Waggy Wedding Guests.^^

Recently we had the privilege of looking after our friends dogs( Billy and Bailey) on their wedding day and bringing them to the venue for photo’s with the bride and groom. I would definitely wish to include our labrador Jake in our nuptials ( if we ever do tie the knot 😉 ) and as long as you have your pets interests at heart ,I think ‘waggy wedding guests’ are a lovely idea.If you wish to include your four legged friend on your big day consider the following :

1)Remember to ask the venue if dogs are allowed on the premises.If they are not allowed inside it may be that they can be included in the wedding photographs in the grounds.

2) Will your dog be comfortable surrounded by lots of people? Will it cause him/her stress? Are they usually badly behaved? If any of these apply, maybe you could include him/her in an engagement photo,pre- wedding shoot or even on your invites/favors/ instead.
3) Its up to you if you want your dogs to be ‘dressed for the occasion’.It should of course depend on the dog and whether they would put up with a big bow or a blinged up collar for the day.
4) Make sure you have a friend/ person you trust who can look after your dog at the venue.They will need to keep him/her under control and relaxed and happy.
5) It may be a good idea to take your hound to the venue a couple of times before your wedding day to get him/her accustomed to the surroundings.
6) Ask the person who has your dog for the day to make sure they give him/her plenty of exercise before the ceremony.
7) Make sure that they bring plenty of poo bags and dog biscuits with them and that water is provided.
8) Enjoy your big day!

Billy and Bailey have a good walk round the grounds before the ceremony.
Billy and Bailey have a good walk round the grounds before the ceremony.

The Happy Couple and their beloved labradors.:)
The Happy Couple and their beloved labradors.:)

We jazzed up Billy and Bailey’s collars with pull bows( they were £1 each from our local card shop) which we tied to their collars before putting them on.The bride and groom were delighted with how cute they looked.:) Happily the day went very smoothly and B and B were very good doggies.Billy especially was very chilled,sprawling out on the flagged floor! No paw prints were found on Sarah’s dress.Though they would have been a lovely memento i’m sure ,if they had….x

The wedding venue was the charming Tithe Barn in the grounds of the historic Browsholme Hall in Lancashire.

*This post represents day 15 in the #BEDM challenge organized by the lovely Rosaliliumblog.Today’s topic is Lifes A Lesson ,though I guess this post is simply a lesson in how to include your four legged friend in your wedding festivities.Its nice to include all your loved ones right…. ^^ ~/

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A Foody break in London.

Today’s topic on the Blog Every Day In May Challenge is Food. Food, Glorious Food! I’m definitely a big fan of eating it. 😉 But cooking is not my forte.So I thought I would write about a few days spent in London house sitting with my friend Becky, which turned into quite a foody holiday. A couple of years ago Becky’s brother had to work away and needed someone to stay in his flat and look after his very affectionate yorkshire terrier ‘Julie’.We were only to happy to oblige and decided we would like to do three things while in our cosmopolitan Capital.Go somewhere posh for Afternoon tea,delight in the food halls of Harrods and dine out at a Michelin star restaurant.Becky was an absolute star and arranged everything.:)
Becky booked our Afternoon tea ( with a twist! ) at the Caramel Room at The Berkeley -Knightsbridge. The fashionista Pret -a-Portea is a sumptuous afternoon tea inspired by the latest London designer fashions.The dainty sandwiches, cakes and desserts are fashioned in on trend styles and colours. The menu is updated every six months to keep up with the most recent fashions.
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We had the champagne Pret-a-Portea which is £49 per person. Our waitress was very attentive and described each of the mouthwatering morsels on our three tier cake stand.It was fun admiring then consuming every victoria sponge handbag and every polka dot pump cake! And so we never ran out of anything our lovely waitress constantly topped up everything.;)
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We really enjoyed the experience as it was both novel and delicious.To book this decadent afternoon tea shimmy down Here.

Not far from The Berkeley is the upmarket department store Harrods.We just had to peruse the amazing food Hall there which is packed full of luxurious food items. We especially loved all the different foreign cuisines and of course we couldn’t leave without purchasing some Lola’s Red Velvet Cup Cakes.:)

On our last but one evening we ate out at Gordon Ramseys Grosvenor Square restaurant Maze..We had decided on the six course taster Menu which we enjoyed tremendously. The contemporary asian/european setting very much added to the ambience of our night.

Lamb with mint jelly.
Lamb with mint jelly.

Crab with herbs and pickle.
Crab with herbs and pickle.

pancotta with strawberry jelly

As you can imagine I must of put on about half a stone on our mini break in London. I would definitely do it again though. Maybe Afternoon Tea at the Ritz next time. 😉

Charity shop and Clothes Swap.

Todays Topic on the Rosalilium Blog Every Day in May challenge is ‘Go Green’, where we are asked to blog about our green tips.Wow! Well I have to admit I am probably not as green as I should be.I do the usual green things such as recycle rubbish, shop with my bags for life and walk to work~ though as work is only ten minutes away it would be lazy if i didn’t 😛

I do live in a small country town which has 9 charity shops so I  bob in them quite a lot. When i’m not on the hunt for vintage tea cups in Shelter i’m perusing the clothes rails in Oxfam.You never know what you might find! I recently bought two lovely dresses and I wore one to a friends hen do and one to her wedding. Thus recycling, giving to a good cause and looking fab without breaking the bank. 🙂

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I found a fab drss for my friend sarah's hen do from  a charity shop.Ears recycled from previous hen do's.:)
I found a fab drss for my friend sarah’s hen do from a charity shop.Ears recycled from previous hen do’s.:)

Another way of recycling clothes is to hold a clothes swap evening with a few friends.This makes for an enjoyable inexpensive night out.A few glasses of wine, nibbles, a girly gossip and a good old rummage. And your being green too.:)
For more info on holding your own clothes swap party look here.

Hope you enjoyed my post!

Teacup Treasures.

I was one of those kids who had a million collections of everything.Postcards, smash hits stickers, stamps off the postcards,a scrapbook of Lady Di, Pot birds( always was a bird nerd :)), Enid Blyton books etc etc.
Then as I got older and got my own place I definantly had a thing for nick nacks and ornaments.I love cats so for ages every bday and christmas present was something kitty inspired.Moggie money box’s seemed to be a reaccurring theme!
When I moved in with Wil not only did my real life cats move in but all my clutter and collections too.We had to come to some sort of compremize.I easily morph into a clutterbug.The boyfriend is more minimalist. For a while  he won ( most of my stuff was hidden away in the loft) until my fairly recent obsession with vintage teacups.

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It started when a lovely Alice In Wonderland inspired tearooms Callooh! Callay! opened in town.I immediatly fell in love with it.Tea is served in vintage teapots and mismatched china.I wanted some of my own.:-D

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Trips to the local car boot sale and charity shops proved fruitful.I soon had enough teacups for several Mad Hatter’s tea partys!

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It was then that I looked up on YouTube how to make them into candles ( All my friends and family were soon recieving them for their birthdays, whether they wanted them or not 😉 ). Nowadays I take them to craft fairs and sell them.Its a hobby I love as there is nothing nicer than being complimented on something you have made.:).Plus I have met some fab new friends doing the fairs. All from collecting Teacups.

What do you love to collect?

This post represents day 12 ( Wow I’m impressed i’m keeping up with the challenge!) of #BEDM on twitter and Rosalilium.x

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 😉 ), 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 the  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 tale  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 owners  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 her  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 11  in the #BEDM challenge on Rosalilium.

My Dream Trip.:)

I’ve had this dream of visiting Iceland since acquiring an Icelandic Pen Pal through the IYS scheme, ‘Greta ‘ when I was a first year at secondary school.Although we eventually lost touch when we went to college, I still remember how excited I was to recieve her cute air mail letters that usually included pretty postcards and newspaper clippings. There’s just something about the thought of exploring a country of so many contrasts.I love the idea that Iceland is a cold place with amazing hot springs,Geyser’s and Volcano’s.Next year ( It’s been a long time coming!) ,I am hoping to journey to the land of ‘Ice and Fire’ It will be a belated 40th birthday treat to myself.:).Of course I will be taking my lovely boyfriend too!
Here are some gorgeous picture’s I found online of some of what I hope to see there.

The Northern Lights would be fabulous.
The Northern Lights would be fabulous.

I'd love to meet some Icelandic ponies.
I’d love to meet some Icelandic ponies.

I hope to be based in Reykjavik.
I hope to be based in Reykjavik.

Maybe discover some Icelandic vintage shops.
Maybe discover some Icelandic vintage shops.

A magnificent Geyser.
A magnificent Geyser.

Yummy seafood.
Yummy seafood.

I'd love to see some Icelandic wildlife!
I’d love to see some Icelandic wildlife!

And of course a dip in the Blue Lagoon!
And of course a dip in the Blue Lagoon!

Where would you go on your dream trip?

This post is for the Blog Every Day In May challenge on Rosalilium.

Ode to Social Media.

Today’s topic on #BEDM is What is your favorite Social Media? I admit I’ve become a little to much reliant on it recently.I’ve loved Facebook for a few years and since blogging and discovering Twitter I seem to be checking my phone constantly.Living with a guy who isn’t into social media at all can prove a challenge.He often says I disappear to often into my virtual world. I think he may be right! Luckily he seems to be coping so far.Not long after May is up we will be off on a camping trip where lack of phone reception may force me to live in the real world.;)
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In the morning I take a Look
At what’s new since last night on FaceBook.
I have to know what News I’ve missed.
It’s usually quite a long list.
With my brew I like a treat.
A chocolate biscuit and a Twitter Tweet.
The sun is shining,
I’m out with the dog.
As we walk ,I think up idea’s for the blog.
With my camera phone, as I’m a fan,
I record my day on Instagram.
For more fab pics I look with Interest
at the pretty board’s I follow on Pinterest.
Maybe now It’s time for a social media Hiatus.
Though not before I update my status.;)

Hope you liked my ditty!

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