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Our weekend was spent pottering around in the garden and house, apart from a trip to get bike parts from a shop in central Manchester on Sunday. There was a lovely market at Spinningfields (organised by Makers markets www.themakersmarket.co.uk/) next to John Rylands Library on Deansgate so we had a quick look around – as we only had an hour on our parking (£2.90) Manchester City Council really need to make parking in the City much cheaper or free all day on Sundays (as it used to be). The high cost doesn’t help the retail and entertainment sector – you’re charged 8am to 8pm every day – it’s ridiculous.
About John Rylands Library
The Library is my favourite building in Manchester, it was opened in 1900 in neo-gothic style and was one of the first buildings in the city to have electricity. It was built by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John, to house their extensive collection of books and ancient texts. It has an excellent café and truly outstanding historic toilets in the basement. It’s now part of the University of Manchester and is, therefore, part of the third largest academic library in the UK.
I really must go back again soon for a few reasons:
- Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic exhibition until 20 December 2015
- tour for photographers – I’ll have to go on this once I’ve sussed out how my camera works.
- to check out the cafe again – I heard it does a good afternoon tea at a sensible price.
John Rylands Library is a incredible building celebrating the glory of learning – do have a look inside if you’re in the area. ANYONE can go inside and have a look around and it’s FREE too. It really is worth it.
At the market
The sun was shining, live music was wafting across the square and there were plenty of people milling around looking at the stalls of food, drink, homewares, clothes and jewellery. My Chap and I had a wander around. We bought some coffee ground by Dex from Second City Coffee. Obviously, I bought the coffee named after Cottonopolis (my Women’s Institute – www.cottonopoliswi.com/). It’s a lovely coffee – citrus and nutty. And finally got to meet Dex who I’d chatted to via twitter – lovely chap.
We also saw some beautiful china made by Amy with modern flower patterns and colours. I couldn’t resist a new jug (mild mutterings from My Chap) – it’s about 5 inches high. I was good and picked a colour that would match our existing Boston Denby china (Blue) and our espresso cups (and not purple my favourite colour!). Green is My Chap’s favourite colour and he approved of this lovely aquamarine. Amy said she is based in Stoke so do check her out if you’re in the area and she often comes to the various Makers Markets in Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Knutsford, Sandbach, Middlewich and West Didsbury.
UPDATE – I heard from Markets Market that they are OPENING IN MONTON in October 2015 (I live in Monton so I am very excited about this.
The flowers I have chosen today are picked to go well with the beautiful jug I bought from Amy Helena Clarke ceramics www.ahclarke.com . They are:
- Lavender from the front garden – it’s two different kinds but I’ve no idea what variety. The scent is incredible, even the stems smell of lavender. I have about 20 different lavender in my front garden which seem very happy in full sunshine, on soil where we dig up alot of bricks. My house was built on the site of an 19th century mill which was knocked down in the 1980s.
- A white Pelagonium which was part of a mixed pack from a garden centre a couple of years ago. I’ve managed to overwinter it a couple of times – it’s appeared in ‘A Vase on Monday’ before for 4th July celebrations (Red, White and Blue and purple).
- Purple petunia – This variety grows in a couple of places around my garden including in hanging baskets – I don’t know it’s name though.
- Hydrangea paniculata – I think it might be ‘limelight’ as the flowers fade from light green, to white and then pink. This one came to the garden two years ago for £2 from a rather odd little garden centre – it was in a right state but it seems to have recovered now.
Hydrangeas originated in Japan, China and Taiwan and there are hundreds of different kinds.
I have a globe head one in a pot in the back garden which should be blue but is flowering pink at the moment. It has appeared ‘In a Vase on Monday’ before too – (Not blue anymore – 13 July 2015).
Do have a look at all the lovely vases hosted by Cathy over on www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com – glorious pinks and purples today with a wonderful antique quilt. People post vases from all across the world and it’s just amazing to see what grows where (and when too!). And I’m late with my post as usual – ho hum I’ll try harder next week.
Have a wonderful week everyone.
I think we are off to Southport flower show at the weekend. Have you been?
love Bec xx
p.s. this isn’t a sponsored post – I just really liked Amy’s china and I’ve been waiting a while to get some Cottonopolis coffee and I paid full price for everything 🙂