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Sunday Sevens 29th January 2017. 

Hi this is my first Sunday Sevens of 2017!  Here is what I have been up to in the last week.

Books Read in January.

I have been on a roll reading this month. Three of the above were Christmas presents and all four books I have given solid 4 ☆☆☆☆ on Good Reads. A whimsical romance with books, a quirky story about a young adventuress who doesn’t recall her adventures, a laugh out loud romp with our favourite singleton Bridget and and an interesting novel about the reintroduction of wolves into Northern England. All good.

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Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Last weekend was spent enjoying a mini break in The Lake District. We stopped in a cosy cottage in Keswick with our dog Hugo.Keswick has been voted ‘Most Dog-friendly town’ several years on the run. More about that coming soon. The above pictures show reflections in beautiful Derwentwater and the nearby ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle with its mountainous backdrop.

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Stella the Tabby.

On the way home from Cumbria we dropped by a Yorkshire village called Clapham and I met the proprietor of a local vintage shop, who was actually a tabby cat called Stella. 🙂

New Mugs!

 

Whilst I was away I bought two new mugs from a shop in Keswick called  Love The Lakes. Mine is the one with the sheep on. 🙂

 

 

Stairway to heaven. Erm not yet!

This weekends job is lots of sanding and getting the stairs and landing ready for decorating and a new carpet. I can’t claim that I have done much to help as Wil does not trust me with a paint brush! To speed up proceedings Mr Hugo has decamped to a boarding kennels for the weekend. It is really wierd without him. 😦

Happy Chinese New year. 🙂

After lots of decorating prep we stayed in with a Chinese ( do you like my dragon puppet? ) and watched anti-superhero film ‘Deadpool’. Quite amusing!

How was your week?

Ten Fun things to do in December.

I thought I would reblog this Christmassy post from a couple of years ago. Just reading it made me feel so festive. 🙂

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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…

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Sunday Sevens September 18th.

Although there was a nip in the air early yesterday morning, it still feels like Summer here in North West England. Even though I have recently written a Twenty Things To Do This Autumn. 🙂 blog post, the warm rays of Summer hang on. 🙂

Last Sunday we traveled home from Grange-Over-Sands as we had stayed the night there after doing the The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk. It’s well worth doing by the way! On our meander home to Clitheroe we stopped off in both Cartmel and Bolton Le Sands.

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A cute cafe cat relaxes outside The Mallard in Cartmel.

Cartmel is a pretty medieval village specially famed for it’s Sticky Toffee Pudding, ancient priory, busy race course and a variety of foodie shops. We had a little walk in the nearby woodland and enjoyed a hot chocolate in the village centre.

We stopped later in Bolton le sands near Morecambe for lunch. I wish I had taken some photos of the sea, however I did manage to take the following cute animal pictures. 🙂

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Lapwing. One of my favourite birds.
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Ponies at Bolton le sands.

Giant rabbits at Red Bank Farm campsite which has a cafe and a pets corner, open to non residents too.

The giant rabbits reminded me of the book I have just finished reading. It’s called When God was A Rabbit. Has anyone ever read it?  I loved the first half but the second half wasn’t as good.

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Yesterday I made some cookies. Why do they never look as good as in the recipe book? Ha ha.! 🙂

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Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Cookies.

They are pretty tasty though ….and the recipe can be found in Sabrina Ghayour’s Cook Book ‘Sirocco’ ~ Fabulous flavours from the East.

This post is for Sunday Sevens which is devised by Natalie at the blog Threads and Bobbins. where she asks folks to share seven ( or more) photos of their personal week.

 

 

 

Blog Birthday Giveaway……Revealed. :)

It’s time to pick the winner of my Blog Birthday Giveaway!  

Up for grabs is a delightful ceramic seahorse tag made by the lovely Lisa at Tile Productions

  and my recently read copy of a book I enjoyed called ‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding’ , set  in Japan before and after World War 2.

Thank you so much for all your lovely blog birthday greetings and comments. I really appreciate them.♡♡

I wrote down the names of everyone who commented and placed them in a teacup. I gave it a good shake and looked round for someone to do the honors. Yep I had to ask the other half!

And the winner is………….

It is you Julie W. I will be in touch!!

Thanks again everybody. I have enjoyed reading all your blogging comments. :))

Sunday Sevens ~ 13th March.

I thought I would join in with Sunday Sevens again and show you 7 pictures from my week. Sunday Sevens was thought up by Natalie at Threads And Bobbins 🙂coombe abbey 167

1.Last Sunday we made our way home from our weekend in Warwickshire. We took a detour through the lovely Peak District. The fields and hills were covered in snow and this is a typical view from the car window, after we left the picturesque town of Bakewell.

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2. We had a little mooch round Bakewell which is famous for it’s scrumptious Bakewell Tarts. WE had to buy a couple of course! If you have never tried one you are missing out.Delicious Almond tarts with a hidden layer of raspberry jam, they tasted all the better for eating them in Bakewell. 🙂

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3. Took this photo of my sis, her hubby and my other half outside the Bakewell Pudding Parlour. What did we like about Bakewell?  The lovely buildings, the plentiful puddings…and the fact that it is a very dog friendly town. We saw all sorts of shapes and sizes and different breeds.Wil and I may bring Hugo to Derbyshire camping in the summer.Another place to add to the list!

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4. On Monday I was given this cute pink heart parcel full of chocolate bunnies off my little God daughter Bronte. A sort of alternative Mother’s day/ Easter present I think. 🙂

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5. My February  Foodie Penpal Parcel arrived a little late from Kerri. I can’t blame her.The baby she was expecting came early! Anyway I have been enjoying sampling the fab treats she sent me all week. 🙂

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6. Hugo is back on off lead exercise. Phew! His stitches are out ( He has had the snip) so he’s been raring to run round ever since his operation. This picture was taken about half an hour after three of us had to hold him down at the vets whilst the poor veterinary nurse (who had a slipped disc) took out his one remaining stitch. The little beggar had pulled the rest out himself.Ouch! Anyway you should see him bomb around the fields like a mad thing now. The op has not calmed him down at all!

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7. I finally read To Kill A Mocking-Bird by Harper Lee. And I enjoyed it. I  loved the warmth and humour in the story most of all ( told from Scout’s point of view) although it tackles some serious issues such as racism, class and female equality . Quietly considering whether I should read the recently released Go set A Watchman or leave the story be. Have you read it?

Thanks for dropping by.x

 

 

 

Would you stay in a Bothy?

bothy2I’ve currently been tucked up in bed at nights with the wind howling outside ( Storm Imogen I believe 😉 ) and a good book , one that I have become thoroughly engrossed in. The Book Of The Bothy by Phoebe Smith is a celebration of these humble ‘stone tents’ that offer a basic shelter and roof over the head of weary walkers in the remotest parts of the UK. Phoebe , a renowned travel journalist and serial ‘Bothy bagger’, has chosen 26 of her favourite MBA ( Mountain Bothies Association) bothies to hike to,spend the night in and write about. On the back of the book Phoebe explains ‘ I believe, if you wanted to, you could spend a whole summer staying in bothies, travelling from place to place,taking in one spectacular landscape after another with nothing but your rucksack, map and thirst for adventure. And the best thing? It wouldn’t cost you a penny….

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The Lookout – Isle of Skye ( Image www.cicerone.co.uk )

It’s true, bothies are Free! Free places to stay for anyone and everyone. They are often abandoned farmsteads or cottages, sometimes with only one room and sometimes larger. They are incredibly basic inside with no running water, electricity or bathroom facilities. They are always a good hike away from civilisation of any kind and are left unlocked so wandering walkers can bed down in them for the night. The  MBA looks after 100 bothies around Britain. Most of them are found in the wilds of Scotland but there are a few in Northern England and rural Wales  which are mentioned in the book.

The Book of the Bothy is set out for an easy and informative read. There’s a map in the front with the locations of the bothies dotted in red. Phoebe’s introduction covers the history of bothies, their pro’s ( space to sleep, escape from midges etc) and cons ( Mice, spider’s, loud snorers! ) ,what to take, bothy etiquette ( leaving it tidy etc) and safety.

She also mentions Bothy traditions such as walker’s sharing a sip of whisky or two from a sigg bottle and of course filling in the Bothy Book.  Every bothy has a kind of visitor’s book in which walkers can record their  stays adventures and experiences. Seems like a useful tradition. 🙂

The rest of this handy guide  concentrates on each individual bothy and Phoebe tells the reader the routes she followed ( there’s always a handy map reference), what to look out for ( wildlife,landmarks etc), essential information ( water sources, facilities etc) and she also writes her own Bothy Book entry for each property. 🙂

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The author inside a rather ‘luxurious’ bothy in the Highlands. 🙂

I’m really enjoying reading about Phoebe’s Bothy bagging and even though I usually hyperventilate at the thought of hiking anywhere…….this book is almost inspiring me to seek out a bothy. I think I would have to persuade Wil too, mind. What about you? Would you stay in a bothy??

You can buy The Book of the Bothy  at www.cicerone.co.uk

All I Want For Christmas Book Tag.

I saw this fun Christmas Tag over at The Little Contemporary Corner  and thought I would have a go. I tag anyone who wants to join in with the fun.:)

Which fictional character would you like Santa to leave under your Christmas Tree?  The Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland.He knows how to throw a good Tea Party. 🙂

Which character would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?  The viking vampire Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire mysteries by Charlaine Harris. 😉

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What are the top five books on your Christmas list for Santa?  A few books I would like to find in my stocking include the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Almost famous women stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman,Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt,  The Cat by Colette and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

It’s Secret Santa at Hogworts, what would you most like to receive?  The Invisibility Cloak of course.

You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?  I would choose the stars of Bridget Jones diary ( I fancied myself as a Ms Jones in my single days and loved the book) , we could have the blue soup dinner party at Bridgets flat. 🙂

What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on the roof?   Aslan from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

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You invite 10 fictional characters to your new year eve party, who do you pick? 

. Holly Golightly ( Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

.Dorian Grey ( The Picture of Dorian Grey).

.Cheshire Cat ( Alice in Wonderland).

.Ebeneezer Scrooge ( A Christmas Carol) after he finds he does actually love everyone.

.Miss Havisham ( Great Expectations).

.Mr Darcy ( Pride and Prejudice).

.Bridget Jones ( Bridget Jones Diary).

.Edward Cullen ( twilight).

.Hermione Granger ( Harry Potter books).

.Mary Poppins.

What character would make a good Santa ?  Ebeneezer Scrooge!

Merry Christmas!