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. 🙂
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
How beautiful is this Hawthorn blossom I spied on a walk on Monday. Nature is so breathtaking at times.
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!
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
‘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. 🙂
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 email@example.com
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…
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. 🙂 Days out with the girls are the best !
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.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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?
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. 🙂
Hi and welcome to this weeks Thursday Favourites. What have I enjoyed about the past seven days……
Warm Sunshine. 🙂
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……
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.:)
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.
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!
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. 🙂
Here is a list of five things I have enjoyed over the past seven days. 🙂
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!
I’m loving the spring colour of yellow at the moment. It just promises sunshine. I feel a yellow inspired post coming on soon.:)
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂 There are all price ranges. We have paid £52 per night and are staying for four. Can’t wait!
Tea Cup Trinket Stands.
I put the other half to work drilling 🙂 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.
Here I list five things I have enjoyed / appreciated over the last seven days. My Thursday Favourites. 🙂
It was my nephew’s sixth birthday at the wknd. I can’t believe he is 6 already ! Adore my niece and nephew. 🙂 He has totally impressed me by giving up sweets for lent too……and sticking to it. Way to go Roman!
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!
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. 🙂
Loving loving Audrey Hepburn on Pinterest and i’m delighted that i finally managed to post her Filmography on my little blog. 🙂
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.
Here is where I share five things that have made me smile or that I have enjoyed over the past seven days. 🙂 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.
This bright and cheery spring flower that my blog is named after is blooming in adundance now the sunshine is here.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 Below are Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans who won Britains first ever Gold on the slopes.
Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. I am a 16 year old young naturalist with a passion for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I have been blogging since May 2013 and you can read my old blog posts at www.appletonwildlifediary.blogspot.co.uk