Sunday, 25 November 2012

A Month in Manchester

I've now spent four of my five weeks working away from home in Manchester. Ah Manchester, how I love thee. It's the place I think of as my home city. The city I've know best for longest. As a teenager growing up near Blackburn (40miles away) my friends and I would jump on the train of a Saturday afternoon to head into the metropolis of Manchester to root out vintage Adidas sports wear to complete our Brit pop outfits from Afflecks Palace, and save up our allowances to splash out on a new going out top from Red or Dead for the under 18s night at Blackburn's premiere night club, otherwise known as 'going up Cav'. It's probably a good thing Primark didn't exist in the mid-90s as I hate to think just how much clothing we might have owned back then at such pocket money prices.

I lived in Manchester in my mid-twenties and have worked here regularly over the last decade, although with B's arrival, it's been a while since I've been in this vibrant city. For the duration of my stay, I've rented a little flat in the Castlefield area of the city, where Mr B and Little B came to stay with me for the first two weeks. Here's what we've been up to on my days off ...
Our little flat is opposite the fantastic Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) so Little B has been spending many a day here riding on the steam train, watching the big machines in action and watching jaw dropping BMX demonstrations.

The Manchester Art Gallery is well worth a visit - it's where I love to see paintings of industrial Manchester by Lowry and Valette, and where there's currently a fantastic exhibition of paper cuts (although we didn't hang out in that bit long as the art work is a bit too delicate for a toddler on the loose).
From our bedroom window we can see the looming big building which is the Beetham Tower.
And on a sunny last day together as a family for a little while, we jumped on the train and headed out to the Peak District where we enjoyed a long lazy pub lunch followed by a walk through incredible countryside at Edale.