Manchester Xmas Market

Hi readers, I meant to write this yesterday but I was so tired from wandering around Manchester in the cold and rain, that I decided to curl up with my book instead. So, I thought before I go and do that again I’ll write this up. Not that I’m currently in the mood, feeling so sad today…but that’s too raw to talk about and I always image that blogs can be a bit like social netting working sites. You says stuff on here anyone could read it, so I also try and not do that, though lately, I’ve been pouring my broken heart into everything, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I slipped up and started a post about relationships. Luckily, I’ve this one to write today. So here it is.

Living so close to Manchester city centre, people think you’d visit more often or at least know you’re way around. For me though and it’s only 15 mins on a bus away, the city centre has always been a special place to go, a place to celebrate something and be with my family. I’m not so sure how this happened, but it’s actually only been since I started uni that I’ve been visiting Manchester by myself to meet up with friends to eat, drink, shop and wonder. So one of the key events my family have always gone to is the Xmas market. Strangely enough I always thought that other cities had this big markets, where the streets are packed with large wooden stalls decorated with Xmas stuff and most of the stall holders are from Europe mostly, selling items that where made in the countries and traditional Xmas things. But as it turns out this is not the case. Though many cities have Xmas markets, Manchester’s just stands out from the crowd.

Truthfully, I don’t know why, maybe its just one of those things. I love going though because my family gets together and its a part of our Xmas celebrations – more coming on that soon! – I’ve been luckily this year though because I’ve been three times now. I know where most of the stalls are and the items I want to buy. Yesterday’s mission was a birthday present and two more luckily dip presents. As well as trying out some food and drink! The weather wasn’t so good, but you do what you can. It also gets pretty busy too and you kind of end up in a crush of stand still people. That’s part of the experience though! Yeah, it’s not so good and you can’t actually get to half the stalls but just being in that atmosphere is an interesting draw.

 

I take my camera every year too, yet I don’t capture any items of what’s on the stalls. So, I decided to try that out this year and I got some pretty good photos of the things you can buy…..

 

 

We also went out to celebrate my dad’s birthday – see below and we went to a Chinese called The Great Wall of China. That was really good. This noddle nest basket was interesting too!

We ended up walking back through China Town and I took some more photos.

Overall it was a good day out!

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Two 50th Birthdays!

Hi readers,

This is a double post today, only because I didn’t write yesterday. I was busy trying to finish my essay off and I still have half of it to do! unfortunately, the essay isn’t a normal one! I’ve to write my poetics for the first chapter of a new novel I’m submitting for my creative writing piece. So yeah, I’ve to explain my own writing and talk about the hows and whys of different things. Trying to talk about yourself is never easy and trying to explain to someone why you have done some creative writing is even harder! I’ll be getting back to it after this now.

Anyway, my post today is about two 50th birthdays I’ve celebrated this week. Today is actually my dad’s birthday! And this is his cake that he took into work today (I didn’t actually see or eat any of this cake. 😦 It looks so good though!)

This though is the surprise cake work got for him and I did just eat a piece of it and I’m going to get some more later! It’s in the design of a C frame, which is a tool which builds a car – that’s part of my dad’s job, inspecting car parts and stuff. I love the blue colour though!

Oh and I’ve to show you the present I got him and the balloon too. 🙂 I love photos! Okay so first is the balloon I got up early this morning to go and get. God, the card shop was crazy, I think people have suddenly decided it’s xmas time and gone crazy…how many weeks do we have now…. 2 days and 2 weeks! Wow, it’s so close. Okay here’s the balloon and my present.

So, I got my dad a Donkey Kong because dad’s fav character is Funky Kong, but they don’t make him, so I had to buy the next best thing and this was it. Anyway my dad loved it! My fav character is Yoshi, just if you were wondering….

Okay, so I went to another party on Wednesday and that was for a guy I’d heard of but not actually meet. Roy Bayfield, who actually works at my uni! He walked from Southport Pier to Brighton Pier and you can read about it on his blog here… http://walkinghometo50.wordpress.com/ He recorded his walk on his blog and he also wrote a book of poems. I was invited to attend the reading he was giving by my tutor. It was interesting and the cake was great too!

But my week isn’t at an end, because tomorrow, we are celebrating my dad’s birthday by going out to Manchester and then out for tea. This time I’m so taking my camera and taking photos of Manchester. I was there on Tuesday and forgot to take my camera with me! So there’s that to look forward too.

Lastly for today my blog is going to end on a sad note now. But it’s the first anniversary of my dog’s death. Strange that she had to go on my dad’s birthday, but that’s how things go. She died in her sleep, being an old dog at 13. I still miss her loads and I am meant to be writing a book about her life, but I’ve not got around to it. Having Sindy and Patch to look after so suddenly after Sandy had left us has made it slightly easier. Though I know nothing can ever replace her. She was my first dog and we rescued her from a home on the  Saturday 28th June 1999. She was my 12th birthday present, after years of bugging my parents for a dog. Sandy become my best friend and sister, being the perfect listener to all my problems and bring so much joy into not just my family lives, but other people too. She was a special dog.

She’s so cute!

That’s me done anyway, I’m off to do my essay, whilst my little brother plays on his WII.