July Round Up.

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On The Box ~ Binge watched a whole load of ‘Penny Dreadful’ episodes. I love this show which is set in Victorian England and brings to life many gothic favourites such as Frankenstein and Dorian Grey. Reeve Carney and Josh Hartnett are total eyecandy. 🙂 And Eva Green is just mesmorising as the mysterious Vanessa Ives. Also this month I enjoyed the BBC adaptation of ‘The Outcast’ (heartbreaking and beautiful) and I’m still obsessed with ‘Orange is the New Black’ of course…

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Glamping ~ This month we tried Glamping for the first time.Three nights in a cozy Shepherd’s Hut in The Lake District. REALLY recommend it.Read   my post if you fancy a little tour of the snug interior of Gerdy Hut.

Books ~ Mysteries are solved over tea and iced buns in ‘The Mystery of The Clockwork Sparrow’ a Charming tale of mobsters amongst the millinery , heroines with hats , secret codes and dastardly villians. A sort of Nancy Drew meets Mr Selfridge.Great fun.:)

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Blog Birthday Give Away ~ July means ‘Sunshine and Celandines’ is 3 years old!!! In celebration I hosted a little giveaway ~ the delightful Flower Press above. Thanks to everyone who liked and commented. 😀 And the winner ( randomly drawn from a flower pot ! ) is……….. Janey from ‘ Is that you Darling’. Well done Janey!! I will be in touch.

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Doggy Paddles ~ Inspired by a couple of recent trips to the Lake District we have pinned a map on the wall to show the lakes and tarns that Hugo has taken a dip in. So far there have been five! Plenty more to go then.He loves the water.Are we sad dog owners or what!! 🙂

July Photo scavenger Hunt.

July’s Photo scavenger hunt was pretty challenging! What did you think if you took part? Anyway all my pictures this month were taken in the Lake District, where I went camping in Keswick and Glamping in Coniston. 🙂coniston shepherd huts 129D is for? ~ Dog of course. Here is Hugo sunbathing.

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Wide ~ Lakes are usually wide yes! This is Ullswater in the Northern Lake District.

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Edge ~ Freddie the Fox living life  on the edge , on a boat ,on the lake, Coniston. 🙂

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cylindrical ~ Check out these HUGE chimneys at Coniston Old Hall.

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Feelings ~ Weddings evoke so many feelings don’t they. A wedding going on in Coniston over the weekend we were staying there.

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Mysterious ~ I always find Yarn bombing mysterious. Who put it there and why? This cute cupcake is in Threlkeld.

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Weed ~ Knapweed on the roadside in Torver near Coniston.

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Joke ~ A shop front in Hawkshead. It was raining at the time so sun protection not needed!

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pile ~ a pile of very calorific pancakes for breakfast at ‘The Filling Station’ in Keswick. See also the top picture,piling on the calories with a scone drenched in hot rum butter and cream. Naughty but awfully nice. 🙂

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Speed ~ A 100 mile race that started and finished in Coniston.

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Night ~ Red Sky at Night at Hoathwaite Campsite, Coniston. We spent a long weekend in the cute Shepherd’s Hut. You can read my post about our stay  here.

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Whatever you want ~ Enjoying a cruise along Coniston on The Steam Yacht Gondola. 🙂

Thanks to Jill at Made With Love for arranging the hunt. 🙂

Herdy Huts ~ My stay in a Shepherd’s Hut. :)

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Although I LOVE camping I have always been curious about Glamping. Wouldn’t it be great to experience all the outdoorsy fun of camping with some lovely home comforts too. After a little research I found the website for Herdy Huts in the Lake District and was smitten  .I just had to book a long weekend in one of their cute Shepherd’s Huts!

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Shepherd’s Huts apparently have a long history ,dating  as far back as the 1500’s. They were used as their name suggests, by shepherds tending their flocks. They are basically huts on wheels and can be rolled from location to location. The Herdy Huts current location is Hoathwaite Campsite near Coniston. The views are stunning!

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There are three huts available and I booked Gerdy hut !  Each hut is furnished in warm and bright colours with everything you could possibly need. We were surprised at how spacious Gerdy actually is. There is a snug double bed ( with a single bunk above) , a table and seating area, kitchen storage, a gas hob and a wonderful wood burner which is also an oven. A delicious aroma of firewood and fabric softener envelops you as you enter. 🙂

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The huts comfortably fit two adults or two adults and a child. A well behaved dog is welcome too. 🙂

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The Shepherd’s Huts are on a campsite so toilets and showers are shared with the campers. They are basic but this wasn’t a problem as they were kept very clean. The campsite is also part of a working farm so don’t be surprised if you come across a few friendly cows!

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The location is pretty much perfect. A two mile or so lakeside walk to the pretty village of Coniston one way and a shorter walk to Torver the other way. But mostly we just loved hanging out at our hut. 🙂 We were fortunate really that the weather was mixed. When the sun shone we made the most of the bench and brazer outside and when it rained and the wind howled, well we were nice and toasty in Gerdy. I miss Gerdy already!

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A three night weekend break or a four night midweek break in Herdy, Gerdy or Blea costs £260. £10 extra for one well behaved dog.

Have you ever been Glamping?

Mum and Dad’s Wedding pics.

When I last visited Mum in June she let me borrow a couple of her and Dad’s wedding photos to scan. I thought it would be interesting to show them here.:) Mum and Dad got married on a scorching hot Septembers day in 1972. They had met through friends ( on a bit of a blind date actually) and Dad ( a farmer) asked Mum ( a farmer’s daughter)”‘So how many sheep have you got?”, and love bloomed!

I asked Mum about her dress and why she chose it. Mum being Mum just said it fit so that was that! The dress was made from a sort of jersey material with a ruched top. Unfortunately she doesn’t remember what make it was or how much it was….though she does recall it was the fruit of a shopping trip to Liverpool. Mum also wore a hat and told me that in the early seventies it was the fashion for brides to wear hats, rather than veils.

Dad and Mum.
Dad and Mum.

I  really love the bridesmaid’s dresses. Mum said she chose
them because they were different to all the other bridesmaid’s dresses in the shop. Well looking at them now, they are indeed very retro, with their lace trimmed wide sleeves and that very kitsch floral pattern. All the outfits were tied in together with salmon pink and white carnation posies.  The bridesmaids were Mum’s two youngest nieces Karen and Jane and Dad’s youngest niece at the time, Linda. Don’t my cousins look cute!

Mum with her bonnie bridesmaids.
Mum with her bonnie bridesmaids.

Mum and Dad went on to work on the family farm together and have three children, myself and my younger sister & brother. Sadly Dad died when I was a teenager. Mum would eventually remarry and lives happily in the Lakes.

What did your parents wear at their wedding?

Butterflies.

At the weekend I spent a good hour ( minus a butterfly net, I need one! ) chasing butterflies. When I took part in #30dayswild back in June, we were sadly lacking in butterfly action here in the North West. July though, and those flutterbys are everywhere. I think the eruption of summer flowers such as thistles, meadow sweet and meadow cranesbill plus the mild weather has coaxed them out of their cocoons. 🙂 As well as the butterflies spotted below, I spied Cabbage Whites and a Peacock butterfly that I couldn’t catch on camera.

Meadow Cranesbill.
Meadow Cranesbill.

Comma.
Comma.

Indian Balsam.
Indian Balsam.

Dragonfly.
Dragonfly.

Meadowsweet.
Meadowsweet.

Painted Lady.
Painted Lady.

Speckled Wood.
Speckled Wood.

Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

Oh Hello there!
Oh Hello there!

Any ideas? Not sure what these little butterflies/moths are?
Any ideas? Not sure what these little butterflies/moths are?

I hope to see a few more species over the summer. Oh if you like flowers, you may enjoy my little giveaway , two posts before this one. :))

July Photo an Hour.

Saturday was Photo an Hour day arranged by Janey at Is that You Darling and Louisa at Duck in a Dress so I thought I would join in on Instagram and now on here. This is how my day went….image

8am ~ Eating Marmite on toast and Slinky looks interested. 🙂image

9am ~ Gave my Mum a ring for a catch up. She gets up pretty early so I knew she wouldn’t be having a lie in.image

10am ~ I recently bought this cook book which appears to feature recipes that are gluten free,dairy free and sugar free! I could do with that glow though ,so making a list of ingredients I will need to buy. Most of her dishes seem to contain coconut oil.image

11am ~ Hugo probably thinking ‘Oh no not another picture , Human’.image

12 Noon ~ A spot of lunch. Pea and ham soup. My favourite.image

1pm ~ Having a mooch uptown. Its quite a nice day though rather breezy.image

2pm ~ We take Hugo down the fields. Usually he is off lead but we saw some sheep further down. He is good and just ignores them but of course its better to be safe than sorry.image

3pm ~ I had taken my camera along specifically to take photos of butterflies. Wil carried on with Hugo and I lurked around the undergrowth chasing insects. This is a Comma I think and there were a few fluttering round this woodchip.image

4pm ~ I’m still out but heading home through the white clover filled fields.image

5pm ~ We are preparing this monkfish curry ( but with cod as couldn’t find any monkfish) from the Madeleine Shaw cook book I mentioned earlier. It turned out ok but not as tasty as I thought it would be. Have you ever made Cauliflower rice? Its basically grated cauliflower!image

6pm ~ Tonight I’m wearing a Peapod necklace…image

7pm ~ We are meeting some friends in the pub. Gutted there is no beer garden.

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8pm ~ Drinking cider and whenever I go to the Ale House in Clitheroe I have to glance through the resident 1980 Bunty annual. 🙂 I didn’t take any more pics after. That cider was 7.5 % . Slight hangover today.

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

Happy Blog Birthday Giveaway.

Wow July is a bit of a month for celebrating!  This month the Other Half and I will have been going out Ten years. TEN Years!  Quite an achievement I hear you say. Also in July I recieved a letter from work congratulating me on my Long Service.Eeeek , I won’t tell you how long ….as it will reveal how ancient I actually am….But yay I do get a few goodies which is always nice.  Oh and I mustn’t forget the best anniversary of all ( ok the second best 😉 ).This bloggity blog has a Birthday. Its 3 years old!!  I’m so impressed that I’m still managing to find stuff to post after three whole years, that I think I will have to indulge in a little Giveaway. Just to say thanks to you for actually stopping by once in a while. IT means a lot. <3<3

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So I’m giving away this pretty Wooden Flower Press. I bought it recently from The Orchid House in Keswick. With a colourful floral pattern and chunky screws it certainly takes me back to my childhood. If you fancy preserving a few summer flowers why not comment below. Simply tell me your favourite flower and your favourite childhood toy/game. All entries will be put in a flower pot and a winner randomly chosen at the end of the month.

Thanks guys! 🙂

Saltaire Saturday.

On Saturday we headed off to Saltaire near Bradford for the afternoon.I have posted about this former mill workers village before, but hey its so lovely its deserving of another mention. The wonderfully named textile factory owner ‘Sir Titus Salt’ designed and built Saltaire for his workers in the 1800s. The location was inspired.Away from the crowded and unhealthy conditions of Bradford , yet close to railway and canal links, Saltaire was built next to the river Aire and benefited from a church, a school, allotments to grow food,pleasant greens and squares, a hospital and even a large park. Many of the buildings were designed in a classical style , influenced by the italian Renaissance. For the times, Titus Salts workforce were very fortunate indeed. Today the village is a UNESCO World heritage site and Salts Mill houses several shops including Salts Book and Poster store & All terrain Cycles, as well as a huge David Hockney Art exhibition. On Victoria road there are several fab independant shops and cafes.

I was super excited to sample a sumptious slice of cake from the 1940’s & 50’s Style patisserie that is Jeanettes Cakery on Bingley rd, but unfortunately it was closed. 😦 A quick check on facebook showed that the owners are tieing the knot this weekend.So congrats to them. 🙂 I will return!!

I took a few photos of our amble round Saltaire.Enjoy….and visit soon.:)

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Camping Trip ~ Keswick.

One of my fave places to go camping has got to be Keswick in the Lake District. This popular lakeside market town brimming with outdoorsy shops, dog friendly pubs and heavenly tea rooms is an excellent base for exploring our most iconic National Park.

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Last week we stayed at Keswick Camping & Caravanning Club Campsite. . Its more expensive than the campsites we normally choose but the closeness to town ( a few minutes stroll) and the stunning location on the banks of Derwent Water made up for that. Its an eight mile walk around the lake and there are also cruises from Keswick Launch. From the campsite we had gorgeous views of the lake and the mountains beyond.

Greylag geese on the lake.
Greylag geese on the lake.

We were really lucky to have pretty good weather when we camped….though a few thunderstorms during the night made it interesting! Happily our labrador Hugo didn’t seem to be fazed by the crashes and bangs. 🙂 Here are a few things we got up to in our time in the Lake District.

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We walked to  the village of Threlkeld and back along an old railway line. If you’re anything like me and hyperventilate at the mere thought of climbing a mountain, then this walk/cycle route maybe perfect for you . My seven year old nephew can pedal this three mile there and three mile back part of the coast to coast with ease. And instead of Derwent Water it was nice to discover the River Greta and its surrounding countryside instead. Check out Miles without stiles for more info.

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Surprise Yarn bombing in Threlkeld.

We took Hugo to a Pencil Museum!  Ok dogs would probably prefer to be splashing in a lake but it’s nice that this attraction lets you bring along a four legged friend on a drizzly Saturday morning. The Cumberland Pencil Museum archives and celebrates how the Borrowdale Valleys natural graphite supplies were turned into pencil lead. The museum is home to the world’s first pencil and the world’s longest colour pencil.  Derwent pencils were used in the original ‘The Snowman’ animation and did you know the museum featured in the dark Brit comedy film ‘Sightseers’. Its a great place to take the kids and big kids to indulge in a bit of colouring. 🙂

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We ate delicious local food. 🙂 There are plenty of places to eat in Keswick and most use produce sourced locally. We were spoilt for choice….

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Tasty goulash is the signature dish in the cozy  Dog and Gun on Lake Road.

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Yummy carrot cake ( on such an adorable plate! ) sat outside the charming Little Chamonix Cafe.

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Man vs Food style pancake stack at the The Filling Station Cafe diner on Crossthwaite Rd. Yummy indeed!

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We bought a Dog Friendly Pub Walks book from a great pet shop in Keswick called Podgy Paws and decided to try a walk from the ‘Beehive Pub’ at Eamont , on the way to visiting my Mums near Penrith. There are 15 no stile walks in the book and lots of amusing and cute piccies of happy hounds. 🙂

Splashing around in Ullswater.
Splashing around in Ullswater.

We also went to Pooley Bridge near Ullswater and had lots of fun paddling and watching the doog jump off the pier. 🙂

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And back to ‘Derwent Water’ which you can, as I mentioned before, walk all the way round. We only made it as far as Friars Crag which has beautiful views of the islands in the lake.

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And I had to do a bit of shopping of course. The Orchid House on Lake rd in Keswick is one of those shops that is brimming full of lovely stuff. I wanted to buy everything…but I will show you what I did buy in a future post. 🙂

More from the Lakes again soon as I shall be swapping Camping for Glamping near Coniston at the end of the month. Excited!!