So my Photo Scavenger hunt for October is not going to be very inspired, as I haven’t been out and about very much. It’s been a quick scramble to find some suitable pictures. Here goes !
1.Making. I have been Making progress with my Christmas shopping! I know, a bit to organized. But when having a mooch in Oxfam the other day , I saw some really cute recycled paper bird houses and couldn’t resist buying them. Oxfam have a really fun gift selection this year, including some lovely books and… Beer Bread. Nice stocking fillers. I also found a couple of bits in ‘ The Keep’ , a really fab gift shop in Clitheroe. I’m on a roll !
2.Empty. It’s always good to walk Hugo in the early morning, when the woods and fields are Empty, save for us and nature.
3. It Starts with an F. A favourite Flower of mine at this time of year is the Chinese Lantern. It appears in a front garden of one of my neighbors every Autumn and I always stop to admire the papery orange flowers. A few years ago Wil even bought me a Chinese Lantern necklace, and it’s my favourite piece of jewellery. 🙂
4. Paper. I have recently picked up this spooky looking paperback. Thought it may be a good Halloween read. Anyone read it yet?
5. Neat. Hurrah that my other half is so neat at wallpapering and tiling! Living room coming on now. Will post some more pics when completed!
6. Street. A photo of a Clitheroe Street taken from inside the Castle grounds, on a walk with Hugo.
7. Kettle. So here’s a very boring picture of my kettle. It lives on top of the microwave , as space is at a premium in our kitchen.
8. Unexpected. It was Unexpected to see a singer sewing machine on a wall in Boot ! This photo was actually taken last month, on our holiday in The Western Lakes.
9. Vase. I love my seahorse Vase in my bedroom window, but I’m not sure a bunch of flowers would suit it. What do you think ?
10. My Own Choice. This shrub in the Castle park bares purple berries every Autumn. I always wonder what it is? Any ideas?
On Saturday I joined in with Janey and Louisa’sPhoto An Hour challenge on Instagram. For me it was a different kind of day as Wil was away falling off a bike mountain biking in deepest darkest Wales….so it was just me and the pets for most of the day.
8am. This is how I woke up. With furry faces in my face. 🙂
9am. Out in the park with Hugo and his doggie friend Mollie The Collie.
10am. I take Hugo for a coffee ( he got a couple of treats ! ) at Escape in town. They are currently selling the most yummy Finch Bakery cupcakes, so well, I couldn’t resist!
11am. On the way back home Hugo poses with some scooters. Saturday was actually The Ribble Valley Mod Weekender so Clitheroe was packed with Vespas and Lambrettas.
12 Noon. I’m back in town running errands…and….shopping. 😉
1pm. Quick pasta lunch before catching the train to nearby Whalley to meet my sister and nephew.
2pm. We take Hugo for a walk by the River Calder. He hunts out an old tennis ball ( that dog has a snout for all things rubber!) so much fun is had. 🙂
3pm. And no trip to Whalley is complete without refreshments in Benedicts. We loved this cafe with it’s smart decor and a-joining deli and gift shop. Pet friendly too!
4pm. Oooops no photo. The truth is when I got home I bobbed over to Bowland Beer Hall, bought myself half a cider and promptly got the worst heartburn ever!!! Luckily a glass of milk proved an amazing cure….but the experience put me off going out again that night.
5pm. Instead stayed in and watched The Addams Family. Class!
6pm. And put photos in my album. So rock n roll!!
7pm. So this is a totally staged photo of course. I am reading MIss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ( and loving it 🙂 ), but Autumn leaves were not falling gently over me.lol. 🙂
After checking into our room at the beautiful Coombe Abbey Hotel we had a couple of hours to go exploring in the nearby city of Coventry. I had googled Coventry and found out that much of it was destroyed by German air raids during the Second world War. And that here was where Lady Godiva embarked on her legendary naked horse ride around the city in the 11th Century. But first things first, we were eager for lunch. 🙂 So I suggested that we head for Fargo!
Fargo is a creative arts and shopping space located on ‘Far Gosford Street’ in the city. It took me a wee while to realise that its unusual name ( reminiscent of the Coen Brothers crazily good film & tv series) is actually an abbreviation of the street name. Pretty clever and cool eh! Fargo Village’s website describes it as ‘an eclectic community of makers,doers and creative folk creating and providing products that are that little bit different.’
After having a nosy round the various shops and businesses , and buying a couple of Mother’s Day presents from Container No 8 and a book from The Big Comfy Book Shop we stopped by Urban Coffee Company for a spot of lunch. Housed in a spacious unit with a relaxed and comfy vibe this is easily the perfect place to hang out with a book or make use of the free wifi whilst sampling yummy food,cakes,coffee and or ciders and beers. Interesting decor and sculptures from Fargo artist in residence David Dewis add to the quirky ambience.
After a tasty lunch we headed away from Fargo and to the cathedral area of Coventry. On the way we bobbed into one of several ancient looking pubs we came across that proclaimed themselves ‘ ye oldest public house in Coventry’. The White Friars Olde Ale House certainly looked the part. 🙂
By the time we got to the remains of the old Cathedral which stands before the much more modern building that is used now, the weather had turned pretty miserable. So after snapping a couple of pictures all we wanted to do was head back to our lovely hotel.
So that was our all to brief visit to Coventry. I suspect we only touched the surface of this interesting city. I’m really glad we discovered Fargo ( if you are in the city I highly recommend visiting)but disappointed I did not see Lady Godiva. Her statue that is 😉
It’s raining cats and dogs and you’re out and about in Clitheroe with your four legged friend.Its not beer garden weather, so where can you and Rover ( or Hugo in my case!) shelter from the rain, sit down with a coffee, relax with a pint, or indeed indulge in a little reTail therapy? Check out these places with your pooch…..after a run in the castle grounds of course!
Banana News~ News agents. Castle Street.
Barclays Bank ~ Castle Street. Bodycare~ Health and beauty. Castle Street.
Boots ~ Castle Street.
Borough Printing Shop ~ York Street.
Cancer Research ~ Castle Street.
Clitheroe Books ~ Second hand book store. Moor Lane.
Clitheroe Market .~ Traditional Outdoor market off New Market Street.
Clitheroe Lighting Centre ~ Moor Lane.
Cowgills ~ Newsagents & toys. 4-6 Market Place.
Dawson’s Department Store ~ Homewares, gifts and DIY. 56 King Street.
D Byrne & Sons ~ Award winning fine wines & spirit merchants, a famous Clitheroe independent wine emporium. King Street.
Emporium Home Interiors ~ Beautiful interiors and gifts.
EQ Woman ~ Women’s Clothing Boutique. Moor Lane.
Fat Face~ Clothing store. The Victoria,Market Place.
The Flower Shop ~ Fresh flowers, plants & gifts. Well gate.
General Post Office. King street.
Green Jersey. ~ Bicycle shop. Old Shawbridge Sawmill. Also has a café bar inside. See Bowland Distillery Café Bar.
Homebase ~ DIY Store. Queensway.
Hoody Marvellous ~ T shirt printing. Swan Courtyard.
Hope ~ Men’s Clothing. King Street.
House Of Cards ~ Greeting cards and gifts. Castle Street.
Ken Varey’s Outdoor World. ~ Town and Country wear. New Market Street.
Knowle Top Studio ~ Art Gallery specialising in local photographic art. Castle gate.
M & Co ~ Ladies, Gents & Kids clothing and Homeware. Castle Street.
Nettleton’s ~ Jewellers. You and your four legged friend may be lucky enough to be greeted by little shop dog ‘Dolly’. Castle Street. The Old Coach House Antiques & Interiors ~ Antiques centre. Here you might pick up anything from a vintage suitcase or shabby chic dresser to an antique hay fork. Waddington Road.
The Original Factory Shop ~ Discounted clothing, homewares, toys and gifts. Shawbridge Street.
Number Ten Literature & Lifestyle ~ Independent book shop specialising in all genres of crime. Also sells quirky gifts and cards. Treats available for doggy visitors. Moor Lane near the Castle entrance.
Paint Pot ~ Paint your own pottery studio. Dogs can get involved too. 🙂 1, Swan Courtyard.
Platform Gallery ~ Contemporary arts and crafts and visitor centre. Station Road by the Railway station. Party People ~ Greeting cards and Fancy dress. 12 Castlegate.
Pendle Stitches ~ Wool Shop. Moor Lane.
Pets At Home. Everything for pet care. Whalley Road.
Phillip Michael ~ Hair studio. Duck Street.
Premier Stores ~ Corner shop chain with shops dotted round the town.
Purdie Oak ~ Luggage, bags & gift shop. Castle Street.
Roost ~ Beautiful gifts and interiors for you and your home. Moor Lane.
R Favourite Shop ~ Locally sourced crafts and homewares. 18 Castlegate.
RSPCA ~ Charity shop. Castle Street. Raffia ~ Contemporary and unique gifts and cards. King street.
Rue 5 ~ Jewellers. King Street.
Seasons ~ Ladies clothing and accessories. King Street.
The Shop Of Hope ~ Fairtrade, environmentally friendly, local art & crafts etc. 37 Castle Street.
Smug Fox ~ Rustic Interiors, Vintage Furniture and beautiful home accessories. 2 Shawbridge street.
La Tete Et Tout ~ Women’s Clothing and accessories. Moor Lane.
Tile Productions~ Bespoke and original tiling company, Dean’s Court, Link 59 Industrial estate.
W H Smith ~ Newsagents & stationary. Castle Street.
Wuffit Mix. ~ Petfood supplies at Dugdale Nutrition. Friendly welcome and treats for the dogs. Bellman Mill, Salthill.
YMCA ~ Charity shop near Booths supermarket.
Cafes & Places to Eat.
Bowland Distillery Café/Bar ~ Café bar within the Green Jersey cycle shop on Shawbridge Street. Look out for their ‘Doggy of the week’ competition on Facebook, where four- legged friends can win a complimentary bottle of pawsecco. 🙂
The Boiler House Cafe ~ Situated at Holmes Mill, this rustic but sophisticated space welcomes four legged friends. Lots of seating outdoors too, to enjoy those sunny days.
Betty May’s Kitchen ~ Café, Coffee Shop & Cakery. Another ideal place for a brew, yummy home-baked cake or cooked breakfast, after a walk round Clitheroe Castle. Why not try Betty’s Belly Buster breakfast ! 22 Woone Lane.
Callooh Callay ~ Alice In Wonderland inspired Tea Room. It is ok to sit with your dog at the window tables in the front of the café. 5 Moor Lane.
Betty May’s Kitchen.
Escape Coffee & Cocktails ~ Friendly Coffee and cocktail Bar. Heavenly cocktails, speciality coffees,tea and cake. Pets very welcome including parrots and bearded dragons. 🙂 10 Market Place. escapecoffeeandcocktails.co.uk Cafe Nero ~ Comfy sofas, coffee and cakes. Castle street.
The Emporium ~ The stone flagged ground floor of this elegant bar and restaurant is now pet-friendly. Bob in for coffee, drinks, breakfast, lunch or an evening meal. Comfy sofas and Beat The Clock Pizzas are a big draw too. theemporiumclitheroe.co.uk
Maxwells Cafe & Wine Bar ~ The covered outside area of this popular cafe bar has heaters for chilly days. King Lane. www.maxwellscafebar.co.ukThe Secret Garden Café ~ Newly opened veggie café with vegan options, tasty cakes & hot drinks. Adjoins Clitheroe Health Shop. Has a nice outdoor terrace with views of the market. 1 New Market Street.
Clitheroe Pubs & Bars.
Bowland Beer Hall ~ For the Real ale fan, the Beer Hall at Holmes Mill has 42 cask ales on tap and has lots of original features from its industrial heritage including a huge steam engine. Serves bar meals. Now open every day. holmesmill.co.uk
White Lion ~ Popular town centre pub with resident dogs Mo and Nugget and Emoji. 11 Market Place.
New Inn ~ Drinkers Pub with good selection of Real Ales and cozy fires. Bar staff often give four legged visitors dog treats.Parson Lane.
Bowland Distillery Café/Bar ~ Independent gin and vodka distillery within the Green Jersey Cycle shop. Very welcoming to dogs. Shawbridge Street.
Old School Room ~ Formerly the Catholic Club on Lowergate, this is an attractive newly refurbished bar with big screen tvs, pool table and spacious yet snug seating areas. There’s also a fun retro school theme running through the bar.www.clitheroebar.com/
PARLR ~ Artisan Coffee House and Cocktail Bar adjoining Northwest Barbers. Manchester Brewed Coffees, American Craft Beers and Sailor Jerry Rum Cocktails. You might be lucky and get to meet cutie resident pooch Ivy. Wellgate. Rose and Crown ~ Town centre pub that serves bar meals. Castle Street.
The Ale House ~ Micro pub specializing in cask ales, ciders and craft beers. Great board game selection too! Market Place. www.thealehouseclitheroe.co.uk
The Dog Music & Sports Bar ~ Beer, Pool and TVs. Wellgate.
Waggon & Horses. Recently refurbished Real Ale pub that also serves hearty food and has a Gin Cocktail menu. A little out of the town centre on Pimlico Road.
Escape Coffee & Cocktails ~ Coffee and cocktail bar next door to The Ale House.Market Place. No dogs allowed after 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Edisford Bridge~ Country pub on the outskirts of Clitheroe. Dog treats on the bar. Small area for eating with your dog. Also lots of outside space. Good food and perfect for river walks.
There are also many country pubs in nearby villages which welcome dogs. Waddington has three pubs which are dog friendly. The Aspinall arms in Mitton, The Inn at Whitewell, The Hark to Bounty at Slaidburn, The Red Pump at Bashall Eaves and the Parkers Arms in Newton in Bowland love dogs too.Pooches are welcome at the Spread Eagle in Sawley ( they even have a Dogs Dish menu , especially for four-legged visitors) and Hindelinis ( Gisburn), Millie’s ( Hurst green), Potters Barn ( Ribchester), Country Kitchen( Waddington), Ebbeneezers ( Billington) , Puddleducks (Dunsop Bridge), the tea room at Tithe Barn, Browsholme Hall and Greendale ( on the road to Downham) are all pet friendly cafes. Dogs go free on the train so a trip to the nearby village of Whalley is a must with your dog, where there are more dog friendly pubs including Brady’s Bar , The Dog and Jack’s ,as well as a dog friendly cafe called Taste Buds. Bashall Barn and Melt at Backridge Farm near Clitheroe are also pet friendly shopping and eating destination. You can even treat your pooch to Afternoon Tea at Sandwitches cafe in Sabden ! Basically I need to write a whole second post about our very dog-friendly Ribble Valley !
Here are a few of my blog posts about dog friendly things to do in the area. 🙂
On Saturday I joined in with Janey’s Photo an hour challenge. It so happened that my day was spent shopping ( and catching up over a few drinks) in Manchester with friends, so most of my pics were taken in the city for a change. The idea is to take a photo on the hour, every hour, and post on Instagram or blog or both. 🙂
8am ~ What does one wear for a day out in Manchester? Decisions! Decisions!
9am ~ Watering this little beauty. Think it was thirsty!
10am ~ Arwen and I on the train, not long into our journey to Manchester.
11am ~ Arrived in the big city! This is a view of the footy museum if your interested.
12pm ~ We’ve met our friend Gill and made our way to the canal side to Dukes 92 for lunch.On the wine already! The waterside venue is quite nice on a sunny day.
1pm ~ View of the Hilton from Dukes. We have plans to nip there for cocktails later. 😛
2pm ~ Shopping. I wish I could wear heels like this…..but I would soon be on the deck!
3pm ~ Trying on a sparkley blue jumper from Quiz, which I did end up buying.
4pm ~ Still shopping.Think were in Next here. Loving the blingy lights.
5pm ~ In the Q for Cloud 23 , which is the bar in the heavens of the Hilton on Deansgate.
6pm ~ Arwen and I with our cocktails, Cloud23.
7pm ~ Lost track of time and forgot to take a photo at seven, so here are our cocktails. Notice Arwen also has a Hot Chocolate.:)
8pm ~ Last photo.Its the train station. My phone battery is giving up so I call it a day on the pics. It was a lovely day out with friends, hopefully repeated soon.:)
Hmmmmmm this weeks prompt doesn’t really apply to me. 😉 Working in a supermarket as I do…means actually doing any food shopping is….well …..to much like a Busmans Holiday! Ok, ok , I do buy bits and bobs occasionally….but mostly I leave it to the other half. Terrible I know!
So my list is going to have to be a list of what I ended up buying…on my way home from work.Brace yourself! Exciting stuff.
~ Pack of tea towels.
~ Bale of white bath towels.
~ Oven glove.
~ Pack of 4 glass tumblers.
~ Cotton throw for the sofa.
The fact is I only bought these things because my sister is hosting a Phoenix Cards party at mine Fri eve.And I want the house to look nice. Hiding the reciepts now!
Do you like my Oven gloves? :))
After a work collegue suggested I bob into Liz ‘N’ Lil’s , the next time I was in Blackburn, I couldn’t wait to check it out. This quirky and homely cafe/bar is housed in what used to be the Grapes pub in Blackburn town centre.
Located at 108 Northgate , not far from King Georges Hall, Liz ‘N’ Lil’s is a stones throw from the shops, so its the perfect place to hang out after a spot of retail therapy.
Spacious yet cozy the homely decor includes comfy sofas and a bar selling wine & beer. Your eyes are constantly drawn to all the interesting retro nic nacs & pretty vintage touches dotted around the place.
I opted for a tasty home cooked ham sandwich which was served with a lovely salad and I also had a refreshing mixed berry smoothie which was delicious. A popular choice is the Blackburn Bake made from black pudding, bacon and sausages in a mustard sauce ! The vintage china came out too. Always a treat. 😀 The homemade cakes looked very inviting also. And theres a great selection of coffees and teas.
The relaxed and quirky vibe in Liz ‘N’ Lils means it is the perfect venue for a monthly makers & craft fair which takes place every first Thursday of the month 4-8pm apparently. I shall have to go for a nosy sometime!
I found the staff to be friendly and the tearooms charming so please visit next time your in Blackburn. Liz ‘N’ Lil’s is just what the town needs. Click Here to follow them on Twitter.
Last weekend we bobbed into the Rheged centre near Penrith to buy a gift. It was a flying visit so I can’t tell you a huge amount. But from what I did see there~ it certainly looks like an interesting place to spend some time.
It combines art galleries, shops, cafe, spa, craft work shops and even a 3D Cinema all inside a grass covered exhibition centre.
It looks a great place to take the kids as we noticed an outdoor play area near the entrance called Turrets and Tunnels. Inside there is a pottery painting workshop and a childrens soft play area. Around Rheghed there were various giant paper lantern like animals. 🙂
We had a quick look in a couple of the shops. The other half liked the Outdoor store with its branded walking gear. I must admit I would like one of these Fjallraven bags. Only for the cute fox!
We noticed a toy shop, a sweet shop and a food hall too. But I was mostly drawn to Splash Out which as the name suggests made me want to splash out. 🙂
Splash Out sells lovely clothes from brands including Joules, Seasalt and French Connection. Also lots of pretty paper, cards, stationary and books. The perfect place to browse. 🙂 I treated myself to the Nordic Bakery Cookbook.
Also had a speedy look round one of the free exhibitions. Cumbrian Alchemy explores the links between the areas industry such as nuclear energy and mining with archaeology, monuments and traditions of the region.
So if your ever in the area take a look around. Hopefully next time I will have a little more chance to explore. 🙂
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