Urban Sketching Calendar 2023 – July to December.

Here’s part two of my explanation about my 2023 Urban Sketching calendar, read part one here. July This could be the most sketched pub in Manchester, the glorious green glazed tiles make the Pev shine in the sunshine. I did a very uninspired sketch of this when I was new to the USK world and…

Urban Sketching Calendar 2023 – January to June.

Yes, it’s been a whole year since my last post and yes, this one is also about calendars. Calendars take up a great deal of my head space at this time of year (admittedly I’m running a little behind schedule this year) as I collate, edit and ponder on which images to use for the…

It’s Calendar Season (again).

Warning – this is a long, nostalgic and self indulgent post! Every year since 2010 I have been designing and selling calendars from my Etsy Shop and other places, over that time I have sold 130 of them from Etsy. It all started innocently enough eleven years ago with this single offering which featured my…

Mayfield Station

My husband and I lived right in the centre of Manchester over 20 years ago, back in the days when it wasn’t peppered with shiny little flats on the where a convenient car-park  and scenically tumbledown old building used to be.  Flats like ours (or loft apartments as we learned to call them) were of a…

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…