Category Archives: Thursday Favourites.

Thursday Favourites and a Blogging Question.

Well what has put a smile on my face recently ?  Life has been pretty good of late. I can’t really complain. I’m a wee bit scint ~ I don’t think I’ll ever get used to getting paid four weekly ( even after all this time! ) , but apart from that…..everything is tickety boo. πŸ™‚

Facebook Can Be Great ~ Recently social media has really helped my friends who run a farm animal rescue centre. They have found themselves in the awful situation of having to move and rehome most of the animals. Finding loving homes for farm animals can prove difficult so I’m  greatful that Facebook especially is proving to be a great way of spreading the word. Today the first of their hens have gone to a  new home with some lovely people. That makes me happy! If you can help ( the farm is based near Settle in Yorkshire) their email is gbfarmproject@gmail.com
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Blossom πŸ™‚
How beautiful is this Hawthorn blossom I spied on a walk on Monday. Nature is so breathtaking at times.
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Eighties Band down the Local !

Was out on Friday and we ended up seeing 80’s band The Blow Monkeys in Clitheroe. All a bit random. They were quite big in about 1987, around the same time as Curiousity Killed the Cat. Their biggest hit ( No, it wasn’t their only Hit !) was called Diggin Your Scene. Do you remember them?  Anyway I enjoyed a bit of Eighties Pop nostalga. Showing my age now!

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Jane and Lisbon got together. ❀

And I was really pleased with the season 6 finale of one of my favourite shows The Mentalist on Tues night.  Patrick Jane and Theresa Lisbon have admitted their feelings for each other finally. Yay !  I can’t wait until season seven to see how this storyline develops. πŸ™‚
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Boo hoo I may not be able to blog now until after my next payday. 😦

Seems I have nearly used up all my storage space for photos and images on WordPress….and I’m going to have to pay for more space If I want to carry on. 😦
Has anyone else used up theirs? You find out by going into Media on your dashboard. Photographs are a big part of my blog so I’m a bit gutted to be honest ( maybe everything is not all tickety boo then! ) ~ any re assurances would be appreciated. πŸ™‚

Bye for Now.

Alice Pic of The Week ~ 5

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‘The Dormouse is asleep again,’ said the Hatter, and he poured a little hot tea upon its nose. ~ Alice In Wonderland.

Hello Hello, sorry I am being a bit haphazzard with my Alice Pics. Here is another quirky Wonderland inspired teapot. I wish it was mine.Despite my love of vintage china, I do not actually currently own a teapot. Shame on me! I spied this today in my local tearooms/curiousity shop ‘ Callooh! Callay! I quite like the detail especially the white rabbit and the cheshire cats grin.Of course looking in Callooh for items to photograph is almost cheating as it is packed full of all things Alice. πŸ™‚

If you have ever stumbled upon anything Wonderland related on your travels and taken a photo ~ I would love to feature it as an Alice Pic Of The Week. My email is shazzarob@hotmail.co.uk

See you at the Queens croquet-ground. πŸ˜‰

Thursday Favourites ~ April. :)

I have kind of got out of doing my Thursday Favourites posts recently. I think its me rebelling against having a bit of routine on my blog ;0). Today though I am in the mood for routine ~ so here are a few things I have enjoyed lately…

Girly day out. :)
Girly day out. πŸ™‚

A couple of weekends ago I got to spend the whole day with two of my best friends. I cannot remember the last time before this that we managed to snatch more than a couple of hours together . Life just gets in the way you know. Anyway I blogged about how we enjoyed yummy tea and cake at Propertea in Manchester before spending the rest of our day shopping, gossiping and having the odd cheeky drink. πŸ™‚ Days out with the girls are the best !

Easter Bun pudding. :)
Easter Bun pudding. πŸ™‚

Here is a very sticky gooey calorific chocolaty pudding I made from a recipe found on a Tesco recipe card. As soon as Easter arrived and Lent ended it meant that I was allowed to eat chocolate again.Yippee ! So yes i really pigged out and this yummy dessert was quite the Easter treat. A bit like a bread and butter pudding ,its a good way of using up those impulse buy Hot Cross Buns.

The Tern Project, Morecambe.
The Tern Project, Morecambe.

It was certainly grand to get some lovely sunshine over the Easter weekend too. As I was working on Good Friday, the other half agreed that on Monday we could head for the seaside. πŸ™‚
We drove over to Morecambe and had a wander along the promenade which is home to The Tern Project ,a nature trail of quirky art works featuring the seabird life of Morecambe bay. There are limericks,jokes and poetry too….and a magpie Hopscotch. Fun on the Prom. πŸ™‚

Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn.
Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn.

Did you watch the BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn ? Having never read the novel or seen the 1939 Hitchcock directed film , I was interested in catching this version. Despite the grumbling about the mumbling , I actually really enjoyed this gothic tale. The final part of the three parter was definitely the best though. Did you manage to watch it and did the cornish accents put you off?

Ladybird love. :)
Ladybird love. πŸ™‚

A little treasure hunting with a lovely friend from the blog Olive and Harry , resulted in me purchasing two more Ladybird nature books first published in 1959. I remember there was a library of them at my village primary school. So I shall look out for more. Love exploring the countryside with them and taking them along with me , to see how farming and wildlife have evolved over the decades. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by

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Thursday Favourites ’12’

Hi and welcome to this weeks Thursday Favourites. What have I enjoyed about the past seven days……

Warm Sunshine. πŸ™‚

The Sun has been out ( occasionally) and you could actually feel its warmth on your back. Sunglasses were worn and certain kitty cats ( thats Slinky Malinki) dared venture into the back yard for a sniff before scooting back in at top speed. I’m almost as frightened at letting her out as she is of going out though……

Family Time.

It was nice at the weekend to spend time with both sets of Mums for Mothers Day. We took Wil’s Mum out for lunch on Saturday and visited mine on Sunday. My siblings and niece and nephew were at Mums too so it was great to have a fun family day.:)

Family time in warm sunshine. :)
Family time in warm sunshine. πŸ™‚

New Baking Tins.

I treated myself to some new baking tins, mixing bowl and cake stand with some of the proceeds made from my teacup trinket stands. I hope these new purchases will encourage me to bake more.Hmmm I seem to like my polka dots.

Baking bits from Homebase.
Baking bits from Homebase.

Scary movies.

Actually watched a couple of scary(ish) movies recently which is amazing for me and my ‘hide behind a cushion when anything mildly scary is on the telly’ persona. We saw dark and atmospheric fairytale ‘Pans labyrinth’ and haunting ghost story ‘The woman in black’ starring Daniel Radcliffe ……..and yes I did watch them half behind a cushion. But at least I watched them!

Pans Labyrinth.
Pans Labyrinth.

Fruit-imals.

And lastly I thought I would feature this amazing Owl made by a work colleague to encourage kids to eat fruit. Must be enough fruit in him to constitute our now ‘7’ a day recommended portions hey. Cute as well. πŸ™‚

Fruity!
Fruity!

Bye for Now.X

Thursday Favourites ’11’

Thursday soon comes around !

Here is a list of five things I have enjoyed over the past seven days. πŸ™‚

Baking. πŸ™‚

Believe it or not we have been living without an oven for nearly three months! We still had a hob and the microwave but our actual oven had broke and being lazy as we are , we couldn’t be bothered to go out and buy another. After numerous take-aways , trips out and the odd curry, Wil decided he needed to make a sunday roast quite soon….and even I’ve had a hankering to do some baking.As soon as our new cooker arrived I found a lovely recipe in the April edition of the Simple Things magazine, for Lemon & blueberry cake. Here is the result!

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Mellow Yellow

I’m loving the spring colour of yellow at the moment. It just promises sunshine. I feel a yellow inspired post coming on soon.:)

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Sea Air.

There is nothing better than getting away to the coast , even for just a couple of hours. On sunday we drove over to Lytham for some bracing sea air to blow the cobwebs away. I love the sea side. πŸ™‚

Marooned. :)
Marooned. πŸ™‚

Airbnb.

We booked Paris! I never thought we would actually book it. Feeling extremely lucky as we have two amazing city breaks planned this year. Happy days. πŸ™‚ Anyway we thought stopping in Paris would feel all the more authentic if we stayed in a french home rather than a hotel. Air bnb rent out rooms and studio apartments all over the world and we found this one 15 mins from the centre of Paris belonging to Aurelie. πŸ™‚ There are all price ranges. We have paid Β£52 per night and are staying for four. Can’t wait!

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Tea Cup Trinket Stands.

I put the other half to work drilling πŸ™‚ as these trinket stands are proving very popular at the moment. I love them and they are a pretty way of upcycling old tea sets.
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Bye for now.x

Thursday Favourites ~ 10.

Here I list five things I have enjoyed / appreciated over the last seven days. My Thursday Favourites. πŸ™‚
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It was my nephew’s sixth birthday at the wknd. I can’t believe he is 6 already ! Adore my niece and nephew. πŸ™‚  He has totally impressed me by giving up sweets for lent too……and sticking to it. Way to go Roman!
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My facebook feed is always full of pics of our friends Irish Terrier Digger. He must be the most photographed and photogenic dog in the world. Here he is all dressed up for st Paddys day on Monday. Very Cute!

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Did my first Craft Fair of the year at the wknd , taking my teacups and other bits and bobs to the Artisan Market in Clitheroe. Really enjoyed it and got to buy lots of prezzies for upcoming birthdays, Mothers day etc. Fairs are fab places for purchasing unique gifts I always find. πŸ™‚

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Loving loving Audrey Hepburn on Pinterest and i’m delighted that i finally managed to post her Filmography on my little blog. πŸ™‚

Which leads me neatly on to this Eurostar advert for Paris ( Audrey made lots of movies in The City of Light ) that apparently is five months old now, but I’ve only just clocked it. Showing the Quirky side to the French Capital, I find myself slightly in love with the taxidermy museum featured at the end.

Have you ever used the Eurostar?

Oh and Happy First Day of Spring!

Bye for Now x

Thursday Favourites 9

Here is where I share five things that  have made me smile or that I have enjoyed over the past seven days. πŸ™‚
My Thursday Favourites.

Shetland ~ TV Series

An atmospheric scandi influenced but still homegrown crime drama, returned to our screens this tuesday eve. Loving it so far. Well worth a watch ~ not only for the rugged and remote Shetland scenery.

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Douglas Henshall in BBC drama Shetland

Celandines.
This bright and cheery spring flower that my blog is named after is blooming in adundance now the sunshine is here.

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Sunshine and Celandines. πŸ˜€

A Preston Poodle Wins Crufts.

This rather regal looking Standard Poodle has become the 2014 Crufts champion. And deservedly so!  I smiled when in an interview his owner confessed that ‘Ricky’s ‘ favourite pass times included sleeping on his owners bed and routeing in the bin. Just like any other dog then. πŸ™‚

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Go Ricky !

The Great British Farm Project Charity Auction.

My friends Tracy and Stephen run a farm animal rescue charity near Settle in Yorkshire called The Great British Farm Project. At the moment they have a lovely charity auction going ahead on their facebook page ( see link above) to raise money for the animals. Kind people are donating bits and bobs for the auction. ( I shall have to donate a tea cup candle! ).And I have my eye on these pretty vintage china brooches. Go check it out. πŸ™‚

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Are these not beautiful......

Team GB Winter Paralympics.

Enjoying the Winter Olympics on TV. Thoroughly amazed by the blind skiing. How do they do it! Well done to Team GB. πŸ™‚ Below are Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans who won Britains first ever Gold on the slopes.

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Bye for Now.X

Thursday Favourites ‘7’

Here is a list of five things i have enjoyed, appreciated or that have made me smile in the last 7 days. Its my Thursday Favourites. πŸ™‚

Spring Flowers.

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Crocus in the park.

Its nice to see a few crocus and snowdrops popping up all spring like. I recently walked home from work via the castle park and spied a few blooms peeping through the grass. And I got to meet a playful black lab called Luke. Always a bonus to meet a labrador. πŸ™‚ I feel a springy post coming on soon.

Daisys on a dress.
I bought this dress at the weekend from a shop in Clitheroe called ‘Style Diva’ on Wellgate. There was one displayed in the window enticing me inside. Goes to show the power of shop window dressing! I love that it is covered in daisies ( a nod to warmer weather) and yet still has winter sleeves.
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Cute Kittens. πŸ™‚

At the weekend I met this treasured twosome. Sisi and Mau belong to some friends. They have been hand rearing them because they were abandoned by their Mum. Its hard work but their love and dedication is paying off and the sisters are full of mischief at five weeks old. πŸ˜€
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Tv Crime Dramas.

Enjoying the return of Silk featuring the marvelous Maxine Peak as barister Martha Costello. Great BBC series! And also The Mentalist starring Simon Baker on ch 5. Monday and Tuesday eves sorted for a bit!
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Dairy Milk Ritz.
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This is a really naughty way to end my post ! Because I work in a supermarket means i’m surrounded by temptations in the chocolate bar department. These new Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate Ritz crackers are a yummy combination of sweet and savoury. They are pretty delicious I have to say. But I am thinking this should be my last treat …..as i really do need to lose some pounds for the summer. Healthy Eating starts ( Again!) right now.

Bye for Now. X

Thursday Favourites Xx

Its Thursday Favourites time again. I write a list  every Thursday of five things I have enjoyed or appreciated in the past seven days. So here goes~~ recently I have loved……

Burtons Fish & Chips.
Remember these??
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Fish n Chips were a popular brand back in the 80s ~ I certainly remember enjoying the salt & vinegar snacks wrapped in newspaper printed foil bags ~ with fishy headlines. They still taste the same too! And share bags are on the shelves at Tesco so I had to buy a couple of course. Lets just say they didn’t last the wknd. πŸ™‚

Travel Listography.

Do you love lists? Do you love writing lists? I actually do ~ could be to do with my birth name which is Lister. Must be in the genes! Anyway at the wknd we were in a wonderful book shop in Salt Mill, Saltaire and I noticed the Listography journals. Right up my street !

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I treated myself to this Travel Listography book and I am looking fwd to listing all my travel adventures past and future. Each page is set out with different topics such as Cities you’ve visited and hope to visit , restaurants around the world, animals you’ve seen and would like to see. etc. etc. I’ve already started filling it in. πŸ™‚
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Newton Faulkner.
We went to a gig on Sat night in leeds. Newton Faulkner is one of my favourite singers. Wil bought his first album just before we went on holiday to Sorrento back in 2007 and just listening to his records sends me back to lazing around in the sunshine by the marina . He’s made three more albums since then and we have them all. As a live performer he is really fantastic and it felt so good to see him. πŸ™‚ As you can see from this pic I took, he’s not short of guitars !

Sunshine Tea Cup
I had to include a picture of my new teacup trio ( another Saltaire purchase) , I love the colour and the pretty flower pattern. The make says Pareek~ Johnsons brothers, England and I think it may be from the 1930's. I'm thinking of maybe turning this into a cactus planter. What do you think?
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Missing Our Pup

Still feeling incredibly sad about the loss of our old labrador Jake. It happened a few weeks ago now and it still hits me hard sometimes. I am so glad we have plenty of photo’s and memories of this lovely guy. To end this post here is one of my favourite pictures , taken on Shell Island.

Bow wow :)
Bow wow πŸ™‚

See you soon. X

Thursday Favourites ‘5’

Here are five things that I have enjoyed and/or appreciated in the last seven days. Its my Thursday Favourites. πŸ™‚

Winter Jasmine.

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I was overjoyed to spyΒ  the beautiful blooms of a winter jasmine shrub in my friend Becky’s back yard. I didn’t realise she had one! I have a soft spot for the sunshine yellow flowers as I remember the bush in our garden when I was growing up. Those cheery yellow blossoms brightened up winter and meant spring was round the corner.

Yogi Choco Chilli Tea.
A friend gave me a sachet of this tasty tea in the summer. She didn’t like it at all! However I loved it and this wknd I bought a box from the local health food store. It has a lingering chocolate taste which I admit is kind of strange for tea but I think it works.A kick of chilli with warming cinnamon makes it the perfect brew for a winters day. πŸ™‚ I quite like to read tea reviews and about beautiful vintage china on Nancys Tea Shop Blog.

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Ben Fogles Lives In The Wild.
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I’ve been enjoying watching this tv show that features different people each week who have made their homes and new lives in remote places. The guy above with Ben ( Mr Fogle is on the left) lives in an alligator infested swamp! Ben Fogle goes to stay with these often eccentric and resilliant characters  in order to experience their extroadinary lives in the wild. Airs Friday nights on channel 5.

Fab and 40. πŸ˜€

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I’m glad my friends are all starting to catch up with me now I’ve hit the big scary 4 0. We celebrated our friend Anne’s  over the wknd. Thats four of us in our fabulous forties.  πŸ™‚ I only wish I could grow a bit taller instead of older!

Pinterest Paris.

I have become a bit obsessed with Pinterest over the past week. I had neglected it for months then had the sudden impulse to construct several boards imcluding one devoted to Paris. Expect a Parisienne Inspired blog post very soon. πŸ™‚

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Audrey Hepburn in Paris when it Sizzles.

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paris in the spring.

Are you a fan of Pinterest? ❀