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Links & Likes March. ♡

Starlings and Hares by Rob Barnes.

Hey and welcome to March Links& Likes. I thought I would include some pretty pictures of mad March hares frolicking around with not a care in the world.  If only our lives could be as carefree as these beautiful illustrations.  Anyway without further ado….

Gina put   The Kelpies

 

 in Falkirk on her visit list. I would love to see these Giant horse sculptures for myself. 

Fancy a walk that meanders through a pub and ends with a Waterfall?  Let Jo  show you the way.  

Naomi tells us about  The Joy of Gorse and how the shrub’s sunshine yellow flowers  can be made into a fresh and delicious cordial. 🙂

Illustration by Lucy Grossmith.

Louise  follows in the footsteps of  Peakland writer Roger Redfern and finds that things haven’t changed all that much ,since he published his own rambles in the 1960s.

One of my favourite travel boggers ‘Mary’ from Travels with the Blonde Coyote hasn’t posted in a while, but hopefully that will all change now she’s introduced her gorgeous new dog pal ‘ Vida’. What a beauty! 🙂 

Erin has visited the vibrant and colourful city of Lisbon. Me too please. 🙂 

Illustration by Louise Scott.

This fab post by Baked by Mummy Iris explores London’s Covent Garden. It looks like foodie heaven and certainly makes my tummy rumble. 🙂

 Hey did you know that there is a A Cat ~^^~ who actually works in B & M Bargains???  Check out this cute Kitty ! 

And if your planning a trip to Iceland this year , here is a very useful blog to consult I ♡ Reykjavik.

Wendy Andrews ~ Dreaming of Spring.

Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have any blog recommendations, that you think I will like, please let me know. ♡

 

 

February Links & Likes. ♡♡

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Hi folks I’ve been reading quite a few blogs recently but haven’t written any posts myself. To be honest I could do with some inspiration!  Any hew,  here are some of my favourites. ♡ Hope you enjoy. 

Naomi has shared all her lovely Glamping Adventures from last year in one post. I must say I’m quite jealous ! 

Bekki has made up some pretty Knitted Heart Kits for her shop ‘Dartmoor Yarns’. If you enjoy knitting ,take a look at her blog. 🙂

Sarah enjoyed  Kitty Cuddles at  The Cat In The Window Cafe in Aberdeen. This post inspired me to book myself and a friend into ‘Cat Cafe ‘ in Manchester. Can’t wait! 

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What would motivate me to run a marathon?  Well, maybe The Hot Chocolate 5K as tried out by  Charlotte. 🙂

Rebecca has reviewed sweary self – help Book  ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k’ and it has some useful ideas. 

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Have you seen any Snowdrops in flower yet?  Here is a list of The National Trust’s  Top Spots For Snowdrops. 🙂

 The Helpful Hiker has compiled a list of  the Best Outdoor Dates For Valentine’s Day. ♡

Ever considered  Greenland for a City Break ??  Ellen says Ilullisat  is one of her favourite destinations. And I can see Why.
 

Nina is celebrating 2 years of being a Mum to little cutie Lana. 🙂

I might have to try this tasty looking low fat Flapjack recipe on Fred The Thread Blog.

Need to know what Galentine’s Day is all about. Read this article here and arrange time out with your Besties. 🙂 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day ! Let me know how you will Celebrate?  I’m doing ‘The Galentine’s ‘ thing on Friday night with some girl friends. A cocktail masterclass at ‘Escape’ in Clitheroe. I will let you know how it goes. 🙂

A Bucket List Progress Report and Links & Likes ~ January.

Last year I started my  25 Before 45 Bucket List and although progress is quite slow, I have at least achieved a few things on it !   Whilst I have not yet learned to crochet, swum in a Lido or watched a Film Outdoors, I have managed to Trek With Llamas in the Lake District, Picnic on a Village Green with my old-fashioned Picnic Hamper ( Not very successfully, Hugo ate the cake ! ),  do a Rail Ale Trail Tour  on the East Lancs Railway  and  take part in  The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk  led by the Queen’s Official Guide, Cedric Robinson. I have just under 2 years to complete the list, so hopefully in 2017 I will make a sizeable chunk in it. Wish me Luck!

 

And now for a bit of  Blog love. Here are some links to posts I have enjoyed reading in January. X

Lisa knows where to get warm in the winter. Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens of course!

Leah shares a wonderful Insiders Guide To Malta. 🙂

Snow Day and an Excited Pup on Loving Life In Wellies. So cute!

Em has a delicious recipe for an Amaretto & Apple Juice Cocktail. Looks and sounds heavenly. 🙂

Polly has only gone and had a baby. Congrats Polly. 🙂

Christine has been accidentally  bagging Wainwrights in the Lake District.

Fancy making Memory Jam ? Head on over to Cultivating Time.

Laura has wrote a lovely post about her  Favourite travel companion. 🙂

Gregson the dog has found out that Margate is a very pet-friendly town. ^^

Thanks for Visiting!


My 2016 ~In Photos.

As is now tradition, I am posting a quick photo round-up of my year. All in all it’s been a pretty good one! I have been slightly more organized than normal and included some post links. Yay!

January.  Woh this seems such a long time ago now. January gave us the only snow of the year. Hugo loved it of course but it only lasted one snow day. 😦 It was still frosty and cold however on our visit to Formby Point where we saw Red squirrels 🙂  And yep thats me with a naked man at Another Place , the Anthony Gormley Art Installation on Crosby Beach.

February.  It was a pretty quiet month in February. We did manage a day out in Manchester however and I had a fun time photographing the Street Art in the Northern Quarter. I also attended my God daughter Mady’s sons christening. I’m not one for holding babies but baby Jason was very chilled. 🙂

March.  Wil and I had a weekend away in Coventry and stopped at the lovely Coombe Abbey Hotel & Country Park. We also visited Coventry itself which had lots of surprises. And later in the month I was in Manchester again , this time for a friends birthday. You can read my post about it here.

April.  Spring arrived at last ( hurrah! ) and I  couldn’t wait to get out and about with my camera and my Ladybird Book Guide To spring. 🙂  A day out at Bolton Abbey in the Easter Holidays was great fun and I treated Wil to a trip on a steam train ( with lots of Real Ale involved 😉  ) on the East Lancs Railway.

May.  The weather was great in May and included a day out in Kirkby Lonsdale with my sister and her family. We even managed a paddle in the river. 🙂 A walk along the banks of Derwent Water in the Lake District was made all the more interesting , when Wil, Hugo and I came across a giant hand sculpture!  Our Holiday Season started in May.:) A camping trip in the Yorkshire Dales , not too far from Fountain Abbey. And a stay in a hotel looking over Haweswater. 🙂

June.  I loved our day out in Malham where we walked up to the Cove and paddled in Janet’s Foss. Think that was Hugo’s favourite part.:) We also went camping in Silverdale and Hugo enjoyed his second ever boat trip, on Lake Windermere.

July.  Clitheroe has had lots of great new eating and drinking venues open in 2016 and the biggest surprise is probably Bowland Beer Hall at Holmes Mill. It’s an amazing space in an old textile mill, host to a listed steam engine and what appears to be England’s longest continuous bar. I attended the opening evening with Wil and some friends in July. I also crossed Llama Trekking off my  Bucket List when myself and some of my family enjoyed a half day with these adorable animals here. Oh and Hugo found himself inside the July edition of The Simple Things Magazine. 🙂

August.  In August there was a holiday at Spring Park  in Cornwall. We stayed in ‘The Duke’ , a beautifully restored Showman’s wagon. On the way down to Cornwall we stopped one night in the spa town of Bath.I would love to return to both places. 🙂 Hugo has been busy bagging lakes all year. Here he is in Grasmere, over the bank holiday.

September. The poor pooch wasn’t quite sure what to think of The The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk. as it involved a lot of doggy paddling. I got pretty soaked too!  The new Bridget Jones film turned into a bit of an event for us ladies.:) And if you like cake ( doesn’t everyone) you will like my post about my friend Nicolas Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.. She certainly didn’t scrimp on her baking. 🙂

October. We had an unseasonably dry October so this month’s posts are full of Autumn colours. 🙂 I joined in with #30dayswild, and enjoyed fun days out at Lowther Castle & Gardens   and The Forbidden Corner with family.

November. November is my Birthday month so it was great to get away with Wil and Hugo to a holiday cottage in Scotland . The Afternoon Tea in Portpatrick was a Birthday treat courtesy of Wil and it was also nice to get together with friends. 🙂

December.  This month has been all about meeting up with family. 🙂  I’ve included a piccie of my cat Slinky as she does tend to get overshadowed by a certain Black Labrador. And I took part in Janet’s ‘Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap’ which I will post about separately I’m sure. 

Despite the radical changes in this country and abroad in 2016, I guess the best thing to do is just carry on and LIVE. Life is just to short to get depressed about it. So all the best for 2017 guys ….. and see you soon. X

 

 

 

‘The Duke’ at Spring Park ~ Our stay in a Showman’s Wagon.

Deep in the Cornish countryside , not far from the secluded hamlet of Rezare, Spring Park is a holiday hideaway, a gorgeous getaway and a haven of peace and tranquility. Located ‘ somewhere’ amongst a myriad of narrow country lanes and lush green meadows in the pretty Tamar Valley , this eclectic collection of vintage vans and cabins, is as hidden away and remote as you can get.

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The Duke is a classic 1940’s Showman’s Wagon, set in its own private meadow.

All the  wagons and cabins at Spring park are set apart from each other in their own private areas. We had booked to stay in ‘The Duke’ which is a beautifully restored Showman’s Wagon dating back to the 1940s. It stands in it’s own lovely wild flower meadow, buzzing with bees and butterflies. There is a fire pit, a wood fueled hot tub and a lovely modern bathroom in a timber hut, all reserved especially for the occupants of the Duke. 🙂 But anyway I’m going to let the pictures do the talking. I couldn’t help but take a few. ;).

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Fresh flowers, a bottle of wine ( chilling in the fridge) and two portions of tasty chocolate cake , greeted us on arrival. 🙂

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The Duke has a French Enamel Wood Burner , which sadly we never got to use. The gorgeous weather meant it never got lit. I can just imagine it making the wagon , even more cosy.

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Lots of wildlife shared the meadow with us, including rabbits, goldfinches and butterflies.

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The wood fuelled Hot Tub was amazing and got really hot. Perfect to relax in with a glass of wine. Paddy who owns Spring Park , with his wife Kitty, recommended the woodland near Rezare for great off lead walks with Hugo. The Duke’s bathroom with it’s lovely hot shower is nearly as big as The Duke. 🙂

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Hugo met the owner’s dogs and Brooke can be seen above, wondering what on earth Hugo is playing at, racing round the meadow like a mad thing. And also above, is a sneak peek of another of the vintage vans at Spring Park, ‘The Duchess’.

I cannot recommend Spring Park enough, as the most relaxing , wonderfully thought out getaway from it all, kind of break. We wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

 

25 Before 45 ~ A Bucket List.

I quite forgot that at the beginning of the year I wrote myself a Bucket List !  It’s been sat in my bedside drawer for nearly six months now. Now I’ve rediscovered it, I thought I would put it up on the blog. This might help me get a wiggle on. 🙂

1.Learn to crochet.

2.Find a keep Fit Regime I like.

3.Eat a Dutch Pancake in Amsterdam.

4.Photograph a Kingfisher.

5.Make an Honesty Box Meal.

6.Read To Kill A Mocking Bird.

7.Watch a Film outdoors.

8.See the Northern Lights.

9.Have a Vintage Make over.

10.Swim in a Lido.

11. Go on a proper picnic with a picnic hamper.

12. Be Nine Stone!

13.Stay in a Bothy.

14. Photograph a Barn Owl in the wild.

15. Do a Rail Ale Trail.

16. Take Part in a sponsored  Charity Event.

17. Have Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23.

18. Enter Hugo in a doggy competition. 

19. Get Engaged!

20. Bathe in a Turkish Baths.

21. Go trekking with llamas in the lakes.

22. Experience a night out down Canal Street.

23. Do the Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk With the Queen’s Official  Guide. 

24. Visit the new Cat Cafe in Manchester.


25. Cook a proper Sunday Roast Lunch ( I almost never cook!).

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Come trekking with us.  Don’t forget the Picnic!!

So there you have it. I’ve actually managed three already this year, which is a good start. I’ve read  To Kill a Mockingbird and it was as good as everyone said, I went on a night out down Canal Street with some work mates ( Interesting!) and Wil and I thoroughly enjoyed  The East Lancs Rail Ale Trail Tour  from Bury to Rawtenstall. This gives me two and a half years to attempt the rest.Maybe I should book that Llama trek. 🙂

What’s on your Bucket list??

Sea Air ~ The Yorkshire Coast.

Goodness I’ve only been away for a couple of weeks and the whole posting format has changed! Anyway where was I? After a few days of non blogging and becoming gripped by season one of Ray Donovan , we headed for a cottage in the seaside town of Whitby. Famed for its smokey kippers, semi precious ‘Jet’ gemstones and its connections with ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, Whitby really is the perfect place to take in some rather bracing November Sea Air.

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The Steps up to the Abbey, there are 199 of them.

Mostly we just spent our week eating yummy food , drinking lots of booze and discovering many a beautiful beach. Luckily from November until the end of April most of the beaches in the area are dog friendly so our labrador Hugo was in his element. Happily he seems to have gotten out of the habit of surreptitiously sipping sea water when he thinks we’re not looking. 🙂

I will leave you with a few pictures from my trip and blog in a little more detail soon……

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Hugo on the beach at Whitby.
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The ancient Abbey.
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Dracula’s bride perhaps…..

 

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Fortune’s smoked kippers.
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Wild Ocean.
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Beautiful Staithes.
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Rock Lobster ~ staithes.
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Unusual kit car, Robin Hoods bay.

 

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On the beach, Robin Hoods bay.

 

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Fishing boats.

Thanks for dropping by. More posts coming soon.X