfortunately he is also married and his attempts at hiding her in the resorts pool and bath tub make his wife think something ‘fishy’is going on.Starring William Powell and Ann Blyth.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire. ( 2005)

In the fourth Harry Potter film Harry has to dive into the lake as part of a triwizard tournament and is soon surrounded by these strange looking Mer people.

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The Little Mermaid. ( 1989)

Hans Christian Anderson’s well loved fairytale is given the Disney treatment in this sweet musical animation.
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Mermaids . (1990).Although there are no actual mermaids in this engaging coming of age comedy, Cher does get to wear a rather swishy mermaid outfit to a fancy dress party.:)

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Splash.(1984)
Daryl Hannah makes a splash in her most famous role in this romantic fantasy comedy ,also starring Tom Hanks who falls in love with her mermaid. She saves him from drowning as a boy….and then again as an adult.

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Million Dollar Mermaid.( 1952)

There are no mermaids in Million Dollar Mermaid but i thought i would include an Esther Williams film as she was known as ‘ Americas Mermaid’ in the 40’s and 50’s for her beautiful ‘Aqua Pics’. This one is actually the true story of Aussie swimmer and silent movie star Annette Kellerman who blazed the trail for swim stars like Esther. Lots of beautiful vintage ‘one pieces’ to admire too.

Lady In the Water.( 2006)
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Bryce Dallas Howard plays a sea Nymph in this fantasy thriller. Saved from a monster by Paul Giamatti’s apartment block caretaker ,she then helps him find the writer of a book that will change the world.Quirky classic.

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Rusalochka. ( 1976)
A russian adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Has anyone seen this? Reviews say it is quite faithful to Hans Christian Andersons original tale of Ariele and her prince. Loving the blue hair!

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Aquamarine (2006)
Teenage girls will love this tale of Aquamarine who is taken under the wing of best friends Clare and Jojo after she turns up in their pool. She needs to prove that love exists or be married off to a snobby mer man.Will she find true love? <3<3

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Miranda. ( 1948)
Another young man is snared by a Mermaid whils’t out fishing! This time its a British rom com starring Glynis Johns as the mischevious Miranda who takes a fella prisoner in a sea cave until he agrees to show her London. There is also a sequel apparently called Mad About Men. 1948 must have been the year for Mermaid films as Mr Peabody was released the same year.

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Ondine ( 2009).  Collin Farrell plays a down on his luck fishermen who discovers quite a catch in his net oneday. His little daughter believes the silent beautiful woman is a selkie ( a seal like creature who takes on a human form when on land) and for a while their luck changes when her father  falls in love. But the course of selkie love is a rocky one. Romantic Irish drama.

 

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The Mermaid ( 2016)

I think this Chinese mermaid movie is my own personal flipper favourite. Jelly Lin plays a cute mermaid , sent to assassinate a selfish but handsome property developer, who is threatening to destroy her mer-peoples eco-system. Her comical attempts  at killing the enemy go completely awry and against all the odds, the odd couple fall in love. ♡

 

 

Do you know of any more movies featuring Mermaids? And whats your favourite?

Richmond Tea Rooms ~~ Manchester.

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If you happen to be indulging in a touch of retail therapy in Manchester City Centre and you suddenly find yourself in need of a lovely cup of tea and a sublime slice of cake………then I know just the place to go. The decadently decorated Richmond Tea Rooms are situated just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens. Head for the brightly coloured flags of The Village and they can be found hidden up an unassuming side street in
between Bloom St and Canal St. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of the White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland hurrying in the same direction. 🙂

Tea cups galore.
Tea cups galore.

Once inside you do kind of feel like Alice when she fell down the rabbit hole. The tea rooms are brimming with pictures and curio’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. Eat Me and Drink me are written above the counter. Glass bowls of beautiful hydrangeas and hyacinths adorn the window sills.

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My friends and I were seated at a little table to the side of the counter by a friendly member of staff as it was very busy just before mid day on a Saturday. We all decided that a lunch of sandwiches, tea and cakes would be just the thing. I opted for tasty honey roast ham as my sandwiches filling and a tall glass of refreshing Iced Tea. Gill ordered the same with a pot of rose petal tea and Arwen decided on salmon & cream cheese sandwiches. All were served on pretty vintage crockery.

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Arwen and Gill.
Arwen and Gill.

We had spied the tempting looking cake display when we walked in so it was impossible to resist its allure. 😉

Fabulous Cakes.
Fabulous Cakes.

I loved my Opulent Oreo Cheese Cake topped with strawberries. Gill enjoyed hers too and Arwen was impressed with her slice of Boston Cream Cake. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm.

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Ladies that Lunch.
Ladies that Lunch.

As you can probably guess I could have stopped there all day drinking in the quirky atmosphere and trying out all those deliciously decadent cake creations. There was hitting the shops to be done however! Just before we left a tea party of Alice’s sat down at a table near the window. I managed to take a sneaky pic . They all looked the part. 🙂

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I’ve written this post as January’s entry in the #take12trips challenge.

Wildlife Wish List :)

Mallards.
Mallards.

Another year and another Wildlife Wish List that I would love to capture on camera. I only started taking my camera out with me on walks a couple of years ago. Since then I have been lucky enough to see all sorts of wildlife……but I’m not always quick enough to get a decent picture. There are certain animals and birds especially, who always manage to evade my unfortunate photographic skills. 🙂

Foxglove.
Foxglove.

My camera is pretty good , it is only a Panasonic Lumix with a 12x Optical zoom which I have had for nearly four years. Maybe its time for an upgrade. I like the fact that it is a small camera but maybe I should go with something with a better zoom. I’m rubbish with all the technical terms !

Green Woodpecker in Silverdale. Wish I could have captured his gorgeous colourful plumage.
Green Woodpecker in Silverdale. Wish I could have captured his gorgeous colourful plumage.

Anyway here are a few animals and birds who live locally but who scarper quickly when they see me coming!

Jay, Tawny Owl, Pied Wagtail, curlew, Fox, Roe deer, Hare, Lapwing, Sand Martins, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Tree Creeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Starling, swallow, Jackdaw, Redwing, Badger, Kingfisher, Hedgehog,

I would be happy if I manage to get photo’s of at least three of the species on my list this year. 🙂

Bluetit enjoying lunch.
Bluetit enjoying lunch.
I did manage to get a few shots of Herons last year. Hurrah!
I did manage to get a few shots of Herons last year. Hurrah!
Peacock Butterflies in the park last summer.
Peacock Butterflies in the park last summer.
Tufted Ducks at RSPB Leighton Moss
Tufted Ducks at RSPB Leighton Moss
My fave all time birdy pic. A camera shy Red legged Partridge hotfooting it away from  the paparazzi. ;)
My fave all time birdy pic. A camera shy Red legged Partridge hotfooting it away from the paparazzi. 😉

So if you see someone hiding in the hedgerows it may just be me ( Nerdy bird) hoping for that shot of an elusive Bullfinch. Lol. ;0)

Time For Tea With Cath Kidston

Ooooh I am an avid fan of afternoon tea. Yummmy Yummy! So when I discovered Cath Kidston has designed a few items of clothing adorned with teacups and teapots I couldn’t help but gaze at them with lustful longing. I now just need to win the lottery and buy up the whole catalogue. Sigh…….
So here is a post dedicated to some pretty tea party inspired loveliness from Cath Kidston. Enjoy!

Teapot jacquard Cardi £65, perfect to wear for pouring the tea.
Teapot jacquard Cardi £65, perfect to wear for pouring the tea.
Slate blue teatime skirt £40. Love this. :)
Slate blue teatime skirt £40. Love this. 🙂
Hang your keys on a teacup. £6 ( might be able to afford this one.lol)
Hang your keys on a teacup. £6 ( might be able to afford this one.lol)
Painterly rose ceramic cake stand £22
Painterly rose ceramic cake stand £22
provence set of four teacups £30.
provence set of four teacups £30.
Teacups jersey dress £55
Teacups jersey dress £55
Make sure you give me a piece! Bird cake slice server £12.
Make sure you give me a piece! Bird cake slice server £12.
Provence rose cake stand  £30.
Provence rose cake stand £30.
Bird Tea Tin £8
Bird Tea Tin £8
Have your picnic tea spread out over this crochet blanket £75....or get crafty and make your own!
Have your picnic tea spread out over this crochet blanket £75….or get crafty and make your own!
" Daisy tea mugs for that lovely cuppa  £5 ( reduced from £10~ hurrah!)
” Daisy tea mugs for that lovely cuppa £5 ( reduced from £10~ hurrah!)

Thursday Favourite’s ‘2’

Here is a list of five things that have made me feel good or happy or glad to be alive in the last week. These are my Thursday Favourite’s !

Fruity
Fruity

Fresh Fruit Salad Yes you’ve heard it right……I’ve been replacing cake with luscious fruit. Nah, don’t believe me? Ok, It could never replace cake in my affections but I have been trying to eat more fruit. Luckily the lovely ladies in the staff canteen at work have been busy chopping lots of pineapples,melons, mango’s and strawberries and adding grapes and blueberries. 🙂

We are Family!
We are Family!

Family Get Together ~ I managed to catch up with my lil sister and three of our cousins over the weekend. Far to much wine was consumed but it was really good to see everyone all at the same time. Talk about cheesy grins!

The Midnight Colouring Book.
The Midnight Colouring Book.

Colouring In ~ I have embraced my inner child and purchased this lovely colouring book for………moi! Inspired by a delightful blog post written by Cathy at Red Rose Style it was quite easy to fall in love with The Midnight Colouring Book which is brimming full of gorgeous carnival and tea party illustrations. Hours of colouring in therapy lies before me I am sure. Go to Do You Doodle to view more magical books.

Eiffel Tower Brooch My friend Jo gave me this lovely vintage style brooch for Christmas and I wore it lots at the weekend. Wil and I have talked about going to Paris this summer so if I wear it even more he might get the hint. 😉

Paris Brooch. :)
Paris Brooch. 🙂
The Big Bang Theory.
The Big Bang Theory.

The Big bang Theory is back, after its Christmas break. Hurrah! My favourite tv comedy show, it has even almost replaced Friends in my affections. I love the geeky gang. Amy Farrah Fowler is possibly my fave character at the moment. The latest series shows on thursday evenings 8-30pm E4. Are you a Big Bang Fan?

See you Soon. X

Classic Chick Flicks ~~ Genevieve

Genevieve 1953
Genevieve 1953

I recently watched this romcom car caper made in 1953 and really enjoyed it. The movie starts with a young man rushing out of work early as he is taking ‘ Genevieve to Brighton for the weekend.’ Lucky girl you might think! Genevieve turns out to be his beloved vintage car……..

John Gregson, Dinah Sheridan, Kenneth More and Kay Kendall in Genevieve

John Gregson is Alan Mckim and his wife of three years, Wendy, is played by Dinah Sheridan. He and friend Ambrose ( Kenneth More) always take part in the annual ‘London to Brighton Veteran Car Run’ with their classic cars. John is usually accompanied by a long suffering Wendy ( Genevieve has a bad habit of breaking down) and Ambrose takes a different girlfriend every year. This year he has met a fashion model called Rosalind ( Kay Kendall) whose cute st Bruno ‘Suzy’ is along for the ride too. 🙂

Rosalind and Suzy ( a ravioli eating pooch! )
Rosalind and Suzy ( a ravioli eating pooch! )

Ambrose and Rosalind make it to Brighton easily in Ambroses 1905 Spyker but the McKims journey is punctuated by several breakdowns and tired and irritable after their experience they discover that the guest house Alan has booked isn’t exactly the Ritz. Comedy moments when a huge town clock chimes across from their window causing their whole room to vibrate!

Before the breakdowns and a spilled coffee incident Wendy wears her new hat.
Before the breakdowns and a spilled coffee incident Wendy wears her new hat.

At dinner that evening with Ambrose and Rosalind , a rather tipsy Rosalind points out to Alan that Ambrose is always very friendly towards Wendy. Ambrose was the one who introduced his friends on the London to Brighton rally in 1949. John begins to feel jealous when Ambrose gets Wendy up to dance and even a surprising trumpet solo from Rosalind doesn’t lighten his mood.

A tipsy rosalind  is a champion trumpeter.
A tipsy rosalind is a champion trumpeter.

After arguing with Wendy a sulky John decides to go and work on Genevieve and runs into Ambrose walking Suzy as Rosalind has passed out. Ambrose pokes fun at the car and in a fit of impulsive anger Alan bets him One hundred pounds that Genevieve can beat his car in a race back to London. The one who is first across Westminster Bridge has won.

So the next day much to the two ladies horror all bets are still on with the men doing their best to scupper the other’s chances. The race involves all manner of calamities and capers but boys will be boys hey. This is a fun film and I guess the real stars of the show are the two classic cars. But there’s fun and romance too, some fetching driving outfits a ditsy cameo from Joyce Grenfell and a lovable st Bruno. All good!

Long suffering vintage car  Wives.
Long suffering vintage car Wives.
Neck and neck! Who will win??
Neck and neck! Who will win??

Have you ever driven from London to Brighton?

Farewell the family farm.

A poignant few days as my Uncle is retiring and leaving the family farm. My cousins and siblings and I all grew up at Little Mearley which lies at the foot of Pendle Hill. We did not own the farm but our Grandfather took it on in 1948 as a three generation tenancy. He and then my Dad and Uncle farmed there keeping hundreds of sheep and a dairy herd. No one from my generation though has been willing to carry on in the business so with sad hearts my Uncle and Aunt held a big sale this weekend , selling off farm machinery etc ( most of the animals having been sold on to the future tenant ) and many of us have been up there to visit and say our final goodbyes.

The farm house from the back.
The farm house from the back.

Its years ago since I left Little Mearley but it was always there for any of us to visit whenever we wanted. I hope the new tenant loves it as we did. Farming is a hard and often thankless life. I admire anyone who can make a living from it.

The top bay window was my childhood bedroom. Like a princess in a tower. :)
The top bay window was my childhood bedroom. Like a princess in a tower. 🙂

The house was actually built in 1590 so as you can imagine it was very atmospheric growing up there. No central heating when I was a kid, just coal fires, so grew up not afraid of the cold. Now of course i’m a big softie and turn up the fire and on the heating in my little terrace house, at any opportunity.Tut Tut.

Happily this tractor is staying in the family! My brother bought it at the sale and here is our young nephew testing it out. ( Photo ~Yvonne Allison)
Happily this tractor is staying in the family! My brother bought it at the sale and here is our young nephew testing it out. ( Photo ~Yvonne Allison)

I have many happy memories of life at Little Mearley. Helping out at silo time, the cows coming up for milking~ tails swishing in the sun, sledging in the snow, hiding kittens from Granddad, endless games of cricket, riding our bikes along the farm track and herding sheep up Pendle, to name but a few.

Muddy fields and Pendle Hill ( photo~ Ian Neilson)
Muddy fields and Pendle Hill ( photo~ Ian Neilson)

So farewell Little Mearley. May farming continue there for many years to come. 🙂

Little Mearley Hall.
Little Mearley Hall.

Thursday Favorites.

I thought I would start a new series on my little blog. Thursday Favorites. I’m going to list five things i’ve enjoyed or appreciated or drooled over in the last week, five things that have made me smile or made my day. 🙂 So here are my first ever Thursday Favorites!

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Sherlock the BBC series.

Sherlock ~ As much as I love Robert Downey Jnr’s reincarnation in the films, this tv series starring Benedict Cumberbatch( love that name) and Martin Freeman is just amazing. And we’ve only just got round to watching it after recommendations from just about everyone we know. As late comers joining in at series three, we can now go back in time and rent the first two from Lovefilm. Sherlockfest here we come.Hurrah!

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My dog : The Paradox ~ this cartoon was sent to us by a friend and it speeks volumes about what its like to own a dog.So infuriating and so rewarding too. Made me laugh and made me shed a tear. For the complete version go to My Dog The Paradox 🙂

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Cushion love ~I’ve just right this minute been  opening a parcel containing this beautiful cushion handmade by  Sew To Soul , adorned with lovely labradors. You may know we have recently lost our dear old black lab Jake and I truely love this cushion my cousin has sent me. Thanks so much Nicola, a lovely surprise. x

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Liz before going in the BB House

Liz Jones ~ ok I may get haranged for this but I am a big Ms Jones fan.  I have read her witty, often hilarious,often bitter and self depreciating column in the Mail on Sunday Mag for years. So when she went into the BB house I had to tune in.She is not coming accross incredibly well but I didn’t think she would ~being half deaf,rather batty and quite down on herself . I’m friends with a lovely lady who works for an animal charity she is involved with so I know her fee is going towards her passion for animals. Keep at it Liz!

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Slinky

Slinky Malinki ~ aka Slinky and sometimes Stinky ( HaHa) has been a bit of a godsend this week bless her. TO anyone who has ever lost a pet, you know how empty the house seems when you don’t have them anymore. Well we may have had to say our goodbyes to Jake but at least there is still a certain mischevious moggy getting under our feet. Someone to welcome you home when you get in from work.

So anyway thats my first  Thursday Favorites. Soz its a bit animal heavy. What have you enjoyed or appreciated this week?

Jake Loves the Lakes.

Feeling sad as we have recently said a last goodbye to our dear labrador Jake. In tribute I shall reblog this post I did about Jake’s love for the great outdoors ~ The Lake District- and the fun we had there. R IP a very missed companion. Love you always Jake. X

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‘The Lake District’ is a National Park in Cumbria on the western side of North England. It is made up of over 80 mountain lakes, glacial tarns and man made reservoirs. The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain ‘Scafell Pike’ and England’s deepest lake, ‘Wast Water’ and is classed as an AONB ,( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Over the years we have visited several times with our dog Jake. Jake has become a bit of a ‘Wainwright Bagger’ of lakes and tarns, insisting on paddling/swimming in as many as he can. So who better to show you the beauty of ‘The Lake District’ than him. 🙂






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Of course there are still several lakes and tarns Jake hasn’t crossed off his list yet. Hopefully he may get the chance to do a few more this year. 🙂

Here are a few dog friendly camp sites we have…

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