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2015 in Photos.

January ~  A week away on the Cumbrian coast. Hugo, still a pup was frightened of water then. My first sighting of snowdrops.

February  ~  The first of far to many Afternoon teas in 2015. A valentine’s inspired picnic bench afternoon tea no less!  Hugo growing so fast really loves his walks.

March ~  I have been recording my bird sightings in the local park all year. I love this picture of three breakfasting bluetits. My friend Fi celebrates her 40th with afternoon tea and drinks in Manchester.

April ~ Out celebrating  my sister’s birthday with Afternoon tea of course…at Mitton Hall. My favourite bird pics this month are this mistle thrush and kestrel.

May ~  I went to London with my friend Becky and we dined with cats at Lady dinah’s cat emporium ( cat cafe in Bethnal Green) and enjoyed a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea at the Sanderson in Soho. I also went to Skipton Waterways festival in Yorkshire and messed about on boats.



June  ~ I took part in the #30dayswild challenge and tried to connect with nature every day. It was a fun challenge and made me appreciate our beautiful British wildlife even more.






July ~  Two camping trips in July including one in a Shepherd’s hut in the Lake District. One of my favourite parts of the country, I love the Lakes and Hugo does too. 🙂

August ~  Hugo celebrates his first Birthday ( with us of course! ) in a Beach Hut in Lytham St Annes. Afternoon tea at the Glass house in Ribchester and cocktails at Hotel Gotham in Manchester are two ways that I marked my long service celebrations. The flower is a lovely scabious on a country walk.One of my favourite wild flowers.

September ~  I persuaded the OH to take me to Vintage By The Sea in Morecambe. It was a gorgeous day too. Elderberries were abundant this year.

October ~  Made soul cakes for Halloween. Went to a Cider Festival and knocked the famous Brougham Door Knocker in Cumbria.

November ~  My Birthday and what did I do to celebrate??  Got together with the girls for Afternoon Tea. Are you surprised!  A very scrummy one at Whalley Abbey. Recommended!  And a holiday by the sea on the Yorkshire Coast this time. 🙂

December ~  I took part in Janet’s Thrifty Christmas Gift swap and one of the lovely gifts I received was a pack of three stripey mice to make. Slinky is looking forward to me making them! Hugo reluctantly models his Santa hat. Christmas Day is not Christmas Day without the Christmas morning Dog walk. And i enjoyed participating in a Drink and Draw evening in Blackburn. 🙂

So there’s my year in photo’s. It was a pretty good one actually! I’ve been a very lazy blogger and not included any links to any of my posts…..but hey, I will do better in 2016. Happy New Year!








Foodie Penpal Parcels ~ November.

Here’s a quick catch up post about my foodie penpal parcels in November. My recipipitant Amy who blogs at Sprouts and Flip Flops   wanted some healthy snack type foods so I sent her the bits and bobs in the above picture. I tried to pick some low fat items such as the seed and nut shots, the wasabi green peas and the naked ginger bread bar. She also enjoys cooking so hopefully the mixed sweet spice ,fruit factory fruit stars and the Mar fish seasoning went down well too.

Meanwhile I too received a parcel from  Claire. She blogs at Clairey fairys cooking blog. I must say opening Claire’s parcel was like a mini Christmas celebration!


I had mentioned my sweet tooth to Claire and all these scrumptious sweet treats tumbled out of the box. What I loved most about what she sent me was  her sense of fun really shines through. 🙂


A chocolate mug brownie cake mix ( soz Claire it kind of deflated, my fault I think), movie popcorn, salted caramel cashew brittle, chocolate dusted truffles,a triangle toblerone,miniature preserves,melt in the mouth shortbread etc etc


There was even Christmasy shaped pasta….which went down very well indeed.

If you fancy joining in ( the next Foodie Parcel Swap is in January) bob along to