Thursday Favourites and a Blogging Question.

Well what has put a smile on my face recently ?  Life has been pretty good of late. I can’t really complain. I’m a wee bit scint ~ I don’t think I’ll ever get used to getting paid four weekly ( even after all this time! ) , but apart from that…..everything is tickety boo. ๐Ÿ™‚

Facebook Can Be Great ~ Recently social media has really helped my friends who run a farm animal rescue centre. They have found themselves in the awful situation of having to move and rehome most of the animals. Finding loving homes for farm animals can prove difficult so I’m  greatful that Facebook especially is proving to be a great way of spreading the word. Today the first of their hens have gone to a  new home with some lovely people. That makes me happy! If you can help ( the farm is based near Settle in Yorkshire) their email is gbfarmproject@gmail.com
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Blossom ๐Ÿ™‚
How beautiful is this Hawthorn blossom I spied on a walk on Monday. Nature is so breathtaking at times.
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Eighties Band down the Local !

Was out on Friday and we ended up seeing 80’s band The Blow Monkeys in Clitheroe. All a bit random. They were quite big in about 1987, around the same time as Curiousity Killed the Cat. Their biggest hit ( No, it wasn’t their only Hit !) was called Diggin Your Scene. Do you remember them?  Anyway I enjoyed a bit of Eighties Pop nostalga. Showing my age now!

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Jane and Lisbon got together. โค

And I was really pleased with the season 6 finale of one of my favourite shows The Mentalist on Tues night.  Patrick Jane and Theresa Lisbon have admitted their feelings for each other finally. Yay !  I can’t wait until season seven to see how this storyline develops. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Boo hoo I may not be able to blog now until after my next payday. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Seems I have nearly used up all my storage space for photos and images on WordPress….and I’m going to have to pay for more space If I want to carry on. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Has anyone else used up theirs? You find out by going into Media on your dashboard. Photographs are a big part of my blog so I’m a bit gutted to be honest ( maybe everything is not all tickety boo then! ) ~ any re assurances would be appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bye for Now.

Cows and Cow Parsley.

Bank Holiday Monday ~ and I decided to take an afternoon walk up past Standen Hall, instead of heading to the river which I imagine was packed with picnickers. I made my way through some grassy meadows and walked to Lane ends which runs along side the by pass. Cow Parsley was everywhere. And I came across some sunbathing cows. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.
Cow parsley is also known as Queen Annes Lace.

Vivid blue forgetmenots.
Vivid blue forgetmenots.

How Now Brown Cow!
How Now Brown Cow!

Dandelion Clock.
Dandelion Clock.

MooooooCows. :)
MooooooCows. ๐Ÿ™‚

Country road....
Country road….

Cow Parsley.
Cow Parsley.

Standen Hall through the trees.
Standen Hall through the trees.

Pink Rhodedendrans.
Pink Rhodedendrans.

Grey Wagtail.
Grey Wagtail.

Buttercups.
Buttercups.

Hawthorn blossom.
Hawthorn blossom.

Captured On Camera ~ Old Family photographs.

My maternal grandparents going for a spin.
My maternal grandparents going for a spin.

A while back I looked into my Family tree and compiled a bit of one on an ancestry website. It all got slightly to complicated and I was bogged down in dates and census records.Aaaagh! Anyway my poor abandoned tree is still up there for the world to see…and me to go back to , If I suddenly get the urge to find my great great great Grandfather on my Mums side. I did discover a few things though. So far there are no rich gentry amongst my ancestors. I apparently descend from peasant farmers and coal miners. And at least one of them was a bigamist! So hey ho ๐Ÿ™‚

I do love looking back at names and the different fashions and trends. In my family ‘Mark’ is a popular boys name, with my Grandfather,brother and two cousins sharing the title. Alot further back in time there are several Fenwicks and a Parker named as my male ancestors. While Mary, Elizabeth and Jennet appear for the girls.

One of the best bits about compiling a Family Tree I found was getting my hands on a few old photo’s. Mum had saved a few from both sides of the family and let me scan them. Its quite interesting to see your ancestors captured on camera. The older the photos, the more stern faced everyone on them seem to be!

Anyway a recent post by Andy over at City Jackdaw , featuring old photographs of people posing with their pets (its a great blog ), inspired me to route out some of my old pics. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my paternal Great Grandparents posing with their offspring outside in the farm yard. Sad there are no sheep dogs in the picture. :(
Here are my paternal Great Grandparents posing with their offspring outside in the farm yard. Sad there are no sheep dogs in the picture. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Here's my Great Grandmother 'Phoebe' in her Sunday best. :)
Here’s my Great Grandmother ‘Phoebe’ in her Sunday best. ๐Ÿ™‚

My maternal Grandmother and my Great Aunt Lily ~ you didn't want to get on the wrong side of them. ; )
My maternal Grandmother and my Great Aunt Lily ~ you didn’t want to get on the wrong side of them. ; )

Grandma,Auntie June, Mum ( as a little girl) and my Grandfather. My Grandma made all my Mums clothes as a child. Quite a talented seamstress.
Grandma,Auntie June, Mum ( as a little girl) and my Grandfather. My Grandma made all my Mums clothes as a child. Quite a talented seamstress.

Great Aunt Lily playing cricket on Southport beach.
Great Aunt Lily playing cricket on Southport beach.

And here's my Dad as a boy. Looks like he's been out Foxing. :(  It was simply part of growing up in the country in those days. ( late 1940s).
And here’s my Dad as a boy. Looks like he’s been out Foxing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was simply part of growing up in the country in those days. ( late 1940s).

It can be quite nice looking at old pictures. All my Grandparents died when I was a child or teenager , so it is good to see that they did have fun times in their younger days. I especially liked the fact that my maternal Grandparents enjoyed taking rides on a motorbike. ๐Ÿ™‚ Something I could not imagine them ever having done, when I knew them. Its good that photographs capture all sorts of moods and memories. Sometimes I guess they are all we have left of a person.

I will leave you with a picture of myself and my sister……and a very cute sheepdog puppy…..from our days growing up on the farm.

I remember making lots of daisy chains. :)
I remember making lots of daisy chains. ๐Ÿ™‚

Any old photographs you would like to share !

Bedtime blues.

Inspired by a post over on Louisa’s blog, Duck In A Dress , I thought I would share with you my favourite room in the house ~ the bedroom. ๐Ÿ™‚

The reason it is my favourite room is probably because we ( or should I say the other half ! ) decorated it in relaxing blue and white. Blue is my most prefered colour and I really do love our white floorboards, though they are a bugger to keep clean….2014-05-24 16.41.49

We have an old clock on the wall which we never wind up as it is incredibly noisy! I love the feature wall which is blue with white and pale gold flowers on stalks that look a bit like lacey cow parsley. The wall paper was from Homebase and I think they still sell it.

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Our cat Slinky seems to almost permanently live on the bed , hence the fleece at the bottom. I really want to get her a cute cath kidston pet bed , but I doubt she will even use it. I can almost forgive her. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I recently purchased a mirror for the dressing table from a little shop called Chillimoon in my local town and my lovely blue chair came from Sew To Soul

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A couple of books on my side of the bed and a teacup pincushion. :)
A couple of books on my side of the bed and a teacup pincushion. ๐Ÿ™‚

One of my teacup trinket stands , home to some of my rings and things.
One of my teacup trinket stands , home to some of my rings and things.

The beautiful waves painting is by a local artist  and was a present from some of my fab friends for my 40th. :)
The beautiful waves painting is by a local artist and was a present from some of my fab friends for my 40th. ๐Ÿ™‚

This was taken on a sunny evening. The view from our bedroom. Love my chimney !
This was taken on a sunny evening. The view from our bedroom. Love my chimney !

My vintage suitcase waiting to be swept away on a city break somewhere!
My vintage suitcase waiting to be swept away on a city break somewhere!

Queenie cup candle. :)
Queenie cup candle. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your favourite room in your house? x

Help needed to rehome chickens.

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I thought I would just do a quick post about a local animal rescue charity ( based near Settle in Yorkshire ) which is heart breakingly having to close due to financial reasons.  Two of my dear friends run it and they are absolutely devestated that this has to happen.Their priority is of course that the animals they have can be rehomed to loving secure homes where they wont be in any danger of being mistreated or sold on.  Their charity is called The Great British Farm Project. and they have a Facebook page .

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If you think you can help in any way here is their email address http://www.gbfarmproject@gmail.com and also they do have a Go Fund Me Page page set up to raise funds for rehoming.

Happily some animals have been promised wonderful homes but nothing has been set in concrete yet so if you think you know of anyone who can help please contact them.
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Thanks so much for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking back : Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. :)

I’m reblogging an old post today……about the time I got to mingle with the stars at Cannes. Well kind of ! x

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Imagine a film festival with a backdrop of sun,sand, sea and Palm treeโ€™s and there you go,youโ€™ve thought up the gorgeous Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.The sixty sixth annual Festival de film will be held from the 15th -26th May 2013 ,with the delightful โ€˜Amelieโ€™ actress Audrey Tatou hosting the opening and closing ceremonyโ€™s. I have always loved the glamour of Cannes and back in 2009 myself, Wil and a couple of friends and their boys enjoyed a holiday in nearby St Raphael in a hot and sunny May. Of course we were up for a bit of star spotting! Firstly though here are a few shots of vintage Cannes. ๐Ÿ™‚
Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955. Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.
Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel  1956. Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel 1956.
Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes. Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.
In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival. In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.
This yearโ€ฆ

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Luby’s Charming Tea Room. :)

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Saturday morning
was spent hunting for vintage tea cups in Skipton. My very wonderful boyfriend patiently trailed round the Antiques Centre with me ~ as I stacked more and more china in his arms. I have a good un there. ๐Ÿ™‚

He even obligingly took me to Luby’s afterwards. Luby’s tea rooms are in Crosshills which isn’t to far from Skipton. I had liked them on Facebook about a year ago ~ and have been seduced by their fabulous pictures of tempting cakes, mouth watering milkshakes and quirky decor. This was my first visit ~ and hopefully not my last !

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I had the most fabulous chocolate milkshake with swirls of cream, sprinkles , bourbon biscuits, jelly mice, giant white chocolate buttons, strawberry laces, marshmallows and jelly beans. Wow! It was super delicious too. Yep I scoffed the lot !

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Wil was a bit more reserved and chose a Dandelion & Burdock which was served in a jar with a straw and marshmallow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was a bit of a flying visit really ~ but the friendly service , vintage china, retro nik naks ( I spotted my childhood jack-in-a-box) and amazing sweet treats will no doubt tempt me back ~ maybe for afternoon tea sometime. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Do you frequent any charming vintage tea rooms?

A cosmopolitan Case and other craft fair finds.

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At the weekend I took my stall to The Artisan market in Clitheroe and as usual found myself surrounded by lovely folk and their exceptional wares. ๐Ÿ™‚
To the left of me was an amazing chocolate confectionery stall ( Lethal !) and to the right was the very talented Vicky and her quirky creations at Daisy Louise Jewellery

Vicky creates beautiful bangles and rings and other pieces from old cutlery. I think hers was the most popular stand at the craft fair. There was much to admire ~ including a gorgeous vintage suitcase which certainly had the wow factor. I fell in love with it right way. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Vicky had painstakingly covered the case in hundreds of postage stamps. Lots of them are quite old and many are from various destinations all over the world. You never tire of looking at them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Although it wasn’t priced up for sale and was actually there just for display purposes , I was thrilled when Vicky agreed to sell it to me. So now I am the proud owner of a very cosmopolitan case !

I also love the interior of my new travel companion. I tried to get my cat Slinky to model it for me but she wasn’t interested. So let me introduce you to a kooky kitty I couldn’t resist purchasing from the market too. ๐Ÿ™‚
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I wish I could remember the name of the lady I bought ‘Crazy Cat’ from but alas it evades me. She did however say she would love to have a stall at the Artisan Market again.

I mentioned Daisy Louise Jewellery at the beginning of the post and how Vicky makes fabulous pieces from spoons. Well here is my new ring. What do you think? As usual I ended up spending all my profits on beautiful things for myself! Now need to book a night away to show off my lovely new suitcase too……..
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Alice Pic of The Week ~ 5

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‘The Dormouse is asleep again,’ said the Hatter, and he poured a little hot tea upon its nose. ~ Alice In Wonderland.

Hello Hello, sorry I am being a bit haphazzard with my Alice Pics. Here is another quirky Wonderland inspired teapot. I wish it was mine.Despite my love of vintage china, I do not actually currently own a teapot. Shame on me! I spied this today in my local tearooms/curiousity shop ‘ Callooh! Callay! I quite like the detail especially the white rabbit and the cheshire cats grin.Of course looking in Callooh for items to photograph is almost cheating as it is packed full of all things Alice. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have ever stumbled upon anything Wonderland related on your travels and taken a photo ~ I would love to feature it as an Alice Pic Of The Week. My email is shazzarob@hotmail.co.uk

See you at the Queens croquet-ground. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pear and Mint Chocolate Tartlets

Here’s a vintage cookery post from Cathy’s kitchen over at Red Rose Style. I love this cook book too so I think she may have inspired me to make something from it at last. Mouthwatering photography Cathy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Vintage Tea Party Year is the most beautiful cookbook that I own!The recipes are framed by delicious illustrations of partying animals going about their classy soirees. All of the food looks amazing, but it also often looks rather pricey and difficult to make; the first pie requires pigeon breast, and there are instructionsย on how to make swans out of choux pastry! Definitely above my skill level! But when there are fox ladies drinking champagne who needs to make the actual food!

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However I decided that I should give at least one recipe a go, so I leafed through and picked out the โ€˜Pear and Mint Chocolate Tartletsโ€™, mainly because the instructions seemed pretty straight forward and I recognised all of the ingredients and could pick them up from Morrisons!

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So the first step was to poach four peeled pears in a red wine mixture flavoured with mint, cinnamon, vanillaโ€ฆ

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