Monday, 30 November 2015

#MondayMural: Kes #citydailyphoto

A Mark Kennedy mosaic special in the Northern Quarter. I fear the shop it's outside may have closed now and the shutters are therefore down on this mural from the classic 1969 Ken Loach film Kes - based on Barry Hines' northern novel A Kestrel for a Knave. Taking part in Monday Mural.

Kes 1969 film poster.jpg

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Inspired Sunday: Stood outside Gorton Monastery

I give you a kind of triptych of Gorton Monastery, also known as the Church and Friary of St Francis.  The Franciscans arrived in this part of east Manchester in December 1861 and built their friary between 1863 and 1867. I hope it is enjoyed by fellow Inspired Sunday bloggers. We went inside back in March last year and on 23 November.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Friday, 27 November 2015

Skywatch Friday and Weekend Reflections 2 for 1

It's two for the price of one today and I only had to step outside the front door to see the sun set in a car's windows...

Here are this week's Skywatch Friday posts and  Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Unfamiliar forest faces... #citydailyphoto

I'm sure I am not alone in seeing faces in the woods and forests? Some are friendly, some are scary but this one appeared to me as simply a little bemused.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

ABC Wednesday: "T" is for The Tapestry at Band On the Wall

There was an amazing night of bands and artists at Band On the Wall on Monday. Part of RADAR Music Week. Here are three of the seven acts. Manchester four piece The Tapestry, above were first up and had a punchy but melodic energy, driven mostly by their female bassist and drummer. I liked their whole sound though and there was something quite Mancunian about the music- it's hard to describe exactly what, maybe a touch of the ancient Manchester music history of The Fall and Joy Division, and an urban angst that is born of post industrial cities perhaps. I will be off to Islington Mill next month (12 December) to see them there.

4i (below) had, in my eyes and ears, a chilled, almost "blissed out at 4.a.m on the beach vibe". Some great keyboards and backing vocals did it for me.

Colour the Atlas are a trio who have already had BBC Radio 1 airplay. They were sublime- "haunting" was a word used by people there and that sums them up. I will be following their musical advancements too with excitement and eager anticipation.

Taking part in the "T" round of ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Keeper of the 16 locks

Close up of part of a Lock keeper's cottage which dates from 1805 and is nestled next to one of the 16 close together locks of the Peak Forest Canal at Marple. Taking part in Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sunday, 22 November 2015

First #snow of autumn #CityDailyPhoto #Bury #ScoutMoor #GreenEnergy

I awoke yesterday morning to see this sight on the distant hills. The glorious white wind turbines matched by snow and frost on the ground above Bury 10 miles away.  I assume this is part of the wonderful Scout Moor wind farm which is actually 15 to 20 miles from where I took this photo in Manchester City centre! Scout Moor is an upland moor of peat bog and heather in the South Pennines, reaching a maximum elevation of 1,552 feet (473 m) at its peak, Top of Leach.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Weekend Reflections: Solitary with a solo tree

The leaves have left, I am bereft 
The sun may shine, I can but pine
And as time drifts by, my spirit fails to fly
Hope always lying around the next bend...

A quiet moment for a solitary Weekend Reflection on the 93 mile long Trent and Mersey Canal