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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party please…..

I’ve been nosying through my old copy of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass quite a lot recently. The plan is to have a Mad Hatters type tea party to celebrate my birthday later in the year. There is a quirky Alice inspired tea rooms called ‘Callooh! Callay! near where I live , which I have booked already.Talk about organized!

So my fantasy dinner party would actually be a tea party and my fantasy guests ( other than my lovely friends ) would probably be a motley crew of Wonderland characters. The Mad Hatter would be there of course no doubt dipping his pocket watch in his tea and I would save a place for the Dodo because he looks so distinguished. I adore cats so the Cheshire cat, or at least his grin :), could sample a jam tart or two.There should definitely be some royalty so maybe The King and Queen of Hearts could reside over the proceedings.Maybe not The Red Queen as she seems a little to generous with her execution orders. The Birthday girl would like to keep her head. I would ask the Lion and the Unicorn as long as they don’t fight to much for the crown…….and they must provide Plum cake.I would be chuffed to see a rocking horse fly and maybe a bread and butterfly at the table. And Alice too accompanied by the lovely doe eyed fawn. In fact everyone should pull up a chair!
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lion and unicornrocking horse fly

As for the menu ~~there will be lots of tea and cake of course. Researching the stories, the food in Alice and Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass is not terribly exciting…..but i’m sure it could be adapted. Plenty of bread and butter appears,Turtle soup ( hmmm maybe not! ),Mutton Pie,Plum Pudding,Comfits,Tarts and er dry biscuits. I’m quite liking the sound of Looking Glass Cake though that divides itself into portions when served. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alcohol is even mentioned a couple of times. Here is an odd little rhyme :

Then Fill up the glasses with treacle and ink,
Or anything else that is pleasant to drink;
Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine-
And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine!

I might stick to Pink Champagne!

This post is for the BEDM challenge.xxx

Five from my Bookshelf:)

I’ve been a very bad book worm of late and quite neglected my reading ( except for the lovely blogs I follow ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), so I have had to raid my book shelf for some old favourites that I have enjoyed in the past.
DRACULA: I remember reading Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale whils’t staying in a cottage in Staithes near Whitby.Bats venturing out at dusk there really added to the eerie atmosphere as I followed Jonathan Harker, Mina and Dr Van Helsing on their quest to destroy theย  mysterious and evil Count Dracula.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN: More vampire’s again in this swedish chiller.( I do love Vampires:-D)Twelve year old Oskar is a loner, bullied at school and unsettled at home.When he meets the secretive Eli a romance tentitively blossoms between them.But she has a dark past … and present.She is a 200 year old vampire forever frozen in childhood,and condemmed to a diet of fresh blood.A heartbreaking taleย  of friendship~the swedish subtitled film version is excellent too.

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A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN: Love this true life story about a lion cub bought from Harrods as a pet in 1969 who quickly outgrows his owners flat and London lifestyle.Happily the tale doesn’t end in Christian being placed in a zoo.With the help of the Born Free Foundation his ownersย  reintroduce him into the wild…..and there is a touching reunion.x

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ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: ok I have actually just reread these magical stories by Lewis Carrol.I would love to have a Mad Hatters Tea Party oneday with everyone dressed as the characters.Could I be The Cheshire Cat ^^?
THE EXMOOR FILES How I Lost A Husband And Found Rural Bliss: Not everyone is a fan of the Mail on Sunday columnist Liz Jones but I have to admit I still can’t help but read it every sunday.I loved this book she wrote about her move from London to the country so she could home her rescued animals.Its an amusing read but Liz being her own worse enemy hasn’t helped herself since then.Often complaining about her neighbors in print didn’t really ingratiate herย  with them.The saga continues in her sunday column.

Are you a fan of any of these books?

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This post represents day 11ย  in the #BEDM challenge on Rosalilium.

Five Favourite Blogs.:)

I have been blogging on WordPress now for, goodness,nearly nine whole months.Before I started I was inspired by other bloggers and thought ahah….maybe I can do this too.:) I must say one of the loveliest perks of blogging is getting to read some amazing,informative,amusing and intriguing insights into people’s every day lives.And Photo’s!There are some amazing photographers out there in the Bloggersphere too. It’s practically impossible to choose five of my favorites as all the blogs I follow ,are of course absolutely awesome. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Here though is a quick list of my current five faves :

Jem describe’s herself as a Vintage Clutterbug ๐Ÿ™‚ This blog is so beautifully written and such care is taken with every descriptive detail. If you love vintage and thrifting and pretty things you will adore Beautiful Clutter.A feast for your eyes.

Beautiful Clutter.
Beautiful Clutter.

The Blonde Coyote. I never tire of reading about Mary’s travels in her teardrop caravan accross the United States.Accompanied by her two dogs Bowie and Dio and occasionally a half deaf coyote called Freckles ,Mary is an experienced Hiker and certainly discovers amazing out of the way places.Her photo’s are breathtakingly stunning.

The Blonde Coyote.
The Blonde Coyote.

Draped In CloudletsRike lives in Cologne and I love how she documents her days by photographing the cityscapes,nature,art and the lovely outfits she often makes and sews herself.Plus I love the title of her blog ‘Draped In Cloudlets’

Draped In Cloudlets.
Enchanted Seashells Comfessions of a Tug Boat Captains Wifeis a feisty and entertaining read.This lady with attitude always has something to say about anything and everything.She doesn’t shy away from any subject and she really is a Tugboat Captains wife which often presents its own challenges.;)
]Enchanted Seashells. Enchanted Seashells.

Olive and Harry I love reading about Tracy and her mad menagerie of animals.She lives in a forest,helps run a farm for rescued rare breeds,quite often gives up her house to a motley crew of mischievous goats and sews and knits darling creations to raise money so they can all live happily ever after.:)

Olive and Harry.....and Gretel the Goat making herself comfy!
Olive and Harry…..and Gretel the Goat making herself comfy!

Hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do. Please take a peek at them all.X

This post is linked to the Blog Every day in May challenge at Rosalilium.( another awesome blog ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Five Facts About Me.

Hi there this is my first post in the RosaliliumBlog Every Day In May challenge !
I’m pretty scared as writing doesn’t come that naturally to me.It would be so much easier if i was a walking talking Thesaurus. I really must invest in one of those! Happily Elizabeth who set the challenge has suggested a subject to write about each day.Today’s topic is simply ‘Write five lines about yourself’ Hurrah,I think I can do that!

Me and my lovely sister at a wedding last year.
Me and my lovely sister at a wedding last year.

I am obsessed with buying teacups much to my boyfriends dismay,he is especially unhappy after stubbing his toe on a bag of teacups I had lying around recently.Ooooops!

I really really really want to visit Iceland and am determined to treat myself to a trip to the land of ‘Ice and Fire’ next year.

I am one of life’s Permanent pedestrians ( I just can’t tell the brakes from the accelerator! )

I have about 30 Photo albums,I’m always the annoying friend who insists on capturing everything on camera!

I am a rubbish cook~watching my boyfriend cook, with a glass of wine in my hand is much more my style. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So there you have it.I’ve made it through the first post.See you tmoz……x

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The Hobbiton Market.

This weekend I have had a fun time hosting my vintage crockery stall at the Hobbiton Market in the pretty village of Hurst Green. The area has connections with the Lord of the rings author J R R Tolkein as he occasionally lectured at nearby Stonyhurst college. It is thought that the surrounding countryside and views of Pendle Hill and its associations with witchcraft and sorcery inspired him in his writing. So of course the village is the perfect venue for a Middle Earth craft market….along with bands and a beer festival. Here are a few pics from the weekend.

Lord of the Rings inspired tile tags.
Lord of the Rings inspired tile tags by Tile Productions of Clitheroe.

Leaning witches made by Pendle Ceramics.
Leaning witches made by Pendle Ceramics.

I love these Beautiful hand blown perfume bottles created by the artists E & M Glass.
I love these Beautiful hand blown perfume bottles.

a chainsaw artist was on hand to create a Gandalph!
a chainsaw artist was on hand to create a Gandalph!

Gandalph.
Gandalph.

Foxy clog makers stall.
Foxy clog makers stall.

How about drinking your ale from one of these...
How about drinking your ale from one of these…

A few of my candles and cake stands.
A few of my candles and cake stands.

Lord of the Rings inspired baking.
Lord of the Rings inspired baking.

Human Hamster Balls!
Human Hamster Balls!

Hobbits feet soap.
Hobbits feet soap by Crafts by Charlie.

The real Gandalph even showed up!
The real Gandalph even showed up!

One of the bands on stage.
One of the bands on stage.

Even though I am not a big Lord of the Rings fan I really enjoyed the event and it is going to be a yearly thing. We even had a bit of sunshine :0)
Hope you enjoyed your weekend….

Vampire Reads.


I was looking in my bookshelf over the weekend as I need to reaquaint myself with Breaking Dawn before part two of the film comes out next month–Whoop Cannot wait!) and I realised that I do own quite a few Vampire novels.There is definantly something addictively attractive about the vampire myth and now the nights are drawing in and Halloween looms, getting cozy by the fire with Edward Cullen or Vampire Bill or Casper Varn sounds like a spookily good plan. : )

One of my favourite classic gothic stories is of course Dracula by Bram Stoker.It is written in the form of letters and journal entries and concerns a young solicitor ( Jonathan Harker) who is summoned by the mysterious Count Dracula to his castle in Transylvania to finalize a property deal. Little does he know that the count is a blood sucking vampire who will travel to England and unleash a terrible evil on his fellow countrymen including his true love Mina. Can the renowned Dr Van Helsing and his band of slayers help them…..

I love to read Charlaine Harris’s ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ series which you may have heard of as it is the inspiration for the HBO tv show True Blood. Sookie is a waitress who can read minds ( though she tries to keep this particular talent to herself as people don’t like her for it) and one night she meets Bill who is tall, dark and handsome and the only person ever that she can’t hear thinking.So far, so good! But it turns out Bill is a vampire and Big Trouble. Sookie’s life is changed forever. Dead until Dark is the first book in the series.

‘Let the Right One In’ by John Ajvide Lindqvist is a vampire novel I have to recommend.It tells the story of a twelve year old boy Oskar who befriends the mysterious
Eli only to find she has a dark secret-she is a 200-year old vampire,forever frozen in childhood, and condemmed to live on a diet of fresh blood. This is essentially a story about friendship and acceptance and the Swedish subtitled film version is absolutely brilliant too.


Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’ is a real treat to read. Ok it is really for children but I loved it. It is the story of ‘Bod’ who is really quite normal….except his home is a graveyard, he is being raise
d and educated by ghosts and has a guardian who definatly looks and acts like a vampire.Bod has plenty of adventures in the graveyard but the real danger lies outside in the real world….for that is where the man called Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.A spooky yet charming read.

Of course I must include ‘Twilight’ in my list.Stephanie Meyers bestselling saga is a classic romance between a mortal and a vampire.Twilight is the first book in the series and is written from the perspective of Bella Swan who has just moved to a gloomy rainy town called Forks.At school she meets Edward Cullen who has porcelain skin and is incredibly handsome and there is an instant attraction. But Edward is a vampire who has managed to keep his identity a secret and never fallen in love….until now.But the closer Bella gets to Edward the more she puts herself and her family in danger. Ooooh I can’t wait for the next film installment!

I am currently reading ‘The Dark Heroine’ by Abbigail Gibbs. I have only read a couple of chapters so far but it is holding my interest and looks to be another mortal meets sexy vampire romance. ๐Ÿ™‚

I would love to know your favorite Vampire Vampire Stories??

The Simple Things & Strawberries dipped in chocolate.

Oh the simple things in life that we enjoy…….., an autumn walk in the park with the dog, a bottle ( or two! ) of wine with friends, a giddy game of hide and seek with the gorgeous niece and nephew, curling up by the fire with a good book…….or finding a copy of the fab new magazine `The Simple Things’ in the magazine stand at work.:)

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I had heard about the magazine a couple of weeks ago whils’t reading the lovely Rosalilium blog and thought it sounded interesting….then totally forgot about it! I shouldn’t have.The premise of the publication is ‘ Embrace A Simpler Life’ and articles include a Gourmet guide to cheese( mmmmm),A day out picking apples and a guide to Trees on an Autumn walk.Theres also a story on seed swapping and a bloggers experience of living in Berlin.

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The magazine is also packed full of recipes, gardening, crafts, and nature articles.The October edition is out now.:)
Speeking of simple things I decided to make a simple dessert to take to my sisters for dinner tomorrow eve.Our friend Becky is making one of her famous delicous cheesecakes so these are simply a quick and easy extra.

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All you need are
Strawberries
a bar of milk chocolate
a bar of white chocolate

Simply melt the milk chocolate very gently in a glass bowl over a pan of water on a low heat.

Take off the heat when melted and holding them by their stalks dip some of the strawberries so they are covered half way in chocolate.

Place the dipped strawberries in the fridge to set on a plate or tray covered in baking paper.

Repeat the same with the white chocolate.

Enjoy!

Now im off to bed with my copy of The Simple Things.Night Night.x