Paris is always a good Idea. :)

When my other half decided we should go to Paris to see the end of a certain bicycle race , who was I to object!  Somehow I had gotten through 40 years without visiting this iconic city. I dreamt of picnicking under the  Eiffel tower and gazing upon the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile. 🙂

We arrived in the French Capital on a very hot and stuffy Friday afternoon, having amazingly managed to master the railway and metro to our bijou studio apartment in the Levallois Perret district of North West Paris. We booked it through airbnb , a really useful site , where people list  rooms and apartments to let all over the world. It cost us £48 per night for four nights , which was very reasonable I thought.

 The nearest famous landmark to us was The Arc de Triomphe , about 25 mins walk away. But mostly we travelled on the metro which was so handy, quick and easy to use.  Here are a few photo’s from our trip. I’m sure I will devote a few more posts to places in Paris we were fortunate enough to visit. There is also much we didn’t get round to seeing. So I need to return!  After all  ~  Paris is always a good idea. 🙂

Inside our cozy and compact basement apartment.
Inside our cozy and compact basement apartment.
Arc De Triomphe.
Arc De Triomphe. We actually paid to climb to the top ~ the views are amazing.
The Eiffel Tower ,from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
The Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
I found a vintage carousel by the Eiffel tower. There is also another just over the river by the avenue de new york.
I found a vintage carousel by the Eiffel tower. There is also another just over the river by the avenue de new york.
Of course I had to have a go.:)
Of course I had to have a go.:)
Ferris wheel in the Jardin de tuileries.
Ferris wheel in the Jardin de tuileries.
Musee de la chasse et de la nature in the Marais district.
Musee de la chasse et de la nature in the Marais district. An interesting visit.
I went all crazy cat lady and dragged Wil to a cat cafe.
I went all crazy cat lady and dragged Wil to a cat cafe. ^^
A very content occupant of Le Cafe des Chats.
A very content occupant of Le Cafe des Chats.
Part of the crazy colourful Caravan of the Tour de France on Sunday.
Part of the crazy colourful Caravan of the Tour de France on Sunday.
The French version of the Red Arrows flew over Paris on the race day.
The French version of the Red Arrows flew over Paris on the race day.
The tour winner in the yellow jersey ~ Nibali.
The tour winner in the yellow jersey ~ Nibali.
Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. well worth the climb.
Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. well worth the climb.
A delicious lemon tart in a cafe ~ Montmartre.
A delicious lemon tart in a cafe ~ Montmartre.
Love locks on the Pont des arts bridge over the river seine.
Lovelocks on the Pont des arts bridge over the river seine.
I found Tiffanys in Paris. Alas it was shut!
I found Tiffanys in Paris. Alas it was shut!
A beautiful blue door in the Marais.
A beautiful blue door in the Marais.
Pavement art stalls by the river.
Pavement art stalls by the river.

I cannot decide which are my favourite highlights from our trip. Having a picnic in the shade of the Eiffel tower, viewing Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, Enjoying the last stage of the Tour, climbing the steps up to the Sacre Coeur. There are so many. Yet there is still so much I’ve yet to see. Theres only one thing for it, I will have to go back……..Paris really is a good idea. 🙂

This was July’s post for the #take12trips challenge organized by Clare at Need Another Holiday. 🙂

Teacup Winner :)

I recently posted a ‘Teacup Giveaway’ to celebrate my blogs 2nd Birthday.

Thanks for all my blogging birthday wishes and to everyone who entered my giveaway. :))

I’ve just got back from lovely Paris ( ooh la la ) so will be posting about my trip very soon.  ❤

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Sacre Couer ~ Paris

Meanwhile  I  put all the entries into a teacup and got my other half to draw the winner. 🙂

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And the winner will soon be sipping their Earl Grey ( or whichever is their fave tea/tipple) from this delightful duo……..

Ta daaa
The winner is ………….. Emmy , who blogs over at Emily’s Vintage World.

Congratulations!  Emmy please email me your postal address to shazzarob@hotmail.co.uk

The Blitz Cafe ~ Hebden Bridge.

Have you ever been to Hebden Bridge?  Its a bohemian little Yorkshire town , packed full of quirky independent shops. There’s hobbledy cobbledy streets and surrounding  craggy countryside. We drove here the other weekend and saw quite a bit of said countryside!  The satnav took us on a bit of a magical mystery tour, so we were a bit frazzled by the time we finally arrived.

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It was a rainy & wet yet humid day.  Even the ducks and geese were bedraggled. 🙂

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We went in search of lunch and happily found  a cafe above Feathergills Emporium in st George’s Square called The Blitz Cafe. Its a 1940’s tea room brimming with wartime
memorabilia.

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The menus are written in ration book style with wartime inspired dishes such as Corned Beef Hash, Rabbit Pie and Blitz Rarebit.  Wil chose Bacon & Egg pie and I enjoyed my Homity Pie.

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My Homity Pie was very tasty. Its made with spam, leeks and savoury mash. 🙂

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There were some delicious homemade cakes on the menu too. And old fashioned pudding treats such as Spotted Dick and Jam Rolypoly. The waitresses dressed up in 1940s attire . I wish I had asked for a picture.

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Downstairs in the Emporium there were wonderful sweet smelling aromas from the Apothocary. Lotions and potions galore.

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So if your ever in Hebden Bridge , why not bob into the Blitz Cafe for a cuppa or a frefreshing glass of Rhubarb & Rosehip Cordial ( a waitresses recommendation  which was amazingly good) and a piece of pie or afternoon tea.

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Bye for now.X

52 Lists: Books I have enjoyed.

Although I used to read lots ( I mean lots! as a kiddiwink I bordered on antisocial as I always had my head in a book), these days I’m lucky if I manage to read three novels a year. 😦 I don’t know exactly why ~ i think its maybe because I havn’t found anything so riveting recently, that I want to leave my life temporarily and get lost in a good story. I think I just need to find a good story!  But anyway here is a list of some of the books I’ve enjoyed over the years…..some are still in my bookshelf. 🙂

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Alices Adventures in Wonderland  ~  Lewis Carroll.

Wuthering Heights  ~  Emily Bronte.

Bridget Jones Diary  ~  Helen Fielding.

Let the right one in   ~  John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Harry Potter Series    ~   J K Rowling.

Dracula  ~  Bram Stoker.

Salems Lot  ~  Stephen King.

Twilight  ~  Stephanie Meyer.

A Lion called Christian  ~ Anthony Bourke & John Rendall.

The Graveyard book  ~  Neil Gamen.

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents  ~  Terry Pratchet.

The Cat  ~  Colette.

The Lovely Bones  ~  Alice Seabold.

The Water Babies  ~  Charles Kingsley.

Game of Thrones series  ~  George R R Martin.

What are your favourite books? Any recommendations?

July : Photo An Hour.

When I can , I try to join in with Janey from Is that you darling and her Photo an Hour challenge. She invites anyone to participate , either on Instagram, their blog or both. She chose the Saturday just gone for July’s photos. It turned out to be rainy and muggy here in the North West. Here are my pics.

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9am ~ Enjoying a morning coffee , and watching the rain outside.

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10am ~ Slinky keeps an eye on me as I tidy the bedroom.

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11am ~ We are in Accrington. Dropped off some teacup candles at a friends shop. This pic is taken in the car park.

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12pm ~ Hebden Bridge. Ok this pic was taken at about half past as we used the sat nav to direct us from Accrington. An hour and a half later…..We both felt like throwing it out the car window!

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1pm ~ Lunch in a 1940s tearoom in HB. This Homity Pie was proper good. Peace and harmony restored 🙂

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2pm ~ Hebden Bridge is full of interesting little shops….including Vintage shops….so I had to drag Wil round a few….to keep out of the rain. Was good though and didn’t buy anything.

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3pm ~ On way home in the car with my only purchase. Mr Fitzpatricks Rhubarb & Rosehip Cordial. I tried it at Feathergills and couldn’t resist buying a bottle. 🙂

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4pm ~ Catching the end of Saturdays stage of the tour. I cannot pretend to remember who won though.lol

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5pm ~ Having a natter at my friend Beckys.She lives on the same street.Miss Tilly gets cozy on the sofa with me.

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6pm ~ I’m at home again with Wil and we are catching up on some shows. In the add break the new Coke commercial comes on. Very cute.:)

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7pm ~ I try out Mr Fitzpatricks cordial with some Archers. I had to nip to the corner shop for lemonade. It was marvelously refreshing.:-P

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8pm ~ Some nibbles to eat whil’st watching the dvd we put on. I shall leave you here as I then got engrossed in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ which was an enjoyably kooky film choice.

So there you have it. By the way I have a blog birthday Giveaway going on if you want to check it out. 🙂

52 Lists : My Hopes and dreams ( right now).

This is a difficult one as It is fair to say that if everything in my life right now stayed the same, I would be perfectly happy and greatful. However here is just a teeny list. 😉

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~ Need to get the house smartened up a little. DIY is always pushed to the back of our priorities. Holidays this year.Home improvements next year!

~ Another four legged friend. We have Slinky our cat and we will definitetly be looking for a doog after our travels this year. Our beloved labrador Jakey died in January and we miss him every day. Life for us is not as forfilling without him.

~ I would personally love a camper van or even a caravan ( must be getting old! ) but there again , we always have great camping trips with our little tent. 🙂

~ I think every girl would like to get engaged ( Hint Hint !) but having been married before ( when very very young) the whole actually getting wed bit , does give me the jitters. 😛

~ To continue feeling as happy and blessed as I do now. xx

Happy Blog Birthday and a Teacup Giveaway!

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Hi folks its JULY which means my little blog is celebrating its 2nd Birthday!  Two years ago I started Sunshine & Celandines after being inspired by some fabulous blogs out there and now I’m an avid blogger and blog reader. 🙂

Looking back at my stats it doesn’t surprise me that my most popular posts seem to have been those that involve teacups……as I am forever hunting for teacup treasures and posting about them.
My most often nosied at posts include a retro pudding in a tea cup and What To Do with Your Vintage Tea Cups.

With this in mind I thought I would do a little Giveaway to celebrate my blogs birthday. Its of course teacuptastic! Its a beautiful fine bone china cup & saucer. 🙂

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You could soon be drinking your cuppa from this teacup treasure. 🙂

I have actually started a bit of a collection of these cashmere tea cups by Maxwell &Williams because I cannot resist their gorgeous bright colouring and pretty design. I have chosen a sunshiney yellow one ( the colour of celandines 🙂 ) with a pink saucer to tempt you with.

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All you need to do is tell me your favourite teacup tipple in the comments section below. I will enter everyones name in a teacup draw on the 30 July and let the winner know soon after. Good luck!!

An amble around Ambleside. :)

Sunday, we visited the quaint little town of Ambleside in the Lake District. We were on our way to see family in the North Lakes , so stopped off here for lunch. Luckily the promised showers did not materialize so we bought  ourselves a little picnic  from the ApplePie Bakery and ‘ambled’ our way down to the lakeside. The lake is of course ‘Lake Windermere’ which is the largest of Cumbrias many expanses of water. The area by the lake is known as ‘Waterhead’ and it was fun to watch the world go by from here. We also treated ourselves to some chocolate dipped Icecreams ! After that we strolled back and looked round the town which is full of pretty gift shops, cafes , pubs and outdoorsy shops , all set against a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

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Bonjour Le Tour ~ Muker & Buttertubs.

So ok I might not know my Kittels from my Cavendishes, yet it was still a wonderful experience watching the Tour de France in Yorkshire over the weekend. We camped with friends in the picturesque village of Muker which lies at the foot of the Buttertubs pass. The first stage of the iconic race battled to the top for the coveted King of the Mountains polka dot jersey. By the time we had trudged all the way up there with kids and push chairs, we felt like Kings Of the Mountains ourselves. 🙂 The atmosphere was fantastic! Here are some pictures from our weekend. 🙂2014-07-05 16.04.40

Sheltering from the rain in the King of the Mountains festival bar ( Friday).
Sheltering from the rain in the King of the Mountains festival bar ( Friday).

Making flower wreaths.
Making flower wreaths.

Bonjour Buttertubs!
Bonjour Buttertubs!
Grrrrrr Tiger on tour.
Grrrrrr Tiger on tour.

French Yorkshiremen.
French Yorkshiremen.
Tv crew Helicopter.
Tv crew Helicopter.

Miffy Mobiles.
Miffy Mobiles.

I'll have some of that please. :)
I’ll have some of that please. 🙂

The Peloton.
The Peloton.
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Love this pic of Lydia and Bronte with some rather tipsy 'Frenchmen'.
Love this pic of Lydia and Bronte with some rather tipsy ‘Frenchmen’.
King of the Mountains Festival grounds.
King of the Mountains Festival grounds.
We watched the High lights on a big screen.
We watched the High lights on a big screen.
Saturday night in the Festival Bar.
Saturday night in the Festival Bar.
The little uns keeping comfy while the grown ups pack up camp ( Sunday).
The little uns keeping comfy while the grown ups pack up camp ( Sunday).
Happy Campers! ( Sunday).
Happy Campers! ( Sunday).

We had a fantastic couple of days and it was really amazing that we got to experience the wonderful Yorkshire hospitality of the tour de france. :))))