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Liverpool Special ✨

Paper Cup Coffee is a new part of Liverpool-based charity The Paper Cup Project and offers training for people who have experienced homelessness.

I’ve heard great things since their recent opening and it was mainly to see them I made this trip to Liverpool.

Fortunately they did not disappoint!

Here is the cabinet of their famous cruffins and colourful croissants.

They had Skimmed Milk so I was able to have a nice Skinny Cappuccino.

Someone was having pancakes with fresh blueberries, banana and cream and you can see the good quality food is drawing people in specially.

The café is airy and spacious, and the customer service is really friendly too. I left my hat behind and they got in touch with me via the blog – I went back and got it before the end of the day!

Homebaked Bakery is a community-owned bakery famous for its award-winning pies, right by Anfield stadium. I would love to have visited there but thought it was probably too much for one day. So I went to their new second site inside St George’s Hall.

The café is a charming space inside this grand building, and the exhibition The History Whisperer looks very interesting.

I didn’t try one of the famous pies sadly! The vegetarian ones had just gone in the oven for half an hour. I had a cinnamon swirl instead and a black coffee as they didn’t have Skimmed Milk.

Again this was really nice coffee – I’d happily go to either of these places again.

I couldn’t visit Liverpool without paying a visit to the Lush Liverpool Spa – the largest Lush in the world, with services including the Lush Hair Lab.

I discovered they even have a coffee bar inside!

Then I went round to the Royal Albert Dock.

I think it’s an incredible thing that Liverpool has an International Slavery Museum.

The Maritime Museum looks really interesting too.

On my list to see was a shop called The Nest. This was really lovely and I bought this bag and could not wait to put my things in it!

I popped my head into Rough Hand Made bakery and – as well as giant white chocolate croissants – they have a photo competition/VIP wall of dog visitors!

I went on to Bold Street. Bold Street Coffee was on my list, but it was really buzzing and I didn’t really want to sit in on my own.

Bold Street is apparently renowned for timeslips, and I had a good tip as to where the gateway was – but alas I still seem to be here as normal…

I had to get back for my train at Lime Street so just popped my head into the Walker Art Gallery.

Lots of reasons to go back to Liverpool then, including

  1. Have a Homebaked pie, especially at Anfield
  2. I forgot to pay a coffee forward at Paper Cup – I’m really sorry!
  3. Make it through the Bold Street time portal

Can I come back very soon please? ❤

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Animal SOS Sri Lanka

I had to go to a work event in Chingford and was having a look around the area.

As you know I have taken an interest in dog ornaments in charity shops. So I was pleased to walk past this wonderful pair!

Then I saw this was an animal charity shop.

Inside I met Kim Cooling, the founder of Animal SOS Sri Lanka. Her vision and commitment is incredible.

The shop itself is really well-run and has lots of great clothes, books, records, DVDs, ornaments, crockery and more.

And there were even more super dog ornaments!

I took a copy of their newsletter and gave them a donation for it.

I also went to Caffè Nero for a Skinny Latte (I find their Cappuccino a bit strong) with some shortbread biscuits.

A super day!

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Moomin Coffee at Walthamstow Wetlands

I really enjoyed this day at Walthamstow Wetlands.

There is an Exhibition The Woman Who Fell In Love With An Island about Tove Jansson and a Moomin trail.

I hadn’t been sure about going to this because the connection between Walthamstow Wetlands and the Moomins seemed a bit loose.

But once I was there, it was so apt. I really loved it. You could feel the tranquillity and sense of freedom Tove Jansson and the Moomins sought.

The exhibition explains beautifully where the title quote comes from, and I liked one photo in particular of her with a bird.

There are multiple reservoirs and islands at the wetlands, including Heron Island.

I went into the café and showed the man working there the Instagram picture I’d seen of the Moomin cappuccino someone had got there. He laughed and showed me the three different stencils – which one did I want?

On a coffee note I do wish they had Skimmed milk available but like quite a few cafes they only have Semi-Skimmed.

Trails can be confusing and disappointing but I would strongly congratulate the curators of this one.

Entry is free, you can make a contactless donation and there is a nice gift shop.

I didn’t sight many birds but I met @wilder_action around the site and he said it was a bit windy for them that day.

Walthamstow Wetlands hold a lot of free walks and tours and it’s a wonderful place to learn so it’s great to support them.