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Easter Staycation.

It’s not often that Wil and I have a week off work together and don’t book at least a few days away. . So recently it’s actually been quite nice for us to spend some time at home pottering, doing a few jobs and erm ….eating cheese!

We started our week with a ginormous order of cheese from Tipsy Cows in Great Harwood. Their amazing cheese bags are £35 and include a pie, pate, smoked sausage,  crackers, bread, a bottle of wine, chutney, grapes and of course a shed load of cheese. Still getting through it now..

From Monday we were allowed to meet up with friends & family for outdoor walks again. We met up with my sister and the kids and walked further into the Dunsop Valley. A truelly beautiful place.

On Wednesday we decided to go up to our caravan in Cumbria, mostly to check that it was still in one piece. Luckily it was! And everywhere we went there were daffodillions of daffodils. On the way we stopped in Kirkby Lonsdale for a walk.

Daffs at St Mary’s in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The caravan ~ still standing.

Daffodillions of daffodils on Melmerby village green.

Gallivanting Geese.

Hugo amongst the daffs.

Easter display.

A pew with a view.

We turned the water back on at the caravan and gave it a quick spring clean. The weather was really warm.


Back in Clitheroe, the new Nature Reserve has opened at last. As we live nearby it has definitely become our go to place for a stroll with Hugo. One morning we bought breakfast from Marks Artisan Bakery on Whalley road after our walk. Sooo good! I am making a note of the wildlife I have spotted at the reserve, which includes Little Egret, Mallards, Teal, Grey Heron and Canada Geese. I will get working on a post soon.

Worsaw Hill.

Looking towards Pendle.

Hugo and Jo having a moment. Or maybe Hugo is watching a ham sandwich, out of shot. 

On Good Friday we met some friends for a walk from Worston to Downham and back. We are so lucky to live in the lovely Ribble Valley and have definitely discovered lots of new local walks and rediscovered old favourites during the numerous lock downs.

There have also been less energetic pursuits. On Saturday I met some friends for a Hip flask walk. We didn’t get very far. From one bench to another in the local park..😀

Park Bench Crawl.

We had planned to stay home on Easter Sunday and enjoy our new fire pit. 🔥

Wil bought a fire pit. 🔥

But after checking the weather forecast we realised we would have to head back up to the caravan again and drain it down. Forcasted minus 7 temperatures meant we had obviously been too previous in opening the van up for Spring. So here are some more lovely Easter views from Melmerby where the van is based.





We also called in at my Mum’s in Askham and had a brew in the garden. Got introduced to these cuties. ❤️

Cute calves.


Farm kitty’s.

Today ( Easter Monday) the sky outside is deceptively blue. It is freezing out there! There was even a smattering of snow this morning.

Happy Easter. 🐇🐣❤️

Sunday Sevens ~ 14th April.

Hello and welcome to a Sunday Sevens. This is a collection of seven or more photos from my week. Exciting stuff eh!

Coffee Table ~ We have acquired a coffee table at last! I can’t tell you how fantastic it is to have somewhere proper to pop my brew/wine instead of the floor. Hurrah! Also it’s great for displaying my cacti coaster tree. 🙂

Rhubarb Cleaner ~ Thanks to my friend Jo for gifting me a bottle of ……. Method Anti-Bac wild rhubarb cleaner. The kitchen smells so delicious ly rhubarby after cleaning. And as a big fan of all things rhubarb, I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. 😁 Method Anti-Bac is probably available at most supermarkets. Jo bought it from Booths.

Cheese Easter Egg! ~ Speaking of Booths, Wil found his perfect Easter Egg there. It’s not chocolate, it’s cheese. 🙂

Waffles and a Walk ~ The kids are off school for the Easter break ,so enjoyed scrumptious chocolate waffles at The Chocolate Works in town on Friday, followed by a canal side walk at East Marten near Skipton with my sister and niece & nephew.

Smartie Pants Waffle.

Roman and huge horse!

Canal side.

Jelly ear fungi. Thanks for the I D Louise. 🙂

This gravestone at St Peters in East Marten belongs to a lady with the name of Easter.❤️

Smelly Dog.
Yesterday Wil, Hugo and I did a pub walk to The Red Pump Inn in the village of Bashall eaves. Hugo decided to snaffle down quite a few sheep poops. We suffered his stinky trumps all evening. :/

Walkies.

Thanks to Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for devising Sunday Sevens.

How was your week?

Around my town.

Clitheroe Castle.  One of the smallest Castles in the country.
Clitheroe Castle. One of the smallest Castles in the country.

So I thought I would let you see a typical ( ish) saturday wander into town. I live in a small town called Clitheroe in Lancashire. Situated at the foot of Pendle Hill, Clitheroe is probably most famous for its Witchy connections, and was once memorably described by a character in the TV Show Lost as ‘The Arse End Of Nowhere’, so there you have it.lol…………..

Anyway here are a few pictures of our wander into town today. 🙂 We walked into town via the castle grounds. The park is somewhere we have been avoiding just a little bit , as we are no longer dog owners. But it is a beautiful place and it was sad walking through there, but full of good memories too. Sorry for being a big softie these days!

Castle museum from the park. Daffodils not appearing yet.
Castle museum from the park. Daffodils not appearing yet.

Star Mosaic in the castle park.
Star Mosaic in the castle park.

There were lots of squirrels out today. :)
There were lots of squirrels out today. 🙂

View of the museum and out buildings from the Castle Keep.
View of the museum and out buildings from the Castle Keep.

Up the Castle.
Up the Castle.

Never seen this witchy pillar before strangely.
Never seen this witchy pillar before strangely.

Spooky!
Spooky!

Into town and I saw these pretty green beauties in a charity shop. Gorgeous!
Into town and I saw these pretty green beauties in a charity shop. Gorgeous!

We headed over to a hidden gem, Cheesie Tchaikovsky Cheese Deli which you reach down a ginnel off the main street.
We headed over to a hidden gem, Cheesie Tchaikovsky Cheese Deli which you reach down a ginnel off the main street.

Colourful town houses facing the Deli.
Colourful town houses facing the Deli.

Special Cheese Room in Cheesie Tchaikovskys.
Special Cheese Room in Cheesie Tchaikovskys.

We bought a local blue cheese called Blacksticks Blue and then headed to our local for a quick drink. Wil enjoys Real Ales and there is a great selection here. It is usually full of friendly hounds to pet too……but we saw none today. 😦 Finally we bobbed in to see Wil’s Mum and sat in her conservatory. The sky was blue and it had turned into a nice day. I’m so glad the days are finally getting longer. Cannot believe it is actually March already. Have you been out anywhere in your neighborhood today?

New Inn Sign.
New Inn Sign.

Real Ales.
Real Ales.

Book Corner.
Book Corner.

Refreshments.
Refreshments.

I spy a tiny Castle. View from Wi'ls Mums back yard.
I spy a tiny Castle. View from Wi’ls Mums back yard.