‘Winding down the year’

Well the year’s very nearly over.  Is it just me, or does this decade seem the shortest decade ever?  It seems only yesterday that we celebrated the Millenium.  It’s frightening how life is galloping on, and the pace seems more and more frantic the older I get. There is a feeling of winding down asContinue reading “‘Winding down the year’”

‘Good old King Wencelas – Bohemian benefactor?’

I’m typing this post on 26th December, the feast of Stephen – otherwise known as Boxing Day.  Traditionally this is the day where presents were opened by the needy – given by the privileged.  Well I suppose  we are either too needy now, or we just couldn’t wait, as the majority of us open our presentsContinue reading “‘Good old King Wencelas – Bohemian benefactor?’”

Small Place that is Big on Character! Mr Thomas’s Chop House

We went for a meal in Mr Thomas’s Chop House, Manchester the other night.  I’ve  passed this place many times, even went in for a drink once, but I’ve never eaten in there.  The pub/restaurant size is deceptive.  The 1867 building is a long and narrow, giving the impression of a tiny bar at the front. Continue reading “Small Place that is Big on Character! Mr Thomas’s Chop House”

‘Angels of Anarchy’ Women and Surrealism Exhibition

I went to see this exhibition yesterday at Manchester City Art Gallery.  Surrealism challenges  the order and acceptance of everything.  Logic is turned upside down, inside out, new meanings come into being from unlikely juxtapositions thereby making new art.  Surrealism began in the 1920s led by Andre Breton and fellow writers and artists (including Dali).Continue reading “‘Angels of Anarchy’ Women and Surrealism Exhibition”

A Visit to Shrewsbury: Abbey to Appleyards

The ancient market town of Shrewsbury continued from HERE   The Abbey itself was founded as a Benedictine Abbey in 1083 by Roger De Montgomery who was related to William the Conquerer and is still a place of worship.  It has a powerful atmosphere: the history seeps through the walls. The first thing you notice (apart fromContinue reading “A Visit to Shrewsbury: Abbey to Appleyards”

A Visit to Shrewsbury: Out and About

Continuing my post about our recent visit to the ancient market town of Shrewsbury, Salop…. Part 1 HERE Ancient buildings abound here.  Some are bowed and crooked, but on they go, as they have done for hundreds of years.  Here’s a few of them; The Kings Head pub contains an ancient wall painting.  This wasContinue reading “A Visit to Shrewsbury: Out and About”

A Visit to Shrewsbury

Just returned from a couple of days in the ancient market town of Shrewsbury (Salop).  Handy this scheduling tool isn’t it!  What a beautiful town this is.  Never have I seen so many ancient buildings – all in one place!   Shrewsbury can count Charles Darwin, Judge Jeffreys and Ellis Peters (the author of the CadfaelContinue reading “A Visit to Shrewsbury”


Yes that’s right!  This is my 300th post since I began blogging on 28th November 2008!  What on earth have I found to blog  about every day? (well very nearly every day).  Well some days lots and other days, not so much.  But I have got into a routine now and I don’t want to spoilContinue reading “My 300th Post! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”