Up and Out in Manchester

I always feel lucky to live less than a twenty minute train ride away from Manchester. It’s such a vibrant resilient city showing the true character of the people after the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

During the last few weeks I have been mooching about town discovering some lesser known facts about the city, checking out exhibitions, (The legendary Frank Sidebottom collection in Central Library is a must if you were a fan of this comic genius.), catching some live music and trying out new places to eat and drink. I also revisited Corbieres, which in my younger days was always a great place to select tracks off it’s iconic jukebox, after going shopping in the Corn Exchange…..sadly the Corn Exchange no longer exists in its old form, and the jukebox is now CDs not vinyl, but the bar is still cool.

Finally, as it was recently Easter I have to share a photograph of my Easter Egg, which was kindly given to me from one my best mates, Bev. She is an amazing friend and has been so since infant school. The only problem is she has a fantastic memory and can remember all the embarrassing things I did……anyway happy belated Easter and make the most of wherever you live.

This Datum sign marks the old centre of Manchester. It is on the side wall St. Anne’s Church in St. Anne’s Square

The recently added Emmeline Pankhurst statue. who was from Manchester and a significant member of the Suffragettes Movement

This is brilliant, it includes his amusing job applications, City Kippax I.D. etc

“Thank you very very much ”

Genius

The mighty Dreadzone. I have seen these many times and they are always excellent

Love The Band On The Wall one of my favourite venues

Rudy’s – A lively atmosphere, gorgeous Neapolitan  pizza and cool decor

Yes please

What would we do without friends? ……look after them and enjoy their company

 

Reasons to be cheerful part three

A week off, time to catch up with family and friends, and walks in the sunshine with Roma. It’s so good to have a week off to reflect, re-charge and be inspired…..time for my camera, start a new book and basically be me.
Towards the end of the week my hair was also recharged with a fresh burst of colour, and for once I actually was going out that evening. This was thanks to my lovely Sister and Brother-in law, as we put the money aside they gave us for Christmas towards a romantic meal. So off we popped  to the Indian Tiffin Room for a tasty meal. Tiffin serves South Indian street style dishes which have very moreish and distinct flavours, (The Dosas are  amazing). After feeling totally stuffed we managed to enjoy a few drinks , chat about  nonsense and new ideas ,in Brezo what a fab night with my soul mate.

On the Sunday we were then ventured through unexpected fog down the M62 to Crosby, (With Roma in tow of course), to see Anthony Gormley’s Another Place, and we saw something else which was a total surprise…….wait until my next post to find out more.

 

 

 

My mum loved daffodils so I always capture these thinking of her and smile

 

 

I came across a beautiful Silver Birch tree  in the cemetery near us  and was fascinated by it’s colours and textures .

While focusing upon the different shapes and textures I noticed this gem hidden in the crux of the branches….beautiful

 

Roma muddy and wet as ever

 

The first Pussy Willow of the year

 

Yum

So much choice but the staff will guide you if you need it.

Cheers here’s to more weeks like this