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Summer Links & Likes.

Hey , I totally missed putting up a Links & Likes for June, so without further ado, here’s  my Summer Edition. It will most probably come in two parts,  as we have some way to go yet,  thank goodness!  There’s definitely a bit of a travel theme going on here. So hopefully a bunch of holiday inspiration. 🙂 . Enjoy!

Know where to find the best Ice Cream Parlours in the North East?  Chloe has put in some serious research!

Paul is galavanting round Iceland , ticking off Game Of Thrones filming locations. 🙂

Polly attends a family wedding in beautiful Portmerion , and gets to wear a gorgeous vintage dress. 

The Greedy Sisters do great City Travel Guides!  Look out for their latest adventures in Athens and Avignon. 

Church yards make perfect haunts for summer wildlife, as Amanda finds out,  in Yorkshire.

Yarn bombed Seahorses and Mermaids! Where else but Saltburn by the Sea , with Jo of course!

And more seaside fun. 🙂  The Retro Poodles are in sunny Seaham….and look at the treasures they have found. 🙂

Christine is Wild Swimming amidst stunning Lake District Scenery.

Piia  has wrote an informative guide  Ten Free Things To Do In Helsinki. Makes me want to get up and go!

How lovely to holiday on the beautiful Island of Islay , as seen here on A Mischief Managed – and other Adventures.

And Bev celebrated her blog’s Birthday….by drinking Champagne in Champagne!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the blog posts. 🙂






Downham delights.

A place I love to visit is the nearby village of Downham. Situated at the foot of Pendle Hill it has a picture postcard feel and holds many happy memories for me. 😀

My old primary school.

Downham was where myself and my sister and two of our cousins went to school. Its tiny village primary was where I listened in awe to our teacher Mrs Hall reading us ‘The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe’ , enjoyed  countless games of rounders & cricket on the school field and became tangled up in the brightly coloured ribbons of the maypole .I to this day have no coordination !

Typical village cottages.
Typical village cottages.

Downham today still has that unspoilt olde world charm. Although my old school is now a nursery and the village shop has sadly closed , visitors still flock here to admire the quaint cottages & picnic by the stream. There is a lovely pub, ‘The Assheton Arms’ and a friend of mine has recently opened the ice cream shop/cafe on the green.

Michelle in the door way of the cafe with a selection of home made cakes. :)
Michelle in the door way of the cafe with a selection of home made cakes. 🙂

Yummy cakes & desserts.
Yummy cakes & desserts.

Michelle and her hubby Dave took on the shops leese at the beginning of summer and added their own charming little touches to the decor. They sell hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, delicious home made cakes ( baked by Dave’s sister) and a multitude of flavours of ice cream. Wil and I tried the pistachio and orange & chocolate chip flavours, which we found to be truly divine. 🙂 Also proving popular with ice cream loving visitors is the ‘Downham Delight‘ , three scoops of whatever flavours of ice cream you desire , smothered with every conceivable tempting topping you can imagine. I will try it one day!

Ice cream!
Ice cream!

The village brook. Popular  for paddling and picnicking.
The village brook. Popular for paddling and picnicking.
Taking a dip. :)
Taking a dip. 🙂

Our time in Downham was spent wandering round the village and of course eating our delicious ice creams. Then we went for a drive over Pendle which was covered in vibrant purple heather bloom. A perfect afternoon. 🙂

St Leonards Church.
St Leonards Church.
Pendle Hill from the church yard.
Pendle Hill from the church yard.
The village green cafe opens every day except Monday and Thursday ~ 10-5pm.
The village green cafe opens every day except Monday and Thursday ~ 10-5pm.

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

An amble around Ambleside. :)

Sunday, we visited the quaint little town of Ambleside in the Lake District. We were on our way to see family in the North Lakes , so stopped off here for lunch. Luckily the promised showers did not materialize so we bought  ourselves a little picnic  from the ApplePie Bakery and ‘ambled’ our way down to the lakeside. The lake is of course ‘Lake Windermere’ which is the largest of Cumbrias many expanses of water. The area by the lake is known as ‘Waterhead’ and it was fun to watch the world go by from here. We also treated ourselves to some chocolate dipped Icecreams ! After that we strolled back and looked round the town which is full of pretty gift shops, cafes , pubs and outdoorsy shops , all set against a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

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2014-07-13 12.19.50Those Ice creams were amazing! Do you have a favourite village or town to visit in the Lake District?