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Sunday Sevens 19th March.

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Two Good Books. 🙂

Hi its Sunday yet again so time for a quick round up of the last 7 days via  a  Sunday Sevens post.  This last week I’ve read two really good books !  I sound surprised because I’ve read a few meh ones recently , so it’s great to find a couple of cracking reads. Firstly The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a modern day Agatha Christie set on a boutique cruise with plenty of twists and turns. ‘Lo Blacklock’ is a journalist who thinks she’s witnessed a murder , a woman thrown overboard in the dead of night. But nobody seems to have heard of the victim. Paranoia and suspicion engulf Lo and make this’ Who Done It’ an absorbing and scary thriller.  Secondly, a just as absorbing  but true life tale is  The Yorkshire Shepherdess  by Amanda Owen.  This is Amanda’s own story about how as a youngster she read the James Herriot country vet books and dreamed of working on a hill farm with her own flock of sheep. And amazingly through a lot of hard work and determination she has ended up doing just that. As well as a flock of sheep she has a husband, 8 children and lives and works on a remote farm in the Yorkshire Dales. An inspirational and often funny read, I loved it. 🙂

As well as having my nose in a book this week, I have been using up some holidays and  had a couple of days off work. On Thursday my friend Lisa and I had a fun afternoon hanging out in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. She showed me some great independent shops in this creative area of the city and we also had a really tasty lunch at Oak Street Cafe Bar in the Craft & Design Centre. And I got to cross something off my 25 Before 45 Bucket List !  I had booked us a slot in Manchester’s only Cat Cafe, very originally called  Cat Cafe  which is situated on High Street in the Northern Quarter. Imagine coffee, cake and cats all in one spacious area , adorned with comfy sofas, cushions and cat toys. I will blog about it sooooon. 🙂

On Friday Wil, Hugo and I went to visit family in The Lake District. My family live not far from Ullswater so for some reason Wil , my brother and I thought it would be a good idea to go and check out Aira Force , a waterfall not far from the lake.  The problem was, it was an incredibly rainy and windy day , which always annoys me as I can’t take any photos with the rain blowing in my face. We had to agree though that the force looked amazing in the weather and we will definitely have to go back on a much drier day.

Last Sunday it was raining  too but not as badly ( Hurrah ! ) so we were tourists in our own town and took   The Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail around Brungerley Park. Just in case you missed my post , you can check it out here 🙂

All in all a pretty good week. What did you get up to ?

 

 

A Photo an Hour Sunday Jan 29th.

On Sunday I decided to join in with Janey and Louisa’s

   #photoanhour challenge. I think those two had made it a whole weekend of photo’s every hour…but I only managed the one day. Here’s how my Sunday panned out.

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8am.  Having quite a relaxing morning , though I am up and about. Sundays have to start with a strong black coffee I always think. I am enjoying this nostalgic detective story, set in the long hot summer of 1976.

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9am. Outside is looking promising weather wise. This is the view from my bedroom window. You can just about see Pendle Hill in the distance.

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10am. We are in the car on the way to pick up our dog Hugo from the kennels. He has had a practise weekend away to see how he gets on. We are beyond excited to pick him up. It has felt really strange without his bouncy/snoozy presence in the house.

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11am. Having picked up Hugo, we find a nearby canal side walk at Salterforth. I love looking at all the names on the barges. 

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12pm. Heres Hugo on the towpath. As you can probably tell he had a very quick dip in the Leeds & Liverpool.

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1pm.  Its Lunch time and were at Hinderlini’s in Gisburn. This is a Lancashire Cheese and chutney sandwich with Aspen fries. The fries are smothered in pepper, garlic, truffle oil and parmesan cheese. Yes they were yummy. 🙂

 

 2pm. Back home and these two beasties are fire worshippers.

3pm. Headed off to meet some friends down the local.

4pm. As you can see its a very dog-friendly local. 🙂

6pm. Not sure where 5pm went but here are two books I’ve borrowed from The New Inn. 

7pm.  A bit of telly watching. Countryfile.

8Pm. Wil has cooked tea. 🙂

9pm. One snoozy hound.

How was your Sunday? 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Sevens 29th January 2017. 

Hi this is my first Sunday Sevens of 2017!  Here is what I have been up to in the last week.

Books Read in January.

I have been on a roll reading this month. Three of the above were Christmas presents and all four books I have given solid 4 ☆☆☆☆ on Good Reads. A whimsical romance with books, a quirky story about a young adventuress who doesn’t recall her adventures, a laugh out loud romp with our favourite singleton Bridget and and an interesting novel about the reintroduction of wolves into Northern England. All good.

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Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Last weekend was spent enjoying a mini break in The Lake District. We stopped in a cosy cottage in Keswick with our dog Hugo.Keswick has been voted ‘Most Dog-friendly town’ several years on the run. More about that coming soon. The above pictures show reflections in beautiful Derwentwater and the nearby ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle with its mountainous backdrop.

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Stella the Tabby.

On the way home from Cumbria we dropped by a Yorkshire village called Clapham and I met the proprietor of a local vintage shop, who was actually a tabby cat called Stella. 🙂

New Mugs!

 

Whilst I was away I bought two new mugs from a shop in Keswick called  Love The Lakes. Mine is the one with the sheep on. 🙂

 

 

Stairway to heaven. Erm not yet!

This weekends job is lots of sanding and getting the stairs and landing ready for decorating and a new carpet. I can’t claim that I have done much to help as Wil does not trust me with a paint brush! To speed up proceedings Mr Hugo has decamped to a boarding kennels for the weekend. It is really wierd without him. 😦

Happy Chinese New year. 🙂

After lots of decorating prep we stayed in with a Chinese ( do you like my dragon puppet? ) and watched anti-superhero film ‘Deadpool’. Quite amusing!

How was your week?

Blog Birthday Giveaway……Revealed. :)

It’s time to pick the winner of my Blog Birthday Giveaway!  

Up for grabs is a delightful ceramic seahorse tag made by the lovely Lisa at Tile Productions

  and my recently read copy of a book I enjoyed called ‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding’ , set  in Japan before and after World War 2.

Thank you so much for all your lovely blog birthday greetings and comments. I really appreciate them.♡♡

I wrote down the names of everyone who commented and placed them in a teacup. I gave it a good shake and looked round for someone to do the honors. Yep I had to ask the other half!

And the winner is………….

It is you Julie W. I will be in touch!!

Thanks again everybody. I have enjoyed reading all your blogging comments. :))

Happy 4th Blog Birthday Give Away.:)

Well folks its that time of year again.My blog has been out there in the virtual world for yet another year.Thats four years! Pretty impressive hey.  🙂 I guess Sunshine & celandines  is mostly a slice  of my life for me to look back on.But I have to admit it’s nice to know that occasionally somebody somewhere might visit my little corner of the bloggersphere.:) 

What do I love about blogging?  Well I do love telling everyone and their aunty about any new great places I discover. I feel compelled to actually! I  enjoy taking photos too, though in a haphazard point and press type of way. So this blog is really my great indulgence.I’m still finding it to be lots of fun. I don’t think I can quite help….. being a blogger.:)

My Blogging Birthday Tradition is to host a wee giveaway every July to celebrate another happy 12 months of blogging.Yay! As I sit outside in the sunshine (oh so appropriate) sipping fruit tea, watching Slinky the cat prowl about my nasturtiums, I’m thinking,yep it feels great to be wishing myself a very happy blogging birthday.:)

To recieve a read copy of Jackie Copleton’s gripping & beautiful  novel set in war torn Japan ‘A dictionary of Mutual Understanding ‘and a pretty blue ceramic seahorse tag from my friends Etsy Shop please comment below.

What do you like about being a blogger?

And if you are not a blogger ,could you ever be tempted ?

I will put all entries into a teacup and choose one at random on Monday 25th of July.ps I will send abroad so don’t be put off if you are not in the UK. 🙂

Good luck.:)

 

Sunday Sevens ~ 13th March.

I thought I would join in with Sunday Sevens again and show you 7 pictures from my week. Sunday Sevens was thought up by Natalie at Threads And Bobbins 🙂coombe abbey 167

1.Last Sunday we made our way home from our weekend in Warwickshire. We took a detour through the lovely Peak District. The fields and hills were covered in snow and this is a typical view from the car window, after we left the picturesque town of Bakewell.

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2. We had a little mooch round Bakewell which is famous for it’s scrumptious Bakewell Tarts. WE had to buy a couple of course! If you have never tried one you are missing out.Delicious Almond tarts with a hidden layer of raspberry jam, they tasted all the better for eating them in Bakewell. 🙂

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3. Took this photo of my sis, her hubby and my other half outside the Bakewell Pudding Parlour. What did we like about Bakewell?  The lovely buildings, the plentiful puddings…and the fact that it is a very dog friendly town. We saw all sorts of shapes and sizes and different breeds.Wil and I may bring Hugo to Derbyshire camping in the summer.Another place to add to the list!

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4. On Monday I was given this cute pink heart parcel full of chocolate bunnies off my little God daughter Bronte. A sort of alternative Mother’s day/ Easter present I think. 🙂

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5. My February  Foodie Penpal Parcel arrived a little late from Kerri. I can’t blame her.The baby she was expecting came early! Anyway I have been enjoying sampling the fab treats she sent me all week. 🙂

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6. Hugo is back on off lead exercise. Phew! His stitches are out ( He has had the snip) so he’s been raring to run round ever since his operation. This picture was taken about half an hour after three of us had to hold him down at the vets whilst the poor veterinary nurse (who had a slipped disc) took out his one remaining stitch. The little beggar had pulled the rest out himself.Ouch! Anyway you should see him bomb around the fields like a mad thing now. The op has not calmed him down at all!

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7. I finally read To Kill A Mocking-Bird by Harper Lee. And I enjoyed it. I  loved the warmth and humour in the story most of all ( told from Scout’s point of view) although it tackles some serious issues such as racism, class and female equality . Quietly considering whether I should read the recently released Go set A Watchman or leave the story be. Have you read it?

Thanks for dropping by.x

 

 

 

All I Want For Christmas Book Tag.

I saw this fun Christmas Tag over at The Little Contemporary Corner  and thought I would have a go. I tag anyone who wants to join in with the fun.:)

Which fictional character would you like Santa to leave under your Christmas Tree?  The Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland.He knows how to throw a good Tea Party. 🙂

Which character would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?  The viking vampire Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire mysteries by Charlaine Harris. 😉

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What are the top five books on your Christmas list for Santa?  A few books I would like to find in my stocking include the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Almost famous women stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman,Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt,  The Cat by Colette and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

It’s Secret Santa at Hogworts, what would you most like to receive?  The Invisibility Cloak of course.

You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?  I would choose the stars of Bridget Jones diary ( I fancied myself as a Ms Jones in my single days and loved the book) , we could have the blue soup dinner party at Bridgets flat. 🙂

What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on the roof?   Aslan from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

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You invite 10 fictional characters to your new year eve party, who do you pick? 

. Holly Golightly ( Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

.Dorian Grey ( The Picture of Dorian Grey).

.Cheshire Cat ( Alice in Wonderland).

.Ebeneezer Scrooge ( A Christmas Carol) after he finds he does actually love everyone.

.Miss Havisham ( Great Expectations).

.Mr Darcy ( Pride and Prejudice).

.Bridget Jones ( Bridget Jones Diary).

.Edward Cullen ( twilight).

.Hermione Granger ( Harry Potter books).

.Mary Poppins.

What character would make a good Santa ?  Ebeneezer Scrooge!

Merry Christmas!