Treasures

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Getting hold of a wider range of goods and services without using the car usually involves a journey across the estuary, and what a delight it is. A short walk takes us to our local ferry and a bumpy ride over the sea transports us to Fleetwood, a town packed full of interesting architecture and a good range of independent shops.

Designed by Decimus Burton in the 1830’s, the town was originally designed to accommodate the working classes in  ‘golden sands, sea, air like wine and breath-taking views across Morecambe Bay on clear days.’ It certainly felt that way as we enjoyed a beach side picnic today.

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A train load of books in Fleetwood Library…

And so to more domestic matters…..

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Planning this year’s harvest- inspired by the permaculture movement we are going to plant some full-size trees this year..more later

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Finding a much prettier alternative to filter cartridges

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A handwritten letter from a dear friend on the most gorgeous notepaper

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Making naan to go with our lentil and tomato curry.

Spring ?

*     It’s been one of the coldest, longest winters I can remember and looks set to continue for a while longer. Walks have seen us wrapped up against the icy Arctic winds from the East and, for some of the time at least, making our way through snow.

On a more domestic note, hardy primulas and crocuses provide a cheery splash of colour in their little terracotta pots by our front door.

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Beautiful Bowland

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*   March began with a visit to York and we were thrilled to be there during their annual Viking festival. The city was crammed with Viking enthusiasts, many who had travelled from Scandinavian countries to join the fun. The bustling street markets sold many hand-made wares and enthusiasts were bedecked in a stunning array of authentic costumes in  sumptuous textiles and colours…..

*   On a more humorous note the sight of three Vikings in full regalia having a heated debate in Danish in the middle of a York car park regarding where they had parked the Long Boat/car ( or at least that’s what my interpretation was since I don’t speak a word of Danish)

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*   Holy Trinity Church in the heart of York looked beautiful in the winter sunshine, the first signs of spring evident in the snowdrops and yellow anemones.

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*   A visit to the truly wonderful ‘Make Your Mark’ stamp shop for CC to help minimise his marking. The owner of this shop custom makes her stamps and the selection is amazing.

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*   More recently we have enjoyed more walks in Bowland and a marvellous visit to the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Making our way down the valley we followed an old railway line, a remnant of the lead mining which used to take place in this area. The inside of a tunnel looked beautiful with its icicles and stalactites encrusted in a flower-like formation.

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Christmas Shopping

I’ve not written a post in quite a while as the search for a new job has been rather consuming. Luckily I’ve found a new post starting in January and I’m so excited to get started. After a truly trying year in many ways CC and I are ready to rejoin the human race again !

This year we’re attempting to buy our Christmas presents from British manufacturers only and this has certainly proved a challenge from the high street. However the good old t’internet has saved the day and I’ve been deleighted with the sheer range of items out there which are still made here. Everything we’ve sent for has arrived on time, and has delighted with it’s fantastic quality.

It’s high time our retailers cottoned on to the fact that many of us are no longer content to buy cheaply produced goods with questionable labour practices. I’m going to provide links from this blog to the companies we’ve used this year. The quality and service have been second to none.

Meanwhile, my lovely Grandmother, who is 92, is rather poorly at the moment. I include some beautiful pictures of her.