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Photo Scavenger Hunt ~March 2016.

I must admit I did struggle a bit with the prompts in this month’s Photo Scavenger Hunt.But i have managed to scramble a few photo’s together!  Have had quite a varied March with visits to The Lakes,Manchester and Warwickshire, so my piccies are from a few different locations.manchestr 037Local ~ A local delicacy in Manchester are these Manchester Tarts which I spied on a market stall. Manchester Tarts are typically full of naughty ingredients such as raspberry jam,custard and Coconut.These ones are even more naughty as they have cream and a cherry  on top. 🙂

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City ~ Old buildings in the bustling North West City of Manchester.

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Stripes ~ Another place with incredibly old buildings is the town of Warwick. Tudor houses show off their stripes. 🙂

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Crisp ~ Yummy Vegetable Tempura in a crisp batter. This was a meal out for a friend’s Birthday in Manchester.

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Street art ~ Whist in Warwickshire we visited Coventry and an independent arts and shopping area called ‘Fargo’ on Far Gosworth Road. Lots of decorative Street Art adorns the walls there.

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Tiles ~ Had to use a photo here from my February trip to Manchester because I couldn’t find anything in my March pictures.Quirky tile art in the Northern Quarter.

Rocks Stairs ~ Struggled with this one so I will have to go with Wil and Hugo standing on some Stone Steps instead. These are in my local park.

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Hair ~ I thought this Willow tree by the river in Warwick looked a bit like it had a good head of hair…maybe!

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Measure ~  What measures of alcohol are in these Cocktails us girls sipped in Manchester?!

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Large ~ My Large friend at Fargo Village in Coventry.

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For one~ Its all mine! A scone with jam and clotted cream at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire.

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Landscape ~ View of Haweswater Lake in Cumbria. You can read my recent post about this beautiful area  right here. 🙂

Thanks as always to  Green Thumb for organizing this Scavenger Hunt.



Sent to Coventry.

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White Friars Olde Ale House.

After checking into our room at the beautiful  Coombe Abbey Hotel we had a couple of hours to go exploring in the nearby city of Coventry. I had googled Coventry and found out that much of it was destroyed by German air raids during the Second world War. And that here was where Lady Godiva embarked on her legendary naked horse ride around the city in the 11th Century.  But first things first, we were eager for lunch. 🙂 So  I suggested  that we  head for Fargo!

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Fargo  is a creative arts and shopping space located on ‘Far Gosford Street’ in the city. It took me a wee while to realise that its unusual name ( reminiscent of the Coen Brothers crazily good film & tv series) is actually an abbreviation of the street name. Pretty clever and cool eh!  Fargo Village’s website describes it as ‘an eclectic community of makers,doers and creative folk creating and providing products that are that little bit different.’

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After having a nosy round the various shops and businesses , and buying a couple of Mother’s Day presents from Container No 8  and a book from The Big Comfy Book Shop we stopped by Urban Coffee Company for a spot of lunch. Housed in a spacious unit with a relaxed and comfy vibe this is easily the perfect place to hang out with a book or make use of the free wifi whilst sampling  yummy food,cakes,coffee and or ciders and beers. Interesting decor and sculptures from Fargo artist in residence David Dewis add to the quirky ambience.

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After a tasty lunch we headed away from Fargo and to the cathedral area of Coventry. On the way we bobbed into one of several ancient looking pubs we came across that proclaimed themselves ‘ ye oldest public house in Coventry’. The White Friars Olde Ale House certainly looked the part.  🙂

By the time we got to the remains of the old Cathedral which stands before the much more modern building that is used now, the weather had turned pretty miserable. So after snapping a couple of pictures all we wanted to do was head back to our lovely hotel.

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The facade of the old Cathedral is all that remains after being bombed in the 2nd World War.

So that was our all to brief visit to Coventry. I suspect we only touched the surface of this interesting city. I’m really glad we discovered Fargo ( if you are in the city I highly recommend visiting) but disappointed I did not see Lady Godiva. Her statue that is 😉

Have you ever been to Coventry??

Coombe Abbey Hotel & Country Park.

Last weekend Wil and I and my sister and her hubby enjoyed a mini break away at a luxury hotel in Warwickshire.   Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry is a historic grade I listed building which was founded as a monastery in the 12th Century. Over the years the abbey has been added to ,with a West Wing designed by Captain William Winde , who also designed Buckingham Palace. And gardens and a lake constructed by Capability Brown. The hotel is set in a 500 acre public Country Park where an arboretum features a collection of 100 year old trees and a heronry is apparently host to over 60 breeding pairs. Sounds great right. 🙂

Here are a few pics from the interior including the room which Wil and I stayed in with its four poster bed ( very romantic!) and there’s my decoupaged vintage suitcase on its first ever trip away, despite me buying it over two years ago!

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Blue Sky and a moat. 🙂

The weekend threw all sorts of weather at us including rain,snow,hail and bursts of sunshine. On the Saturday we had a bit of a walk round the park. We didn’t see the whole of it but if you’re ever in the Coventry area, it is well worth a visit. 🙂 Enjoy the pictures below.

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Coombe Abbey from the Hotel entrance side.
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Lots of these birds at the front of the hotel. Any ideas?

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The Swans were very friendly. 🙂

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The Abbey is even more beautiful from the Park Side.

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Lots of geese make their home here including Greylag geese and….
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Egyptian Geese.
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Red wood pines in the arboretum.

Butterfly carvings in a tree stump. 🙂

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After our Saturday walk Wil and I had an Afternoon Tea to go to. I can tell you’re not surprised!  Coombe Abbey’s Afternoon tea is served in the lovely Garden Room Restaurant and I must say I think this one might just be the tastiest of all the many many Afternoon Teas that I have tried.


We decided on the Knight’s Afternoon Tea which comes served on a miniature picnic bench and features an assortment of goodies that included a warm shepherd’s pie served in a bucket, a very tasty homemade sausage roll,kilner jars of piccalilli and sweet pickled onions, a slice of the most scrumptious cheese & onion quiche and a yummy beef & horseradish roll.

Don’t forget the sweet treats too. There’s a large glass of creamy tiramisu, a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie and a delicious light and buttery scone served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. The Knight’s Afternoon Tea also comes with as many tea or coffee refills as you require and a halfpint of Coombe Ale.  🙂

Have you ever visited Coombe Abbey or Coombe Country Park? If you ever feel the need to treat yourself…or just simply explore some beautiful parkland, this is the place to go.x