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Malham Show.

I’m really pleased that this summer I managed to go to one of our local agricultural shows. Malham Show in the Yorkshire Dales has been going for over 100 years. Set against the scenic backdrop of Malham Cove it featured a varied timetable of events including Heavy Horses, Gundog display, Vintage tractor parade and a Fell Race. I know I have published a few photos in my previous posts but I have plenty more to share with you. 🙂

Highland cattle.
Highland cattle.
Sheep.
Prize winning Sheep.
Classic cars.
Classic cars.
Vintage steam organ.
Vintage steam organ.
Showjumpers.
Ponies.
Prize Onions.
Prize Onions.
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Prize specimens.
Resting Gun dog.
Resting Gun dog.
Vintage Tractors.
Vintage Tractors.
My nephew on the climbing wall.
My nephew on the climbing wall.
Harris Hawk.
Harris Hawk.
Fell Race.
Fell Race.

What I like about these country shows is that they are still so similar to the ones I attended as a young girl with my Mum,Dad and siblings. Traditions are upheld. Despite all the hardships farming life continues. I love that. 🙂

Have you been to any country shows this year?  There is still time as many events are held in September. 🙂

August Photo An Hour.

Well Photo challenges are like buses at the moment. None all month…..then two come at once!  This one is the Photo Every Hour challenge , organized by Janey who blogs at Is that you darling. Saturday was the day chosen and here are my pictures.

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8am ~ Drinking black coffee in my new Alice In Wonderland mug that a friend bought me from the Whittard shop in Manchester. She’s a real beauty ( friend and mug 😉 ).

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9am ~ Tidying up I am easily distracted by this little cutie. Its Slinky Malinki of course. Do anyone else’s cats practically live in the bedroom? Slinky only emerges to torment the dog!

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10am ~ Bought this cute puffin card in Arnside ( a cumbrian seaside town) and its so pretty It needs to be framed.

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11am ~ Hugo is having a sunny indoor snooze. No good when your’e hoovering!

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12 Noon ~ ON the way out. Were off to Malham show in the Yorkshire Dales. My brothers driving and were meeting more family when we get there.

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1pm ~ The first animals we see at this popular agriculture show are the Highland cows. I love Highland cows. They remind me of many happy camping holidays in Scotland as a child.

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2pm ~ The Falcon display team are resting. Not sure what kind of Hawk this is. Anyone know?

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3pm ~ Brother in law is about to attempt to win a Minion.

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4pm ~ Stood outside the craft tent and the vintage tractors tootle past.

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5pm ~  Heading back home now and yes, its difficult to find anything very inspiring to take a picture of in a car….

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6pm ~ Tea is a spicy taco mix with mince in a wrap. Was pretty good actually!

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7pm ~ Off out to a U2 tribute band tonight with the other half.

8pm ~ But it was postponed.:(( We got there and had to decamp to the pub instead. But luckily we should get to see U22 in October. Hopefully!.

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August Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Hi this months  Photo Scavenger Hunt  organized by Jill at Made With Love was pretty challenging once again. But Hey I love a challenge! These pics were taken on various days out through the month including the seaside and Malham show. 🙂
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Horizontal ~ Picture of the blue sky and cotton wool clouds taken by me lead down at the front of the beach hut that we hired for the day. Cue a few funny looks! 

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Square ~ Open up the beach hut and you have the perfect ( and square shaped ) view of the sand and glistening sea.

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Diversity ~ Someone’s beautiful cottage garden near where I live. A dazzling diversity of flowers.

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Rough ~ The rough and rocky face of Malham cove in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Bow ~ My brother and our niece Imogen. She is wearing a bow in that tumble of curls. 🙂

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Joy ~ My two Goddaughters enjoying a ride at the funfair.

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Forgotten ~ Old fishing boats ,quite forgotten until they are needed to go out to Sea.

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Crowd ~  The crowds are out at Malham show watching the bonniest dog competition.

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Colourless ~ The transparency  of this reservoir mirrors Pendle Hill in its colourless and calm waters.

 

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Friendly ~ Donkeys on St Anne’s beach.

Gorgeous blue scabious.
Gorgeous blue scabious.

Whatever you want ~ Beautiful blue scabious flower in Pendle Hill country.

Thanks for taking a look. 🙂

Clitheroe Food Festival.

At the weekend it was my local towns Food Festival. Clitheroe Food festival is in its fifth year now and has got bigger and better as time has gone on. There were over a hundred local produce stalls and street food vendors all  selling their wares as well as cookery and cocktail making demonstrations. There were other events in Clitheroe too that coincided with the festival including a children’s fun fair and the Last Night Of The Proms in the castle grounds.  Here are a few piccies from the day. 🙂

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This year we went a bit mad and bought loads!  Morecambe bay potted shrimps,kippers,Ginger cake,Rhubarb cordial,Flapjacks,Cider Sausages,Thai Pies ,Macaroons, Sourdough bread and………Kickass cheddar.

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Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

Skipton WaterWay Festival.

Today I decided to do the touristy thing and caught the bus to Skipton. This friendly Yorkshire market town is known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ and was holding its annual  Waterway Festival over the Bank holiday weekend. The Leeds and Liverpool canal meanders through the town. The festival celebrates all things argie bargie. 🙂

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I must admit though that the first thing I did when I got to Skipton was hotfoot it to my fave place to eat. The kooky Cake Ole in the Craven Court Shopping arcade served just what i needed for breakfast. Please look away now if you have an aversion to Peanut butter or Jammy dodgers!
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Getting back to the festival,  I decided to experience the wonder of the waterway for myself. 🙂  I hopped onto one of the Pennine Cruisers for a quick thirty minute canal cruise. It was a pleasant enough experience and only cost £4. We kept getting quacked at  by annoyed ducks who do not like to share their domain.

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I also had a quick wander round the Kennet which is a Short Boat apparently. Built in 1947 it  is one of the last unconverted boats that worked on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. She is now a travelling museum and turns up at various waterway festivals round the country.

Cabin area in the Kennet.
Cabin area in the Kennet.

What was most fun about the festival was that there was a Nursery Rhyme theme and most of the boats took part. See if you can recognise any of your old favourites….

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There was live music and other stuff going on too. And the sun was shining !  Messing about on boats seems a pretty fun thing to do. 🙂

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What did you get up to over the Bank Holiday?

10 random things to do in Manchester this spring

This English Rose has put together a fab top ten of things to do in Manchester.Half of these I didn’t know existed! From donkey sanctuarys to duck races, escapology to picnic hamper afternoon teas. Have fun reading. 🙂

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1. Say hello to the donkeys

I think donkeys are possibly the loveliest things ever and I’ve been a supporter of The Donkey Sanctuary for about a year now as they do such a great job with donkey welfare worldwide. I was so excited when I realised that they have a centre right here in Manchester – it’s a Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre and is open to the public 7 days a week. I went last Easter and enjoyed meeting and stroking the lovely donkeys there.

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2. Take part in the duck race

Manchester’s duck race down the river Irwell takes place on Good Friday in Spinningfields. It’s free to attend and enjoy the festivities and entertainment, and just £1 to enter a duck into the race, with proceeds going to local children’s charity, Brainwave.

3. Break out of a locked room in 60 minutes

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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. 🙂

Morecambe Bay.
Morecambe Bay.
Girly day out. :)
Girly day out. 🙂

Easter Monday fell in April and the sun was shining so we had a day out at the seaside. 🙂 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. 🙂
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. 🙂 And I spent a few days at my Mums in the lovely Lakes.

Happy Campers. :)
Happy Campers. 🙂

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. 🙂

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 🙂

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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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂 And Wil treated me to Afternoon tea at a posh restaurant for my birthday.

And its now December ! Looking back at my year it looks like I have certainly got out and about a bit. The 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. 🙂 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!

Ten Fun things to do in December.

Winter is nearly here ! And festive thoughts abound as December is almost upon us. I thought I would compile a Top Ten post ~ so wrap up snug and warm and take a look. 😀

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Get your Skates On. Lots of large towns and cities open up temporary open air ice skating rinks at this time of year.  Time to twirl as snowflakes fall. Or at least cling to the side with a hot chocolate and watch the experts glide by.

Christmas Cocktails. Expand your Christmas cocktail repertoire ( Maybe I should experiment more ~ than just Baileys & Ice. 🙂 ) , here are some festive fizz and merry mulled wine recipes to indulge in.

Manchester Xmas Market CHEESE!
Manchester Xmas Market CHEESE!

Christmas Markets. Continental Christmas Markets spring up all over the UK every winter these days so there is no excuse not to browse the Bavarian style wooden chalet stalls with their endless supplies of French cheese, Smoked sausages, festive decorations and winter warming gluwein. Or step back in time at a Dickensian Christmas market where traders dress in costume and sell food and wares from a bygone era. Find out where Christmas markets are setting up near you here.

Festive Forage. A winters walk in the bracing cold air could prove festively fruitful. Bring the outside in this December and hunt for holly, fir cones, scarlet berries, snow berries and evergreens to decorate your home. 🙂

Afternoon Tea. Well I would never normally need an excuse to treat myself to Afternoon tea, but hey if there was ever a time to indulge yourself…..December must be it! Why not look out for a ‘Christmas Inspired Afternoon Tea’ like this one I posted about last year. Divine. 🙂

Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea at the Garden Kitchen.
Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea at the Garden Kitchen.

Chilling Tales. Get cozy by the fire and scare yourself silly with a few spine tingling Christmas ghost stories. Charles Dickens himself was fond of a Christmas Spine tingling tale and he wrote several short stories as well as his most famous, ‘a Christmas Carol’. In the Victorian era, Christmas Eve was the time to gather round the embers and tell each other ghost stories. Merry ghoultide…..

Other Countries Christmas Traditions. Why not incorporate other countries Christmas traditions into your yuletide festivities. Having recently travelled to Iceland ( you know about that right;)) , I treated myself to a book about the Yule lads and the Yule Cat ( naughty elves and a scary looking moggie) who leave presents in shoes left out for them. Nice ones I hope! Maybe I shall leave a shoe in my window. 🙂

Yule Lads and Yule Cat.
Yule Lads and Yule Cat.

Roast Chestnuts. I for one am not lucky enough to have an open fire so I may check out how to roast them in the good old oven. mmmmmm I have a hankering for this tasty winter snack already.

Christmas Eve Box. A tradition I took up last year and hope to continue with, is a fun one for all the family ( or whoever you spend Christmas Eve with). Wrap up a cardboard box with Christmas paper and fill with bits and bobs to enjoy over the evening. Festive pjs, family movies, sweets, hot chocolate mugs, christmas tunes. Whatever takes your fancy. I really had fun making up mine for myself and the other half. 🙂

Christmas Eve box contains ~ boozy gifts ( reduced at sainsburys), Lidl Gingerbread and chocs, The Hangover 3 on dvd, Pants for poverty boxers ( for him) and snuggly fawn hot water bottle ( for me) :)
Christmas Eve box contains ~ boozy gifts ( reduced at sainsburys), Lidl Gingerbread and chocs, The Hangover 3 on dvd, Pants for poverty boxers ( for him) and snuggly fawn hot water bottle ( for me) 🙂

Get Away! Theres nothing more relaxing than getting away from all the hustle and bustle of the build up to Christmas. Indeed getting away from it all together and spending Christmas away from home was what we did a couple of years ago.Just us and the hound in a cozy cottage over Christmas.Even had that real fire, I so lust after. 🙂 Check out Sykes Cottages for last minute deals.

Hope my list has inspired you.Feel free to list any more December treats in the comments below. :))

October Photo an Hour.

Its Photo an Hour time again :).Yesterday I joined in with several other bloggers and took a photo on the hour , every hour. Its a challenge carried out every month by Janey from Is That You Darling. I join in when I can. Here goes!

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8am ~   This is Slinky. She is basically telling me to bugger off and let her have the bed to herself. She thinks its her bed.

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9am ~ Today I’m doing a craft fair in the church up the road. I sell teacup candles. Yep I’m the crazy teacup lady. 🙂

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10am ~ Just my luck , I’m next door to the chocolate stall. 😉

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11am ~ My other neighbor is Vicky from Daisy Louise Jewellery. She makes quirky pieces from objects such as cake forks.

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12pm ~ Heres a shot of my fave candles on the stall. These pretty wildlife ones were soon snapped up. 🙂

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1pm ~ A quiet moment, so reading up on puppy training.we pick Hugo the pup up in two weeks. 🙂

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2pm ~ Yummy carrot cake from the craft fair cafe. Couldn’t resist!

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3pm ~ Admiring a gorgeous felt owl on the stall opposite.

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4pm ~ Finally home after my day at the Artisan Market.

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5pm ~ walking through the park to the local pub. We fancy an hour or two ~ its weekend after all. 😉

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6pm ~ A friend joins us with his springers Ted and Molly. Here they are with an eye out for biscuits!

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7pm ~  A quick pic of us in the pub.

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8pm ~ Chilli nuts. Might end up being our tea!

After this more friends joined us and we stayed out until about ten, got a takeaway  ( after about five packs of nuts 😦 )and headed home. Quite a nice day really.

Thanks for dropping by….