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Late Summer Walks.

Big fat Rose Hips.
Big fat Rose Hips.

Were edging towards the middle of September and I’m still trying to convince myself that it’s Summer. I’m so loathe to let go! Happily we have had a couple of rather nice weekends weather wise so out came my camera on our walks with Hugo. It’s the season of fruit and flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fluffy seed Heads.
Fluffy seed Heads.
I love the papery white trumpets of the Bindweed.
I love the papery white trumpets of the Bindweed.
Beautiful Indian ( or Himalayan) Balsam.
Beautiful Indian ( or Himalayan) Balsam. It seems to have taken over our British countryside.
Someone's waiting for me in the undergrowth.
Someone’s waiting for me in the undergrowth.
Waddow Hall on the banks of the Ribble.
Waddow Hall on the banks of the Ribble.
Scabious.
Scabious.
A bedraggled looking Heron.
A bedraggled looking Heron.
Rowan berries.
Rowan berries.
Ragwort.
Ragwort.
Goosander.
Goosander.
Dog Rose and Rose hips.
Dog Rose and Rose hips.
More bright berries.
More bright berries.

It’s quite chilly today though…so I might have to give in. ย I just feel Summer has been far to short this year.

So goodbye Summer and Hello Autumn!

Butterflies.

At the weekend I spent a good hour ( minus a butterfly net, I need one! ) chasing butterflies. When I took part in #30dayswild back in June, we were sadly lacking in butterfly action here in the North West. July though, and those flutterbys are everywhere. I think the eruption of summer flowers such as thistles, meadow sweet and meadow cranesbill plus the mild weather has coaxed them out of their cocoons. ๐Ÿ™‚ As well as the butterflies spotted below, I spied Cabbage Whites and a Peacock butterfly that I couldn’t catch on camera.

Meadow Cranesbill.
Meadow Cranesbill.
Comma.
Comma.
Indian Balsam.
Indian Balsam.
Dragonfly.
Dragonfly.
Meadowsweet.
Meadowsweet.
Painted Lady.
Painted Lady.
Speckled Wood.
Speckled Wood.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Oh Hello there!
Oh Hello there!
Any ideas? Not sure what these little butterflies/moths are?
Any ideas? Not sure what these little butterflies/moths are?

I hope to see a few more species over the summer. Oh if you like flowers, you may enjoy my little giveaway , two posts before this one. :))

Park Life ~ June.

I’ve hardly picked up my camera in the park this month, so today I thought I would make the most of the sunshine for an hour. Good job too, as the heavens opened shortly after I got home. Although I didn’t see a great variety of wildlife ,I did follow a Speckled brown butterfly on its journey and I managed to photograph a Goldfinch. Charmed, I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Castle Keep.
The Castle Keep.
Even Squirrels sunbathe.
Even Squirrels sunbathe.
Wild Rose.
Wild Rose.
Speckled Brown. I have not seen many butterflies  this summer yet.
Speckled Brown. I have not seen many butterflies this summer yet.

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These pretty flowers attracted a lot of bees.
These pretty flowers attracted a lot of bees.
Goldfinch.
Goldfinch.
Goldfinch.
Goldfinch.
Clitheroe Castle in the clouds.
Clitheroe Castle in the clouds.

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What is your favourite park wildlife?

Picnic Ware Pinspiration. :)

So Picnic Weather is just round the corner again !ย  I’m assured that after the weekendย  the sun will be shining, the ground will be dry and many a picnic rug will be hosting a scrumptious spread. ๐Ÿ™‚ I could not help but look to Pinterest for some Picnic ware Pinspiration.
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I have a hankering to purchase a retro picnic set like one of these.I love the brightly coloured & kitsch patterned melamine ware.There are lots and lots for sale on ebay but I might have a look in my local charity and vintage shops first…

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Did you know that the UK has a ‘National Picnic Week’ ( just one day would be tempting fate with our weather!) from Saturday 13th June until Sunday 21st of June. Find out more on Twitter at #picnicweek.

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I love these jars with straws ~ ideal for smoothies and milkshakes.In fact I recently bought two quite simular ones from Winfields Outdoors Store in Haslingdon. And the nautical inspired Picnic plates are by Modcloth though i’m not sure they are still for sale on their website. How perfect for picnics at the beach though.

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You can’t really go wrong with Cath Kidston. Loving their new cloud covered picnic wares.

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This picture is from the ‘Happy Holiday’ Ladybird book from 1964.The first Ladybird book featuring a picnic was ‘Bunnikins Picnic Party’ published in 1940. Popular Picnic reads.:)

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So for my perfect picnic I need yummy food, cushions and blankets, a vintage picnic set, reading material, a countryside or beach setting and maybe even an old fashioned record player to play some tunes.Oh and sunshine. Wish me luck!

Autumnal August ?

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to wear my wellies this month. And now its getting a wee bit chilly too! ย Quite a few bloggers have been posting about how Autumnal they feel. With that in mind I donned my wellie bobs and jacket and set off for a walk down the fields. It is true there are sure signs that Autumn is taking hold. Nuts and berries are already in abundance. However Summer still clings on. Flowers, Butterflies and Sunshine. Yes Sunshine! By the time I was half way back from my walk I had stripped off my jacket and put on my sunglasses. ๐Ÿ™‚

Blackberries.
Blackberries.
Water Mint.
Water Mint.
Hawthorn berries.
Hawthorn berries.
Cabbage White.
Cabbage White.
Burdock.
Burdock.
In the woods.
In the woods.
Red berries.
Red berries.
Ribble Way.
Ribble Way.
Indian Balsam.
Indian Balsam.
Peacock butterfly.
Peacock butterfly.
Thistle down.
Thistle down.
By the river.
By the river.
Long tailed tit.Soo cute.:)
Long tailed tit.Soo cute.:)
And in flight.
And in flight.
Knapweed.
Knapweed.
Bunny.
Bunny.
Bindweed.
Bindweed.

Keep on enjoying the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beach Hut Day. :)

I have long coveted the seaside tradition of hiring a beautiful beach hut for the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ When my friend Jo did just that, for a girly get together by the sea, I was a very happy bunny indeed. โค

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The newly built huts are proving very popular at lovely St Annes on the Lancashire coast.ย  Jo booked through their website St Annes Beach Hutsย  ~ and between four of us it cost around ยฃ20 each for the day. The day starts at 10am and you can stay until Midnight.

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Each hut is decorated in a pretty nautical style and the space inside is very practical too. Most have electricity and facilities include the all important fridge, kettle & microwave. There is a bench inside which can be brought out onto the front decking area on a sunny day and all huts are equipped with crockery & cutlery.

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The time we spent at St Annes was typically British weather wise ! A spot of drizzle and very windy. Our beach hut was a cozy base from which to enjoy our day by the sea. As it was also our friend Marian’s birthday weekend we celebrated with a little afternoon tea spread, a birthday cake and glasses of prosecco. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The kids loved their experience here too. They were able to make sandcastles on the beach, scooter along the prom, ride on the little steam train located behind the huts and play on the various rides and attractions nearby.

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We noticed other families and groups here celebrating special occasions or just enjoying the summer holidays. And the huts are also dog friendly . Plenty of bouncy dogs and their owners were enjoying the bracing sea air. We all had such a fabulous time and I think it is one of those memories we will remember for years to come. I for one could go back tommorrow. :))

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This is my August entry for #take12trips organized by Claire over at Need Another Holiday.

Berry Coconut Ice Lollies.

I made Ice Lollies !

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My current obsession with blueberries ( yummy)  was fueled when I found this recipe in the August edition of  The Simple Things magazine. โค

Blitz 300g blueberries,  400g coconut milk ( I used reduced fat), 150g live probiotic yogurt,1 tbsp runny honey & the juice of quarter of a lime in a blender. Freeze in lolly moulds overnight.

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Really refreshing. Who knew blueberries with coconut tasted so good. ๐Ÿ˜€

What are your fave lolly recipes?