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Links & Likes March. β™‘

Starlings and Hares by Rob Barnes.

Hey and welcome to March Links& Likes. I thought I would include some pretty pictures of mad March hares frolicking around with not a care in the world.  If only our lives could be as carefree as these beautiful illustrations.  Anyway without further ado….

Gina put   The Kelpies


 in Falkirk on her visit list. I would love to see these Giant horse sculptures for myself. 

Fancy a walk that meanders through a pub and ends with a Waterfall?  Let Jo  show you the way.  

Naomi tells us about  The Joy of Gorse and how the shrub’s sunshine yellow flowers  can be made into a fresh and delicious cordial. πŸ™‚

Illustration by Lucy Grossmith.

Louise  follows in the footsteps of  Peakland writer Roger Redfern and finds that things haven’t changed all that much ,since he published his own rambles in the 1960s.

One of my favourite travel boggers ‘Mary’ from Travels with the Blonde Coyote hasn’t posted in a while, but hopefully that will all change now she’s introduced her gorgeous new dog pal ‘ Vida’. What a beauty! πŸ™‚ 

Erin has visited the vibrant and colourful city of Lisbon. Me too please. πŸ™‚ 

Illustration by Louise Scott.

This fab post by Baked by Mummy Iris explores London’s Covent Garden. It looks like foodie heaven and certainly makes my tummy rumble. πŸ™‚

 Hey did you know that there is a A Cat ~^^~ who actually works in B & M Bargains???  Check out this cute Kitty ! 

And if your planning a trip to Iceland this year , here is a very useful blog to consult I β™‘ Reykjavik.

Wendy Andrews ~ Dreaming of Spring.

Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have any blog recommendations, that you think I will like, please let me know. β™‘



Sunday Sevens Sunday 12th March.

Hi there I thought I would gather last week’s pictures together and make a Sunday Sevens post. πŸ™‚

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Last weekend I came upon an Honesty Box selling eggs whilst we were   walking in Rossendale. As one of the entries on my 25 Before 45 ~ A Bucket List. is to make a meal from provisions bought from an Honesty Box, I left the requested Β£1 for six eggs and the following day we made pancakes for breakfast. So yummy but I am not sure one ingredient purchased this way can warrant me crossing it off my list?

Spring is on its way for sure now. πŸ™‚  The snowdrops are almost over but blossoms are appearing on the trees, Daffodils and Crocuses are brightening up the parks and Celandines and Daisies are popping up everwhere. It feels good!

The decorating is over for a couple of months. Upstairs is pretty much done now. All that is needed are some more pictures for the stairs and landing. I am pretty happy with these framed retro Lake District Views we found in card  form from   Love The Lakes in Keswick.

Only a little over 3 weeks until we are off to London for some Birthday celebrations. My little sis is going to be 40! Eeeek ! So we are all booked into ‘The  Big Smoke’ for 4 nights in April. So far we have a theatre trip planned and of course an Afternoon Tea. πŸ˜‰ . Hoping to book The Sky Garden  for amazing and FREE views over the cityscape too. And maybe use a water taxi to Greenwich. Decisions. Decisions.

So I have been scanning my London Guide books for things to do. Any recommendations?

Sunday Sevens was devised by Natalie at Threads And Bobbins. 


Afternoon tea at the Bentley Hotel, Kensington.

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Another Afternoon tea ( you can never have too many I find πŸ™‚ ) B and I tried out in London was a traditional afternoon tea at the The Bentley Hotel .This refined hotel is tucked away in a quiet residental area of Kensington and didn’t take us to long to find.

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Afternoon tea was served in elegant and quite feminine surroundings.I loved the tables and chairs with their pretty floral upholstery. We were seated and looked after by the attentive yet unobtrusive staff. Champagne was brought as we waited in anticipation. How posh.

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Delicious finger sandwiches were served separately from the cute cakes and desserts that arrived on a silver cake stand. The shiny teapots looked like they had had a good old polish. πŸ™‚ And of course there were scones too with clotted cream and organic jam.

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B had purchased Afternoon Tea vouchers from Groupon , which is an excellent idea if you are looking for a luxury meal at a more reasonable price. πŸ™‚

A Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson.

When my friend B and I decided to go to London for three days, we knew we would try and fit in as many Afternoon teas as possible! In the end we only had two. πŸ˜‰ And lunch out at a Cat Cafe. So we didn’t do to badly! By far the most quirky afternoon tea I have ever enjoyed was the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel.

The unassuming facade of The Sanderson.
The unassuming facade of The Sanderson.

Inside the Sanderson is modern and minimalist, airy and bright. To our surprise afternoon teas are served in an inner courtyard amidst a backdrop of greenery and water features. The effect is summery and tranquil.
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I absolutely loved the attention to detail of everything about the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea. The menus were hidden inside vintage books, the sugar cubes for the tea came served in one of those old musical trinket boxes with a twirling ballerina and the black and white crockery was very striking!
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We were invited by the waitress to smell the aromas of the choices of tea. I decided to opt for the Mint chocolate chip and B chose a more traditional breakfast tea. I got the mint but I couldn’t taste the chocolate!
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Our food came served on an amazing three tiered cake stand topped with a teacup with greenery growing out of the top! The Mad Hatter must have prepared it himself. πŸ™‚ My friend B had let the hotel know about certain food allergies that she has and unfortunately the sandwiches she was brought were less inspired and less in number than what I was given. I felt a little guilty as I set about enjoying my varied selection as she toyed with three rather boring salmon sandwiches. Never mind, there were also some lovely savory cheese scones to sample.
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The desserts were deliciously decadent. And curiously kooky! We loved the Wonderlandy presentation and Alice inspired touches. Marshmallow mushrooms, a Victoria sponge clock and a vanilla mousse served in a chocolate cup were highlights. πŸ™‚
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I must admit this was the the first Afternoon Tea that I have tried , where I didn’t sample some of everything. I was so so full I couldn’t even manage a bite of the fruit scone and as tempting as ‘Jelly Wonderland’ looked, we both had to give it a miss. The fruity concoction in the ‘Drink Me’ bottle was very refreshing.

All in all we really enjoyed the ambience and presentation of our Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Teas though the taste was sometimes lacking in a couple of the savoury items. I would be quite happy to give it another go though, next time i’m in London. πŸ˜‰

May Moments.

Books ~ Not doing as well on the old reading front this month. I read The Rosie Effect by Graham Simsion earlier in May but It didn’t really float my boat. πŸ˜₯ Maybe because this is a follow up to his previous book ‘The Rosie Project’ which I haven’t actually read, I couldn’t really get into the story.All the characters just annoyed me! I also started on Ali mcNamara’s From Notting Hill With Love Actually but it is still lingering barely touched on my bedside cabinet. The plot looks fun ~ its about a girl who constantly daydreams that her life could be like her favourite movies. I will persevere!
On the Telly ~ Did anyone catch the brilliantly funny Peter Kay comedy Car Share this month? It started off slowly but by the final episode I loved it! Maybe it was because I could identify with the characters.I too work in a supermarket so some of the plotlines did make me giggle. Peter Kay was funny but it was the bubbly Sian Gibson who really had the LOL moments. And I loved the ‘Forever FM’ soundtrack on the car radio.I’m hoping there will be a ‘ Now thats what I called Forever FM’ cd out soon! πŸ˜‰


Pooch Package ~ Hugo was wagging his tail with glee ( honest he was, though he looks a bit worried in the above piccie) when he received his fantastic ‘Pooch Package’ in the post from Flynn the Pointer. πŸ™‚ The lovely Emma at Oh Gosh Blog organised a pressie swap for pets so of course I signed up Hugo. Hugo and I sent his swap buddie Flynn some goodies too….and we hear he was very chuffed!


Lots to Love in London A couple of weeks ago a friend and I visited ‘the Big Smoke’ and highlights of our trip included a Mad Hatters Afternoon tea, The Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A , Lunch in a Cat Cafe and a wander round the Natural History Museum. You can read about our trip here.

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The Natural History Museum.

Bags of Joy ~ I treated myself. :0) To a new bag! And its perfect for summer. I love a good satchel and this beauty from Cambridge Satchel Company is just my bag. πŸ™‚

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Its proper name is a ‘Batchel’ as cleverly it’s a cross between a bag and a satchel. The straps can be taken off so you can carry it like a clutch bag too. It has magnetic fastening clasps for ease of use. But mostly I just love the colour ~ a cool Alpine Blue. πŸ™‚

What have you enjoyed in May?

Scavenger Hunt May.

Its the end of the month Β so I thought i would join in again with Greenthumb’s Photo Scavenger Hunt. I have managed to source all my pictures from May’s adventures. Most of them are from my trip to London and some are from nearer home. It was quite a challenge!

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Crystal ~ Β Not sure whether Sulphur is classed as crystal?? Spotted on my visit to London at the Natural History Museum.

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Vintage ~Β Β Love this pretty shabby chic Vintage bike at a friends wedding over the Bank Holiday. πŸ™‚

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Fluff ~Β  Dandelion Clocks are every country gals way of telling the time….


Global ~ Old fashioned Globe I spied in the V&A gift shop.

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Mask ~Β  Can teapots wear masks? I think so! Mad Hatters Afternoon tea at The Sanderson Hotel near Soho. Post coming soon…

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Bus ~Β Still in London ( can you tell! ) and a shot of a bus taken from er, a bus!

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Frame ~Β  Framed cat’s behaviour in Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium , a Cat Cafe I visited in Bethnal Green. ~^^~

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Collection ~Β Impressive eggcup collection in a cottage window in Slaidburn, a pretty Hodder Valley village not far from where I live.

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Poster ~Β  Poster for the Alexander Mcqueen Exhibition ‘ Savage Beauty’ which I was lucky enough to go to. Its well worth seeing if your ever at the V&A over the summer.


Ribbon ~Β  It would have been fab to use a shot of Maypole ribbons here but that wasn’t to be. Instead its some retro sweets tied up with a teeny ribbon.Can you see it? Don’t worry Slinky didn’t run off with them. ~^^~

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Whatever I Want ~Β  My fave pic I took in May was of this green parakeet in a London park. Apparently there is a whole population of them living wild down there. Love it. πŸ™‚

To see more Scavenger Hunt photos bob on over to Made With Love for a peek. πŸ™‚

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.

If your staying in London and missing the company of your furry felines, what are a couple of crazy cat ladies meant to do?? Visit Lady Dinahs of course! Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in Bethnal Green is a tea room with a twist. Delicious food and friendly staff await but the real star attractions are twelve gorgeous cats. These cute kittys mingle with, snooze , wilfully ignore πŸ˜‰ and if your lucky, play with the clientele. Myself and my fellow moggie loving mate B, couldn’t wait to bob in for a brew, on our recent trip to the Capital. ~^^~

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I had booked us a slot ( at the moment they take bookings only ) from 12-30pm until 2pm. An hour and a half is the purrfect amount of time to indulge in a famous freshly baked Brick Lane Bagel , whilst enjoying the company of Carbonelle & co. When we arrived we were told to wash our hands and given a few simple rules to adhere by. These are for the comfort and safety of the cats and are pretty sensible. Don’t feed the cats ( unless you are given treats to give them by the staff), Don’t attempt to disturb or play with a sleeping cat and Turn off your flash when taking any photos. B and I were taken to our allocated seating on one of the two floors and told that it is fine to wander round and explore both floors as much as we liked.

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We were seated by the back window , where a beautiful tabby and white girl called Petra was snoozing. Occasionally she bobbed her head up to survey her surroundings but mostly this cutie Queen just enjoyed her cat nap. We were soon joined by the sprightly and dignified Carbonelle. She loved to look down on her Queendom from great heights and seemed very content. B and I both ordered cheese and ham bagels for our lunch, which are delivered fresh each morning from the nearby Brick Lane bakery. They were sooo good. πŸ™‚

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The first floor was done out in a pretty shabby chic style and the centrepiece was the huge McClaw Cat Wheel which one of the cats decided to have a run on. The great thing about the cafe is that there are lots of interactive bits and pieces for the moggies and lots of inviting places for them to snooze. They come and go as they please and they all looked happy and content and well cared for.

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B and I really enjoyed our experience at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. The food was scrumptious, the staff were attentive and the cats were adorable. ~^^~


Oh and if you go you must sample a warm sticky chocolate brownie. Best brownie I have ever tasted. Soz I polished it off before I could take a picture! There is also a small shop of Emporium momentos to browse before you leave.
Have you ever visited Lady Dinahs?