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a Carnival of Curiosities in Blackburn.

Helter Skelter :)
Helter Skelter πŸ™‚

Roll up, roll up for the carnival is in town. The Carnival Of Curiosities was just one of the attractions at the Blackburn Heritage Festival over the weekend. Myself and a couple of friends prepared to be amazed and astounded as we wandered round the Victorian style fairground. Here are a few pictures from the day. πŸ™‚

Its always lovely to see the Thwaite's  Shire horses.
Its always lovely to see the Thwaite’s Shire horses.

Carousel ride.
Carousel ride.

Nicola Hebson's 'Dead Good Jewellery and Taxidermy.
Nicola Hebson’s ‘Dead Good Jewellery and Taxidermy.
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Stilt walker 'Long Legged Larry'.
Stilt walker ‘Long Legged Larry’.
Spooky dolls heads.
Spooky dolls heads.
The Apothecary Bar.
The Apothecary Bar.
Cute owl cupcakes. :)
Cute owl cupcakes. πŸ™‚
Tiny wonders in the Curiovan emporium of Natural wonderment.
Tiny wonders in the Curiovan emporium of Natural wonderment.
'The Remedy. The singer has a gorgeous voice.
‘The Remedy. The singer has a gorgeous voice.
Enjoying a brew in Liz N Lils.
Enjoying a brew in Liz N Lils.
Vintage glamour ~ Its the Sparkle Sisters.
Vintage glamour ~ Its the Sparkle Sisters.

Twydall Crumblepatch's taxidermy marionette puppets.
Twydall Crumblepatch’s taxidermy marionette puppets.
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Everybody loves a mermaid.
Everybody loves a mermaid.

It was also nice to see that there is more to Blackburn than just the Mall. If you ever visit you might want to look out for Decades Vintage Fashion on Lord street, No11 Town Hall street ( quirky new gift shop featuring ‘Dead good’ jewellery by Nicola Hebson) and Liz ‘N’ lils vintage style tea room, in what used to be ‘The Grapes’ on Northgate.

I just wish I had had a go on that Helterskelter!

Helter Skelter :)
Helter Skelter πŸ™‚

Bonjour Le Tour ~ Muker & Buttertubs.

So ok I might not know my Kittels from my Cavendishes, yet it was still a wonderful experience watching the Tour de France in Yorkshire over the weekend. We camped with friends in the picturesque village of Muker which lies at the foot of the Buttertubs pass. The first stage of the iconic race battled to the top for the coveted King of the Mountains polka dot jersey. By the time we had trudged all the way up there with kids and push chairs, we felt like Kings Of the Mountains ourselves. πŸ™‚ The atmosphere was fantastic! Here are some pictures from our weekend. πŸ™‚2014-07-05 16.04.40

Sheltering from the rain in the King of the Mountains festival bar ( Friday).
Sheltering from the rain in the King of the Mountains festival bar ( Friday).

Making flower wreaths.
Making flower wreaths.

Bonjour Buttertubs!
Bonjour Buttertubs!
Grrrrrr Tiger on tour.
Grrrrrr Tiger on tour.

French Yorkshiremen.
French Yorkshiremen.
Tv crew Helicopter.
Tv crew Helicopter.

Miffy Mobiles.
Miffy Mobiles.

I'll have some of that please. :)
I’ll have some of that please. πŸ™‚

The Peloton.
The Peloton.
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Love this pic of Lydia and Bronte with some rather tipsy 'Frenchmen'.
Love this pic of Lydia and Bronte with some rather tipsy ‘Frenchmen’.
King of the Mountains Festival grounds.
King of the Mountains Festival grounds.
We watched the High lights on a big screen.
We watched the High lights on a big screen.
Saturday night in the Festival Bar.
Saturday night in the Festival Bar.
The little uns keeping comfy while the grown ups pack up camp ( Sunday).
The little uns keeping comfy while the grown ups pack up camp ( Sunday).
Happy Campers! ( Sunday).
Happy Campers! ( Sunday).

We had a fantastic couple of days and it was really amazing that we got to experience the wonderful Yorkshire hospitality of the tour de france. :))))

A Food Festival and the Castle Proms.

Lancashire’s rugged fells and the sea faring towns and all the green fields in between are home to some wonderful fresh local produce and yesterday my local town played host to a fabulous food festival with stalls from all over the county. We met up with some friends and spent the day sampling tasty foodstuffs ,drinking in the ambiance of the festival ~ and drinking a few locally brewed real ales and ciders too. Well would have been rude not to. πŸ˜‰ In the evening the festivities continued with the annual Proms in the castle grounds. I wish I had been able to take a few more pictures , the event is proving so popular now that it was hard to get close to the stalls, come Midday. Its great for the town though!

Clitheroe Food Festival.
Clitheroe Food Festival.
Baxters of Morcambe seafood.
Baxters of Morcambe seafood.
Piglet Pile On.
Piglet Pile On.
The port of Lancaster Smokehouse.
The port of Lancaster Smokehouse.
My God daughter enjoying the festival. :)
My God daughter enjoying the festival. πŸ™‚
Park Farm pies and cakes.
Park Farm pies and cakes.
Clitheroe Castle.
Clitheroe Castle.
The Proms.
The Proms.
Enjoying the Proms.:)
Enjoying the Proms.:)