A little Camping trip ~ Appletreewick ( Yorkshire Dales).

Happy Campers. :)
Happy Campers. 🙂

Summers here so we thought we would dust down the tent and head for the Yorkshire Dales. We stayed at Howgill lodge campsite about half an hours walk from Appletreewick. Its a little site we have frequented before as it isn’t to far away and the surrounding countryside is gorgeous. And the local pubs in the village aren’t bad either. 🙂

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Here are some pictures of the Craven Arms which along with the villages other pub, The New Inn, is on the Real Ales Trail. As you can see The Craven has its own homage to the Tour De France which shall be departing from Yorkshire next weekend…
The dish on the right is Wils supper one night ~ pigeon with beetroot rosti and wild mushrooms. Sorry my veggie blogger friends.

Appletreewick has another campsite too called Masons Farm which I love nosying round as it has a vintage airstream van and an old citroen that serves coffee at weekends to the campers. We have stopped here in the past too.

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Got a wee bit of walking in on our trip. The majestic ruins of Bolton Abbey are a two hour stroll along the river. Well worth it. 🙂

Foxglove.
Foxglove.
Saw lots of these birds on the river. Its a Goosander.
Saw lots of these birds on the river. Its a Goosander.

Birds here fish for Cray fish.There were a few along the river bank.
Birds here fish for Cray fish.There were a few along the river bank.

Scabious.
Scabious.
Common spotted orchids.
Common spotted orchids.

Bolton Abbey.
Bolton Abbey.
Kids can do the Welly walk.
Kids can do the Welly walk.
And big kids !
And big kids !
Good practice before the river stepping stones.
Good practice before the river stepping stones.

Back at the camp site we had our fair share of friendly visitors. Its a haven for wildlife. We saw a Greater Spotted woodpecker and heard a cuckoo every morning and owls hooting every night.

Camping Cat.
Camping Cat.
Chickens roam the camp site.
Chickens roam the camp site.

We also went for a bit of a reccy along the route of the first stage of the tour. If your in Yorkshire in the next few days , you can’t fail to notice how all the villages lining the way are celebrating their inclusion in this iconic event. 🙂

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So Yorkshire has gone Yellow! Hopefully I will be blogging again about another imminent camping trip very soon, as we are heading for Yorkshire and The King Of The Mountains Festival next weekend. 🙂

This post is Junes blog in the #ttake12trips challenge.

Salthill Quarry Nature Reserve.

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This afternoon I went for a wander up to Salthill Quarry in Clitheroe. Even though I have lived here for years, there are still some places I have yet to discover in this town. Salthill Nature Reserve was one of them ! I was really surprised at all the wildlife I spied along the way and I had it all to myself. Didn’t come across another soul. 🙂

Common Knapweed.
Common Knapweed.
Elderflowers. The blooms of this sweet smelling shrub can be gathered and made into a refreshing summer cordial or wine.
Elderflowers. The blooms of this sweet smelling shrub can be gathered and made into a refreshing summer cordial or wine.
Tiny wild strawberries. :)
Tiny wild strawberries. 🙂
Not sure what butterfly this is. Maybe a skipper?
Not sure what butterfly this is. Maybe a skipper?
Fossil wall.
Fossil wall.
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the reserve. Don't the flowers look like bees. :)
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the reserve. Don’t the flowers look like bees. 🙂

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Pretty blue Meadow cranesbill.
Pretty blue Meadow cranesbill.
Dandelion Clock.
Dandelion Clock.
Didn't get a very good shot of this Heron.But it was fab to see him. :)
Didn’t get a very good shot of this Heron.But it was fab to see him. 🙂
Love these. I call them cornflake flowers !
Love these. I call them cornflake flowers !
Dragonfly.What a gorgeous colour. :)
Dragonfly.What a gorgeous colour. 🙂
Yellow Flag Irises.
Yellow Flag Irises.
Sweet smelling Honeysuckle.
Sweet smelling Honeysuckle.
Cute Bunny () ()
Cute Bunny () ()
I spy Pendle Hill.
I spy Pendle Hill.
Wild Rose aka Dog Rose.
Wild Rose aka Dog Rose.
Paper white Bindweed.
Paper white Bindweed.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
A cottage on the way home.
A cottage on the way home.

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

52 Lists ~~ List the things you want / need to let go of…

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I’m not one for writing about negative stuff on this blog but I guess if this weeks topic is about listing the things you need to let go of….then you only really want to let go of the bad things…right.

1) My lack of confidence. I would love to let this one go. Its stopped me doing so many things!

2) Negative thoughts. I guess these are associated with the above. 😦

3) My lack of willpower. Show me a cake and I will eat it!

4) Panicking about the smallest things. I’m a born worrier.

5) Caring about what people think of me. Really bad at the ‘stuff them attitude’.

6) Being a big softy. I’ve just spent half of my’ Game Of Thrones’ fest behind a cushion.

Well thats enough of the bad stuff from me today. Feel free to tell me What you would like to let go of in your life though……..

This post is part of the http://www.madeinhunters.blogspot.co.uk challenge.

Classic Chick Flicks ~ Gigi

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Gigi (1958) is a romantic comedy musical adapted from the French novella, written by Colette. I have recently read it and was intrigued when I found that this film had been made. The story is set in turn of the century Paris ( 1900), where society seems to revolve round men taking mistresses and women aspiring to become them. Leslie Caron plays the young and carefree ‘Gigi’, who lives with her Grandmother ‘ Madame Alvarez’ and her mother , an opera singer , who we often hear practising her singing but never actually see.

Louis Jordan is the rich and charming ‘Gaston’, a family friend who becoming bored of the playboy lifestyle, finds himself spending more time drinking camomile tea with Madame Alvarez and playing cards with the refreshingly naive yet mischievous Gigi.

Gigi with her friends.
Gigi with her friends.
Gaston loves nothing better than getting beaten at cards by Gigi.
Gaston loves nothing better than getting beaten at cards by Gigi.
Eva Gabor plays Gastons cheating mistress Leanne.
Eva Gabor plays Gastons cheating mistress Leanne.

Every week Gigi visits her Great Aunt Alicia ( Madame A’s sister) for lessons in etiquette and charm ( something she is not very good at! ). Her elder relatives believe she will eventually need these attributes if she is to become a celebrated mistress like her Aunt. Meanwhile Gaston has discovered his own mistress ‘Leanne’ has been unfaithful , and promises to take Gigi and her Grandmother to the coast after Gigi wins a wager at cards. The three enjoy a weekend by the sea where they bump into Gastons uncle ( Maurice Chevalier) who quite often pops up in the film ( somewhat annoyingly ) to give Gaston advice on how to be the perfect playboy.

Gigi fooling about playing tennis with Gaston.
Gigi fooling about playing tennis with Gaston.
Aunt alicia shows Gigi the types of jewels that are acceptable presents off admirers.
Aunt alicia shows Gigi the types of jewels that are acceptable presents off admirers.
And how to choose a gentlemans cigars.
And how to choose a gentlemans cigars.

When Aunt Alicia finds out about the seaside trip she is furious and points out to her sister that Gaston surely has feelings for Gigi and that her lessons and wardrobe need to be stepped up at once. Unaware of what’s going on, but delighted at the prospect of some new grown up gowns Gigi spends more time learning how to become a lady. Comparisons to My Fair Lady here, even down to the Cecil Beaton designs.

That ruffle is not a good look Gigi !
That ruffle is not a good look Gigi !
Gaston doesn't react well to Gigi's change of image.
Gaston doesn’t react well to Gigi’s change of image.

Visiting Madame Alvarez once again, Gaston is amazed at the transformation in Gigi who suddenly stands before him as a sophisticated young woman. Yet the change has disturbed him and he storms out , realising as he stomps the streets of Paris, that he has fallen in love. Returning to the apartment he asks that Gigi become his mistress and promises her a life of luxury and kindness. Initially Gigi rejects Gaston ( though she now knows she is in love with him too, she has spent time reading about all his mistresses , along with the rest of Paris), but then decides that she would rather be miserable with him than without him and accompanies him on their first date as a couple.

On their date at Maxims.
On their date at Maxims.

Gigi puts all her Grandmothers lessons into practice on their date at Maxims which instead of pleasing Gaston, only makes him uncomfortable. Happily it then dawns on him that actually he doesn’t want Gigi to be his mistress after all. He wants her to be his wife. Hurrah. 🙂 The film ends with the happily married couple strolling in the park ~ looking very much in love.

The Happy Couple.
The Happy Couple.

I really enjoyed the book and the movie especially the fact that despite all the meddling our heroine was able to marry for love….and not become just a mistress with a pouch full of expensive jewels from long gone lovers.

Have you read any stories by Colette?

Food for thought evening…

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To raise money to send two scouts, Tom and Charlie , to the 23rd World scout Jamboree in Japan next year, St Pauls Church in Clitheroe held a fund raising evening on saturday night. As the footy was on later I thought it would be a good way of getting the girls ( and their little girls 🙂 ) together for a few drinks and some family fun.

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The evening consisted of a delicious vegetarian two course meal that my friend Janet thought up and cooked, as well as children’s games, a tombola, live music, a quiz and an auction of some amazing looking prize hampers.

The food I must say was absolutely yummy. Compliments to the chefs! Although I’m not a vegetarian I love veggie food and the menu did not disappoint. 🙂

Clear Japanese vegetable soup.
Clear Japanese vegetable soup.
Spinach and lentil hot pot.
Spinach and lentil hot pot.
The kids enjoyed veggie hot dogs,pretzels, veggies and dips.
The kids enjoyed veggie hot dogs,pretzels, veggies and dips.
Wild flower display.
Wild flower display.
chestnut,mushroom & tarragon puff with salad and potatoes.
chestnut,mushroom & tarragon puff with salad and potatoes.

St Pauls was decorated with some home made red, white and blue bunting and I loved the pretty wild flowers in jars that adorned all the tables. And check out some of the hampers that were auctioned off on the night.

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Hmmm our table did look a bit boozy!
Hmmm our table did look a bit boozy!
Strawberries, meringue and cream. Mmmmmm. :)
Strawberries, meringue and cream. Mmmmmm. 🙂

Bronte colouring in the Pirate Treasure Game.
Bronte colouring in the Pirate Treasure Game.

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Cheezy Grins. 🙂

All in all we had a fab evening and I think the scouts must have raised nearly all their target, thanks to some very generous people and a very persuasive auctioneer. 🙂

52 Lists ~ Things To Get Excited About. :)

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The latest 52 Lists topic is Things Your excited about. Well, looking at the year ahead I have actually got loads to be excited about:) I still get that wonderful nervous Christmas morning butterflies feeling when I can’t wait for something good to happen. Here is what I’m currently feeling excited about.

A soon to happen marathon Game of Thrones fest. I cannot wait!

A meet up with a couple of lovely craft fair friends for a mooch round Skipton.

A little camping trip in a couple of weeks with the other half.

Camping with friends at the King of the Mountains Festival in Yorkshire and getting to see the first stage of the Tour de France.

A pot painting date at Paint Pot with my niece and nephew.

A trip to Paris in July. Its actually so Wil can see the last stage of the Tour de France. But I’m sure there will be lots of sight seeing and romance too. 😉

A city break in Reykjavik in October. Finally visiting Iceland is a life long dream of mine.

Welcoming a new dog into our home. Hopefully this will happen at the end of the year, once we have got rid of our little travel bug. 🙂

What things are you getting excited about this year?

Curious about……. Cat Cafes. ~^^~

Purrfectly positioned in the fashionable Marais district of Paris is a cafe which doesn’t only serves coffee and croissants. The Cafe des Chats is home to 12 furry feline residents, that offer ‘Purr therapy’ to its curious clientele. 🙂

Le cafe des chats ( Photo www.oh-I-see.com/blog/ )
Le cafe des chats ( Photo http://www.oh-I-see.com/blog/ )

The cats are all adopted rescues , chosen for their happy and affectionate natures. From the pictures I have seen and the reviews I have read , the kittys appear to be content and at home. Their contentment transfers to the customers, who have been flocking to the cafe for a cafe-noir and the chance to pet a puss-cat. Stroking cats has been proven to reduce stress and have a calming effect so ‘Cat Cafes’ have hit upon a great idea. Of course there are sensible rules to adhere by and at Le Cafe des chats ,customers must not disturb sleeping cats, feed the cats or use flash photography.

Chats in Le Cafe des Chats ( photo ~ The Local ~ France's news in English).
Chats in Le Cafe des Chats ( photo ~ The Local ~ France’s news in English).

Cat Cafes have also padded their way over to London. Originally a Japanese invention , the cafes proved popular , especially with people who loved cats but had restricted space to keep one at home. With this in mind, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened in Shoreditch, East london in March. Named after Alice’s kitten Dinah in ‘Alice’s Adventures Through The Looking Glass’ this is a tea room that serves tea and cake in vintage china and is home to eleven lovable moggies. The cats like their Parisienne counterparts are rescues. chosen for their amiable natures.

Wookie the cat makes himself at home ( photo~ www.ladydinahs.com )
Wookie the cat makes himself at home ( photo~ http://www.ladydinahs.com )

The cafe has proved so popular it is essential to book and there is a £5 entry charge for a 2 hour time-slot. Strict rules concerning the animals welfare apply and Dinahs is closed every afternoon for a short cat nap.

Have you ever been to a cat cafe? I must admit I find myself very curious. As an animal lover I would love to visit and see how the cats react around people. Cute cats and cake. Hopefully there is everything to love. 🙂

Hazelnut Torte.

2014-06-07 12.40.55Saturday was such a washout here….that it seemed a good idea to do a spot of baking!  I had picked up a recipe card from a friends shop in Clitheroe ‘Chillimoon’ for Hazelnut Torte. The recipe uses Wharfe Valley Rapeseed Oil which Chillimoon now stocks. Apart from using a slightly to large cake tin ( my fault, not the recipes), the Torte turned out pretty well. Heres the instructions as printed on the card.

Ingredients:
1 free range egg
100 ml clear honey
75ml ‘Wharfe Valley’ rapeseed oil
50g unsalted butter
2tbsp apple juice
100g ground hazelnuts
100g wholemeal self raising flour

Method:

Preheat oven to 160. Brush a 20cm cake tin with melted butter, to grease.

Whisk together the egg,honey, rapeseed oil, butter and apple juice in a bowl until well combined.

Add the ground hazelnuts and the flour and stir until well combined.

Transfer the cake mix to the greased tin, level the mixture out using a spatula, then put in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cake has risen and is golden brown.

Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

Decorate with raspberries dusted with Icing sugar and serve.

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Hope you had a lovely weekend. 🙂

ps Thanks to my workmate lisa for showing me how to resize my photos. 🙂

52 Lists ~ Things To Do This Summer. :-D

Goodness I’m a wee bit late starting the 52 Lists challenge. Its week 23 already ( nearly half way through) but as I so enjoy reading Louisa’s and Janet’s 52 Lists posts on their blogs Duck In A Dress and Words That Can Only Be Your Own , I thought I won’t be shy, I’l join in too. 🙂 After all my family Surname is actually Lister so it seems its meant to be ……….

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The prompts for the challenge have been thought up by country loving blogger, Ema ~ over at Made In Hunters ( another lovely blog) but as i’m currently waiting for her to email me the rest of the prompt list, I will start off with the current topic. 🙂

Summer To Do List.

Read some novels by Colette. After all Paris is booked in July. 🙂

Paint the back of the house…..or get the Other Half to. 😉

Sip homemade limoncello in the back yard.

Rent a beach hut for the day. I would love to hire one of these for the day.

Take a ride on a Vintage carousel. Never to old eh!

Go to a vintage seaside fair and watch a Punch and Judy show.

Take a walk to a country pub with a beer garden. Its going to stay sunny right. B-)

Watch an open air film showing.

Go camping more than once this summer.

Have the courage to let my kitty cat Slinky wander outside without my strict supervision.That could be a toughie!

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So anyway thats my first list done ( Hurrah!), I wonder how much of it I will achieve…. What will you be getting up to this Summer?

Cath Kidston goes on a city break. :)

Aubrey Rose hard shelled suit case on wheels £135.
Aubrey Rose hard shelled suit case on wheels £135.

Ooooh I fancy a city break. Especially when I see all the lovely travel ranges Cath Kidston has in store. Here are a few of my favourites….for a vacation in Venice or a few days in London. 🙂

Navy button spot sleeveless dress £55 ~ for a stroll down the champs Elysees.
Navy button spot sleeveless dress £55 ~ for a stroll down the champs Elysees.

Keep comfy on the plane with a Stanley travel pillow set. £18. :)
Keep comfy on the plane with a Stanley travel pillow set. £18. 🙂

Pink polka dot cross body bag £75.
Pink polka dot cross body bag £75.
Mini London buses earphones and pouch £25.
Mini London buses earphones and pouch £25.
Blue polka dot leather passport holder and luggage tag set £30.
Blue polka dot leather passport holder and luggage tag set £30.
Rose travel kit £10.
Rose travel kit £10.
Budgie vest and shorts set £32.
Budgie vest and shorts set £32.
Stanley foldaway travel bag £40. Stanley is the cute doggy on the bag.
Stanley foldaway travel bag £40. Stanley is the cute doggy on the bag.
Brighten up postcards frame handbag £55.
Brighten up postcards frame handbag £55.

Bon Voyage. X