Most Inspiring Places to Write in Manchester

It’s actually rare, as in once a year maybe, that I work on my laptop somewhere other than home. But, I do carry notebooks everywhere, and I’ll happily sit and write free-hand for an hour or two providing the environment works for me. So here are my top five places to write (digitally or by hand) in Manchester. In no particular order; Waterstones Cafe- to sit amongst all the books on the top floor of Waterstones on…

Black Holes (& Revelations)

Are you fascinated by Black Holes? I am. It is perhaps a question you never expected to be asked here, but I’ve decided to embrace the full me lately. Embrace my weird, share all my interests not just a small handful. Taking blogging back to basics even, relax a little, make it more of a journal again. Do what you love, not what is expected of you– a quote I can’t remember who said, please enlighten me if…

24 hours in London

Hello! I’m taking some time out of my rewrite to share with you a 24 hour trip to London, in iPhone photos! A one nighter at my friends flat in Walthamstow and a visit to the V&A to see the Frida Kahlo show. Yet again reminding me that even when we think we’re doing okay, a break from routine can work in a magical way. I returned from this trip feeling revitalized and ready to plough…

On Taking a Break

Hello! I’m taking a break, a moment away from what the last part of a marathon must feel like. The novel writing is taking over my life! Let me explain; This weekend I was forced, willing so really, to leave my strict writing schedule and jump in the car with one of my best buddies’ and head to Wales for the weekend. And you know what? At the time I didn’t think I needed a break. I…

Four Days in Rome

Hello! Buongiorno! I wanted to share with you what we did on our recent child free holiday to Rome, Italy. Before I get into the details of our city break to the Italian capital, I’m going to give you a little backstory. My husband and I first went to Rome together in February 2006, we’d known each other only six weeks. It was most definitely a whirlwind romance and I suppose you could say it sealed the…

Cold Feet Filming Locations

Are you missing Cold Feet yet? I know I am! I wish they’d make longer series’. If ever there was an advert for visiting Manchester, then Cold Feet is it. If, like me, you are pining for a Cold Feet hit, then how about visiting some of the filming locations? Plan a pilgrimage to see for yourself where some of the scenes took place with my tips below. I’m focussing on the most recent series in this post,…

In Support of Independents

Seeking out independent shops is something I love to do. Don’t get me wrong, I do shop online too, but there is something very special (even old-fashioned) in visiting an actual shop, owned and run by actual humans. The personal service, for one thing, owners will get to know you by name. I find the individual tastes of the shop owners are so vividly executed too. Through stock and merchandising, the independent owner creates their vision. So…

24 hours in Wales #FindYourEpic

It’s a little known fact that I’m actually half Welsh. Thanks Dad! Wales is somewhere I’ve grown up with, enjoying countless camping and caravaning holidays as a child. I have fond memories of castles, dragons, beaches and cable cars. VisitWales.com got in touch recently and invited me to #FindYourEpic with 24 hours in Wales. As you know, I love a good challenge, especially when travel is involved. I headed to Llangollen, which is in Denbighshire, North East…

Discovering Oxford

Finally I’m sharing our Oxford adventure with you. We had five nights here, and I had a pretty open mind about how we were going to fill our days. Usually I’m pretty organised but this holiday we all just needed to switch off and take it day by day. Oxford has been on my list of places to visit for so long. This summer I finally got to spend a few days in historical and beautiful…

My Manchester on Instagram~ Part 2

I thought it was high time I shared another Manchester on Instagram post. A place to share some of my favourite Instagrammable locations in my favourite city and the surrounding areas. The first one I wrote back in April- find it here. As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram I do love a red brick! It’s such a big part of our heritage in Manchester. Below is one of my favourite shop fronts…

Revisiting Berlin

Hey, and welcome to my rather overdue post on my latest trip to Berlin. You can see my previous posts here and here, if you fancy doing some research for a future trip. We stayed in West Berlin and there were so many preserved pre-war buildings. Many of them covered in plants. This time we stayed in a hotel. Despite loving our Airbnb last year, we found prices had gone up and we managed to get…

Spring favourites

I wanted to do a round up of things that I’ve enjoyed these past couple of months. I was supposed to do this post weeks ago, but at least it’s here now! We are well into May, and despite some changeable weather, Spring has arrived. Jodrell Bank We visited Jodrell Bank one sunny Saturday morning recently, home of the Lovell Telescope. It is an incredible feat of engineering. I feel lucky to live a 20 minute…