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Sunday Sevens 14th October.

Today I thought I would round off my week with a Sunday Sevens, seven or more pictures from the last 7 days.

A Witchy Walk.

Even though we are busy decorating the kitchen at the moment ( when I say we, I really mean Wil ! ) , we did take time out for a walk in Aitken Wood near Barley. Pendle Witch country, the little conifer woods here are home to a spooky sculpture trail that tells the story of the Lancashire witch trials of 1612 . I have now reached 1300 miles walked in 2018, so still hoping to complete 1500 by the end of the year.

Guilty Pleasures. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

So I’m in love with the devil ! Fantasy horror writer Neil Gaiman is one of the creators of the supernatural characters in Lucifer, a TV series about the original fallen angel, the devil himself. Now residing in LA, Lucifer is keen to learn more about humanity and is even using his devilish powers for good ( well kind of ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), working as detective Chloe Decker’s wickedly sexy sidekick. Swoon! I am late to the party as usual…but totally loving this show. โค๏ธ You can watch it on Amazon Prime.

Witchy Read.

Also very appropriate for this time of year, how about a supernatural romance that begins in Autumn and is set in historical Oxford? Diana Bishop is a young scholar ( and reluctant witch) , who unwitingly stumbles upon an ancient enchanted manuscript, buried deep in Oxford’s Bodleian library. It’s discovery both thrills and disturbs the supernatural community, who all want to get their hands on both it and the young witch who summoned it. Diana finds herself being both hunted and protected by an ancient brooding vampire called Matthew Clairmont. This book has apparently just been made into a fantasy series on Sky, so one to look out for. For now though, I’ll just curl up with this couldron bubbling paperback romance. ๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ

Skipper Stew.

The first recipe we tried from The Little Book Of Hygge was a success! We made Skipper Stew which is a winter warming stew, perfect for Autumn and Winter. As its name suggests Skipper Stew was originally made on ships. The main ingredients are brisket ( though any meat will do), chicken stock, onions and potatoes. We served it with sourdough bread and pickled red cabbage instead of the suggested Pickled beets and Rye bread though. You can also find the recipe online here.

Wine Tasting. ๐Ÿท

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to a Wine Tasting in Waddington with some friends. At first we were all very professional , swirling our glasses round and declaring ‘ I detect hints of elderflower’ , but it soon descended into chaos when we realised there were fifty bottles to try, in a two hour time slot. Haha. Great idea! If your thinking about wine now , check out www.winesbytimbyrne.co.uk

So that was my week, how was yours?

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Sunday Sevens 18th December.ย 

Its  a  Christmassy Sunday Sevens this week.  If only I had some snow to show you, but its been sadly lacking in Clitheroe. And the snow I did see, whilst travelling with my friend Fi over  Pendle Hill last weekend, was beautiful if  a smidge scary. I did not want to insist that we stop her little smart car for photographic opportunitys, when we were running late for a Willow Angel weaving morning with ‘ The Willow Witch of Pendle.’ Luckily The Willow Witch was lovely about our lateness and a very patient teacher. Can you believe these Angels were constructed out of 16 bendy willow rods. Quite impressive! 

There were 5 of us who took the class and we all came away with an Angel. Some more angelic than others!  I love how Louise has wrapped fairylights round the wings of hers. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

After braving a snowy Pendle Hill back , Clitheroe was a bit of a non event snow wise..

Last Sunday I went to Skipton with some friends as there was a Christmas market on. Check out the festive Stilt Walkers!  And Christmas is not Christmas without an Afternoon Tea. ๐Ÿ™‚  My lovely friend Gill had booked us into Alexander’s
 

, a gorgeous piano bar and restaurant on the main street. It even has a pop up Alpine Den ( very Hygge) throughout December. I want to go back!  My Goddaughter Mady brought her 2 little ones ,and we can definitely say Alexander’s is very family friendly too. 

The Christmas Tree is up at last!  As you can see its laden with an eclectic  mish mash of decorations and baubles. Over the years I have collected and been gifted various bits and pieces. I am one of those people who find myself buying decs for the tree even in the middle of Summer. I once found a Christmas shop in Sorrento, Italy , in the middle of July…..and  a cherry red ‘ Bon Natalie’  bell, has graced our tree every Christmas since. ๐ŸŒฒ

The living room is all properly decorated now , thanks to my wonderful other half. ๐Ÿ™‚ He has proved himself brilliant at wallpapering, painting, laying the floor and tiling the hearth. I treated myself to a textured black & white cushion from Rafffia in Clitheroe,  to celebrate. 

All that hard work deserves a couple of drinks down the pub. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿป

Thanks to Natalie at Threads And Bobbins for organizing Sunday Sevens. 

 

A countryside walk with some old haunts.

On saturday we decided to leave the car at home and set off on a walk around the places where I grew up. Before I moved to the great Metropolis that is Clitheroe, I lived in the shadow of Pendle Hill on a hill farm called Little Mearley. Nope I never did move to far away…or make my fortune! Not to worry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our walk took in a few country lanes, a bridle path/farm track and some farm land. I think we walked about 8 miles or so, so not too shabby. I imagine Hugo our labrador covered even more milage, as he definitely runs circles around me….

We started off by walking through the fields toward Standen Hall and then crossed the busy A59 and headed for the pretty village of Pendleton.

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The Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton is a popular Real Ale pub.

The folks of Pendleton have decorative Imaginations! I’m not sure about the Egg Wreath ,but I do like the Flower Pot Bees. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mearley.

We walked through Pendleton and crossed the Sabden Road , then ambled along a bridle path through the tiny hamlet of Mearley. This eventually turns into a farm track and passes the farm where I grew up.

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Little Mearley Hall.

It felt strange walking past the old place. Little Mearley dates back to 1590. My bedroom growing up, was the mullioned bay window room. The glass has names of past residents etched into it. I might have shared my ivory tower with their ghosts , but I was happily oblivious! Pendle Hill with it’s legendary associations with witchcraft fades into the mist behind.

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Wil ended up detangling this Tup. He had got his impressive horns stuck in the barbed wire.

We then cut through some fields and passed Angram Green Farm & Campsite and walked into the beautiful village of Downham, where my sister and I went to primary school. I didn’t take many photos here, but If you would like to see more, here is a post I did a while back called Downham delights. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Quiet country lane to Downham.

We had lunch in Downham , sat outside a former collegues cute little ice cream shop, that also sells brews, sandwiches, baked goodies and other bits and pieces.

We decided to look for an alternative route back , which would take us through fields ,so Hugo could have a lot more off lead time. There is a footpath just over the road from the Ice cream shop that took us through some meadows and past the bottom of Worsaw Hill.

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Worsaw Hill.

Even for a non- hill climber like me, Worsaw Hill, which reminds me of a mini volcano, looked far too tempting not to climb. At 725ft it’s tiny compared to Pendle, but offers gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.

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Kind of breezy up here!
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Green pastures and Pendle Hill.
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Surveying my kingdom. ๐Ÿ™‚

After scrambling down the hill ,we continue through fields toward the village of Worston. As a teenager I was a saturday girl at the local pub ,The Calf’s Head. On the way we pass a farm with a movie connection!

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Worsaw End Farm.

Have you ever watched the 1961 film Whistle Down The Wind ? It tells the tale of three farm children who discover a fugitive hiding in their barn, and mistake him for , well, Jesus! Worsaw End Farm is the farm. Local children from Downham and nearby Chatburn starred alongside such acting luminaries as Hayley Mills and Alan Bates.

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A pint of Worston Witch for Wil at The Calf’s Head.

Once in Worston we take refreshment in the Calf’s Head Beer garden before crossing back over the A59 and heading home.

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Heading home , with Pendle Hill in the background.

Thanks for accompanying me on a bit of a journey through my past….

ps It’s Hugo’s 3rd Birthday today. Time is certainly flying by. He will be celebrating later with a bottle of doggy beer from Millie & Rubyโ€™s Dog Bakery. ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo An Hour Sat August 26th.

Yesterday was Photo An Hour Day on Instagram, organized by the lovely Janey and Louisa.  I joined in so here’s  some random shots from my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

8am.  Muesli and blueberries for breakfast. Trying my best to be more healthy at the moment….and have been doing pretty well, so far!

9am.  We are off on a walk, so map and waterproofs packed.

10am.  Walking through the village of Pendleton and say hello to a goat. ๐Ÿ™‚

11am.  And now walking past a campsite. It feels strange that we haven’t gone camping ourselves this bank holiday.

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12 Noon. Time for a pit stop. We are in the pretty village of Downham and have lunch at the tea room/ Ice cream shop on the village green. Hugo hoping for titbits as usual!

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1pm.  We walk to the top of  Worsaw  Hill and admire the views across the valley and Pendle Hill.

2pm.  Stopped in a pub beer garden for refreshments.

3pm.  Home now and the sunshine has dried all the washing, except the rag rugs.

4pm.  Slinky is making the most of the sunshine. ^^
 

 

5pm.  The widflower seeds in the flower bed are doing well….though most of them happen to be daisies! 

6pm.  Straightening my hair as I’m off out later.

7pm.  A bit of light reading, from the Bridget Jones era. ๐Ÿ™‚

8pm.  In the pub with my friend Jo. Think it’s locals night!

9pm.  We get last minute tickets to a Stone Roses tribute band.

10pm. ‘ I am the Resurrection!’

11pm.  And end the night playing Jenga in the Ale House.

 

Having a lazy day today after yesterday. Hope you are enjoying your bank holiday. Catch you soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pendleside Flowers.

At the weekend we went for a drive over to the Pendleside village of Barley , so of course I took my trusty camera with me. Its been a while since I have documented the various flora and fauna I have seen. So heres a few pics from our walk. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gorgeous blue scabious.
Gorgeous blue scabious.
Grasses.
Grasses.
Meadow vetchling.
Meadow vetchling.
Rosebay willowherb.
Rosebay willowherb.
Blackberries.
Blackberries.
Pendle Hill reflected in the reservoir.
Pendle Hill reflected in the reservoir.

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Possibly a Tufted duck in the reservoir.
Rosehips with some sort of fuzzy growth.
Rosehips with some sort of fuzzy growth.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
Foxglove in Aitken Wood.
Foxglove in Aitken Wood.
Heather.
Heather.
A garden escape. But I will include it , it's a Rose of Sharon. :)
A garden escape. But I will include it , it’s a Rose of Sharon. ๐Ÿ™‚
Water Mint.
Water Mint.
Meadow Sweet.
Meadow Sweet.
Scabious are so beautiful.
Scabious are so beautiful.
Pendle through the rushes.
Pendle through the rushes.
On the way home we stopped off in Downham for an Icecream. :)
On the way home we stopped off in Downham for an Icecream. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re ever in the Pendle area the Pendle Sculpture trail is a fun thing to do. My post about it isย here.ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you had a fun weekend. X

Pendle Hill Walk.

It’s been a gorgeous sunny day today ( Sunday) so we decided to take Hugo for his first walk up Pendle Hill. ย We parked the car near the Ski slope and Wellsprings Spanish & Mexican restaurant at the ‘Nick O Pendle’ and followed the footpath onto the rugged moorland. The sun was shining but it was very blustery up there , ideal for model aeroplane enthusiasts and paragliders .

Wil and Hugo waiting for me as usual!
Wil and Hugo waiting for me as usual!
Waiting for take-off.
Waiting for take-off.
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Fancy a go?
Amazing views from up there.
Amazing views from up there.
Such a handsome chap!
Such a handsome chap!
The ground was covered in these cotton bud grasses.
The ground was covered in these ย fluffy cotton bud grasses.
Me and Hugo. :)
Me and Hugo. ๐Ÿ™‚
Anyone any ideas. Perhaps Billberries?
Anyone any ideas what these berries are?

We saw quite a bit of wildlife including kestrel, sky larks, Gulls, Dipper ( in the brook), Bees, Cabbage white butterflies and a tiny green moth/butterfly ย andย  plant life including the berries above, cotton bud grass, bracken, rushes and moss. Unfortunately I didn’t manage many photos of the birds or insects. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I did snap this skylark ( I think? ) in flight.

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Taking a dip.
Taking a dip.

The music of the skylark accompanied us for most of our walk and they could often be seen hovering in flight. It took me ages to get a picture of one ….so I was pretty pleased when i did. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย By the time we got back to the car, I was in dire need of a Hot Chocolate. It was a bit chilly up that hill!

The Wellsprings.
The Wellsprings.
Chocolate!!
Chocolate!!

Hope you enjoyed the sunshine too. X

Back to Barley.

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The Pendleside village of Barley and the surrounding area are fast becoming a favorite haunt of mine. Back in october we walked the Pendle Sculpture Trail with some friends. Since then we have returned a couple of times with our labrador pup Hugo. On Sunday the sun shone so we headed over the hill and I snapped a couple of photos. Unfortunately Pendle itself was shrouded in mist. A spooky reminder of the areas witchy connections.

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Mist over Pendle.
Mist over Pendle.
A friendly little robin.
A friendly little robin.
Batty for bats.
Batty for bats.
Sun rays.
Sun rays.

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Witchy tile.
Witchy tile.
Broomsticks.
Broomsticks.
Rosehips in February!
Rosehips in February!
I think Wil might have swapped me for this lovely lady!
I think Wil might have swapped me for this lovely lady!
Snowdrops in Barley.
Snowdrops in Barley.

I’m sure we will be returning again as there are still a few sculptures we keep missing out on. And the Barley Mow pub in the village has just reopened. Both Inns there do food and are dog friendly. So where better to go for a walk and a bite to eat!

Bye for now.