117 Days to Go

I’m sorry to do this to you, but there are 117 days to go – to go until New Year’s Day 2017. I don’t find this as scary as the other ‘xx days to go’ countdown, you know the one I mean, the one signalling copious lists and spending of money – shopping, food, presents,…

Summer Yoga Classes – Hips and Hamstrings

The summer yoga classes continue (see last week’s details here) and this week I have been giving my students’ hips and hamstrings a bit of attention. It’s very obvious when teaching a class that so many students have tight hamstrings either through inactivity – too much sitting, or conversely, too much activity – hiking, cycling,…

Summer Yoga Classes – Twists

My normal yoga timetable has changed for August and I’m teaching a new crowd of students at my normal base at iYoga in Heaton Mersey. Both classes are the same level (with the odd smattering of less and more experienced students) so I’ve had the pleasure of teaching the same class twice there and then…

A Visit to the seaside.

It was a particularly dull day at home in Manchester on Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago, the drizzle and cloud looked set to stay put.  Such an unpromising start to the day prompted our plan to head to the seaside, especially after hearing on Radio 4 that there was a kite festival at…

Learning to Write.

Obviously I know how to write – this very blog is an example of my propensity to ramble on a range of subjects.  But that’s typing, not writing. I find that I can no longer actually, physically write.  Yes, I can put pen to paper and inscribe words to convey a message, but it’s such…

Two doors, one wall, Manchester

I had a bit of a mooch around the Northern Quarter the other afternoon, I didn’t have much time and didn’t take many photos, but here are a few which I liked from my mini outing. The blue door is in the patch of land bounded by Oldham Road, Wing Yip and Swann Street, I…

Roadside Abstracts

I was killing a bit of time last night waiting for a friend to arrive for our evening at the Anthony Burgess Foundation for the launch of their new exhibition Rome in the Rain.  I had thought to bring my camera and was very pleased indeed to find a row of hoardings around one of the…

A new blogging direction.

When I started to get serious about my Iyengar yoga, around the time I embarked on teacher training, I decided that I wouldn’t write about it.  I found many yoga blogs intently irritating and really didn’t like to read them so obviously I wouldn’t want to emulate anything like that!  At that time (Spring 2012)…

Outdoor adventures in Anglesey.

We visited our good friends Wil and Ann in Anglesey for the weekend and despite a gloomy and drizzly start we were gratefully rewarded by splendid weather.  It was like summer on Sunday which is pretty good for the first day of November. Our first visit was to Parys Mountain in Amlwch, it was the…

2016 Calendars

Every year in my Etsy shop I sell calendars, it’s become a bit of a tradition.  I usually offer a selection of 5×7 inch desk calendars with optional mini wooden easel.  This year is no different, except that I am having the pages professionally printed rather than printing and trimming them myself.  I fancied having them…

Life's a beach in Abadaron on the Llŷn Peninsula.

We had a family jolly to North Wales last week to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday and while we were out and about we visited Aberdaron on the Llŷn Peninsula.  It was the first time any of us had visited this much loved part of the country.  Some good friends have a holiday home here and…

Roadside Cafe on the A5 in Wales.

Last week we had a family outing to Portmerion in North Wales to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday.  Our first port of call was the splendid Ruthin Craft Centre which has been totally rebuilt since my last (first) visit many years ago and was even better than I remember.  From there we headed into some serious…