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Sunday Sevens 21st August.

Sunday Seven’s is a roundup of my week and is devised by Natalie at Threads & Bobbins . I’ve actually just had two weeks off work. Today is the last day of my Summer holidays. Oh my, I might just cut a tragic figure at work on Monday morning!  Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to this past 7 days.

Last Sunday we had a yummy breakfast after a pleasant nights stay at The Bear’s Paw in Warmingham, Cheshire. It was a stop off point on our journey home from Spring Park in Cornwall and I’ve reviewed it in my Hotel stays with Petspyjamas post.  Petspyjamas is a website that specializes in Pet-friendly holidays and hotel stays, so do read my blog if you fancy taking your four legged friend away with you on your next trip. 🙂


I found a recipe for an interesting looking vegetarian dip to eat with pitta bread in The Simple Things magazine, called Muhammara. It contains pomegranate molasses which luckily can now be found in my cupboard!  Only because my last foodie penpal sent me some from sunny Cyprus. 🙂  Anyway it actually turned out ok, and Wil and I consumed the lot whilst watching Mark Cavendish battle for a Silver Medal in the Omnium. Hasn’t Team GB done well!


I’ve watched a few films this week and here’s a gem that I really enjoyed. The Mermaid  is a Chinese Rom Com ( subtitled) directed by Stephen Chow and China’s highest grossing movie. I’m a bit of a mermaid movie fan ( there’s a Splash remake happening right now!) but this could be my new fave film featuring fish-tailed folk. The storyline revolves around a young mermaid who is sent to murder a billionaire tycoon whose money has paid for  sea life destroying sonar technology. Slapstick hilarity follows as her crazy attempts to kill him go haplessly wrong. It’s a fantasy,romance,comedy, action pic with an environmental message and I loved it.


Saturday was fun as my friend Anne let me accompany her to a Steampunk event in Hebden Bridge. You may remember from one of my previous posts, that when Wil and I tried to go there recently, we somehow managed to completely miss our turning into the town. With Anne driving  Hebden Bridge lost its Brigadoon status! I managed to take a few photos in between showers of some of the amazing steampunk outfits. 🙂

Hope you had a good week and thanks for dropping by.



Hotel stays with Pets Pyjamas.

Before we headed on the long journey to Cornwall and back ( home is up North in  Lancashire) , we decided to break up the trip with a couple of hotel stays. Having Hugo with us ( our black lab) meant scouting out some pet- friendly options. We had got really lucky with our accommodation in  Cornwall, as we would be staying in a beautiful restored 1940’s Showman’s Wagon at the lovely Spring Park near Launceston in the Tamar Valley. They are happy to welcome your pooch, there are even dog bowls and treats in the vans. 🙂

Wil found a great website called www.petspyjamas.com that specialize in stylish pet accessories and dog-friendly holidays. I ended up booking us a guest house in Bath for on the way down and an Inn near Sandbach for our journey home. The ‘Pet Concierge’ ( how swish) checked availability for us and asked me to email a picture of Hugo for his own personalized ‘treat boxes’ which he would receive at each of the hotels. Quite a fun and thoughtful idea. ^^

Our first stop was a quirky but classy B&B on the outskirts of Bath. Bloomfield House is an attractive Georgian manor house , about 20 minutes walk into the city centre. It has elegant rooms, a nice sized garden, car parking,wifi and a friendly welcome.

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Our pretty bedroom.
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One side of the house has a very interesting facade. The windows are painted on!
The owner’s doggies watching us eat breakfast.
The sunshiney breakfast room, where H was allowed to dine with us.:)

Hugo was given his ‘treat box’ on arrival. We couldn’t wait to open it! The owner also handed us a list of eateries in Bath , highlighting the ones that welcome dogs.

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Hugo’s welcome box contained dog treats, poo bags, a collapsable water bowl and a striking bandana. You can see his picture on the front of the box.
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Come on, It’s time for walkies!

Bloomfield is very near to a small dog friendly park and Bath itself has some good dog- friendly parks and walks including Victoria Park and The Bath Skyline Walk. I must admit  We mostly  gazed up in awe at all the gorgeous Bath architecture, instead of researching any pet-friendly attractions. Definitely a city to visit on our own one day. I would love to try out the open air rooftop pool !

We enjoyed our stay at Bloomfield and would recommend it as a welcoming and  restful stopover on the way down South or as the perfect Bath City Break hotel. 🙂 The price was £130 for the night with Pets Pyjamas and included Breakfast, a treat box for the dog and 1000 pet points to spend on the website.

The second hotel I booked was on the way home, though in hindsight I should have booked somewhere a little further away. The picturesque village of Warmingham near Sandbach in Cheshire is only about an hour and a half  from where we live. However after such a long drive ( the weekend motorway traffic was at a crawl) it did feel good to arrive at our destination. Our hotel was The Bear’s Paw , an attractive red bricked building ,dating back to the 19th century. The Bear’s Paw is a traditional Country Inn with two open fires, reclaimed oak flooring and stylish modern contemporary bedrooms. It also has a fantastic restaurant where you can dine with your four legged friend, wifi and car parking .

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Our rather swish bedroom.
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The Bear’s Paw early morning.
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Cosy Interior.

Hugo again was given his ‘treat box’ on arrival. We wondered if he would get exactly the same treats inside as at Bloomfield, but there were a few changes. This box contained dog treats,bags,collapsible water bowl( these are a bit small for larger dogs),dry dog biscuits and a tug toy. 🙂

We took Hugo on a walk ( there are leaflets showing 3 local walks in the rooms) but after such a long drive we didn’t bother exploring the area much. We soon got cosy indoors and enjoyed a lovely meal in the restaurant. Warmingham is a pretty village with lovely red bricked buildings, typical of the area. Dog friendly places to visit within driving distance include Tatton Park, Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey.

The Bear’s Paw is a relaxing and very pet-friendly country hotel which we wouldn’t hesitate to stay in again. The price of our stay with Pets Pyjamas was £157 and the package included Breakfast,Yappy Hour  (a free drink each), Dinner for two, Treat Box for Hugo and 1000 pet points to spend on the website.

We…… and Hugo are very happy to have discovered Pets Pyjamas. It might just be the ‘Pawfect’ way to treat you and your pooch to a welcoming night or two away. 🙂