Anyone who has a dog will probably identify with the words below. 🙂 Although my Labrador is incredibly sweet, he’s also a bit of a monster. I’m under no illusions there!
Looking back at walks we did last Summer made me think about the poem my niece and nephew made up whilst we were out and about in the countryside with Hugo. On one particular walk he ended up emerging from a hole ( which seriously looked like some kind of freshly dug grave), crunching on a bone. Not his finest moment!
Happily my family seem to adore Hugo despite his bad habits. 🙂
Hole. I guess the most famous hole in Clitheroe ( teehee) is the one in the front of our tiny Castle Keep. Local legends to how it got there include Oliver Cromwell fireing a cannonball from Pendle Hill. Even less likely, the devil himself flung boulders at Clitheroe Castle, also from the top of Pendle. Which do you think?
Making. I attempted to make some Chocolate Truffles from my Eat What You Watch ~ A cookbook for Movie Lovers cookbook. They ended up looking more like onion bhajis! But they do taste like chocolate truffles. Success! The recipe is inspired by Vianne’s chocolate creations in the sweetly sensual film Chocolat starring Juliette Binoche and a yummy Johnny Depp. Well worth a watch by the way. 😊. These truffles are very rich though, I can only manage one with my mug of coffee..
Reading Now. You may be shocked to learn that I have never watched Star Wars! Yet I am reading this book by Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher. From what I have read so far she was one very funny, bat crazy, inteligent and gutsy lady. Enjoying it so far. Oh yes I know, I am still using my snowflake duvet set. Hopefully this is not a future weather prediction!
Black & White. Last weekend we met a llama and some alpaca on a walk to a local village. This black & white llama was definitely the most inquisitive and demanding, he came trotting over when he saw us stop at the fence. Wil gave him a bit of loose hay, then he tried to chomp my rucksack! I do love llamas though and a couple of years ago I dragged my family on a llama Trek in the Lakes.
Starts with an H. Well I just had to include a picture of our gorgeous Hugo for this one didn’t I. I think he is as much a part of this blog as me really. 🙂 Hugo is a three year old black labrador and we have had him since he was a wee pup. I definitely have a thing about labradors now as before Hugo there was Jake, who came with Wil ( his faithful shadow) when I met him. They are such a loyal , loving , mischievous breed of dog. I can’t imagine life without a labrador.
My Own Choice. The bright sunshine we have experienced recently has certainly brought out my blogs namesake, these cheery celandines. 😊
One of the things I looked forward to on our trip to North Norfolk, was a boat trip I had booked, to see the seals at Blakeney Point. Blakeney has the largest seal colony in England. There are hundreds of these inquisitive mammals, either bobbing in the water or basking on the point. As the best way to view them is on a specially organized boat trip, we chose Temples ,who are based at nearby Morston. Typically the day that we had chosen ended up incredibly windy! But phew, we were able to reschedule for the following day, the last of our holiday. 🙂
After collecting our tickets from The Anchor pub, we were directed to the Quay and boarded ‘The Four Sisters’, one of Temple’s red and white purpose built boats.
It wasn’t too long before we saw our first seals. There are both Grey and Common Seals at Blakeney Point. Common Seals arrive here in the summer to have their pups , whilst the Greys tend to give birth in November and December.
The boat got up pretty close to the seals, but they didn’t seem to bothered by our clicking cameras. How beautiful are they! Of course we didn’t outstay our welcome and the skipper turned the boat, to view more groups relaxing in the shallows.
The trip includes a stop off at the point if you wish, where you can walk up to the Old Lighthouse building and watch the various seabirds that nest there. The boat’s crew pointed out Sandwich, Common, Little and Arctic Terns flying above us.
Of course me being me, I was just as excited at meeting some particular members of the crew! Three generations of the same labrador family were on hand for strokes and to snuffle for spare biscuits. Meet Tide, Bella and Gillie. 🙂
The boat trip with Temple’s was certainly a fun and informative outing. Seabirds, Seals and a canine crew. What more do you need. 🙂
Prices. £12 per adult. £6 per child. Dogs free ( keep on a lead). Tel.01263740791.
I’m joining in with Natalie’s Sunday Sevens this week, sharing 7 photos from the last seven days. Above is Hugo who has been causing us a little concern recently. He tends to have a reaccurring limp in his front left leg and it has proved a mystery ,as he doesn’t seem to be in pain. The vets suggested lead walk and restricted exercise and various meds, which we keep trying. He has also had Xrays and everything is fine joint and bone wise. Unfortunately the Xrays also showed a childs dummy in his large intestine ! A week later we are still waiting for it to pass. Dogs eh. Marley has nothing on him!
This weekend happens to be The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival and yesterday there were quite a few free performances in Clitheroe to enjoy. I’m not a jazz fan but any kind of music that gets people together and having fun is fine by me. 🙂
My beautiful God daughters were doing a grand job selling Jazz themed cards in Church for charity. Super sales women !
Today I’m actually on a Spa day at Ribby Hall , a continuation of my sister’s 4Oth Birthday Celebrations. We have all enjoyed the ‘Aqua Thermal Journey’ the outdoor hot tub and lunch. Now the girls are having treatments ( I’m wierdly not one for facials and massages) and I am lounging around in the relaxation suite, with views over the Zen Garden. Sweet.
My Sunday Sevens for last week are a little bit of a cheat because the photo’s are all actually from the weekend. Hey Ho! The weekend was a lot more fun than the week. 🙂
Saturday saw us heading to Keswick in the Lake District for a bit of outdoorsy shopping ,lunch and of course some splashing about in the lake.
1) Here’s Hugo playing in the Lake with a couple of other Labradors. According to Wikipedia Star Wars Episode V11: The Force Awakens filmed on location here for the scene ” Approach to Maz Kantana’s Castle, Takodana. One for Star Wars Fans!
2) It was quite chilly in the morning, despite the bright sunshine. Keswick and the Lake were really busy though! Another fact for you, Derwent Water is home to an endangered freshwater whitefish called the Vendace. I don’t think Hugo ate any !
3) Speaking of lunch :), we had ours at a cute little cafe in Keswick called Little Chamonix. If you ever visit the town , I highly recommend this charming and bright eatery on Lake Road. My Burrito was sooo good!
4) In the afternoon we drove round the lake to the village of Portinscale. After reading Christine’s fab post about a lakeside,woodland walk she did to find this interesting Sculpture, I was inspired to search it out too. The giant pair of hands carved in wood can be found on the West Shore of Derwent Water. The sculpture is entitled Entrust and was commissioned by the National Trust. A handy find ;).
5) On Sunday we met up with a friend and her Labrador for a walk. How cute do these two look together. 🙂
6 & 7) And we visited other friends who have the cutest Summer House in their garden. It made me wish that our shed could be converted. I don’t think Wil would be too impressed though!
Sunday means joining in with SUNDAY SEVENS which was created by the lovely Natalie at Threads And Bobbins . The idea is to post Seven ( or more) photos from your week. Here goes!
Just started reading My Family And Other Animals by naturalist Gerald Durrell. It’s the story of Gerald’s crazy but idyllic childhood in Corfu in the 1930s. You might already be familiar with their adventures if you have been watching Sunday Evening Television recently. The Durrells is on itv 8pm every Sunday and it’s a great adaption of his memoirs. 🙂 I’ve also invested in an alarm clock! Instead of using my phone as my alarm I now keep my mobile downstairs at nights , so I’m not tempted to go on Facebook etc into the early hours.
2. The doog is better! Hugo is now back to full health and here he is smiling amongst the daffodils. Doggy grins are so cute. 🙂
3. Ikea purchases. Wil and I survived our First trip to Ikea together. However I’m not sure there will be a second! It’s HuGe! And Claustrophobic! And we didn’t buy what we went there to buy. We were meant to come back with a wardrobe. Instead we came back with two pink flamingo glasses and a bag of daim bars. Nice glasses though!
4 & 5. Let them Eat Cake! Had a fun afternoon in Manchester again yesterday. This time with my good friends Arwen and Gill. We booked a perfectly adorable ( and very good value) Afternoon Tea at Hey Little CupCake! in the Spinningfields area of the city. For £12 each we feasted on dainty finger sandwiches, home baked scones with jam and clotted cream, marvelous miniature cupcakes, delectable macarons and juicy red strawberries dipped in chocolate. The service was attentive, the decor ‘pretty in pink’ and the tea refills plentiful. Heartily recommended. :))
6,7 & 8. As well as loving our Afternoon Tea we also enjoyed popping into Elixir Tonics and Treats on Deansgate. This is a real Fun Palace for those of you who prefer your cocktails served with theatrical flare. I was certainly amused with the assembling of my ‘Into The Ether’ cocktail …and it went down well too. If you like smoke,bangs,pops and sparkle with your drinks, in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere , Elixir is for you. It was certainly for us!
It’s amazing what a difference a day makes We went up to Keswick in Cumbria yesterday and there was a covering of snow in the mountains. The snow followed us home and this morning I woke up to a world….that looks like this!
I thought I would share a few photos of our usual walk with Hugo before the white stuff melts. It’s been three years since we last had any snow!
Yep new wellies. Again! I do not have any luck whatsoever with posh wellies. By posh I mean anything other than my trusty green dunlops. Hunters,Joules and Brakeburns all split within the last twelve months. And silly moo that I am, I mislaid each pairs receipt. This time though, my new red Barber’s ( a sale bargain) receipt is pinned to the notice board. I’m hoping I will have better luck with these…..
I saw a few birds feeding near the Campsite. Some kind soul always puts food out there. I was trying to take a picture of a beautiful Bullfinch who was enjoying his breakfast…but he was to quick for me.
The Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby is a great place to visit all year round, and we found that to be true , even out of season in mid November. We rented a dog friendly terraced house on Elgin Street ( there are plentiful pet friendly properties in Whitby) and spent the week mostly eating,drinking and walking with our labrador Hugo. Whitby really does love our four legged friends! There are an abundance of cafes,tea rooms and pubs that welcomes both man and dog.Here is just a small selection that we visited on our trip.
Sherlock’s on Flowergate is a cosy and quirky tea rooms with you’ve guessed it, a slight Sherlock Holmes theme. The decor does resemble what you would imagine 221b Baker Street to look like. Upstairs is Dr Watson’s Parlour and it wouldn’t have surprised me to have witnessed the deerstalker wearing detective himself enjoying a cuppa. Not that Whitby has any connection to the author….except a very slight one. Sir Arthur was friendly with one Bram Stoker. The cobbled streets ,picturesque harbor and ancient abbey were his inspiration for the gothic masterpiece ‘Dracula’. Try the ‘Draculas Delight’ ice cream sundae or warm up with a coffee and enomas slice of cake.
Rusty Shears is a little treasure of a tea rooms tucked up a side street, not far from the West Cliffs. As soon as you see the cute courtyard garden with its teacup graveyard , you know you’ve discovered somewhere special. Lampshade lights and taxidermy animals decorate the interior.We visited twice, once for tea and cake ( try the delicious Guiness Cake or Kiwi and Lime Cheesecake) and once for a cheeseboard lunch.There’s an interesting looking Gin Menu and dogs can have a complimentary Doggychino.:)
Humble Pie ‘N’Mash is a family business that serves their tasty homemade pies and only pies with mash,gravy and garden peas. There are several different pies to choose from including Yorkshire Sausage and Black pudding, Haggis and Neep and Steak and Stout. And if your still hungry after your pie , there is always Jam Roly Poly and Custard for pudding. This pie parlour has lots of character as the building on Church Street dates back to before the 1600s and the decor is inspired by the generations that have lived and worked there. It might be best to tackle those 199 steps up to the Abbey before you tuck into your lunch or tea here. 🙂
Whitby’s Dog Friendly Pubs. Not all the pubs in Whitby are dog friendly but most of them are. Lots are old and quirky such as one of our favourites,the White Horse and Griffin above. Here is a list of pubs that welcome dogs. There are probably lots more…but even we couldn’t try them all. 😉
White Horse and Griffin.
First In Last Out.
Whitby Walks. Between November and April Whitby’s beach is popular with dog walkers. The two mile walk along the shoreline to Sandsend is well worth it as the pretty little village has a couple of cafes and pubs. We tried out the very dog friendly ‘Harte Inn’ which specializes in fresh seafood and found it very good indeed. Alternatively you can walk along the Monks Trod to Ruswarp , lunch at the Bridge Pub and walk back along the river Esk. Oh and if you want to discover more about the area’s spooky history, why not try a ghost walk. These start at the Whale bone arch on Whitby’s West Cliff at 7-30pm most evenings. I’m afraid I never got to do one this time…but hopefully one day.
Hope you enjoyed Hugo’s haunts and feel free to add any recommendations in the comments. 🙂
On Sunday I took part in Photo an Hour on Instagram. Its a challenge Janey and Louisa organize every month and its a great chance to nosy at the everyday lives of others. I usually end up posting my pics on here too. Sunday happened to be a fresh but sunny spring day….and I spent quite a lot of it doing a stall at a craft fair with my friend Jo Jangles. 🙂
8am ~ Time for coffee and toast. Ignore the time on the coffee machine. It felt early…but it wasn’t that early!
9am ~ Here’s what I was wearing to the craft fair. I love my ‘Fun’ brooch which I bought from a very talented photographer who transforms her piccies into jewellery. The Fun is from a Fun Fair sign in Morecambe.
10am ~ All set up for the Craft Fair. Be prepared for more craft fair piccies.
11am ~ Here’s the view from our stall. Ballooon creatures!
12 Noon ~ A gorgeous vintage tea pot of Jo’s. I love the colour and the shape. I heart the mouse too. 🙂
1pm ~ I’m hanging out at my friends Chilli stall where I bought a chipotle chilli mix and there’s a pressie for Hugo too from the pet accessories stall. 🙂
2pm ~ Cake!!!!!!!
3pm ~ Already packed up and home. We were pleased with our sales and booked again for July. Plenty more time for making. Heres Hugo playing with his new toy.
4pm ~ Wil and I are out for a walk with Hugo. I love the fact that Spring is here and when the sun is shining, our English countryside is the best!
5pm ~ On the way home we spy a friend at his allotment and he gave us some rhubarb. I honestly did think about making a crumble……I will make it this week. 😉
6pm ~ Hugo is pooped from his walk.
7pm ~ Watching a dvd ( for the next two hours ) so no pic for 8pm. Tracks is the true story of a woman who crossed Australia on foot with four camels and a dog called Diggoty in the seventies. Great film but there was a bit of blubbing going on….by me. 😦 SPOILER ALerT ~ Never watch movies where the hero/heroine travels with a cute doggy, if you’re prone to cry babydom like me.
9pm ~ Watching Poldark. I love this new series but this episode was particularly depressing. I am also now worrying about Demelza’s cute dog…..
10pm ~ My last pic is my other fur baby Slinky who as you can see is looking very chilled here.
So March has passed at the speed of a pair of Mad March Hares frolicking in a field. A nice spring image for you there! Here is my quick round up post of what I’ve been up to in the merry month of March.
Reading ~ Each month I am trying to read at least one book. And I have managed two. Hurrah! The first was the Ira Levin thriller ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ which is the story of an all American golden boy, who will stop at nothing not even murder, to get what he wants. Written in the 1950’s this cautionary tale preluded Levin’s more well known works such as ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Stepford Wives’. The second book I read is a brand newbie. ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins might appeal to those of you who enjoyed ‘Gone Girl’. Have you ever looked out of the window on a train and wondered about the lives of the people in the houses you pass? Have you ever spotted something a bit strange near the tracks? This is a creepy thriller with complex characters and a gripping storyline. Great for commutes on the train hey. 😉
On the Box ~ ~ Well need I say more! The luscious Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark makes my Sunday nights. Poldark 9pm BBC1.
A Tale Of Two Cities. ~ I had two days out with the girls in two Northern cities. 🙂 For my friend’s 40th , Manchester was our destination. A Gentleman’s Afternoon tea at Opus One , Cocktails in a subterranean drinking den ( The Gas Lamp ) nr Spinningfields and shopping in Pepperberry were included in our day.
Also myself and my friend Arwen met up with our mate Gill in Leeds on Saturday. There is more to explore but we were impressed with the brand spanking new Trinity Shopping Centre and Gill booked us into Browns for lunch. Always happy to go somewhere that serves my fave Mr Fitzpatricks Rhubarb Cordial. 🙂 I didn’t buy much but I did come away with a golden egg bath bomb from Lush.
Teacup Trolley ~
This month I bought a tea trolley to display my teacup candles in my friends shop Chillimoon. She spruced it up with some duck egg blue paint and I added some Cath Kidston style bunting. I quite like it. 🙂
Blog Love ~
Been enjoying discovering a few new blogs recently. Have a gander at these. 🙂
Dear Ms Leigh kicks the butt of any misconceptions you may have about Detroit. Such a fascinating….and beautiful city.
Daft Dog ~
Hugo is looking sorry for himself here as he decided to eat a pheasant! The tale feathers got stuck in his stomach resulting in an operation to retrieve a Sitting Bull’s headress worth from his belly.Luckilly he is doing fine now.But I keep spying him eyeing up birds. 😦 Have any of your pets eaten anything they shouldn’t?
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