Cake, Coffee and Community = Urban Cafe

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When my teen was young he loved the park playground, I would sit for hours watching him run around and make friends while I dreamt of going home for cake and a  cuppa.

How things have changed, now Mums don’t have to choose, cafes are opening in park locations and I went to one that’s really community focussed.

Urban Cafe is a fab space, a hub for cyclists, walkers, parents & kids, it’s a real community space serving good healthy food and believe me, a lovely cuppa.

The cafe  has views over the playground at the front and across the park at the back.

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The modern interior also has a large room which hosts everything from a Men’s sewing group to Pop Pilates. As well as being a community meeting place this space can be hired for private functions.

They even have a cool Barber shop

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Urban Cafe at Phoenix Park is about getting people together, Parkrun, cycling groups, craft days, and always dog walker friendly with an outside coffee cart for the coming months.

There’s lots going on, and if  like me you just want to meet up with friends for a coffee or lunch then that’s ok too,  you’ll be made very welcome.

Follow them on Facebook and keep updated.

Do something different on a weekend away

So half term’s here, the first holiday of the school year and time to start looking towards holidays, days out and planning weekends away.

Planning a visit to a fabulous city like Liverpool there’s so much to see and do. There are  museums galore, cathedrals, architecture and fab shopping but how about finding somewhere a bit different.

Tucked 10 minutes away from the big tourist attractions of The Albert Dock and Liverpool One is a transformed industrial area called The Baltic Triangle.

What was once part of the historical thriving port is now a creative hub for arts, crafts, culture, and fabulous food.

The converted warehouses hold the most interesting places and there’s something for everyone, one of those places being The Button Boutique, a gorgeous fun place to visit for children and adults.

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Providing arts and crafts tailored to their visitors The Button Boutique provides a fun day or night out.

From kids crafts with afternoon tea…

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…to Hen nights, with a cheeky difference

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If you’re planning a weekend stay in Liverpool with family or friends add The Button Boutique to your places to visit, see what they’re up to here.

Are you planning a city break soon?

Why not enter this competition to win a 2 night stay in Liverpool including  tickets for   The Cavern’s Magical Mystery Bus Tour

Mind your beeswax – candle craft

One of the advantages of working in a Museum/walled garden is the chance to be involved in environmental projects and natural crafts, I’m not naturally an outdoor girl but I definitely love a bit of fun crafting (with or without kids).

So today we added the art of beeswax candle making to our museum skills.

Beeswax pouring

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The easiest way to make candles is to use coloured or natural beeswax sheets,they can be cut and rolled to make very attractive candles.

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We all had a fab day and many thanks to  Cheshire Beekeepers for their time and expertise.

http://www.cheshire-bka.co.uk/Beekeeping/beefacts.php

What is beeswax

Beeswax is produced by bees in the form of tiny scales which are “sweated” from the segments on the underside of the abdomen. To stimulate the production of beeswax the bees gorge themselves with honey or sugar syrup and huddle together to raise the temperature of the cluster. To produce one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey.