Mothers Day and the family headed for Mum’s house in the picturesque Cumbrian village of Askham. We were all spoilt (yes she cooked for us! ) with a delicious home cooked Sunday roast and one of Mum’s famous trifles. Afterwards we went for a walk down the village and along a country lane. Of course I couldn’t resist taking a few photographs as the place was blooming with dancing daffodils.
Every week I’m going to feature a photo I have taken ( Or indeed that you have taken 🙂 ) as my Alice Pic of the week. I’ve been a fan of Alice In Wonderland since I was a little girl and still have my copy of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass that my Mum bought me to read when I was bedridden with measles aged nine. Feeling sorry for myself , I was at least comforted a little by the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. 🙂
Todays Alice Pic Of The Week is of the Mad Hatters Tea Room in Whitby.I can just imagine sipping tea and indulging in cake at the long sturdy table. It is situated in the La Rosa hotel , a Victorian cliff top terrace overlooking Whitby and the sea. Think quirky b&b in a Curiousity shop. And Lewis Carrol actually resided here ( before its La Rosa days) when he stayed in Whitby.:) I have spent a night in this enchanting hotel too! If you have’nt caught my post do have a nosy ~ La Rosa and Whitby 🙂
Have you ever stopped anywhere `Wonderland ‘ inspired? If you have why not email me a photo to email@example.com and I will feature it in a future Alice Pic Of The Week post. 🙂
Here is a list of five things I have enjoyed over the past seven days. 🙂
Believe it or not we have been living without an oven for nearly three months! We still had a hob and the microwave but our actual oven had broke and being lazy as we are , we couldn’t be bothered to go out and buy another. After numerous take-aways , trips out and the odd curry, Wil decided he needed to make a sunday roast quite soon….and even I’ve had a hankering to do some baking.As soon as our new cooker arrived I found a lovely recipe in the April edition of the Simple Things magazine, for Lemon & blueberry cake. Here is the result!
I’m loving the spring colour of yellow at the moment. It just promises sunshine. I feel a yellow inspired post coming on soon.:)
There is nothing better than getting away to the coast , even for just a couple of hours. On sunday we drove over to Lytham for some bracing sea air to blow the cobwebs away. I love the sea side. 🙂
We booked Paris! I never thought we would actually book it. Feeling extremely lucky as we have two amazing city breaks planned this year. Happy days. 🙂 Anyway we thought stopping in Paris would feel all the more authentic if we stayed in a french home rather than a hotel. Air bnb rent out rooms and studio apartments all over the world and we found this one 15 mins from the centre of Paris belonging to Aurelie. 🙂 There are all price ranges. We have paid £52 per night and are staying for four. Can’t wait!
Tea Cup Trinket Stands.
I put the other half to work drilling 🙂 as these trinket stands are proving very popular at the moment. I love them and they are a pretty way of upcycling old tea sets.
Sometimes you just need some fresh sea air to blow those cobwebs away. On Sunday we headed over to Lytham near Blackpool. The sun was shining and the breeze was blustery. We walked along the front and enjoyed the views and the wind whipping round our heads. Glad we had on our winter woolies. Window shopped too and kept warm with coffee at Zest and chippy chips.
As a young girl i remember losing myself in the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland and ~ Through the looking glass. I have had a fondness for the magical tales ever since. 🙂 With this in mind I thought I would feature a pic of something Wonderland inspired every week. Todays pic is simply of a copy of the book itself which i came accross recently on a rainy day in my favourite tea rooms Callooh Callay. ~ which you will have to visit if your ever in my home town.:-) They are Alice in Wonderland themed after all. I imagine lots of my pics will end up being taken there. 🙂 But you can contribute too ! If you have taken any photos on your travels of anything Alice Inspired send me one and some details about it to ~ firstname.lastname@example.org and I will feature it as an Alice Pic Of The Week.
Janey from the blog Is That You Darling is attempting to complete one of these Photo an Hour posts every month and asks her fellow bloggers and instagram users to get snap~happy too. 😀 I may not manage this every month but here are my pics from Saturday’s challenge. If you wish to join in with Janey in April look out for her #photoanhour posts on Twitter or check out her lovely lifestyle blog.
My Photos every hour.
7-30am ~ Woke up much to early for a Saturday morning. Coffee’s on.
8-30am ~ Slinky got up then went back to bed. Cheeky!
9-30am ~ wrapping up a teacup candle to send to a lovely new home.
10-30am ~ A friend called and asked us if we could walk her dogs Bel and Bexley. They are both Bedlington terriers but look and act totally different. We took them to Brungerly Park. I had forgotten how exausting dog walking can be!
11-30am ~ The resident Kingfisher down Brungerly. 😀
12-30pm ~ Doogs dropped off and we were starving. Treated my Other half to lunch at my fave tea rooms in town ‘ Callooh! Callay! The lamb, apple and mint pie is heartily reccomended.
1-30pm ~ The crazy rain and hale showers outside meant staying for pudding in Callooh and snapping pics of Alice In Wonderland teapots. Any exscuse!
2-30pm ~ Back home and booking our city break in Paris. We are now officially going to Paris. Oooh La la!
3-30pm ~ Chillin out with a couple of episodes of Bones.
4-30pm ~ My first ever attempt at a bun ( of the non edible variety!)Thanks for showing me how Jo. I have led a sheltered life!
5-30pm ~ Headed to the pub for a couple of pints. 🙂
6-30pm ~ Found a book by actor Ethan Hawk in the pub. Random.
7-30pm ~ My last pic of my day. Tea and a dvd. Watched Catching Fire which i enjoyed but Wil fell asleep. 🙂
So there you have it. Of course I am awake early once again and have managed to blog this at an unsociably early hour for a Sunday. Can’t wait to check out everyone elses. 🙂
A while back I had my brooch bouquets on display at a local cafe, No: 84. On the back of this I was contacted by the lovely Becky who was looking for a bouquet for herself and her two bridesmaids.
I can now share the finished results with you all as the wedding was at the end of February. It was great fun creating these bouquets for her and collecting all the pieces to go in it. But I did feel the pressure to make sure I got it right!
Becky was looking for a metal / grey effect for her bouquet with a girly twist. It also needed to fit with her very cool Audrey Hepburn inspired dress and her shoes (you don’t have to tell me how much shoes can rule an outfit, my whole wedding was based on a pair!). Check out the outfit.
Here I list five things I have enjoyed / appreciated over the last seven days. My Thursday Favourites. 🙂
It was my nephew’s sixth birthday at the wknd. I can’t believe he is 6 already ! Adore my niece and nephew. 🙂 He has totally impressed me by giving up sweets for lent too……and sticking to it. Way to go Roman!
My facebook feed is always full of pics of our friends Irish Terrier Digger. He must be the most photographed and photogenic dog in the world. Here he is all dressed up for st Paddys day on Monday. Very Cute!
Did my first Craft Fair of the year at the wknd , taking my teacups and other bits and bobs to the Artisan Market in Clitheroe. Really enjoyed it and got to buy lots of prezzies for upcoming birthdays, Mothers day etc. Fairs are fab places for purchasing unique gifts I always find. 🙂
Loving loving Audrey Hepburn on Pinterest and i’m delighted that i finally managed to post her Filmography on my little blog. 🙂
Which leads me neatly on to this Eurostar advert for Paris ( Audrey made lots of movies in The City of Light ) that apparently is five months old now, but I’ve only just clocked it. Showing the Quirky side to the French Capital, I find myself slightly in love with the taxidermy museum featured at the end.
Cataloging the movies of the captivating Miss Hepburn I have done mostly for myself ~ as well, who wouldn’t desire a list of them all in one place. 🙂 I’ve decided to concentrate on the period between 1953 and 1968 as this is within the time-span in which she made the bulk of her films. Before 1953 there were small parts in a handful of British films and by 1968 she had all but retired , rarely tempted to return to the limelight. So may I present the fabulous films of Audrey Hepburn.
Roman Holiday 1953.
Story of a fairytale princess torn between love and duty. Filmed in Rome and also starring Gregory Peck, this romantic comedy was box office gold….and Audrey won an Oscar!
Romantic Comedy about a cinderella like character ( Audrey as chauffeurs daughter ‘Sabrina’) who returns from Paris and captures the attentions of two dashing brothers. And an Oscar nomination. 🙂
War and Peace 1955.
Sprawling epic of Tolstoy’s classic documenting the tangled lives of two aristocratic families against a back drop of Napolean’s Russian Invasion. Audrey plays the beautiful Natasha.
Funny Face 1957.
Charming musical concerning a shy waif like book seller ( Hepburn) who is discovered by a photographer ( Astaire) and whisked away to Paris to become a top model. Here Audrey gets to dance with legend Astaire, wear beautiful Givenchy gowns and be photographed in front of every Parisienne landmark. Heavenly.:)
Love In The Afternoon 1957
Audrey stayed in Paris to film another romantic comedy, this time with Gary Cooper. He plays a philandering playboy ‘Frank Flannigan’ and she is ‘Ariane’ , the daughter of a private detective employed by one of his lovers husbands. After hearing her fathers client threatening to kill Frank she decides to warn him and ends up falling head over heals in love herself. Can she keep his interest by pretending to be worldly wise and sophisticated ?
The Nun’s story 1959.
A total change of scenery here as Audrey is ‘sister Luke’, a nun whose faith is tested by assignments in a mental hospital, nursing in the Congo and the Nazi occupation. An oscar nominated role.
Green Mansions 1959.
Mel Ferrer ( Audrey’s then husband) directs her in this romantic jungle adventure. Audrey plays ‘Rima’ who lives in the forests of Venezuela. And Anthony Perkins ( Psycho) plays her love interest. Loving the fawn. 🙂
The Unforgiven 1960.
Who knew that Audrey appeared in a Western ! In this not to well recieved John Huston directed western she plays the adopted sister of Burt Lancaster, whose family come to claim her back when it is revealed she is actually the daughter of Indians.
Breakfast at Tiffanys 1961
A return to form ( and an Oscar nomination) for Audrey in personally my favourite of her movies. Based on Truman Capote’s screenplay the story revolves around a ditsy New York socialite ‘Holly Golightly’ and her quest to bag a rich man without getting emotionally attached along the way. The only time she feels truely happy is when she is staring into the window of the New York jewellers ‘Tiffanys’. But maybe an Orange Cat and George Peppard will make a difference to her life. 😀
The Children’s Hour 1961.
This drama about rumour and reputation centres on two former classmates ( Hepburn and Maclaine) who start up a boarding school for girls. A troublemaking student who is punished for telling a lie spreads false accusations that the teachers are lesbians and the fallout is devestating. A darker film for Audrey and a sign of the times back then.
Often referred to as the ‘Best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made’ , Audrey was finally paired with Cary Grant in this romantic comedy/mystery, filmed on location in Paris. 🙂
Paris When It Sizzles 1964.
Also filmed in Paris ( Yes I think Miss Hepburn must have loved the city!) is this romantic comedy starring William Holden ( previously seen with her in Sabrina) as a play-write suffering from writers block. Audrey’s role is of a secretary assigned to him to help him overcome it.
My Fair Lady1964.
An iconic role for our fair lady in this well loved musical. Rex Harrison plays the snobbish Professor Higgins who wagers he can transform a common flower girl ( Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle) into a lady of high society.
How To Steal A Million 1966.
Romantic comedy caper filmed wherelse but Audrey’s beloved Paris. Audrey plays the daughter of an old art forger. Worried that her father’s fakery is about to be discovered she persuades a high-society thief ( O’Toole) to help her steal one of his paintings from a gallery.
Two For The Road 1967.
A total change of scenery for Audrey here. No more Givenchy gowns. This film chronicles the ups and downs of a ten year marriage and Albert Finney plays her husband.
Wait until Dark 1967.
This thriller about a blind woman terrorised by violent drug smugglers would be Audrey’s last film for nearly a decade. The movie would earn her an Oscar nomination.
After Wait Until Dark Audrey’s first marriage to Mel Ferrer would break down. She married again (and divorced) and devoted her energies to raising her two sons, briefly returning to Hollywood occasionally to make films such as Robin and Marian with Sean Connery. Her last role would be that of an Angel in Stephen Speilberg’s Always in 1990.
How many of Audrey’s movies have you watched ? There are quite a few on the list I have yet to see !
On Saturday I packed up my teacups and teacup candles, vintage brooches and a box of my friend’s mum’s home made jams and headed for my first craft fair of the year. The Artisan market in Clitheroe is held on the second saturday of every month. Its a friendly fair in a local church with an eclectic mix of stalls.
I sold lots of teacup candles , which always makes me happy. 🙂
Opposite my stall there was a lovely lady who made beautiful felted creatures as well as other hand-crafted bits and pieces. You can see more at Clothfelt on facebook.
I also loved these sweet brooches made by Daisy Florence Design with their pretty floral designs. So wish I had treated myself!
I did buy a few presents though. Couldn’t resist. I won’t say who for ( incase they happen to be reading this 😉 ) but the lucky recipicants will recieve birthday gifts from the very talented Vicky at Daisy Louise Jewellery . She creates gorgeous pieces often with a steam-punk vibe. And she has also been experimenting with decoupage. 🙂
The folk at the fair were very friendly so it was nice to chat to other stall holders. I was immediately drawn to Pat’s( The Artistic Gardener) stall and her brightly hand-painted pebbles, rocks and field stones. Pat hasn’t got a website yet but i’m sure she will be at future events. 🙂
I had the bad fortune of being placed next to a chocolate stall ( I have given up chocolate for Lent, still abstaining! ) and I also had to resist the temptation of these tasty looking cupcakes made by Sugar Tart Cupcakery . 😦
I really did spend an enjoyable day at the Artisan market and it was good to get back into the swing of things as the last fair I did was before Christmas. I just need to update my own facebook page now Mrs Tibbs Teacupswith remaining candles for sale before Mother’s Day. I ‘m so not organized!
The Artisan Market is at The United Reformed Church in Clitheroe on the second Sat of every month. 🙂
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