Five On Friday……..The desperately clinging to Summer Edition!

I refuse to accept that Summer is over just like that!

The weather forecast for the weekend isn’t too bad for this part of the world, oh please, lets  not give up hope!

This week I have loved clinging on to summer………………….

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I have continued to walk Jack on his summer route (despite localised flooding), and when the rain had the cheek to show up……….

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it gave me the perfect excuse to get my new wellies out.

They were a real bargain in the summer sales and are so comfortable.

Perfect for dealing with summer showers.

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These lilies are three weeks old, three weeks!!!

They are still going strong and are definitely more beautiful in the flesh.

Ah I love summer flowers !

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I have enjoyed looking through our pictures of the summer so far…..!

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The photographs inspired a visit to a Turkish Restaurant in Liverpool, where we enjoyed a delicious meze.

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This week I have loved continuing with family adventures, regardless of the elements!.

We have been to Bounce Below and done some Geo Caching , it’s been great making the most of family time before the mayhem that is the school routine, begins again!

This week I’ve loved being slightly delusional but winter lasts such a long time!!!

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Thank you Amy for hosting!

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Thank you Ali and Steph for hosting!

Have a lovely day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I have Loved……. oh I have a list!

I know everyone is saying it,  but I can not believe that it is the end of August already!

The summer has flown, the leaves are already falling from the trees in The Glade.

We have a lovely long bank holiday weekend stretching ahead of us before the mayhem of the school routine begins again.

I have a list of things that I have loved this week, so I will just get on with it.

This Week I have loved and my Favorite Five –

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Picnics

We have been enjoying many picnics lately.

It is so much easier when we have Jack, our black Labrador with us.

It isn’t always easy to find somewhere that let dogs in.

However, when we have a picnic, he just sits at the end of table hoping that something falls into his path.

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Orchids

This beautiful Orchid has taken up residence on our landing window sill.

I bought it this week to brighten up that window and every time I walk past it, it makes me smile.

I am having a bit of a love affair with Orchids at the moment and was delighted to find one on my desk at work last week.

However, as much I love them, they don’t love me, I would be grateful for any tips that anyone has about how to keep them alive.

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 Coffee

Not really coffee in general, but Costa Coffee for making at home in a cafetiere.

Bizarrely, I love coffee but since I was pregnant with my second daughter, I have not been able to drink it very strong.

Therefore, this arrangement is ideal because I get to put a smaller measure in but still have the delicious Costa taste.

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The Beach

I love the beach at anytime of year.

On Saturday evening we took Jack for a walk in New Brighton.

We were rewarded with a glorious sunset, followed by a dramatic thunder storm.

Thankfully, we were in the car by the time the rain hit.

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Our Garden

Now I know the weather has been awful and we all feel cheated out of a summer.

However, the flip side is that our garden is still looking lovely and colorful, there are still buds on The Passion Flower and, the Hydrangea still isn’t in full flower.

It is the little things!!

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Thank you Ali and Steph for hosting x

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Thank you Maria for hosting x

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Than k you Aby and Hannah for hosting x

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner and a Liqueur!

Change of plans on Saturday, so insignificant that I can’t remember what they were,  meant that we were able to invite some of our lovely neighbours for dinner.

They are the sort of easy-going couple that make for a wonderfully relaxed evening.

I prepared my foolproof, slow cooker beef stroganoff for the meat eaters and mushroom  for myself.

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I will have to share the recipe for it because,  it is so simple but full of flavour.

Dessert came in the form of Pavlova that is also very simple to make and is one if my favourites.

I especially like that it has to be eaten on the same day 😉 the Scottish Strawberries that topped it were at their very best!

As you can see the menu was stress free but implied that some effort had been made.

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However, the highlight of evening came in the form of this beauty, brought by our lovely neighbours.

It is called Amarula and is made from a fruit that grows in South Africa. It’s mixed with sugar and cream, it is utterly delicious!!

It is a bit like Bailey’s, which I love, but it doesn’t have the sharp kick that you get from the whiskey in Bailey’s.

Instead it is very soft and sweet without being sickly – if you know what I mean.

Apparently, elephants walk miles to feast on the fruit and I am not surprised, if the liqueur is anything to go by, it must be sumptuous too.

Have you tried it?

So This Week I have Loved – having some lovely neighbours for a simple dinner and the gorgeous liqueur that they brought.

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Thank you to Ali for hosting!

Have a lovely day!