So last week it was Malaysia, and this week it is Manchester. It feels like a hundred years ago since we were last there, but we used to go there two or three times a year.
I have some relatives in Manchester who we would stay with, and we would hang out, sometimes at The Trafford Centre (a but like Westfield, but with Roman/Greek style statues making it look like a temple) or we would head into the city .
It felt like my second home and we had amazing times up there. This photograph is looking out towards the Manchester Printworks (right in the centre) which has bars, restaurants and a multi-storey cinema. To the right is the Arndale Centre – another indoor shopping mall. To the left is another kind of galleria with lots of shops and restaurants.
You cannot see in the photo obviously, but I was standing outside Selfridges. A couple of times we were in this square because they had put up huge screens – major football contests and other events nobody would want to miss.
There was always a buzz around Manchester and I miss it. It is one of the first places we will be heading to once the Pandemic is over so we can see our family up there, and head into town for mad night out.
It is too long since we have been there, but one of my favourite places in the whole of England is in the Lake Distract. My legs ached from all the walking we did, but all the pain was worth it for the views.
I don’t have enough photos from our trips. Probably because I was so shattered by the time we reached the top of the Peaks, I could not even hold my camera up.
Back in the days when we used to be able to travel (do you remember those days?) a road trip along the coast of South Australia kept us stopping to take photographs every five minutes.
I miss those days. I would love to travel again, but at the same time I think the environment/climate need a break from the amount of travelling we were doing before the pandemic. Sustainable travel that does not ruin our planet is what we need.
I was looking through the photos I have taken and saved and I found this one. For months I used to walk past Battersea Power Station and see enormous cranes working on it’s renovation and a site teaming with construction workers and machinery.
You may know that these gigantic power stations which are no longer in use hold out a lot of potential but also some challengers to potential developers. The Tate Modern Art Gallery on the Southbank used to be a power station.
This is a photo from Wikipedia showing what the Battersea Power Station used to look like:
And this gives you an idea of the architectural plans for the site – which should house offices and apartments. They are clearly hoping the place will have a buzz because as well as shops and restaurants, they even extended part of the London Underground Northern Line to run to Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.
It’s cool looking at the pictures that other people post on their blogs – travel and nature pictures. I don’t have a great camera, but I have tried to snap some things over the years. Viewing what other people feature has given me the idea to trawl through my holiday snaps and see what I can find.
I found about twenty photos of this bird – heron I think. We were walking through the park and this guy was stood feeding tiny fish to the heron. It was taking them right out of his hand. We videoed the heron as it wandered around the park throughout people, totally cool, not freaked out by all the people who wanted to take a picture.