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Hot Summer Days.

I can’t quite believe how hot the weekend has been, especially Saturday! I am not big on hot weather, but finding nearby water to splash about in certainly helps.

We figured that heading to the Lakes from the caravan might just prove too crowded. So we packed our swimming stuff and found our way to Garrigill in the North Pennines. Having visited Ashgill Force back in October, we thought it might be nice to return to this lovely waterfall on a hot Summers Day.

Ashgill Force…looking dry.

Unfortunately we hadn’t thought that it might presently be but a trickle and not the mighty force that we remembered. Recent warm weather had dried up the fall. Luckily downstream were some smaller waterfall pools and not a soul in sight.

Hugo finds a waterfall.
Beckside path.
A narrow gorge.
Go on, jump in!

Unlike most labradors Hugo is not a great swimmer. He will go for a doggy paddle but tends to dip in and out of the water and is mostly only interested in the wet stuff if someone flings a stick/ball/stone in for him to retrieve. We also have to encourage him to have a drink. Daft dog!

I didn’t exactly do much swimming but I definitely cooled down in this mini waterfall which was like a natural jacuzzi. Refreshing and cold. πŸ™‚ Not long afterwards we were startled by a group of Gill Scramblers making their way upstream. I was so surprised I forgot to take a photo! Then we saw the flash of a Red Squirrels tail as it scrambled up a tree. A fab and mostly peaceful morning was spent by the water. πŸ™‚

Above Nook Farm Shop & Cafe.
Felt as warm as Rome.
A substantial salad.
Nook Farm Shop & Cafe.

A friend recommended a good spot for lunch about ten minutes drive from Garrigill. Nook Farm Shop & Cafe on the roadside near Alston is popular with motorcyclists and the food is quite delicious. The farmland is also home to the remains of an ancient Roman Fort which we were too hot and lazy to investigate. This time!

Early evening stroll in Melmerby.
Early morning stroll.
Breakfast on the decking.

Sunday too was hot though there were a few clouds in the sky. On the way home we met my Mum and brother for Sunday lunch at The Fat Lamb near Ravenstonedale, a quirky country Inn full of classic car memorabilia.

The Fat Lamb near Ravenstonedale.

How are you keeping cool? It’s a bit of a heatwave were having!

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. πŸ™‚

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. Β 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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 !Β  I’m assured that after the weekendΒ  the sun will be shining, the ground will be dry and many a picnic rug will be hosting a scrumptious spread. πŸ™‚ 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! Β 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Beach Hut Day. :)

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

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The newly built huts are proving very popular at lovely St Annes on the Lancashire coast.Β  Jo booked through their website St Annes Beach HutsΒ  ~ and between four of us it cost around Β£20 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. πŸ™‚

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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. ❀

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. πŸ˜€

What are your fave lolly recipes?

52 Lists ~ Things To Do This Summer. :-D

Goodness I’m a wee bit late starting the 52 Lists challenge. Its week 23 already ( nearly half way through) but as I so enjoy reading Louisa’s and Janet’s 52 Lists posts on their blogs Duck In A Dress and Words That Can Only Be Your Own , I thought I won’t be shy, I’l join in too. πŸ™‚ After all my family Surname is actually Lister so it seems its meant to be ……….

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The prompts for the challenge have been thought up by country loving blogger, Ema ~ over at Made In Hunters ( another lovely blog) but as i’m currently waiting for her to email me the rest of the prompt list, I will start off with the current topic. πŸ™‚

Summer To Do List.

Read some novels by Colette. After all Paris is booked in July. πŸ™‚

Paint the back of the house…..or get the Other Half to. πŸ˜‰

Sip homemade limoncello in the back yard.

Rent a beach hut for the day. I would love to hire one of these for the day.

Take a ride on a Vintage carousel. Never to old eh!

Go to a vintage seaside fair and watch a Punch and Judy show.

Take a walk to a country pub with a beer garden. Its going to stay sunny right. B-)

Watch an open air film showing.

Go camping more than once this summer.

Have the courage to let my kitty cat Slinky wander outside without my strict supervision.That could be a toughie!

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So anyway thats my first list done ( Hurrah!), I wonder how much of it I will achieve…. What will you be getting up to this Summer?

Chill……….

I don’t know about you but I find it very hard to just…….be.Β  This afternoon I am hoping for some chilling time, yet here I am perusing wordpress. I’ve made myself a relaxing spot in my little back yard. I intend to glance through my copy of The Simple Things and catch some rays. I have cushions and music and a paperback novel.The sky is blue. All is fine in my world. Just relax Shaz…

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A relaxing space B-)

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Mr Blue Sky

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Happy Hanging basket πŸ˜€

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I'm amazed the hanging baskets survived our lack of green fingers!

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Lemon & Ginger tea in my rather retro teacup.

Hope you are having a fabulous bank holiday. πŸ™‚