I’ve been out and about recently and thought I would share some of the images I snapped along the way. I think this may make a new regular series of blogs!
My week started with my friend around Shipley Country Park. The Ramblers Cafe is a place I’ve not been in before, I was delighted to find these gorgeous scones fresh from the oven! Delicious with a cup of tea! I think I’ll be heading back for another on my next dog walk.
I was at the Alphabet Gift Shop in Mickleover on Tuesday morning for a meeting and spotted their brilliant Olympic themed window display! Even the cuddle toys had medals!
Here’s a photo taken inside the Alphabet Interiors Shop…I especially like the bedroom display.
Tuesday afternoon, on the way to collect my little lady from the child minder, hubby and I nipped into The Bottlekiln…it’s on the way, kind of! We shared this monster piece of lemon meringue cake. Delicious.
This week Lily’s 1st Birthday invites arrived from Lucy Sheeran. With less than a month to do, I am starting to visit lots of fabulous places to find party accessories!
A purchase this week was a pair of baby Converse for Lily…I couldn’t resist!
Last week the lovely Becky from Butterworth Photography took some gorgeous photos of my little Lily…here’s one with her cuddly monkey.
You can now buy your copy of the fabulousplaces.co.uk etc. magazine at the following fabulous places:
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The Bottlekiln, West Hallam
Bluebells Dairy, Spondon
Studio 61, Holloway
Hassop Station, Bakewell
The Loaf, Crich
Alphabet Gift Shop, Mickleover
We will also be selling the magazine at the Derbyshire Food & Drink Festival at Hardwick Hall on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2011.
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I’ll be honest, before I launched fabulousplaces.co.uk in July 2008, I wasn’t the most environmentally conscious person, I bought free range eggs and recycled when I remembered to….shamefully, that was about it! Well, over the past year I’ve discovered a whole new passion for making small positive changes to my lifestyle. I’ve met some great people through the website who have shown me how easy it is and after a little effort on my part, I can honestly say I’m feeling pretty good about what I’ve done.
Here are some of the things I’ve been upto:
Electric cost gadget – my partner, David, won an online competition and we’re now the owners of a gadget that tells you how much you’re spending at any time. This has been quite an education! Little did I know how much it costs to boil the kettle and hoover the living room…it’s a gift and a curse, but life changing! lol
Bee boxes & bee friendly plant seeds- I’ve put two bee boxes in the garden and also planted some bee friendly seeds (see photo above).
Vegetables – I’m now the proud owner of a veggie patch (photo above). It was super easy to set up….apart from the two occasions when I found my dog, Toby, having a great time digging in it! I found some great eco chic gardening accessories at the bottlekiln and the alphabet gift shop.
Buying local – I love to visit farmers markets, they’re great for meats, cakes, bread and veggies. Also, you’ll find other local producers like chocolate, crafts and art. Click here for a list of Derbyshire’s farmers markets.
Also, I now check what I buy in the supermarket and buy items produced in the UK wherever possible.
Recycling – this is a no brainer…all councils provide recycling bins now, so we recycle everything we possibly can.
Bags – I have so many eco shopper bags and never use supermarket’s plastic till bags. I’m really pleased to see places like M&S charging for them…now if that’s not an incentive to take your own bag I don’t know what is!
I’ve made all sorts of other changes, but I thought I would share these with you as they were easy peasy changes and if you’re looking to make some…here are some to give you a good kick start! If you have any good tips, do leave them below! )