Tuesday, 30 June 2015
It's a lovely time of year to visit Heaton Park, just a few trams stops north of the city centre. 600 acres of meadows, gentle rolling green slopes, 18th century buildings and gardens, a boating lake, a farm, a temple and an orangery (above). The latter is seemingly undergoing renovations like the main house and the former town hall colonnade by the lake. I felt happy to see a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds availing themselves of the facilities. Taking part in Our World Tuesday.
Monday, 29 June 2015
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Saturday, 27 June 2015
My offering to Weekend Reflection today is looking into a Spanish tapas restaurant with tables set and a ghostly waiter hovering, while across at the colourful barbers they wait for customers too. It's lunchtime on South King Street.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Thursday, 25 June 2015
It was a wonderfully sunny evening on Tuesday and I was not alone at Castlefield Basin, with many of the pubs, bars and cafes spilling out onto the communal canalside spaces.
I hadn't been to Eight cafe bar for a while, and it was good to return; it's friendly, small and cosy within but great to sit outside and indulge in some tapas and a glass of wine, admiring the boats, people watching and even purchasing some joss sticks off of one enterprising narrowboat owner.
The building was once a giant warehouse but was tastefully converted in late 1980s to apartments and also house a radio station (Key 103) and other businesses. This is just one end of it.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
ABC Wednesday reaches what is possible the hardest letter of then all - "X". So I make no excuses for choosing a word with an "X" in it rather than starting with one. Here's an array of what are my favourite flowers, foxgloves. In full bloom all over the UK now and snapped here in Dunham Town on Sunday.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Saturday, 20 June 2015
Friday, 19 June 2015
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Stockport Borough Council do a nice line in providing all of their towns with metal "welcome" signs, such as this one. There's nothing like this that I know of in neighbouring boroughs such as Trafford, Manchester Central or Salford et al.
Joining in with ABC Wednesday.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
I've no knowledge of Prime Minister Gladstone in the 19th Century but the morning light falling on him at this time of year catches my eye. A shame there aren't more statues in Manchester of more modern day notable figures. Having a woman or two immortalised in this fashion wouldn't go amiss either...what a radical idea.
Monday, 15 June 2015
I had a brief chat with the talented in-house artist at the 8th Day last week as she was preparing the latest of their striking window murals. This one is aimed at summer festival-goers, to ensure they take products to detox, energise and revitalise. The finished work above (sorry for the reflections) with last week in progress below. My contribution to this week's Monday Mural.
Sunday, 14 June 2015
A Manchester tart is a traditional baked tart consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell, spread with raspberry jam, covered with a custard filling and topped with flakes of coconut and a Maraschino cherry. There are seven in a row in the middle of the photo below. A Manchester tart recipe by Marcus Wareing but I prefer the Vegan Womble's version.
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Friday, 12 June 2015
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
While vinyl never went away for some people, it has become hip again. Either way it's motivated me to dust off my record collection from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, just as I had been thinking of finally getting around to selling it. The Vinyl Frontier is the best pun I have heard in a while and a vinyl-only club night sounds promising.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Another lovely day in the city, just the right temperature, bright and sunny. This is a photo of Castlefield that I will use in my attempt to sell Manchester as a host city for a small radio conference I am involved in. There is a hotel nearby and the city centre is a 5-10 minute walk away. Taking part in Our World Tuesday.
Monday, 8 June 2015
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Saturday, 6 June 2015
I finally got along to the new arts complex, Home, this week. Even then, it was only to sit outside as the lunchtime sunshine was too inviting. I am sure I will experience the delights of arthouse cineman and theatre at some point, on a rainy springt or summer's day. The glass building opposite provided a useful chance for a weekend reflections photo.
Friday, 5 June 2015
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
The cleaning staff often get a rough deal in the workplace: anti-social hours for low pay, often keeping offices clean for high flying corporate types, such as those who work in this legal office.
An interesting Comment is Free article from The Guardian: There's no single, simple solution to low pay. "The minimum wage works, but is only part of the puzzle. We need to be more ambitious about wider economic reform." It seems the case is similar throughout the the western world, sadly.
Linked to "U" at ABC Wednesday.
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Sharing images around the home planet with Our World Tuesday.
Monday, 1 June 2015
Grace at the Perth Daily Photo blog has chosen this month's theme day for the City Daily Photo blogging community, and Stylish it is. Or rather, in my case, Styalish, as the photo is one of the handful of ancient cottages in the Cheshire village of Styal.
A certain style of its own, quaintness and, perhaps, a typical tourists' idea of what gentile Cheshire- and English villages- might look like?