Hawthorn’s Hunt totally crept up on me this month but I managed to scrabble a few pics together. They are all actually taken this very morning! So sorry that they are not exactly the most interesting. And mostly dog themed!
White. Yes more snowdrops in my blog posts. This is the fourth post I’ve done where snowdrops have appeared. But they are so pretty and of course , white, so I couldn’t resist. 😄 These were taken on my walk with H this morning. We sneeked over the cattle grid onto the drive of a private residence called Standen Hall and I quickly took this photo.
Metal/metalic. We came accross this rather scary metal dog face nailed onto a fence near Standen Hall. Never seen it before so I can only assume its a recent addition. Then I thought, maybe its actually a poo bag dispencer for dog walkers? Will look out for bags in the future.
Camouflage. Where’s Hugo? ”You can’t see me Mum. I’m invisible and I’m a Laprador”. Or so he thinks! 🙂
Begins with a J. Spotted this bright red double-decker bus next to nearby Holmes Mill. It made me think of bus journeys and how I used to feel travel sick on buses, but never on double deckers strangely.
Bud. Daffodils coming into bud near Standen Hall.
My Own Choice. A combination of photos from my morning so far…and its not even 10am. I had better get the washing on!
Pop over to kates blog to see more Scavenger Hunt entrys. 🙂
On Friday we bobbed over the road for lunch ,to the recently opened Bowland Food Hall in Holmes Mill , a popular new eating, drinking & leisure destination, in my home town of Clitheroe. The mill is already home to Britain’s longest continuous bar, in its spacious Beer Hall , an attractive cafe , gelateria and of course the Bowland Brewery. Also set to open in the next few months are the Spinning Block Hotel, Bar & Grill and The Weaving Shed Gym, Pool & Spa. Phew! Thats alot to take in !
BowlandFood Hall is on a mission , to showcase the best of Bowland and Lancashire’s local produce. It’s a great space to wander round and ooooh and ahh at all the lovely goodies. There’s honey from Stonyhurst, cheese from Garstang, pies from Chatburn, meringues from Whalley, Bowland brewed ales, cordials from Rawtenstall etc etc etc. Of course it’s not only Lancs that gets a look in, but the emphasis is firmly on locally sorced food and drink. 🧀🍠
We did buy ourselves a few treats! A wedge of Nicky Nook Blue Cheese, A Lancashire Cheese Bomb and a small bottle of Whinberry Gin, also handcrafted in Lancashire. And not to forget Hugo! He has a packet of homebaked biscuits from Millie & Ruby’s Bakery for Dogs . 🙂 We are currently holidaying in The Lakes and are all enjoying our purchases , immensely! Reminding us of home. 🙂
So what is the dining experience like in the Food Hall? I think Holmes Mill have got the right idea, in keeping things simple. Bowland Boards are the order of the day. £8.50 for a Cheese Board, Fish Board , Meat Board, Vegetarian Board or Lancashire Board. Food is prepared in front of you , whilst you enjoy a coffee, tea, soft drink or maybe a glass or two of wine. You are seated round a raised slate top counter and the service is friendly and efficient. Wil is a big cheese fan and loved his cheese platter, all the cheeses are produced in where else, but Lancashire. 😉 . My Lancashire Board contained Roy Porters Pork Pie, Heritage Piccalilli, Lancashire Cheese Quiche and Lancashire Crisps. Mmmmmm delicious! If you have enough room for dessert, the patisserie menu looks very tempting too.
Bowland Food Hall is definitely worth a visit, to pick up a few treats or just indulge in a Lancashire Lunch fix.
Its been a while since I have joined in with Natalie’s Sunday Sevens, so I thought I would collect some piccies together, and give it a go. Last weekend was a friend’s wedding, and the reception included an Afternoon Tea! Now any readers of this blog must be wondering , why have I been slacking on the afternoon tea front recently? I really don’t know!! Must remedy that. The Spread Eagle in Sawley does an amazing one, which includes a tasty sandwich selection, fruit cake and cheddar cheese, rocky road, carrot cake and scones with strawberry jam & clotted cream. I must say the Spread Eagle is also a lovely wedding venue with welcoming staff and lovely interiors.
And theres even a menu for dogs. 🙂 Wil and I ended up walking back the next day to pick up the car. We had a yummy lunch there and ordered Hugo some crackerjacks. They didn’t last very long!
This week I have been catching up on the utterly brilliant The Handmaid’s Tale on channel 4. If you have heard of the Margaret Atwood novel from the 1980’s , this series is based on her dystopian masterpiece….and is gripping, horrifying,moving, disturbing and Wow, just amazing! Set in a totalitarian society in a modern day America, where chemical warfare has rendered most men and women sterile, The Handmaid’s tale follows the lives of the few fertile women that are left, imprisoned as child- bearers , for the future of the population. Elizabeth Moss ( Mad Men) plays Offred and we see her struggle to survive this terrifying regime. You need to watch this show….
A year ago I blogged about the regeneration of Holmes Mill, an old Textile Mill in my home town, Clitheroe. It is being turned into an amazing entertainment space and already houses England’s longest continuous bar. Thursday gone ,saw the new Food Hall open , showcasing some of Lancashire’s best local produce. I hope to do a proper blog about it soon, but here are a few photos to wet your appetite. 🙂
Of course , as fantastic as it looks, the Food Hall is also incredibly expensive. Somewhere to go if you want to treat yourself , I think !
Speeking of much less creative spaces ( sigh) here is our horrid front room, with its stunning 1970’s brick work and fire. We had a bit of a declutter yesterday, and it is actually looking a lot better than it did! Anyway future plans ( probably next year) are to update the fire ( hurrah!) and paint the horrible brickwork white ( may need about 20 coats! , not sure it will look right though? ) as well as put wooden flooring in and change the wallpaper. To be honest I would dearly love to take a sledge hammer to those darn bricks, but Wil is not to keen on that idea! What would you do??
Anyway thanks for dropping by and enjoy your Sunday. Looks like sunshine out there!
I totally forgot about yesterdays #photanhour challenge , but I do have enough pictures of my week to catch up with you guys via Sunday Sevens . Yay! Above is last Sunday’s attempt at making Chestnut & Mushroom pate from a recipe in December’s edition of’The Simple Things’ magazine. Turned out pretty well actually…but neither Wil or I are really that keen on it. Oh well…..maybe a jar will find itself with you. 😉
Last Sunday I went to a local craft fair and found this charming stag head candle, which I couldn’t resist buying. He was only £5 and he is beautiful. A fellow blogger says he looks like a Sidney or a Sheridan. Sheridan it is ! I shall not be lighting Sheridan though. 🙂
And also on Sunday I went to Mitton Hall near Whalley with a few ladies from work. We had a Christmassy Afternoon tea by Candlelight, gossiped quite a bit ( girls will be girls!) and admired the beautiful Christmas tree which stands by the fire and is HUGE.
I bobbed into ‘The Boiler Room Cafe’ at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe during the week for a gift voucher….and ended up with a free coffee and a sticky blueberry Danish ! There was a problem with the till so I got a complementary elevenses, while I waited. Seemed a good time to bring out ‘The Little Book Of Hygge’. Has anybody read it?
Yesterday Wil and I had a Christmas Shopping for ‘each other’ day In two Southern Lakes Towns. We had planned to not buy anything this year, but that’s snow fun! First we visited Kendal where we had coffee in a little Tea & Coffee house called Farrer’s. It was very cute and Dickensian. Also got chatting to an owl charity and petted a Barn Owl , a Tawny owl and a Little Owl. 🙂 I am a lot easier to buy for than my fussy OH so Wil purchased some goodies for me in Kendal but alas he found nothing he liked. 😦
Kirkby Lonsdale is smaller than kendal but has some lovely shops and quirky street names, such as Salt Pie Lane & Jingling Lane. Whilst I did find some unusual Victorian Whale tree decorations ( I bought one for our yet to put up tree ~ thats todays job) , I came away with nothing at all for Wil. He is one of those annoying people who doesn’t care about opening presents on Xmas Day. Tough, I shall get him something , whether he likes it or not! Another job for today me thinks. 🙂
Hope you had an enjoyable week. Wish me luck with my shopping!
Well Phew! I have managed to finish off my Christmas shopping. And how better to complete my Christmas present purchases, than by browsing a lovely Christmassy Craft Fair. The venue was Holmes Mill , a former textile Mill in Clitheroe which has been transformed into a contemporary yet rustic food, drink and leisure space. Crafty Vintage Fairs are renowned for their quirky crafts and collectables and the stall-holders did not disappoint. Here are only a small selection of the gorgeous wares that I came across.
I couldn’t resist buying a pretty pocket mirror from Kat pearson Designs . Purrfect gifts for the crazy cat ladies amongst us. 🙂
Cacti make wonderful Christmas gifts don’t you think. I love these festive succulents and the stall looks so fetching. For more information on Chris and Judith’s bespoke vintage planters, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
I had never seen Typewriter Art before so I was surprised that these quirky illustrations were actually done on a typewriter ! This stall is called Oi Doris. 🙂
Ida & Ruby make these darling Top Knot Baby Hats and I couldn’t resist picking one up for a friend. Look out for them on facebook and instagram.
I love the Golden Syrup Tin Candles on this cute stall. Little Tree Crafts make lots of cute and quirky bits & pieces that are ideal stocking fillers.
.And Golly Goshingtons ( I love that name) sold ‘Just Gorgeous Stuff’. I found an unusual candle in the shape of a white stags head. 🙂 Their email is email@example.com
Have you been to a Christmas Craft fair this year?
Sunday means Sunday Sevens , a collection of seven photos from my personal week. 1) I treated the bedroom to a seahorse. Every bedroom should have one don’t you think ! Even though we live nowhere near the sea, I kind of like anything nautical…and Cecil fits the bill. We spent last weekend de – cluttering the bedroom. Seven bin liners full later plus one sea blue addition and I am one happy gal. Not sure Wil is as enamoured with Cecil as I am though!
2). I actually made a pudding. Caramel Apple Bake is a recipe I found on Pinterest and it tastes like Autumn and deliciousness. 🙂
3). I collected these Autumn leaves, nuts and berries on one of our walks with Hugo. There’s so much colour outdoors at the moment. I have been photographing different wildlife every day in October and my most recent post is here.
4). And if I can shamelessly plug my posts here is ‘the best berry pavlova ever’ which I devoured at the new cafe at Holmes Mill . Definitely an indulgent treat but you will need your pennies. 😉
5).Speaking of delicious food, Wil and I enjoyed a lovely cheeseboard whilst in Skipton yesterday. Coopers Cafe Bar on Broughton Road is definitely recommended if you are in the area. It is actually also home to the studio of crafty blogger Lucy from Attic 24. I didn’t have a sneak peek though, maybe next time.
6). It’s been a while since I’ve visited Skipton ( I don’t know why? ) and a few new shops have sprung up. I loved this cute window display at The Vintage Wash House , which sells traditional cleaning products, homewares and gifts.
7). The last picture is of my two god daughters. We had a nice Autumn walk with friends, their kids and a bunch of dogs yesterday. Fun times. 🙂
Back in the summer I blogged about Bowland Beer Hall . at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe. The Hall which has what is thought to be the longest continuous bar in England serves 42 ever-changing cask ales, as well as a range of tasty bar snacks. But horror of horrors, there are no puddings on the menu! Happily the cafe at Holmes Mill is now open. And there is cake. 🙂
After a weekend of mostly tidying and decluttering the house , a good strong coffee and dessert was needed! I dragged the OH to the newly opened cafe which is situated in what was the old boiler room at the mill. Presently only coffee and cakes ( but a great selection of cakes!) are available, although breakfasts and lunches are planned for the not too distant future. I couldn’t resist this divine Berry Pavlova, whilst Wil chose a delicious Hazelnut & caramel cheesecake.
The cakes are all homemade on site ( or’ Holmes Made’ according to their website 😉 ) which is nice to know. Whilst sipping my coffee, I took a few photos of our surroundings. The patisserie opens out into the Bowland Brewery shop which in turn is next to a Gelateria. 🙂
Because I am a traveller I can look down on the birds and up at the fishes. I collect moments and can venture back in time to lost worlds. I seize life and simultaneously escape it at will. Because I am a traveller I envy no man at home.