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Hawthorn’s June Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Hurrah I found a Photo Scavenger Hunt recently, courtesy of Hawthorn at I Live, I love, I Craft, I am Me.  So I thought I would join in for June!  I must admit, I have borrowed a couple from the archives, on this , my first attempt. But mostly my photos were taken in the past four weeks. 🙂


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The Setting Sun. Crystal Cove near Tofino on Vancouver Island. Wow 11 years ago!  Oh to go again and look for bears, whales and giant woodpeckers. 🙂  You can see some of my memories of Canada  here.

Local Wild Place. I guess if I am not walking the dog down the fields, my nearest local wild place is Clitheroe Castle and it’s park. I’m lucky enough to live a stones throw away, and its a great place for watching birds , squirrels and butterflies.


Mug of your favourite drink in the garden.  There is actually a drink in my mug. Honest! I wouldn’t say coffee is my favourite drink, but I certainly consume more of it than I ever used to. In fact before I met my other half ( many moons ago) , I didn’t drink coffee at all. Now I am on the hard stuff. Strong and Black! 😉

My kind of beautiful. My beautiful nephew and niece.

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Look to the skies. A holiday snap from our stay in Norfolk. Taken from the pier at Cromer. I love the slightly moody sky in this picture.

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Rain. A Yellow Flag Iris covered in raindrops. This was in Norfolk too, on the Sandringham estate. A very rainy walk !

 

 

Mini Beasts. Spot the shiny green beetle. Out with Hugo on a miserable rainy afternoon, a glistening green jewel caught my eye.

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Something Summery. Beautiful Beach huts at Old Hunstanton in Norfolk. I love Beach Huts!  There are not many in lovely Lancashire , though St Annes has some. The Norfolk coast has it’s fair share though. 🙂

Urban Wildness.  Swans and cygnets on the canal in Skipton. 🙂

My Own Choice. My family! Minus the crazy cat. Its me, Wil and Hugo outside The Golden Lion in Hunstanton, Norfolk.

If you wish to join in too in July , check out the blog link above . Catch you soon!

Sunday Sevens 23rd October.

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Cecil the Seahorse.

Sunday means Sunday Sevens , a collection of seven photos from my personal week. 1) I treated the bedroom to a seahorse. Every bedroom should have one don’t you think ! Even though we live nowhere near the sea, I kind of like anything nautical…and Cecil fits the bill. We spent last weekend de – cluttering the bedroom. Seven bin liners full later plus one sea blue addition and I am one happy gal. Not sure Wil is as enamoured with Cecil as I am though!

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Caramel Apple Bake.

2). I actually made a pudding. Caramel Apple Bake is a recipe I found on Pinterest and it tastes like Autumn and deliciousness. 🙂

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Autumn Table.

3). I collected these Autumn leaves, nuts and berries on one of our walks with Hugo. There’s so much colour outdoors at the moment. I have been photographing different wildlife every day in October and my most recent post is here.

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Indulge!

4).  And if I can shamelessly plug my posts here is ‘the best berry pavlova ever’ which I devoured at the new cafe at Holmes Mill . Definitely an indulgent treat but you will need your pennies. 😉

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Coopers Cafe Cheeseboard.

5).Speaking of delicious food, Wil and I enjoyed a lovely cheeseboard whilst in Skipton yesterday. Coopers Cafe Bar on Broughton Road is definitely recommended if you are in the area. It is actually  also home to the studio of crafty blogger Lucy from Attic 24. I didn’t have a sneak peek though, maybe next time.

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Autumn shop display.

6). It’s been a while since I’ve visited Skipton ( I don’t know why? ) and a few new shops have sprung up.  I loved this  cute  window display at The Vintage Wash House  , which sells traditional cleaning products, homewares and gifts.

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Love the tights girls. 🙂

7). The last picture is of my two god daughters. We had a nice Autumn walk with friends, their kids and a bunch of dogs yesterday. Fun times. 🙂

Sunday Sevens was devised by Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.

Hope you have enjoyed your week.

Easter Holiday Fun at Bolton Abbey.

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Bolton Abbey by the River Wharfe.

On Friday I took the day off work and had a bit of a girls day out. 🙂  My lovely friends Fi and Jo invited me to accompany them and another friend to Bolton Abbey  in the Yorkshire Dales. The Abbey’s grounds are perfect for exploring, so the kids came too. 🙂

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Make a wish. 🙂

From May onwards there is even a Welly Walk designed especially for little people. But  in Spring there is plenty to see too. If you go look out for several Money Trees. The girls had fun knocking penny’s into the bark and making a wish. 🙂

April means that along with the showers there are plentiful Spring flowers. I spotted Wood Anemones and Cowslips amongst others.

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Who can this be?

The Easter Egg Hunt at Bolton Abbey was what we really came for though of course!  But first it was time for a spot of lunch. The grounds are perfect for picnics but we thought we would treat ourselves and eat inside the The Cavendish Pavillion Cafe located by the riverside, near where the hunt started.

They are testing out a new menu in the Cavendish which includes lots of delicious Pizza and Flatbread varieties. I really enjoyed my Pea,Feta and courgette Flatbread. And do look out for the cakes! There is an amazing selection…which I completely forgot to photograph! The cafe is a little pricey but very child friendly with baby changing facilities,high chairs and a microwave. If you have a dog ( Bolton Abbey is popular with walkers, cyclists and dog owners) there is lots of outside seating with plans for a weather proof canopy.

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The Easter Egg Hunt followed the riverside and the kids really got into it. It involved counting the eggs painted on the front of the different bunny’s and adding them up at the end. The prizes were stickers. We also had our own impromptu chocolate bunny hunt. Its got to be done!

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Wood Carver’s Hut in the Woods.

There is plenty to discover along the riverside including this Woodman’s Hut which sells carvings.

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Mandarin Duck Couple.

Lots of different wildlife. …

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Into The Woods.

And meandering path adventures. 🙂

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Beach Fun!

Our day finished with some riverside fun and an ice cream. X

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The Easter Egg Hunt at Bolton Abbey continues until the 24th April.

Car parking for the day costs £8 but you can move your car from one car park to another.

 

Skipton WaterWay Festival.

Today I decided to do the touristy thing and caught the bus to Skipton. This friendly Yorkshire market town is known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ and was holding its annual  Waterway Festival over the Bank holiday weekend. The Leeds and Liverpool canal meanders through the town. The festival celebrates all things argie bargie. 🙂

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I must admit though that the first thing I did when I got to Skipton was hotfoot it to my fave place to eat. The kooky Cake Ole in the Craven Court Shopping arcade served just what i needed for breakfast. Please look away now if you have an aversion to Peanut butter or Jammy dodgers!
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Getting back to the festival,  I decided to experience the wonder of the waterway for myself. 🙂  I hopped onto one of the Pennine Cruisers for a quick thirty minute canal cruise. It was a pleasant enough experience and only cost £4. We kept getting quacked at  by annoyed ducks who do not like to share their domain.

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I also had a quick wander round the Kennet which is a Short Boat apparently. Built in 1947 it  is one of the last unconverted boats that worked on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. She is now a travelling museum and turns up at various waterway festivals round the country.

Cabin area in the Kennet.
Cabin area in the Kennet.

What was most fun about the festival was that there was a Nursery Rhyme theme and most of the boats took part. See if you can recognise any of your old favourites….

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There was live music and other stuff going on too. And the sun was shining !  Messing about on boats seems a pretty fun thing to do. 🙂

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What did you get up to over the Bank Holiday?

A peek inside the Cake ‘Ole.

Finding ourselves with an hour left on the parking in Skipton on Saturday, we bobbed inside the ‘Cake ‘Ole ‘ , in  the Craven Arcade for a quick spot of lunch. Having walked past the cafe a few times before with a look of longing, I was excited to finally take a look inside. Vibrant colours and quirky decor ( a zebra sticking out of the wall, I ask you 🙂 ) greeted us. The whole place is a feast for the eyes !

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Everywhere you look there is something a little different, a little unusual , to make you smile. 🙂

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Our table wore wellies.....

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Half vintage tea room/half Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory ~ the Cake’Ole has that kind of feeling about it. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Mr Wonka himself had poured the tea. 🙂 Instead we had some friendly waiting on staff.

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This quirky cafe is most definatly about the cake…….but they do a mean panini too. Wil had the spicey cheese with red pepper ( he loved it) and I had a tuna and cheese filling. I spotted they had Mr Fitzpatricks cordials so I chose the rubarb & rosehip which is a firm fave of mine.

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We could not leave without trying a mini cake each. 🙂  Wil sampled  the Carrot cake and I had the red velvet. Don’t they look cute! Tasted heavenly too.

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I will most certainly visit again next time I’m in Skipton. There’s lots of creative combinations of milkshakes to try out. Peanut butter and jelly anyone?.

Luby’s Charming Tea Room. :)

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Saturday morning
was spent hunting for vintage tea cups in Skipton. My very wonderful boyfriend patiently trailed round the Antiques Centre with me ~ as I stacked more and more china in his arms. I have a good un there. 🙂

He even obligingly took me to Luby’s afterwards. Luby’s tea rooms are in Crosshills which isn’t to far from Skipton. I had liked them on Facebook about a year ago ~ and have been seduced by their fabulous pictures of tempting cakes, mouth watering milkshakes and quirky decor. This was my first visit ~ and hopefully not my last !

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I had the most fabulous chocolate milkshake with swirls of cream, sprinkles , bourbon biscuits, jelly mice, giant white chocolate buttons, strawberry laces, marshmallows and jelly beans. Wow! It was super delicious too. Yep I scoffed the lot !

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Wil was a bit more reserved and chose a Dandelion & Burdock which was served in a jar with a straw and marshmallow. 🙂

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It was a bit of a flying visit really ~ but the friendly service , vintage china, retro nik naks ( I spotted my childhood jack-in-a-box) and amazing sweet treats will no doubt tempt me back ~ maybe for afternoon tea sometime. 😛

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Do you frequent any charming vintage tea rooms?

An Autumn Stroll in Skipton.

Today the warmth of the sun coaxed us out of our home town and along the A59 to Skipton. I love this Yorkshire Dales market town with its cobbled side streets, eclectic independant shops, quaint cafes and brightly painted barges. We had a stroll along the canal and an amble round the shops and discovered a few new businesses that have opened since our last visit. Here are a few snaps of our day.:)

Moo to Milkshake !
Moo to Milkshake !
All Aboard !
All Aboard !
Beautiful Barge Art.
Beautiful Barge Art.
Skipton Canal
Skipton Canal
The Castle from the Canal.
The Castle from the Canal.
A swan peeks out.
A swan peeks out.
Siberian Hot Chocolate in the Russian Tearooms.
Siberian Hot Chocolate in the Russian Tearooms.
Scarlet Berries.
Scarlet Berries.
Sign for my favourite shop in Skipton < Emmas Apothacary.
Sign for my favourite shop in Skipton < Emmas Apothacary.
From where I purchased this blue birdie. :)
And I couldn't resist these gorgeous Xmas Cards. A little early but had to be done!
And I couldn’t resist these gorgeous Xmas Cards. A little early but had to be done!
A new vintage shop The Magpie that has opened. Lots of lovely things inside.
A new vintage shop The Magpie that has opened. Lots of lovely things inside.
New Pie and Mash shop and look at that Blue Blue Sky.
New Pie and Mash shop.
Darling Teacup I found today at Skipton Antiques and collectables centre.
Darling Teacup I found today at Skipton Antiques and collectables centre.

Glad you could drop by…..x