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. 😉

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

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Blog Every Day In May Challenge!

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One of my favourite bloggers , the lovely Elizabeth at the lifestyle blog Rosaliliumhas set herself( and anyone else who would like to take part) the challenge of blogging a post a day every day in May.You can write about anything you wish and as a guideline Elizabeth has included a calendar with a different topic on every day of the month. Her idea’s include waxing lyrical about your dream holiday,your fantasy dinner party guests,your favourite blogs,your 13 year old self and even the contents of your fridge. So anyway I thought I might have a go. 🙂 I think it will certainly be a challenge for me as even jotting down this piddly paragraph has taken me about 30 minutes! Or maybe it will get the creative juices flowing and there will be no stopping me……

Anyway if you fancy having a go too pop over to Rosalilium and have a gander.
See you in May 😉

Cath Kidston go’s camping.

It will soon be Camping season! Honest! I am already planning our first camping trip. The other half says we can’t go away until June which is when we both have a week off.I am hoping we can actually get away for a sneaky weekend before then~depending on our Great British weather. Maybe we should head to Silverdale on the Lancashire coast and Gibralter Farm with its panoramic views of Morcambe bay.Or perhaps we should travel to the Lake District and discover a few more of its stunning lakes and tarns.Maybe we are destined for the beautiful south which is usually about ten degree’s warmer than up here in North West England.Wherever ,I think I might have to treat myself to something gorgeous from the Cath Kidston Camping range.Turn our camping into glamping.:)

Luggage tags Dome tent £85
Luggage tags Dome tent £85
Spot Wellies for them muddy fields £38.
Spot Wellies for them muddy fields £38.
Red spot extra large carry all bag £35.
Red spot extra large carry all bag £35.
Luggage tags sleeping Bag to snuggle down in.
Luggage tags sleeping Bag to snuggle down in.
Strawberry shorts & Camisole set £32.
Strawberry shorts & Camisole set £32.
Draw string wash bag £8.
Draw string wash bag £8.
Set of 3 wild flower shower gels £6.
Set of 3 wild flower shower gels £6.
Luggage tags cool bag to keep the beer chilled. :)
Luggage tags cool bag to keep the beer chilled. 🙂
Set of 3 daisy rose check melamine food containers £16.
Set of 3 daisy rose check melamine food containers £16.
Flowers Melamine Bowl £3.Perfect for breakfast.
Flowers Melamine Bowl £3.Perfect for breakfast.
English stripe picnic blanket £20.
English stripe picnic blanket £20.
English stripe parasol £30
English stripe parasol £30
I might treat us to these lovely wine glasses £4 each. :)
I might treat us to these lovely wine glasses £4 each. 🙂
strawberry drinks bottle £12
strawberry drinks bottle £12

There are lots more adorable accessories for camping and all other occasions on the Cath Kidston website Cathkidston.co.uk/

A warm sunshiney day :)

Today was all about the sunshine.Spring flowers in bloom.An amble round our local town.A browse in our new(ish) vintage shop and a wander to the local pub to enjoy our first sit out in the beer garden.

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You will notice The Time Train has a very unusual manequin decorating its doorway.This is Babs.She has become a bit of a talking point in Clitheroe due to her somewhat unusual attire.There have even been a few complaints from some shocked local residents! I think it’s all good publicity for the shop.:)

Keep on enjoying the sunshine.X

Sightseers and Silver Linings.

It’s not often I get to see two great new films on dvd ,both in the same week.But hey I have been most fortunate in that in these past few days I’ve enjoyed watching a rom com about mental illness ( not two descriptions one would always put together I admit) plus a hilarious black comedy about caravan capers in the North of England.;)

The Silver linings Playbook stars the gorgeous Brad Cooper as Pat who moves back in with his parents after serving eight months in a mental institution for losing it and beating up his wife’s lover in the shower. Determined to get his life on track he embarks on a keep fit regime in order to win his wife back and escape from the family home and their obsession with american football. A chance meeting with a girl with some big problems of her own, Tiffany ,played by the Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence, results in a at first reluctant friendship. Both agree to help each other out,she will pass on a letter to his ex wife if he becomes her partner in a dance off competition. The result being that they each find their own silver linings.:)
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My favourite part of the film is Pat and Tiffany's dance entry. :)
My favourite part of the film is Pat and Tiffany’s dance entry. 🙂

Sightseers is a British black comedy about a couples caravan holiday around the North of England.Chris wants to show Tina the places that hold most significance to him and Tina has never managed to get away from her domineering mother before so a road trip touring round the yorkshire dales and the lake district in his beloved caravan seem a great idea……
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But Chris didn’t reckon on annoying litter dropper’s, smug newer model caravan owners and over enthusiastic pooper scooper’s conspiring to ruin their road trip! A few deadly accidents soon occur.

Tina trie's to convey her feelings for Chris in a letter at Keswick Pencil Museum.
Tina trie’s to convey her feelings for Chris in a letter at Keswick Pencil Museum.

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One of the many amusing things about Sightseers to us was the fact that as occasional campers ourselves we have actually visited many of the locations in the film.The Ribblehead viaduct,Castle rigg stone circle,Fountain Abbey,the yorkshire dales, Keswick etc. Maybe we should hire a van and do our own Sightseers inspired road trip? In fact we were only in Keswick on Saturday! But Wil would not entertain a look around the infamous Pencil Museum.:( I shall have to write him a letter…..

Have you enjoyed any good films recently? Any recommendations?

Looking back : Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. :)

Imagine a film festival with a backdrop of sun,sand, sea and Palm tree’s and there you go,you’ve thought up the gorgeous Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.The sixty sixth annual Festival de film will be held from the 15th -26th May 2013 ,with the delightful ‘Amelie’ actress Audrey Tatou hosting the opening and closing ceremony’s. I have always loved the glamour of Cannes and back in 2009 myself, Wil and a couple of friends and their boys enjoyed a holiday in nearby St Raphael in a hot and sunny May. Of course we were up for a bit of star spotting! Firstly though here are a few shots of vintage Cannes. 🙂

Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.
Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.

Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel  1956.
Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel 1956.

Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.
Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.

In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.
In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.

This year the opening film will be Baz Lurhmanns ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo diCaprio. Back in 2009 the festival was all about Brad Pitts star turn in Quentin Tarentino’s Inglorious Bastards (Scuze my French Tee Hee). Here are a few snaps from our time there. I must apolagize for the lack of actual real life movie stars!
Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!
Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!

Larger than Life 'Bumble Bee ' in front of the Carlton. :)
Larger than Life Transformer ‘Bumble Bee ‘ in front of the Carlton. 🙂

The golden sands at Cannes.
The golden sands at Cannes.

Mime artist with cats.He did assure me the cats were enjoying themselves.Hmmm not sure though.
Mime artist with cats.He did assure me the cats were enjoying themselves.Hmmm not sure though.

This is the nearest we got to seeing Mr Pitt.Him and Angelina arrived about half an hour after we gave up hanging around.Never mind!
This is the nearest we got to seeing Mr Pitt.Him and Angelina arrived about half an hour after we gave up hanging around. Cest la vie!

The other advantageous appeal of holidaying in the South of France in late May/early June is that the Monaco F1 Grand Prix follows the Cannes film festival. So of course we decided to drive to Monte Carlo for the race day. We did not have tickets but just thought we would head there for the atmosphere. If you ever go make sure you take your earplugs! The noise is deafening, the course is one of the most exciting and excillerating as it follows the narrow roads around Monaco and includes hair pin bends and a tunnel.We found that unless you are incredibly tall you do not get much of a view of the race if you are kind of gate crasher’s like we were! But our friend Andy who had been numerous times before knew what to do.Head down to the Paddocks next to the harbor just as the race ends and you will spot a few of the drivers past and present.
A F1 racing car carrier.
A F1 racing car carrier.

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The guys were very impressed with these pit babes dancing at a bar after the race.
The guys were very impressed with these pit babes dancing at a bar after the race.

Ok so I didn’t get a snap of Jensen Button ( he won by the way that year~all the fancy yachts boomed their horns in unison) or Lewis Hamilton-though that particular driver almost ran me over as he scooted away after the end of the race ….on yes a moped. But we have many happy memories of what was definantly a holiday of a life time. 🙂 Bon Vacation!
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcocks To Catch a Thief which was filmed along the French Riviera and Monaco.
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcocks To Catch a Thief which was filmed along the French Riviera and Monaco.

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.

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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….

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