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Sunday Sevens Sun 19th February.

Instagram #brilliantphotoaday Polkadots.

Hey I’m joining in with  Natalie’s  Sunday Sevens today and posting 7 ( or maybe more! ) photographs from my week.

Above is a photo from Instagram.I am trying to post a piccie each day as part of Kate Gabrielle’s #brilliantphotoaday challenge. Oneday the prompt was Polkadots so my whirly windmill came in very useful. πŸ™‚


 Tuesday was of course Valentine’s Day  and Wil and I exchanged cards. I got him a humerous yet vaguely insulting card and he got me a lovely romantic card. Hurrah!  I celebrate …because for years we chose cards for each other that we would rather have got ourselves. He likes funnies so he would get me something silly. I like pretty romantic cards so that’s what I would get him. We would joke that we should ‘swap’ cards.  At last though, we have maybe got it right? Only taken us nearly 12 years! πŸ™‚

 

  On Thursday morning we took Hugo a walk up past Standen Hall, which was a good exscuse to look at all the lovely Snowdrops. It’s a private residence but I couldn’t resist stumbling over the cattle grid and taking a few photos. There were even some turkeys and a grey squirrel too! I hope those turkeys are not being fattened up for Christmas…

Friday night was a great fun night out with the girls…..but I have got to say, I am still recovering!  Friend Fi arranged for 6 of us to try out a Cocktail Mixing Masterclass at  Escape Coffee & Cocktails
 
In Clitheroe. The class was upstairs in our own little private bar area and after a demo from Ben our Mixologist, we each got to make five very different cocktails….and drink them of course. After experiencing a welcome Belini, a Mojito, a Happy Holidays, a Porn Star Martini, a Delightful Trifle, a Long Island Iced Tea and a glass of prosecco, I may just not be able to remember enough to write a full post about it. ;). All I can say is at Β£35 per head it was great value for money, and a good time was had by all! 

Yesrerday I did manage to emerge from the house and meet up with a pal for tea and cake at Callooh Callay in town. This Alice In Wonderland inspired tea room has had new owners of late, so we were a little worried it may have changed beyond recognition.  Happily it is still devoted to all things ‘Alice’ ,though the new proprietor isn’t English, he presented us with some dates to try before our tea came. I guess that only adds to the quirkyness! πŸ™‚ 

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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 favou…

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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. β™‘ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 

 

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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. πŸ™‚

A Valentines Afternoon Tea.

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The way to a girls heart is through a delicious Afternoon Tea right! For Valentines Day I took matters into my own hands and booked myself and the other half a Valentines themed Afternoon Tea at the Garden Kitchen near Clitheroe. ;0)

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Having been here before with friends, I was keen to experience the Afternoon Tea with Wil too. Its a little different to your average Afternoon Tea. Instead of a cake stand everything is served on a cute miniature picnic bench.

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For the Valentines weekend ( and this Monday) the Picnic bench is all cute cakes and love hearts. The savories are quite nice too ….though maybe the sandwiches could have been a little more exciting.I did enjoy the tasty tomato and basil soup though served in a mini teacup.

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I’m all for the sweet things and the diminutive desserts did not disappoint. Gingerbread love hearts, White chocolate and raspberry scones, chocolate marshmallow skewers. Nom Nom Nom. πŸ™‚

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The cute red velvet cupcake in a plant pot had a Love heart perched on the top. Mine said ‘Just Say No’ which did remind me that my healthy eating regime has seriously fallen by the wayside…..again! Oh well, back on it tomorrow. As always a glass welly boot contained a tasty treat. A love potion apparently. πŸ˜‰

The Valentines Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea was Β£19.99 for two people and this included a tea or coffee and a glass of prosecco each. Its a quirky and fun way of experiencing an English tradition. And you can enjoy different themed picnic benches at ‘The Garden Kitchen’ all year round. Happy days!

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Films to snuggle up to with your Valentine ( or a tub of Ben and Jerrys :) )

I thought I would reblog this rom com post I wrote last year for valentines week. Just a few movies I like to snuggle down to and enjoy. πŸ™‚

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Well its approaching that Hearts and Flowers time of year again…..so I thought I would share with you my TOP TEN list of movies to watch with your Valentine, or on a girls night in, or snuggled up with a furry cat face and a grumpy black labrador. πŸ™‚ Some of my choices are old, some are more recent.They are all firm favorites of mine!

10) Under The Tuscan Sun(2003)
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Diane Lane plays a writer whose life is in a real mess when a good friend offers her ten days in Tuscany.Once there she impulsively buys a ramshackle old villa,throwing herself into a life changing adventure filled with unexpected surprises,friendship and romance.Could well make you rush and book a dream holiday to Italy!

9) The Ghost and Mrs Muir(1947)
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A gentle atmospheric romantic comedy about a young widow (Gene Tierney) and her little daughter who move into a lonely English…

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Films to snuggle up to with your Valentine ( or a tub of Ben and Jerrys :) )

Well its approaching that Hearts and Flowers time of year again…..so I thought I would share with you my TOP TEN list of movies to watch with your Valentine, or on a girls night in, or snuggled up with a furry cat face and a grumpy black labrador. πŸ™‚ Some of my choices are old, some are more recent.They are all firm favorites of mine!

10) Under The Tuscan Sun(2003)
under the tuscan sun
Diane Lane plays a writer whose life is in a real mess when a good friend offers her ten days in Tuscany.Once there she impulsively buys a ramshackle old villa,throwing herself into a life changing adventure filled with unexpected surprises,friendship and romance.Could well make you rush and book a dream holiday to Italy!

9) The Ghost and Mrs Muir(1947)
ghost and mrs muir
A gentle atmospheric romantic comedy about a young widow (Gene Tierney) and her little daughter who move into a lonely English seaside cottage which is haunted by a former occupant ,Rex Harrisons grumpy seafarer Captain.LOve this film πŸ™‚

8) When Harry Met Sally (1988)
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This charming Manhatten romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal examines the age old question “Can a man and a woman stay just good friends? ”

7) Grosse Point Blank (1997)
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John Cusack is Martin whose Career as a Hitman has lost its appeal.With one Last Job, A ten year High School Reunion and a shot at rekindling a romance with a girl he stood up on prom night all on the agenda,this is a fun comedy packed with action and laughs.

6) A Life Less Ordinary( 1997)
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Poor Robert ( Ewan Mcgregor) has been replaced by a robot at work, made redundant and been dumped by his girlfriend all on the same day.Not the most promising start to a kooky rom com which features Cameron Diaz as the spoilt brat bosses daughter he kidnaps and Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo as a couple of gun toting angels πŸ™‚

5) Some Like iT Hot (1959)
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Screwball comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as musicians who accidentally witness the Saint Valentines Day Massacre and go on the run with a women’s band disguised as…..Daphne and Josephine! They both become enamored of the bands gorgeous vocalist ‘Sugar Kane’ (Marilyn Monroe) who has sworn off male saxaphone players and vows to bag’ a sweet bespectacled millionaire ‘ instead.Madcap hilarity follows!

4) Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
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Our favorite Single thirty something staggers through the perilous world of dating in this modern take on Jane Austins Pride And Prejudice. πŸ™‚

3) Twilight (2008)
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Ok I admit it I am a BIG Twilight fan.So There! Teen Romance starring Kristen Stewart as ‘Bella Swan’ a high school student who falls in love with the dazzlingly beautiful ‘Edward Cullen’ played by Robert Pattinson, only to discover he is a vampire.And his skin Dazzles in the Sun.Tee Hee πŸ™‚

2) Bridesmaids(2011)
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Kristen Wiig takes on the role of Maid Of Honor for her best friends wedding with an eccentric cast of bridesmaids. I laughed out Loud so much when I saw this film at the pictures. Lol Lol :0)

1) Breakfast At Tiffanys (1961)

Holly being woken up by her flatmate 'Cat'
Holly being woken up by her flatmate ‘Cat’

I love this whimsical tale of a country girl trying to make her mark as a New York socialite. Audrey Hepburn is alluring as ditsy Holly Golightly who stares longingly through the window of the famous jewellers whenever she feels blue ( or gets the mean reds!) and George Peppard is a frustrated writer who falls in love with her. And she has a cute cat companion, Cat. X

Hope you enjoyed my Valentines Top Ten. Feel free to add any film treats to the list!