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January 2021 ~ Books I Read. 📚 ❄️

January has been an enjoyable reading month. A couple of the books were birthday or Christmas gifts, two were inspired by other bloggers reads and one was bought on a whim, purely because of the cover. Though in fact all these book covers are asphetically pleasing in my eyes.

Bookshop Tours Of Britain ~ Louise Boland ( 2020). Whilst our bookshops are sadly closed at the moment, how about browsing through a book that takes the reader on 18 journeys around Britain and its many beautiful independent book stores. This handy guide allows you to plan which parts of the country to visit once lockdown is over, with its indie bookshops in mind. Lots of travel information too and litery snippets. I love this celebration of our indie stores, they really need our support at the moment. A little sad that two lovely book towns that I have visited, Wigtown in Dumfries & Galloway and Sedburgh in Cumbria , weren’t included though. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Wild Life Of The Fox ~ John Lewis – Stemple ( 2020). A slim volume not unlike Adele Brands ‘ The Hidden World Of The Fox’ , packed full of fascinating insights into the life of this mysterious wild creature, who’m we share our countryside and urban landscape with. The author, a prolific nature writer ,starts off by talking about a phone conversation that went on slightly too long, causing him to head out to lock up his chickens that little bit later than usual. Well you can imagine what had happened to the chickens. Yet we can’t help but have a love/hate relationship with the 🦊. And that is explored expertly here. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Winter Holiday ~ Arthur Ransome ( 1931). I haven’t actually read any of the other Swallows & Amazon’s books. I assume they are all set in long warm summers. Winter Holiday though is absolutely perfect for this time of year. The frozen lake and surrounding snowy countryside lends itself perfectly to the children’s Arctic Expedition adventures. I love how the adults don’t bat an eyelid at the youngsters playing out from dawn until dusk and how everyone gets their skates on , igloos are built and ice yachts are commondeered. Delightful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Before The Coffee Gets Cold ~ Toshikazu Kawaguchi (2015). If you could travel back in time to a crossroads moment in your life , would you want to, if you couldn’t change the outcome? In a quiet cafe in Japan , from a particular seat ,it is possible to do just that. As long as you drink your coffee before it gets cold that is. A moving and magical tale. And there is a sequel that I want to read too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What books did you pick up in January? 📚

Wildlife photos in October. Week 4.

So October is at an end. And what a beautiful one it has been. Here are my wildlife photos from the last week of a rather glorious month.

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22 October.  On a wall Ivy – Leaved Toadflax which is a common trailing wallflower. It is also known as ‘Mother of Thousands’ and usually flowers from May to September.

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23 October. I make some Foxy Leaf Art from a Sycamore Leaf. 🙂

24 October. On a walk with Hugo I notice this Fungi with it’s orange colouring. Looks like it’s been nibbled on. In an old almost dead tree I spot a Carrion Crow  which makes a spooky silhouette.

25 October. Colourful purple berries and crimson leaves in the park.

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26 October. I notice the changing colours of this Virginia Creeper   on my way to work.

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27 0ctober.  Another flower that lingers in the hedgerows is Bindweed with its papery white trumpet-like blooms.

28 October. An afternoon at Lowther Castle  in Cumbria saw myself and my little helper spotting lots of wildlife. 🙂 More Fungi , if anyone can id them?  Imogen found lots of autumn leaves, berries and nuts, including Sweet Chestnuts . Once cooked , these are the chestnuts that can be roasted on an open fire. I love their fuzzy shells. The bird ( another silhouette I’m afraid) is actually a Buzzard with something in its beak. Apparently it is our most common Bird of Prey here in the UK. I still felt privileged to see it.

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29 October.  Poisonous red climbing berries from the Bryony plant.

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30 October. A male Blackbird singing in a bush. Blackbirds appear in the nursery rhyme ‘Sing A Song Of Sixpence’.

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31 October. Find a late bloomer in my back yard. Think it might be a Dahlia. 🙂

So there goes October. Hopefully the mild weather will continue on into November, and so will the beautiful colours. 🙂

 

 

 

The Old Vicarage Tearooms.

If your ever in the Forest of Bowland you may stumble on the tiny dwelling of Tosside.This pretty community is in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the east side of the village standing in Yorkshire and the west in Lancashire.The name Tosside actually derides from the old english word Tod meaning fox.

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And you cannot miss this rather handsome Fox weathervain in the centre of Tosside.Head West to the pub and East to The Old Vicarage tearooms. 🙂

The Tearooms are owned by my friend Emmy.I might be a wee bit biased but she is a terrific cook specialising in home cooked meals using locally sorced ingredients.
Today we dropped by for a brew and cake.Yummy!

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Wil had Emmys delicous coffee and walnut cake and I had a  scrumptious scone warm from the oven with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

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The decor in the Old Vicarage is very homely.Emmy is kind enough to sell some of my teacup candles for me as well as other homemade goodies and freshly laid farm eggs.

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And kids and even big kids can get busy colouring in these Foxy masks.Cool hey 🙂

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So if you do ever find yourself in Tosside ( it is one of those places you kind of stumble accross on your travels!) be sure to bob in for a hearty meal or even for some of Emmy’s famous sticky toffee pudding.And watch out for those Foxes.They are everywhere 😉

Foxy Favourites ^ ^

Im Loving all the foxy print clothing and fox inspired homewares that are around at the moment. Makes me feel all bright eyed and bushy tailed! Here’s a few of my foxy favourites that are avaliable to buy online and on the highstreet : )

Fox Lampshade from little treasures vintage

Next Knitted Across The Body Bag £25

Urban Fox Mug from HunkyDory Home £12.50

Sugarhill boutique foxy print dress £55

Cute Wild things little girls fox dressing up dress £45

Oasis Fox Scarf £18

Sleeping Fox Cushion with Inner £11.49 from Base.com
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Which is your favourite ? Im quite liking the sugar hill boutique dress myself.Roll on Payday 🙂