The Holly Bush

My husband and I went to The Holly Bush pub last month, but I didn’t get the chance to talk about it until today. The Holly Bush is in Northwich, Cheshire and it was built in the 17th century. More details on their website.

The Holly Bush

During the Victorian period the pub was extended. The last extension, where the restaurant is today, was built only 12 years ago. Beside the pub there is an inn in a converted barn. I noticed a board with room prices when we’ve paid for the lunch and I think they are affordable. If they look as nice as the pub, it is value for money.

The Holly Bush Northwich

They do have a vegetarian section in the menu and I like that so much every time I see it. I ordered Four Mushroom Stroganoff, mushrooms cooked in a creamy & smoked paprika sauce (priced at £8.50) and my husband had Spicy Bean Burger, Kidney bean, vegetables & salsa sauce in breadcrumbs, (priced at £7.25). Strangely, there wasn’t any mention of side dishes and they weren’t mentioned in the menu either. So, my husband ordered chips for both of us while I was taking pictures in the pub. Well, it was fortunate he ordered chips because the dish would have been basic without them. We had half of each dish, as we usually do.

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His burger was very good, but without any salad and only a bit of shop-bought ketchup.

04 The Holly Bush

My mushrooms were delicious, I liked the sauce and the veggies were cooked perfectly. I didn’t notice the “four” mushrooms, but it wasn’t an issue. I enjoyed the food and the location, but, as we had to pay extra for side dish and the burger was more basic than expected, it wasn’t as good value for money as we had in other pubs. Even if it was nice overall, I wouldn’t go there again for lunch.

The Holly Bush Northwich

These pictures are taken in the older parts of the pub. It’s really lovely.

The Holly Bush Northwich

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The Holly Bush Northwich

The Holly Bush Inn is in Little Leigh, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 4QY. Their car park is very big, so there are plenty of places to park.

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Great Budworth

Great Budworth is a small village in Cheshire. It can trace back its history to 11th century, as it was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name Great Budworth comes from the Old Saxon words bode (‘dwelling’) and wurth (‘a place by water’), the water being Pickworth Mere and Budworth Mere. A school was built in 1500s for the children that lived in the community. In 1875, the George and Dragon pub was remodeled. Before 1934 the only source of drinking water was a running pump, after that a pipeline was installed. Until 1948, Great Budworth was part of the Arley Hall estate.

Great Budworth

Now Great Budworth has a population of 300. I took a lot of pictures from the village. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I find walking through small villages like this one a relaxing and beautiful pass time. After that, I enjoy seeing everything again when I chose the pictures for the blog post and I retouch them in Photoshop.

Great Budworth

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Disney Giveaway

Today I’m doing a new giveaway, this time all Disney. I have the Mickey Mouse Luminart that is now sitting pretty on my kitchen wall, see here. I also have the Ariel Travel Mug and the Grumpy socks and mug. I like them a lot.

Disney

The giveaway, worth of £81.93, consists of:
Toy Box Mickey Mouse Luminart
Toy Box Grumpy Gift Set
Toy Box Nemo Bath Plug
Disney Princess Gadget Decals
Disney Princess Ariel Travel Mug
Disney Key ring
Disney Princess Belle A6 Notebook
All the products with the exception of the key ring are available on Paladone‘s website.

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To win these products enter the giveaway. By entering the competition you agree to the terms and conditions listed below. Good luck!
This giveaway is opened to UK residents only and closes on 06/10/2017.
The prize consists of a set of Disney items: Toy Box Mickey Mouse Luminart, Toy Box Grumpy Gift Set, Toy Box Nemo Bath Plug, Disney Princess Gadget Decals, Disney Princess Ariel Travel Mug, Disney Key ring and Princess Belle A6 Notebook. The prize’s worth is £81.93.
There is no purchase necessary. No cash alternative is available.
Comments should be at least 8 words, shorter comments will be deleted.
The winner will be contacted on the email address provided, so please make sure I have your email address. If the winner will not respond in 28 days, a new winner will be picked up.
I will dispatch the items myself. I cannot be held responsible for items lost in the post. The shipment of the prizes will be tracked and, if lost, an inquiry should be made with Royal Mail.
All entries will be checked.

*All the prices are accurate today. They might change, please check their website for details.

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Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift is an amazing piece of Victorian engineering. It was built in 1875 and it still does the job it was created to do: lifting narrowboats and barges straight up the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. It’s an ingenious structure and unique too. More details about it can be found on canalrivertrust.

Anderton Boat Lift

Edwin Clark (1814 – 1894) is the Designer of the Anderton Boat Lift. In 1870s the Weaver Navigation Trustees were concerned of the delays caused by moving cargoes between River Weaver and Trent&Mersey Canal. There were three options to solve the issues, a flight of locks, an inclined plane or a hydraulic lift. The last option was the best one as it involved limited loss of water and it could be built on a small site.

By the 1870s, Clark had a strong reputation as a designer of hydraulic machinery. He was asked to design and oversee the construction of the lift. Even though the costs were higher than anticipated, the lift was a wonder. Clark went to built other boat lifts in Europe.

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Painting Classes with The Paint Republic

Today I’m going to talk about painting classes with The Paint Republic. My husband and I were invited to one of the painting classes held by The Paint Republic. I don’t think I ever talked about this before, but I’ve painted as a hobby in the past. I stopped for lack of actual talent, much to the delight of the family (who were supposed to say I’m great when they were receiving one of my masterpieces, all were tucked away from sight though). Anyway, I was eager to try painting again and this time actually learning how to paint (I wasn’t that bothered about it before).

Painting Classes with The Paint Republic

These are our pieces of art, displayed in our spare bedroom. We’ve made fun of how they turned out, but after looking at them for a couple of days, we thought they are actually good enough to display. I think they look great, colourful, both similar and different.

Now lets talk about the classes. The Paint Republic have events for people who want to unleash their creativity and have fun at the same time. The ticket covers the price of the event, including all the materials. Drinks and food can be ordered from the location the event is held at. We’ve been to The Baltic Social, a lovely place with friendly staff and good prices.

They have classes all over UK, in Liverpool, London, Chester, North Wales, in Shropshire and Bath.

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We picked our seats, the music was on and we’ve started painting. On display is a finished painting, so we can see what we are going to paint. I have to admit I though it’s just a model because it couldn’t be possible to paint something so complicated in only 2 hours. Well, as you saw from the first picture, we did. The painting is inspired by the William Morris wallpapers.

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The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

I don’t usually write book reviews on their own, but on the 8th last month, one of my favourite authors released another book. So, here is The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory review. This book can be found at the library (most likely it’s already reserved for the next few months) or it can be bought from amazon or even a local supermarket (I saw it in Asda and Tesco).
If you’ve read my monthly books roundups this year, you saw how smitten I am with Philippa’s books. I’ve read many of her books, as you can see at the end of the post.
Philippa said that this is the last Tudor book she will write. Her future projects will be just as exciting, I can’t wait to read them.

If you don’t know Philippa, she was born in Kenya and moved with her parents in UK. She studied here and has an PhD in History. Her first books were a trilogy, Wideacre. I read one of them and I plan to read the other two. The Other Boleyn Girl, a book about Anne Boleyn’s sister is now published globally and the book won the Parker Pen Novel of the Year award 2002 and the Romantic Times fictional biography award. It was adapted for the BBC as a single television drama. She lives in Yorkshire and has a small charity making wells in Gambia, called Gardens for the Gambia.

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

The book is divided into 3 books, the first one about Jane Grey, the second one about Katherine Grey and the last one about Mary Grey. Spoilers! (if you don’t already know their stories).

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Blackpool Illuminations

On 1st September was the big switch on of the Blackpool Illuminations. It’s their 11th year, only the second time for us, as we’ve been there a couple of years ago. The lights can be seen on the promenade daily from 1st September to 5th November. More details about this year’s show on their website.

The pictures aren’t fantastic as it was dark, but I managed to get a few. Enjoy!

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