Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year's Resolutions 2017.

With 2016 drawing to a near, it's a time to reflect and focus on our goals and aspirations for the coming year. Maybe there is something you'd like to achieve, a place you'd like to visit or something you'd like to try. Whatever it may be, now is the perfect time to jot down those ideas and dreams as we welcome 2017 and a whole host of new adventures and opportunities. I have made a list of resolutions for 2017, but rather than having a very long list (which sometimes can feel like a mammoth task) I have condensed it down into more manageable chunks and therefore more likely to stick to.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas with Wrendale Designs.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Christmas with Wrendale Designs - Elizabeth Anne
During the festive season when all the house is decorated and the fairy lights are twinkling, I have an armchair in the living room or as I call my "snug" is swathed with cosy blankets and Christmas cushions and from here, I can curl up with a good book, watch a movie, write my Christmas cards and generally hibernate keeping topped up with freshly baked mince pies and mugs of hot chocolate sprinkled with marshmallows. It is the most comfortable and cosy armchair. When I'm in my snug, I like to prepare my Christmas evening by stocking up on drinks and nibbles. I'll gather the necessities such as stamps, pens, wrapping paper, gift tags, ribbons and so on then snuggle down with a Christmas movie or listen to carols. It's one of the many ways I enjoy a cosy winter evening. Although the iconic poet John Clare sums up my Christmas evenings (except its a dog, not a cat):

Friday, 9 December 2016

Wishlist | Home for the Holidays.

Wishlist Home for the Holidays - Elizabeth Anne
Hunker down this winter with cosy throws, heart-warming mulled red wine hues and country style décor. Add festive touches to your home and enjoy the holidays. Here are my top picks for creating a country-style Christmas:

Thursday, 8 December 2016

20 Things to do during Winter.

20 Things to do during Winter - Elizabeth Anne
Immerse yourself in traditional festivities throughout the winter months, from indulging in roasted chestnuts to hunkering down in a cosy bed in a log cabin, the festive season is a truly wonderful and magical time of the year.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Free Christmas Desktop Wallpapers.

Free Christmas Desktop Wallpapers - Elizabeth Anne
Add a little festive sparkle to your desktop with these wonderful Christmas wallpapers and they are complete free! I couldn't choose a favourite as they are all lovely but I'd love to know which is your favourite by letting me know in the comments section below. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Favourite Winter lipsticks.

Left to right: Maybelline - Midnight Plum | Rimmel London - Wine 107 | MAC - Brave Red | GOSH - Twilight | Maybelline - Divine Wine

During the winter months, where lipstick is concerned, I tend to reach for darker shades such as deep plums or berry reds pared with a simple eye makeup look or a smoky eye during in the evening. I decided to put this post together showcasing my most reached for lipsticks and hopefully serve as inspiration to try a darker shade of lipstick or perhaps a shade you're undecided about. All lip swatches are taken during natural day light but please bare in mind that shades may vary due to different monitors and screens.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Planning for Christmas with Busy B.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Planning for Christmas with Busy B - Elizabeth Anne

Planning for Christmas with Busy B - Elizabeth Anne

Busy B Christmas Planner | £14.99* (Link).


With Christmas approaching, it is never too early to start preparing and making plans. At such a busy time of the year, it can become stressful with selecting the perfect gifts, writing out cards and baking festive treats however, the key to a smooth and stress-free Christmas is to plan and prepare early which in turn saves time which can be used for relaxing and enjoying the festivities. When it comes to planning for Christmas, I can make lots of lists from food and gifts to Christmas cards and general things to do such as preparing the rooms for our guests and so on but with lots of fiddly bits of paper, they can become muddled or worse: lost.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas | For Dogs.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs - Elizabeth Anne
Give your pet pooch the prefect gift this festive season from a luxury tweed coat to paw balm to keep those pads supple. Whether your dog prefers to be pampered or off on an adventure, here are my top picks for the furry friend in your life:

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas at Castle Howard | Photo Diary.

Castle Howard, York.
Christmas at Castle Howard - Elizabeth Anne
Warning - Photo heavy. Please allow time for photos to load.

As the festive season is almost upon us, it's time to welcome our homes to Christmas cheer. Adorn the windows with evergreens, the festive aroma of oranges and cinnamon drift lazily through the home, the sound of cheerful music and Christmas carols and admiring flickering candles by the fireside. Christmas is a magical and heart-warming time of the year; enjoying the seasonal festivities with loved ones and indulging in the delights of wholesome cooking, country walks or cosy evenings playing games. One of my favourite seasonal pursuits is to visit stately homes during the holiday season and revel in the delights of magnificent grandeur and festive décor. I was delighted to be invited along to the awe-inspiring Castle Howard. Situated near York, Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest stately homes. A truly magnificent historic house in the north of England set within 1000 acres of landscaped gardens including lakes, fountains, temples, woodland and a walled garden, a superb example of ambitious and artistic architecture with ornate décor and a 300 year old history of the Howard family woven into the fibers of the stately home.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Free Festive iPhone Wallpapers.

Add a little festive sparkle to your phone with these wonderful (and free!) Christmas iPhone wallpapers. I love changing the wallpaper on my iPhone and as the festive season is nearly upon us, I like to make my phone festive and pretty. Enjoy!

How to use

The wallpapers and numbered and linked to the original source. Tap and press 'save' on your phone, then change your wallpaper in settings.
Free Festive iPhone Wallpapers - Elizabeth Anne

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas | Food Lovers.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Food Lovers - Elizabeth Anne
Give the gift of luxury festive food from flavoursome tea to beautifully decorated biscuits, these are ideal gifts for food lovers or create our own hamper to give to that special couple in your life. Here are my top picks from this years festive food:

Saturday, 12 November 2016

10 ways to make life lovely.

10 Ways to Make Life Lovely - Elizabeth Anne
There is nothing more pleasurable than participating in something you enjoy doing. Be it a craft such as sewing or relaxing with a good book, we all need a little time out from everyday stresses to unwind and recharge. Here is a little list of inspirations for savouring the simple pleasures in life.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Review | Juicy Couture - I Love Juicy Perfume.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Perfume - Elizabeth Anne

Juicy Couture - "I Love Juicy" Perfume 100ml | £69* (Link).


The iconic high fashion brand Juicy Couture debuts a sparkly new fragrance dubbed "I Love Juicy" to their extensive line of bewitchingly attractive fragrances. Encompassed within a stylish sugar pink leopard print glass bottle topped with a golden stopper and decorated with sparkling diamantes is reminiscent of the I Am Juicy Couture fragrance and oozes every ounce of  confidence. The striking bottle sits on my shelf standing out among my other perfumes. There is something quite pretty about displaying your favourite perfumes.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Burt's Bees Limited Edition Ginger Spice Lip Balm | Review.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Burt's Bees Ginger Spice Lip Balm - Elizabeth Anne

Burt's Bees limited edition lip balm in "Ginger Spice" | £3.99* (Link).


When considering the scents of autumn my mind hazily drifts off into daydreams of freshly baked gingerbread, pumpkin spice, the crisp autumn air and the scent of roasting marshmallows by the fireside. Autumn is truly my favourite season.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Go Outdoors Nottingham Store Opening.

Arnold, Nottingham.
Go Outdoors - Elizabeth Anne
One of my favourite poets of the 19th century is John Clare. Considered to be one of Britain's most iconic and important poets, Clare was known for his descriptive poems of rural life and scenery. When Clare was asked about his poetry and inspirations, he merely replied; "I found the poems in the fields and only wrote them down." In the same respect a lot of my inspiration for blogging comes from the English countryside; from the patchwork-like fields stitched together by hedgerows and dry stone walling to the wondrous wildlife and the fine flora and fauna. Having been imbued with a sense of admiration and affection I find myself spending a lot of my time outdoors in the charming countryside and thus require practical clothing and footwear.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Recipe | Halloween Cupcakes.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Halloween Cupcakes - Elizabeth Anne
Halloween is almost upon us and its time to turn our attention to preparing for a spooky evening filled with fun, wholesome food and wickedly good treats. Today's post is a recipe on how to bake these devilishly delicious Halloween cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream on a wonderfully moist sponge.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Mini Sleek Makeup Haul.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Sleek Makeup - Elizabeth Anne
I relish shopping for makeup. Everything from exploring the various stands, pretty packaging, choosing a shade(s) and best of all when there is an offer available. Whilst browsing my local Boots store I headed over to the Sleek Makeup stand and to my delight saw there was an offer exclaiming any two products for £12. Instantly I picked up the Solstice Highlighting Palette and the I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Goodnight Sweetheart.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Autumnal Fashion for Country Walks.

Kniveton, Ashbourne.
Autumnal Fashion for Country Walks - Elizabeth Anne
There is nothing more tranquil and idyllic than taking a mindful walk in the countryside admiring the breathtakingly beautiful views combined with the changing seasons. I can find the same spot stood on a particular country lane gazing out into the distance different even though I have seen it many times but due the changing seasons I find it fascinating. From the patchwork-like fields trimmed with crimson red berry hedgerows to glorious birdsong and the crisp chill in the air: I adore the countryside.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Elizabeth Arden | Liquid Assets - Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick & Illuminating Liquid Highlighter.

Elizabeth Arden - Elizabeth Anne

Elizabeth Arden | Liquid Assets Collection

Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick in "Daring Beige" | £18* (Link.)

Beautiful Colour Bold Illuminating Liquid Highlighter in "Champagne" | £26* (Link.)


A sparkling new collection that graces the Elizabeth Arden counters dubbed "Liquid Assets" is described as a luxurious collection that comprises of innovative fluid textures incorporating rich colour intensity and long lasting finishes that permits consumers a unique sensorial experience. Elizabeth Arden commented on the new range: "high impact colour in innovative liquid textures." Think rich, high shine, striking colours that's incredibly effortless but nonetheless beautiful and glamourous.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Free Autumn & Halloween iPhone Wallpapers.

I adore autumn. As William Cullen Bryant once said "autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile." From the riot of fiery hues of the changing colour palette to the slow and wholesome cooking, autumn is a beautiful season. Curling up by a crackling fire roasting marshmallows, mugs of pumpkin spice hot chocolate and delving into a good book are a few of my favourite things to do at this time of the year. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'll know I am always changing my iPhone wallpaper and if like me, you do the same then you'll be pleased to see I've put together a little collection of free autumnal and Halloween inspired wallpapers. Enjoy!

How to use

The wallpapers and numbered and linked to the original source. Tap and press 'save' on your phone, then change your wallpaper in settings.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Chatsworth Country Fair 2016 | Day Three.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell.
Lilybet Blog Chatsworth Country Fair Helter Skelter

Lilybet Blog Chatsworth Country Fair Flowers
Day three of the Chatsworth Country Fair was spent exploring the fairground and observing the awe-inspiring displays. From classic fairground rides, helter skelters and the carnival coloured ferris wheel to gun dog shows and horse driving; there is a full timetable of inspiring entertainment.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

30 Autumn Blog Post Ideas for Bloggers.

Lilybet Blog Autumn Pumpkin
In need of a little autumnal blogging inspiration? I have put together a list of 30 blog post ideas to get those creative juices flowing. Feel free to bookmark this page or share on social media. I hope this blog post provides inspiration and don't forget to have your notebook and pen handy!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Chatsworth Country Fair 2016 | Day Two.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell.
Lilybet Blog Chatsworth Country Fair Brownies

Lilybet Blog Chatsworth Country Fair Cake

Lilybet Blog Chatsworth Country Fair Champagne
Day two at the Chatsworth country fair was spent exploring the fine food village and trade stalls. As a lover of fresh, wholesome produce (and baking!) I was in my element; from decadent cakes and sweet treats to savoury pies and locally brewed drinks; there is something for every palate whether  you're a sweet or savoury person.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Wishlist | The Harvest Home.

Lilybet Blog Harvest Home Wishlist


The harvest home imbues rich, warm hues and textural patterns, giving way to a cosier feeling as we nest our homes for the cooler seasons ahead and indulge in an autumnal country-loving style.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Chatsworth Country Fair 2016 | Day One.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell.
Chatsworth Country Fair 2016 - Elizabeth Anne
The annual Chatsworth Country Fair marks three spectacular days attracting hundreds of thousands to the Chatsworth Estate, dubbed 'palace of the Peaks' is situated in the heart of the idyllic Peak District. Highlighted on any countryman (or woman's) calendar, the event brings together the very best of quintessential British in one breathtakingly beautiful landscape; from country pursuits and rural crafts to artisan food and spectacular grand ring entertainment. Celebrating 35 years of the country fair, it marks a special occasion for Chatsworth. The honorary country fair president this year was Olympic Medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill who opened the event alongside the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The country fair also played host to the wonderful Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood from BBC's Great British Bake Off program providing eager audiences with delicious demonstrations within the AGA Rangemaster theatre.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

30 Days Gratitude Challenge & Freebie!

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Lilybet Blog Gratitude Challenge Download
Sometimes we can forget the little things in life are what matter the most and this 30 day gratitude challenge will help bring your focus back to exactly that. Oxford Dictionaries define the term "gratitude" as 'the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation and return kindness.'

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Chatsworth Country Fair | All You Need To Know (2016).

Chatsworth House, Bakewell.
Chatsworth Country Fair - Elizabeth Anne
The annual Chatsworth Country Fair is the highlight of any countryman/woman's' calendar circling three extravagant days filled with spectacular grand ring performances to incredible showground entertainment and live demonstrations in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre with some of the country's finest chefs including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and explore hundreds of trade and craft stalls. You can read all about my visit to last years fair here including my interview  with BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson here. This blog post will provide all the essential details that you need to know weather a first timer or looking for tips when visiting the country fair at Chatsworth.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Little beauty and lifestyle haul.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Beauty and Lifestyle Haul - Elizabeth Anne
A while ago I went on a little shopping spree and I thought you might enjoy having a look at what I purchased. First up is Maybelline - vivid matte liquid in the shades "Nude Trill" and "Possessed Plum." I have always been a fan of Maybelline and was the first brand I ever purchased from when I was growing up into a young woman and starting to experiment with makeup. The vivid matte liquids come in 6 different shades from natural nudes to bright corals and deep plums to pretty pinks and they are currently on offer at Superdrug buy one get one half price. I have been using these regularly and I am delighted with the results. Very creamy and velvety smooth but don't dry the lips like other matte lip products. Nude Trill is a lovely natural shade that looks beautiful with a smoky eye and Possessed Plum is a deep vampy shade that makes a statement.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

20 Signs You're A Crazy Dog Lady.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
20 Signs you're a Crazy Dog Lady - Elizabeth Anne
I love dogs. There's no doubt about that. Being the owner of Ben (my lively Springer Spaniel), I am always out walking, sometimes crossing paths with other dog walkers or relaxing and cuddling the pooch.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Recipe | Red Velvet Cupcakes & Freebie!

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Red Velvet Cupcakes - Elizabeth Anne
Mouthwateringly moist deep red sponge topped with white cream cheese; red velvet cupcakes are little luxuries and best served with a cup of tea. I have made a printable recipe card which you can keep as a reference or take with you when you go shopping as a kind of shopping list. Either way, you can print out the card to keep by clicking on the download link.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Rituals | The Ritual of Karma Body Cream & Shower Oil - Review.

Rituals Karma Collection - Elizabeth Anne

Rituals | The Ritual of Karma - Body Cream (£19.50) & Shower Oil (£8.50)*


New to the Rituals range is "the ritual of karma." Ancient Hindu belief claims that living with good intent attracts positive karma. In essence, say good words; think good thoughts; do good deeds and good will come your way. I believe in this and always try to do a good deed a day: be it holding the door open for someone or giving a compliment. The collection from Rituals comprises of: shower foam, body cream, body scrub, shower oil, fragrance sticks and a candle. Featuring the sweet floral aroma of white holy lotus and refreshing bergamot; it makes this the most luxurious bath time treat and perfect for a well deserved pamper session. The scent is light which is great for those who do not like overpowering aromas. The packaging features a cool aqua green shade which I find refreshing and calming topped with copper accents. This is defiantly luxury skin care.

Monday, 8 August 2016

20 things to do during Summer.

20 Things to do during Summer - Elizabeth Anne
As lazy Summer days turn to beautiful balmy evenings, Summer is the time for enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Here is a list of inspiring ideas to do on a sunny day.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Photo Diary | Weybourne.

Weybourne, Holt.
Photo Diary Weybourne - Elizabeth Anne
From the picture-perfect stone cottages adored with typical cottage garden flowers to fresh local seafood, North Norfolk is one of my favourite places. A truly quintessentially English coastland intertwined with beautiful countryside. Personally speaking, it's the best of both worlds. You may have noticed from my Instagram that a few weeks ago I stayed in the beautiful village of Weybourne. Interestingly over the years it's spelling has changed from "Wauborn" and "Wauburne" in 1610 and "Weyburn" in 1927 however, the name we know today "Weybourne" comes from John Marius Wilson, "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", (1870). The tranquil village is around 4 miles from Holt, a gorgeous Georgian town and a short 10 minutes walk to the beach is the perfect retreat. Its everything you would expect from a pretty English village... a local village shop supplying fresh produce including free range eggs and Norfolk pink potatoes from Breck Farm situated 1 mile away, a pub, a tearoom serving fresh cakes and tea, a church and an abundance of pretty pastel and thatched-roofed cottages.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

A Mini Guide to Self Care.

Mini Guide to Self Care - Elizabeth Anne
Self care. Two little words but such an important part of our lives. Self care is defined as "care of the self without any medical intervention" according to Oxford Dictionary, 2016 however, I don't feel that this definition does this term much justice. While it provides the reader with an understanding, it does not explore and encompass the whole meaning. So what exactly is 'self care'? For me, it is spending time and taking care of oneself in a non-judgmental and selfless way, understanding and attending to the needs of the mind and the body. Think of this as a gift to yourself. In a world that is fast pace, we can sometimes neglect ourselves and can result in feeling 'burnt out.' I have put this mini guide together with some ideas and tips on self care for the mind and body and I hope you find it useful (you could add this to your favourites or bookmark this page so you can always find it when you need). There are lots of books, apps and websites full of different techniques which is fantastic but I am hoping to keep this post simple and inspiring. So keep reading if you'd like some useful tips and ideas.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Recipe | Puppy Breakfast Bites.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Puppy Breakfast Bites - Elizabeth Anne
For the little puppy in your life, these little breakfast bites are nutritious, healthy, easy and quick to make but importantly, a much cheaper alternative as they use ingredients found in your kitchen pantry (some dog recipes require more specialist ingredients which can become pricey). The recipe makes a batch of 24 breakfast bites. I like to keep these fresh by storing them in Tupperware. I half the batch by putting some in the freezer so I always have some ready to hand.
Ben adores these little breakfast bites! He has one in a morning but can also be used as a pre-bedtime supper for your pooch.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Sugar Shed - The Sugar Square Review.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
The Sugar Shed - Elizabeth Anne

The Sugar Shed | The Sugar Square (pack of four) £95* - Link.


We all have special memories whether framed or stored in an album that we can delve into at any time, transporting us to a particular place and moment. Our photographs are preserved memories and when our busy schedules allow, we can revel in the moments and relive them. Dating back to 1800's when Thomas Wedgewood made the first reliable documentation of combining a dark room with some substances that alter in light, however this was unsuccessful and was not until the mid 1820's when Nicéphore Niépce succeeded.

Monday, 4 July 2016

DIY | Pretty Paper Pinwheels.

Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
DIY Pretty Paper Pinwheels - Elizabeth Anne
These pretty paper pinwheels are easy to make and so versatile. They can be used to top presents or used to make a cute bunting or to decorate in scrapbooks and so much more. This DIY tutorial will show you how to make a pinwheel and you can adapt to any size or pattern you wish. Read on to find out how to make these pretty paper pinwheels.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Free Summer Desktop Wallpapers.

Summer Desktop Wallpapers - Elizabeth Anne
How about adding a little summer sunshine to your desktop? I have put together a little collection of free summer wallpapers...enjoy!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Nine - Watch the Clouds.

Watch the Clouds - Elizabeth Anne
Turn your gaze towards the heavens and watch the fluffy clouds float by. In today's modern life, we can easily access information on the weather forecast from television programs, radio stations and apps therefore, plan what to wear and any social plans that may be affected. However, have you thought how people used to forecast the weather? Before technology became so prominent in our lives, we used to turn our gaze towards the clouds as certain shapes would foretell the weather. This was a vital skill that people relied on. However, in present day, we tend to make out pretty shapes and gaze dreamily at the little cotton fluff balls. Although wouldn't it be boring staring up at a cloudless sky? So for 30 Days Wild, why not lie back and watch the clouds float by?

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Eight - Identify a Wild Flower.

Identify a Wildflower - Elizabeth Anne
Wild flowers are abundant throughout our countryside, from hedgerows to woodlands and roadsides to gardens. I love walking through the countryside and seeing wild blooms unfurling their petals and turning their faces towards the sunshine. There are lots of resources to help you identify a wild flower, including books, websites and apps. So next time you're out walking, take time to observe the wild flowers around you.

Monday, 27 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Seven - Draw and Colour the Countryside.

Colour the Countryside - Elizabeth Anne
Many artists seek inspiration from the countryside from fauna to flora. One such lady from the Edwardian era named Edith Holden created the Country Diary of the Edwardian Lady, which in 1906 recorded her words and illustrations of the changing seasons in the English countryside. Beautifully depicting soft watercolour illustrations and poetic writing make this a truly wonderful book. So for 30 Days Wild, why not gather your pens and pencils and enjoy the relaxing benefits of drawing and colouring?

Sunday, 26 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Six - Go Strawberry Picking.

Strawberry Picking - Elizabeth Anne
The quintessential art of strawberry picking has long since been imprinted on our British consciousness with many historical references dating back to Medieval times when newlyweds enjoyed strawberries with borage and soured cream, for their wedding breakfast believing them to have aphrodisiac properties, however, the strawberry's earliest reference was in Roman times around 200BC. A quote by the 17th century English writer Dr. William Butler, aptly describes the berry, "doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."

Saturday, 25 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Five - Watch and Listen to Birds.

Birdwatch - Elizabeth Anne
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a bird hopping cheerfully around your garden or perched on a feeder helping themselves to seed and nuts. I try to keep the feeders in our garden topped up (especially throughout the winter when food can be scarce) and gives me a warm feeling when I see birds flutter into the garden for their breakfast/lunch/dinner. I do enjoy spotting birds (and getting quite good at naming them!) and where I live has a good mix of wild birds including our resident Mr and Mrs pheasant, robins, blackbirds, crows and rooks, blue tits, magpies, herons, great tits, pied wagtails but there are too many to list but nevertheless are beautiful and a pleasure to see. One of my favourite poems by John Clare 'The Skylark' has a wonderful description of their nesting habits and is aptly put: "had they the wing, like such a bird, themselves would be too proud, and build on nothing but a passing cloud."

Friday, 24 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Four - Practice Mindfulness in the Countryside.

Practice Mindfulness - Elizabeth Anne
Ever thought of practising mindfulness outdoors? You don't have to go far, you could simply sit in your garden. Being outdoors (preferably somewhere peaceful) is a great way to practice mindfulness and becoming aware of the present moment. There are many definitions and descriptions of 'mindfulness' and can be a little confusing, however, put simply, it is the awareness of ourselves and the world around us. There are many books, apps and websites devoted to becoming mindful (I have listed a few of my favourites below) and techniques you can employ throughout the day, whether you have 5 minutes or a luxurious whole afternoon to spare.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Three - Pick Wild Flowers.

Kniveton, Ashbourne.
Pick Wild Flowers - Elizabeth Anne
There is something relaxing and therapeutic about picking and collecting wild flowers, the end result of a pitcher jug filled with blooms standing proudly in your home as a reminder of the walk in the countryside.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day Twenty Two - Visit a Farm Shop.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell.
Farm Shop - Elizabeth Anne
Saviour the delights of fresh produce, wholesome foods and tasty treats at your local farm shop. All the products are sourced locally (so you know purchasing will help local businesses and farmers) and they have a fantastic variety, from fresh fruit and vegetables to scrumptious cakes and savory tarts. Personally, I love visiting our farm shop as they have so much to choose from and I think tastes far better. If I am going to cook or bake something extra special, this will be the first place I head to.

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