Snowdrop and handmade vase

These snowdrops are from my garden. I love growing plants, pick them and decorate the living room.

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I’ve bought a special vase, handmade by a British ceramic artist. I like her vases, especially the slimline collection. The vase is made from porcelain and that was perfect for me, as I avoid the ceramic made from bone china.

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Now I have a piece of spring on the mantelpiece with the flowers and the robin I’ve received as a Christmas prezzie from hubby.

The Small Animal Show 2015

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I’ll start with my favourite picture from yesterday: Me & Hubby, with a mouse each.

The Small Animal Show was held in Harrogate, at the Great Yorkshire Showground. It’s an annual show, started from 1921 and it’s the oldest UK Championship dedicated to small animals. At this show there were around 3,000 small animals.

Hubby took a lot of pictures and I’ve chosen only a “few”, but I’m so smitten by the animals that it’s still a picture overload.

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We’ve started with the rabbit section. There were so many, fluffy, adorable, little rabbits.

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The judging at the rabbits looks like this.

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A lovely picture from the mice judging area.

And more rabbits, there were 1,700 of them, all cute and cuddly.

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Hubby took a picture of the Continental giant, but it wasn’t obvious how big it is without me in the picture… hence the one with me as a measuring standard.

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For judging in the guinea pigs section they have a special wooden tray. Interesting how different the judging is for the other animals.

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“May I have the snake, please?”

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I did! It’s not the first snake I hold. I did that before, a few months ago, see here. But that one was much bigger.

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admiring the mice, lovely little creatures

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This rabbit has his toy with him, so sweet.

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The British Giant was naughty. He managed to take the water dispenser out, so he could pull that string. Do I have to say that the dispenser landed on my feet?

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We left the show for an hour to go to Bettys. As it was obvious, we weren’t the only ones considering to go to Bettys while in Harrogate, so it was very busy and there was a queue outside the restaurant, as you can see in the background.
We bought a couple of desserts for home and went to see the rabbit jumping race.

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we saw some winners while walking to the other hall

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After the rabbit jumping race, we’ve seen how an Angora rabbit is trimmed, to make wool. Had no idea about that, so it was very interesting.

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The “poor” rabbit was consoled by his mummy after his “terrible ordeal”… or, as we say: a hair cut.

We saw another couple with no kids at the petting corner… yee! we weren’t the only ones without a kid at that section. Gently, we’ve stepped over the bales of hay from the first area, went into the second one and we’ve waited patiently to get our first animal.

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A lovely, small guinea pig that wanted to cuddle. I was in love from the first moment.

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And finally I got the rabbit, so fluffy, so soft. I love it! (recurring theme, I know, but I do love all the animals)

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This small and cute mouse was given to me by another visitor. I had hamsters as a kid, but they were two times bigger, the mice seemed so fragile.

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My mouse had to groom himself after all those people touching him. I always get amused by this, my hamsters did the same.

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and another mouse

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and 2 mice, more difficult to handle, but the perfect way to finish the day

We got in the car, but noticed there were kites flying around. We stopped and looked at them, hubby took some pictures. I think they were teaching their young how to fly.

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the crows were waiting patiently for the danger to clear before flying

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Our cakes from Bettys were exquisite as usual.

8 Good things

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Apparently this week I was mad about food, by looking at the picture, although my good list includes other topics too.

1. Cozy nights in. Living in our own house, again, changed slightly the way we feel when we relax in the evenings at home. I’m much more relaxed knowing that there isn’t any chance that the owner will decide to sell the house or the agency will show up for a home check when we are not in. We have our own “safe haven” and it’s special.

2. Hubby and the dog. I can write about them in every “good things” blog. It’s not like they are perfect, sometimes hubby doesn’t agree with me, sometimes the dog will bark at the TV. But, every single day they are doing something that makes me smile or happy, so I have to mention them. I can’t really say something specific, is just the way they make me feel.

3. Avocado oil. I found a small shop in Manchester with healthy produce and bought a bottle of avocado oil. I love trying new things, especially when it’s something to eat. It was the first time I’ve seen this type of oil and I had to try it. It has a nice taste and I think is perfect for tomato salad.

4. Greens. This week we had dinner at Greens and I loved it. You can read about it here if you missed the blog.

5. Amazing eclairs made by hubby. I’ve wanted salted caramel eclairs for some time. Hubby is an expert of making choux, so he made them for me this week. I have pictures and I’m going to post the recipe. They were so yummy!

6. TKMaxx. I’ve got 3 baking trays at a great price from TKMaxx and they fit perfectly in the fan oven. I’m so happy, can’t wait to bake a lot. I also got some other bits&pieces, like purple nail polish.

7. Hot chocolate. I made some hot chocolate and it was lovely. Hubby had the idea to make meringue, add some peaks on the chocolate and just cooked it a bit with the blow torch. Yum!

8. My work. I have the perfect job, I enjoy so much what I’m doing. It was a very very very busy week, with little time for something else and finished tasks even at 9-10 pm. But I love what I’m doing, so skipping some meals and workouts worth in the end.

When you are reading this, I’m in Harrogate, attending The Small Animal Show. I’m as excited as a 5 years old kid… but I never went to small animal shows as a kid, so it’s understandable 🙂 Probably I’ll post a lot of pictures about it tomorrow. In the meantime, I can only hope that I’m not deemed too old for the petting corner.

Greens restaurant

Greens is a vegetarian restaurant in Manchester, opened in 1990 by Chef Simon Rimmer. The Chef is not vegetarian, I found that a little strange, but in a good way. I can only rejoice for his decision to open it like this. The cuisine is modern British and that’s always a winner in my book.
I’m always happy to go to vegetarian restaurants, as I’ve been veggie for 7+ years and having the opportunity to order everything that is in the menu sounds amazing.

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Just a sneak peak of the dishes to come 🙂

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We went this Tuesday, just showed up, hoping to get a table. We arrived at 6.30 and were welcomed by friendly staff. We were lucky, in half an hour the place was very very busy, nearly full. Next time we have to book online, I’m sure that in the weekend or on Fridays it must be impossible to get a table without a reservation.

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Manchester

Yesterday we should have been in Glasgow, but the car battery died the night before. All the stores were closed at that time and we had  to wait to get the new battery in the morning. As we had to be there early for an event, we’ve canceled the trip to Glasgow.

We’ve ended up in Manchester, as hubby had to buy a very important & life saving & expensive (his opinion, not necessarily mine) camera lens from Jessops.

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We’ve been to Greens and I loved it so much, I’m going to make a special blog about it (tomorrow).

7 Good things

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1. Loosing weight: 400g. I’ve lost 400g from 8th January to 15th January (when I weighted myself), while eating in average 1946 calories and doing 7 workouts of P90X3. I’m very happy with the result and still working hard to loose a little extra weight.

2. Leather-look sofas. This week, while we were window shopping, we found some lovely sofas made from textile that looks like leather at Harveys.
I mentioned before that I don’t wear/use real leather things, so we thought a leather sofa is out of the question. I’ve seen some sofas that were not from real leather and looked ok-ish, but the fabric didn’t have the softness of the real thing. Anyway, at Harveys we found what we were looking for. At the moment the budget is still tight, we only bought the house a couple of months ago. But I hope that by the end of the year we’ll change the sofa.

3. The small animal show. Only by chance I stumbled across this event in Yorkshire while I was searching on google: The small animal show. Luckily it’s next weekend, so we’ll be able to attend. It’s a very busy period for us, but spending a few hours with thousands of Chinchillas, Hamsters, Mice, Gerbils, Rabbits and Rats is too good to miss. We’ll buy thickets from the entrance, as I don’t think there is enough time to receive them if I order them online. I hope there will be a petting corner and I tend to believe that hubby would want to pet some rabbits too (he is not a huge fan of rodents).
Also, this means that we’ll be in Harrogate… where is Bettys! I go to Bettys every time I am in Harrogate (5 times so far… it’s like a new tradition, isn’t it? ). Most likely we’ll get something to take home, as I want to spend as much time as I can at the event.

4. Scrabble. I love scrabble and have some board games that we play from time to time. We’ll need a dictionary to use as an inspiration as only huge words come in my mind… and I don’t have where to place them or enough letters on my board to construct them.

5. Snowdrops. I have snowdrops in my planters. I bought two years ago bulbs of snowdrops, hyacinth and tulips and they flowered nicely last year. Moving meant that I have no idea which bulbs are in which planter. So, the plan is to leave them to bloom, mark the planters, so I can dig up the bulbs and replant them on the edge of the front lawn (if we’ll have a front lawn this year).

6. Long walk with hubby. Thursday we went on a long walk, just the two of us. We usually go on walks with the dog, but being alone is different and not only because we don’t have to look everywhere to spot cats or squirrels before the dog does :)) It was nice because we talked about other stuffs than the dog/plans with the company. Maybe it sounds strange that we want to talk more… considering that we both work from home and we spend almost all the time together.

7. Cooking. One of the greatest things abut working from home is that I can cook a lot without having to actually spend a lot of time in the evenings. It took only 10 minutes to prepare the squashes and put them in the oven. I bake a lot during the week, it’s so easy to have food ready in minutes.