A frosty afternoon.

A tantalising glimpse of snow on Pendle , here in the Ribble Valley it is cold and frosty. Yesterday we wandered down as far as the river and back with little Hugo. He really enjoyed himself running riot.But he is a little unsure of water yet, especially after rather ungracefully plunging into the icy cold brook!  It was a gorgeous day though.Bright and cold.Perfect for a winters walk.

A frosty field.
A frosty field.
Hugo in a typical pose.
Hugo in a typical pose.
Puppy selfie.
Puppy selfie.
Snow on Pendle.
Snow on Pendle.
Goosander in his winter plumage.
Goosander in his winter plumage.
singing thrush.
singing thrush.
Frozen.
Frozen.

I shall leave you here with a Happy New Year and my best wishes for a terrific 2015. X

A bloggers Christmas gift swap.

My most anticipated present to open this Christmas was without a doubt a well wrapped parcel I recieved in the post.

I took part in Janet’s ‘Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap’ which she has organized in the past too. I’m glad she decided to do it again this year.

Janet who blogs at Words that can only be your own made sure that everyone was randomly given a name of someone also taking part to buy for. I ended up getting Janet herself.No presure there then! :))

The aim was to be thrifty with your purchases.Find or make little gifts. Look in charity shops etc. Here is what I got Janet.

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I made her a teacup candle ( I can’t sew , but I can make candles! ) as she likes vintage treasures. I also purchased a couple of cute and Christmassy brooches made by talented craft fair friends and luckilly Janet loves this time of year so a birdie tree decoration went in the box too. Finally I found a book of short stories by feminist authors from a second hand book shop in my home town. I think they went down well.:)

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I too recieved a package in the post and above are all the lovely goodies that it contained! I was delighted when I saw that my parcel was from Louisa.Her blog Duck In A Dress is another of my faves. πŸ™‚

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Louisa really did her homework as all her gifts were so thoughtful and I love them all. She truelly spoilt me! Look at my beautiful Cath Kidston mug and Christmas card.

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There were edible Christmas goodies galore too ,including a tasty selection of baked goods from her local farm shop Farringtons.

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There was even a mini bottle of prosecco to wash them down with. And my goodies came with Alice in Wonderland ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ tags.

My favourite item from Louisa is without a doubt this childrens book from 1949 called ‘Plant and Animal Ways’.

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It is packed full of gorgeous wildlife illustrations.Its an American publication and chapters include ‘Slippers and Sliders’ ( about snakes!), ‘Monkey Manners’ and ‘Fiddle Heads, Fronds and Ferns’. πŸ™‚

Thanks to Janet for organizing the swap and Louisa for my fab pressies. X

Merry Christmas :-D

Just one more day of pre Christmas madness in my job ( work in a supermarket ) so expecting to witness a few mad trolley dashes for the last sprout/ wedge of stilton, before I get away this evening! Plan doing absolutely nothing tonight except cracking opening the wine, munching on mince pies and watching some Christmas telly. Oh and I have to wrap a few bits up for Hugo.I suspect our pup will want to get in on any unwrapping action tommorrow.:)

Its just Wil and I on Christmas day ( apart for a planned little Xmas morning walk with some pals and their pooches) so I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing time. I really can’t wait!

Anyway I wish all my blogging friends and folk who do me the honor of dropping by my little piece of cyber space occasionally ~ a very Merry Christmas. Xx

2014 in Photos.

Another year has come to an end once again. How time flies! As is now tradition on my little blog( a new tradition of two years!) here is a quick roundup of my year….in pictures.

We are Family!
We are Family!

January had its ups and downs. We lost our beautiful old labrador Jake which hit us hard. And my family’s farm came out of the family when my Uncle retired. So a pretty emotional month. I did get chance to go for a fun family meal with my lovely sister and cousins.

Newton!
Newton!
Teacup Candles galore.
Teacup Candles galore.

In February Wil and I managed a night away in Leeds and saw one of our fave singers ‘Newton Falkner’. I also started making teacup candles again after a month off.I like to sell them at craft fairs.

Slinky Chillaxing. ^^
Slinky Chillaxing. ^^

March was the first month I joined in with Janeys Photo an Hour Challenge and Slinky the cat appeared in it of course. πŸ™‚

Morecambe Bay.
Morecambe Bay.
Girly day out. :)
Girly day out. πŸ™‚

Easter Monday fell in April and the sun was shining so we had a day out at the seaside. πŸ™‚ Morecambe Bay is a gorgeous area to visit if you’re ever in Lancashire. I also spent the day in Manchester with some of my besties.

Waiting for a romantic getaway. :)
Waiting for a romantic getaway. πŸ™‚
Remote and beautiful martindale.
Remote and beautiful martindale.

In May I purchased a beautiful vintage suitcase from a craft fair friend. Its covered in postage stamps from all over the world. πŸ™‚ And I spent a few days at my Mums in the lovely Lakes.

Happy Campers. :)
Happy Campers. πŸ™‚

We had our first camping trip of the year in June at Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales.

Bonjour Buttertubs!
Bonjour Buttertubs!
The tour winner in the yellow jersey ~ Nibali.
The tour winner in the yellow jersey ~ Nibali.
a carousel and Eiffel Tower. :)
a carousel and Eiffel Tower. πŸ™‚

July was a pretty special month! Not only were we lucky enough to watch the beginning of the ‘Tour de France’ in Yorkshire, we saw the end too in Paris. Both experiences were fantastic and although not a huge cycling fan, I enjoyed myself very much. We spent four nights in Paris and it was my first time there and was as wonderful as I imagined it would be.

Beach Hut day.
Beach Hut day.
Red Bank Farm from the lane.
Red Bank Farm from the lane.

August was all about the seaside.:) My friend Jo booked a beach hut day in St Annes for our mate Maz’s birthday.We made a day of it and despite the blustery weather, had a fab
time.Also went camping with Wil on the coast at a great little site ‘Red Bank Farm’ near Morecambe.

Cocktails :)
Cocktails πŸ™‚

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In September I enjoyed taking some pics at the ‘Ribble Valley Mod Weekender’ and helped celebrate a friends birthday with cocktails in the clouds ~ well almost, Cloud23 in Manchester.

Four kids, two Bedlington terriers and a few of the grown ups. :)
Four kids, two Bedlington terriers and a few of the grown ups. πŸ™‚
Solfar Sculpture, Reykjavik.
Solfar Sculpture, Reykjavik.
Baby Hugo and his duck. The duck and its replacement didn't last long!
Baby Hugo and his duck. The duck and its replacement didn’t last long!

Exciting times too in October with a lifetime ambition to visit Iceland achieved! An otherworldly destination I would love to return to. πŸ™‚ There was also a fun and interesting walk with friends and family along the Pendle Sculpture trail ….and we welcomed a new edition to the family. Hugo!

Hugo's first outing.
Hugo’s first outing.
Afternoon tea at Northcote Manor.
Afternoon tea at Northcote Manor.

November meant Hugo was old enough to take out on his first walks. πŸ™‚ And Wil treated me to Afternoon tea at a posh restaurant for my birthday.

And its nowΒ December ! Looking back at my year it looks like I have certainly got out and about a bit. TheΒ Take12trips challenge I participated in certainly inspired me in that I think. Might be something I could go back to next year. Mostly though 2014 has been a great one spent with the people I love. Aw. πŸ™‚ Heres to a fab 2015!

December Photo an Hour.

The weekend brought with it another Photo An Hour day, this time on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday. Heres what I got up to…

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8-30am ~ Opening my beach hut advent calender. Its a Christmas Pud!

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9-30am ~ Taking the hound out in the park.

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10-30am ~ a brew in my Christmassy mug.

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11-30am ~ Admiring slipper boots in our newly opened branch of FatFace.

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12-30pm ~ Pie & Peas for lunch.

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1-30pm ~ Setting up a stall at a Christmas fair with my friend Jo.

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2-30pm ~ Our stall is next to the tree and a slightly grumpy looking santa.

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3-30pm ~ I have my eye on this purple wooly snood that Jo knitted! Looks a bargain.:)

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4-30pm ~ Its a hard life at these craft fairs.;-)

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5-30pm ~ Home to Hugo.

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6-30pm ~ Relaxing in my new fatface slippers.Yes I did buy some.And the snuggly snood that Jo knitted for our stall.Naughty eh!

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7-30pm ~ Checking what I want to watch on the Christmas telly listings.Slinky is helping…kinda.

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8-30pm ~ Signing off now!

Thanks to Janey for organizing the Photo an hour challenge all this year.Its been fun!

A Christmas brew at Callooh!

Feeling festive ( and somewhat frazzled) after listening to Christmas tunes all day πŸ™‚ , I joined a couple of work chums for a brew and a chat in my favourite vintage tea room Callooh! Callay

Callooh is no stranger to my blog and has featured in several posts! Its a bijou Alice In Wonderland inspired cafe that serves delicious home cooked food and a varied selection of teas, named after Wonderland phrases and characters.
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Since my first post two years ago , the tea room has come under new management. It is however still as lovely as ever. The tea and cakes are served in mismatched vintage china and pink flamingos are a big part of the decor. Sorry my pictures are a little dark.

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As I prefer fruit teas I decided on ‘Were All Mad Here’ , a refreshing fruity burst of strawberries, elderberries, rosehips and lemongrass. My colegue K tried a black tea called ‘Cheshire Cat Got the Cream’ whils’t my other workmate C preferred a coffee. I wonder whose idea it was to order a sumptious slice of chocolate yule log.Hmmm let me see….. πŸ˜‰

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Before leaving we had a nosy upstairs. There are two rooms devoted to lovely gifts and vintage goodies. One of the rooms is now a new vintage venture called ‘Tumtumtree vintage’ selling clothes and other interesting bits and pieces. I have my eye on these two brass cockerels.Roll on payday!

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So if your ever in Clitheroe and fancy a pot of tea and an explore in a curiosity shop, you will find Callooh! Callay on Moor Lane ~ not to far from the castle gates. Enjoy!

A wanderers wish list :-D

As 2015 we have no plans to holiday abroad…..I thought I would list a few places here in Blighty, that I would love to spend a few days away at.  Would be lovely!

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Rum Doodle.

Described on their website as ‘a little bit of luxury, a little bit of whimsy & a whole lot of fun’ , Rum Doodle is a Windermere guest house with 12 individually furnished rooms and the promise of tea and cake on arrival.Sounds just my cup of tea.

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The Duke at Spring Parc.

I love the idea of cozying up by the wood burner in an old showmans wagon. Spring Parc in Cornwall has several  beautiful wagons and cabins.And you can bring your hound on holiday too. πŸ™‚

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Spiral staircase at The Midland.

Breathe in the sea air and relax in the classic Art- deco style Midland Hotel overlooking the bay in Morecambe, Lancashire. Vintage glamour on the prom.

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Picturesque Portmeirion.

Staying in the magical mediterenean looking resort of Portmeirion on the Snowdonia peninsula would be an amazing experience I feel. The hotels accomodation is dotted around the village as well as in the grande hotel whose rooms feature a floor to celing mirrored suite. Cult tv series ‘The Prisoner’ was filmed here in the 1960s.

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Its a tree house. πŸ™‚

Fancy staying in a luxury lodge or treehouse overlooking a lake in Lancashire. Cleveley Mere near Garstang has rowing, fishing, friendly ducks, bikes for hire, firepits and a wellie hut on site. Some lodges are dog friendly too. πŸ™‚

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Dungerness Desert!

Well I never realised there was a desert in England! Dungerness is an atmospheric shingle peninsula on the Kent coast that is home to weather boarded cottages, abandoned lighthouses,a boat graveyard, a power station and some of the best seafood going apparently. Some accomodation can be found at Cottages In Kent.

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Lovely La Rosa.

Victorian seaside guesthouse in the Yorkshire resort of Whitby, La Rosa with fabulous sea and abbey views. Packed full of quirky curiousities, this friendly and unique b&b is quite a haven for teacups and taxidermy.I know! I have spent a night here before and loved it! Especially enjoyed the breakfast hamper that is delivered to your door in the morning. πŸ™‚

So is there anywhere you fancy staying on my list? Or have you ever stopped anywhere a little quirky and/ or unusual? I’d love to know!

Yet to experience….Some Wintery Firsts.

I realised only the other day that I have never, ever ……tasted Egg Nog , the sweet egg, cream and bourbon based drink so symbolic of festive cheer. That got me thinking, what other wintery traditions and treats have I yet to experience?? Here are a few things I have still never tried in all my ( cough ! 41 shhhh..) Christmases.

Make a snow angel in the snow.

Try Wassail ~ a mulled cider drink.Β Β I have now made my own Mulled Cider in a slow cooker, with bottled cider, a clove filled orange and cinnamon sticks, but have yet to try the traditional Wassail.

KeepΒ my hands warm and cosy in a toasty muff.

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Go to Midnight Mass.

Get my Hygge on and buy a Danish Pancake Pan and make Danish Pancakes known as Ebelskivers.Β 

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Have a Skiing Lesson in the Snow.

Cook Christmas Dinner ! Β Sorry, I am no domestic goddess. πŸ˜‰

Watch Frozen.Β Β Aaaah I have watched Frozen since writing this post originally.Β 

Go Ice skating outdoors.

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Spend Christmas in another Country.

Take part in a Boxing Day Swim. Brrrrrrrrr!! No thanks!!

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Tenby Boxing Day Swim.

Visit Lapland. My sister has been with her kids and a friend is taking her daughter this year. Sooo jealous!

Is there anything in my list that you have yet to try? What would be on your winters ‘ Yet to experience’ list? I would love to know.:))

A Christmasy weekend. :)

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I guess that particular phrase is starting to pop up everywhere at the moment….but in my case ,it felt quite true for me at the weekend. πŸ™‚

On Saturday I met up with a couple of friends in town and we had lunch and did a bit of Christmas shopping. It was Shop Local wknd so it was nice to wander round the little independant shops, small towns like my home town of Clitheroe have in abundance. I’m trying to buy as much as I can from these smaller businesses this year as they really do offer something a little different to the gifts you can find in the more well known stores.

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I love the Christmassy drinks you can try in December. A friend and I enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate called ‘The Purple One’ inspired by my favourite Quality Street. πŸ™‚

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Just thought I would show you this Frozenesque ( Is that a word? πŸ™‚ ) wedding gown in the window of ‘Orchid Designs’ in Clitheroe. I have walked passed it several times and wondered who will be the fairytale bride. I’m not sure if you can see clearly…but look at the blue snowflakes on the train.

And below is the Crib that goes up near the Castle. As soon as the little nativity figures are put in , the town feels so much more Christmassy.

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On Sunday I went round to my friend Beckys and helped put the decorations up. My niece and nephew came too and we had fun with glitter, glue, crayons, paper, scissors and a singing dancing Christmas tree. Total chaos but lots of fun!

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So the best thing so far about the build up to Christmas has been spending happy times with family and friends. Ho Ho Ho.And to round up this post here is a photo of little Hugo. I really must get him some antlers! πŸ™‚

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Let it Snow …….In The Movies.

We all love a Christmas film to cozy up to at this time of year…..but sometimes all it takes is a flurry of snow or even a twirl of a snowflake, to make us feel like snuggling with a mug of mulled wine. Here are just a few snowy scenes from the movies!

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Heartwarming adventure in the arctic with Paul Walker ~ Eight Below ( 2006).

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Furry hats, Ice palaces and love in the time of war ~ Doctor Zhivago ( 1965).

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An unlikely Bob Sleigh team ( from Jamacia!) qualify for the Winter Olympics in Calgary ~ Cool Runnings(1993).

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Lily Collins finds her handsome prince in this sweet adaption of Snow White ~ Mirror Mirror (2012).

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Inspiring true life tale about how an Alaskan town gathered together to rescue three blue whales trapped under the ice ~ The Big Miracle (2012).

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A boy builds a snowman who comes to life and takes him on an adventure one winters night, before melting in the morning.Sob 😦 ~ The Snowman ( 1982).

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Four siblings travel to the magical land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe. They discover it is their destiny to help defeat the White Witch Jadis who rules the kingdom under an icy grip ~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ( 2005).

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Romance and snowboarding find Kim ( Felicity Jones ) when she accepts a job as a chalet maid in this engaging chick flick ~ Chalet Girl (2011).

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Hans Christian Andersons fairytale ‘The Snow Queen’ is brought to life in this beautiful looking Disney animation. I’ve yet to see this…..looks perfect for my winter film fest ~ Frozen (2013).

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Classic tale of a gold hunters friendship with a wolf dog , starring Ethan Hawk ~ White Fang ( 1992).

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Our favourite ‘singleton’ finds love for being ‘just the way you are’ with her own Mr Darcy ~ Bridget Jones Diary ( 2001).

What will you be watching this winter? :))