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Sunday Sevens 24th July.

Sunday Sevens is here once again. I’m joining in with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins whose fab idea of posting 7 piccies of her personal week, has really caught on in the blogging world. 🙂

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I’ve made a little bit of progress with my 25 Before 45 Bucket List this past week. Finally used my picnic basket and went on a ‘proper Picnic’,with it, a ton of yummy food ( sadly not homemade though) and a copy of Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. Unfortunately it was last Tuesday that we decided on a picnic tea….and it was scorching hot, even at 6pm. It was to uncomfortable to read plus Hugo got his paws on the Sainsbury’s lemon cake I bought !  Plenty more time for picnics this summer though, hopefully. 🙂


Another activity I’ve crossed off my Bucket List this week is Llama Trekking in the Lakes. Last Sunday myself and some of my family met up at Brougham, near Penrith in Cumbria, and took a herd of llamas out on a countryside trail. It was a lovely experience. No Llama Dramas! You can read my Llama Trekking in the Lakes. 🙂 post here. 🙂


How do you like my new bag?? I got it in the Orla Kiely Sale. I think it says ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ ,in a subtle way…….


Hugo is officially a magazine star ! A couple of months ago we went camping in the Yorkshire Dales and I happened to take this photo of Hugo curled up on the camp bed with his  my favourite magazine. I put it on Twitter , and here he is, looking all nonchalant in the August edition.


Babysitting these two cheeky chappies happened this weekend. Happily all went well. The sunshine, Castle park and the Goosebumps movie on dvd proved suitable entertainment. 🙂

And today Wil and I met up with my sister and family again in the nearby village of Downham. My sister and I went to the village school here, many moons ago 😉 Downham Hall was holding an Open Gardens day for charity. So it was nice to look round the grounds as they are rarely open to the public. Oh and I bought a Bob’s Knoblets Lancashire Cheese!

Thanks for dropping by…..x






30 Days Wild ~ Days 16-21. Daisy Chains and Ladybird Nature Books.

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Day 16 ~ Listening to Birdsong. Whilst out and about this eve I made sure I listened out for the birds. I have downloaded a bird ID app on my phone to help me out identifying birdsong.Calling all Bird Nerds. 🙂 Its called Isoperla and cost £2.99 on my android phone. Its a great app actually that lets you record which birds you have spotted, helps you identify them through their appearance and a snippet of song. Looking forward to using it more! Above is a tiny wren which has a BIG voice for such a little bird. 🙂


Day 17 ~ Read a Nature Magazine. Ok ‘the Simple things’ is not actually a nature magazine but it does tend to concentrate on simple pleasures such as beautiful home style,recipes,vintage,travel and the outside world. In the June edition there are features on Wild cocktails, wildflower meadows,summer berries,campsites with campfires,nature books,garden swings, the twilight garden and homemade lotions and potions to name but a few. I enjoyed a quick glance through with my coffee this morning.


Day 18 ~  Make a Daisy Chain. Speaking of simple pleasures, I fashioned Hugo a daisy chain on our walk this evening. Trying to get a good picture of him however proved difficult! Plus all he wanted to do was eat the daisies. 🙂


Day 19 ~ Buy some Faith in Nature products. I saw these in my local ‘Oxfam’ so thought I would give them a try. Faith In Nature products are made with natural ingredients and they smell wonderful. I found that they are quite watery compared to other shampoos and conditioners I have used but the end result left my hair feeling healthy and shiny.

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Day 20, 21 ~ Ladybird Nature Book.  This weekend I took my What To Look For In Summer Ladybird Nature book out and about with me. The book was published in 1960 and I have its companions, Autumn and Winter too. Still looking out for Spring.  Delightful descriptions of what wildlife and wild flowers you may spot at this time of year are accompanied by beautiful illustrations by artist C. F. Tunnicliffe. As the books are over 50 years old now, it’s interesting to see how our country lanes, meadows, woodlands and rivers have evolved over the years. And quite reassuring that some things never change!

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I was happy to see that many of the wild flowers especially, mirror those in the books. Yellow Irises, Campions,Foxgloves and Cow Parsley all adorn our countryside just like they did back in the 1960s. 🙂

Do you have any Ladybird Nature books?

Rhubarb. :)

At the moment I am quite addicted to……….rhubarb. The tangy pink stalks can be turned into all sorts of captivating creations, including a mouthwatering recipe I found in The Simple Things magazine. Of course I completely cheated and instead of making the luscious looking rhubarb and ginger pavlova, I just made the topping and scooped it into a shop bought meringue nest with a generous dollop of whipped double cream. For the original recipe look Here. 🙂

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The topping involves rhubarb,honey,juice and zest of an orange, vanilla pods and star anise baked on a tray in the oven for 30 minutes. As you can imagine the aroma was gorgeous.

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I loved the tangy tart taste of the rhubarb offset by the added sweetness of honey and vanilla. The aniseed flavour of the star anise seems to go perfectly with it.

I recently came across a book that celebrates Northern food…and I admit that I didn’t even know that rhubarb was ( and still is) grown widely in West Yorkshire. According to the book the heavy clay soils and rainfall contribute to the area being the ideal place to grow the fruit. It thrives in the county , where the land is unsuitable for growing most other crops. The area is known as the Rhubarb Triangle.

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The book is called ‘From Eccles Cake to Hawkshead Wig’. If your interested Hawkshead Wig is a type of bread baked in the Cumbrian village. I can just see myself tucking the book under my arm as I galavant around the countryside trying out all the Northern England delicacies. 🙂

Anyhew, back to rhubarb!

Oooops the wrong rhubarb. ;))

My favourite beverage of the non alcoholic variety is Mr Fitzpatrick’s Rhubarb & Rosehip cordial. Seriously, I cannot get enough of this stuff.Its divine! Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar in Rawtenstall, Lancashire is one of a very few Victorian temperance bars left in the whole country, its quirky vintage cordials such as Blood Tonic, Blackcurrant & Liquorice and Rhubarb & Rosehip hark back to a time when the movement sprang up to promote abstinence from the ‘demon drink’. Actually the rhubarb variety is very good with prosecco. 😉


What are your favourite rhubarb recipes?

Thursday Favourites 3 <3

A list of five things that i  have enjoyed or that have made me smile in the past seven days  ~~ My Thursday Favourites.


Haggis, Neeps & Tatties.
Wil surprised me with a Burns night supper on Saturday tonight.Ok so the neeps were actually carrots but you get the idea. I discovered I actually like Haggis ~ as long as I don’t think about whats in it ! Did you have Haggis on Burns night?


Keeping Cozy ~ I love my pale blue fawn knitted covered hot water bottle which i treated myself to at Christmas. Its so snuggly and so pretty and perfect for keeping me warm this grim January. I got mine from Callooh! Callay! in Clitheroe but you can find it online at Amazon.

The Simple Things.

I love recieving my copy of  The Simple Things in the post every month. Wil got me a subscription for Xmas and its a lovely magazine with such gorgeous photo’s. Articles in the latest edition include where to go for tea and cake, the life of french writer Colette and how to write a love letter. Ooh La La!

Maneki ~ Neko

A friend gave us this sweet Lucky Japanese Cat which according to Japanese custom is a bringer of good fortune. His right paw moves and looks like he’s waving though he is actually supposed to be beckoning or welcoming any guests into the home. 🙂

Tearoom Treasures.

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And I found this amazing Tearooms in Manchester along with some friends. If you love vintage teacups, Alice In Wonderland, Lavish Tim Burton style Decor and Heaven sent cakes and desserts you will adore the Richmond Tea Rooms in the Village area of the city. You can read my post about them Here.

Hope you are having a wonderful week. X

The Simple Things & Strawberries dipped in chocolate.

Oh the simple things in life that we enjoy…….., an autumn walk in the park with the dog, a bottle ( or two! ) of wine with friends, a giddy game of hide and seek with the gorgeous niece and nephew, curling up by the fire with a good book…….or finding a copy of the fab new magazine `The Simple Things’ in the magazine stand at work.:)


I had heard about the magazine a couple of weeks ago whils’t reading the lovely Rosalilium blog and thought it sounded interesting….then totally forgot about it! I shouldn’t have.The premise of the publication is ‘ Embrace A Simpler Life’ and articles include a Gourmet guide to cheese( mmmmm),A day out picking apples and a guide to Trees on an Autumn walk.Theres also a story on seed swapping and a bloggers experience of living in Berlin.




The magazine is also packed full of recipes, gardening, crafts, and nature articles.The October edition is out now.:)
Speeking of simple things I decided to make a simple dessert to take to my sisters for dinner tomorrow eve.Our friend Becky is making one of her famous delicous cheesecakes so these are simply a quick and easy extra.


All you need are
a bar of milk chocolate
a bar of white chocolate

Simply melt the milk chocolate very gently in a glass bowl over a pan of water on a low heat.

Take off the heat when melted and holding them by their stalks dip some of the strawberries so they are covered half way in chocolate.

Place the dipped strawberries in the fridge to set on a plate or tray covered in baking paper.

Repeat the same with the white chocolate.


Now im off to bed with my copy of The Simple Things.Night Night.x