My Story

I’m Bec a 50-something southerner (not a Cockney) who accidentally arrived in Manchester over 20 years ago – it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me.

The VERY best thing that happened to me was meeting my Chap in 2010. We got married in September 2017 in a garden with our friends and family from around the world with us – and many flowers especially lavender.

Gardening and our garden

I do spend alot of time in our garden too…. weeding, watering and planting but also planning, thinking and reflecting on life. I hardly ever wear gardening gloves, these something about handling soil.  I’m always covered in mud too.

Our garden is tiny and north facing on a former bandage factory next to the oldest canal in Britain – the Bridgewater Canal. We are very fortunate where we live, despite being 6 miles from the city centre there are woods nearby.

Our garden is my sanctuary.


Monton, Eccles, Manchester – and life in the gritty North 

I love my life here – we’re in the heart of the first industrial city in the world.

– there is so much to see and do – music, food, heritage – close to the hills and coast too.

Outdoor enthusiast

I like hill walking, and am just getting back into it again, after a few years of severe pain, inc osteoarthritis. I do my best to get out in the fresh air for least #onehouroutside even if it’s just a walk around the block.

Yoga and Wellbeing

I’ve practised yoga for nearly 15 years, that with mindfulness and other techniques make such a difference to my daily life.

Women’s Institute – inspiring women

I’m a Women’s Institute member (though I’m rubbish at crafting) – at Cottonopolis WI – Ancoats, Manchester founded in January 2014.

I’ve said it many times but I’m in my spiritual home among the friendly Northerners – it’s a shame it rains so much though but my garden would be in a sorry state without it.


I hope you like reading my blog – do get in touch… I’m rubbish with plant names though I’m definitely not a conventional gardener.

Carpe Diem

love Bec xxx xxx

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10 thoughts on “My Story

    1. Bec Post author

      🙂 I have enough trouble remembering the common names for plants let along latin names…

  1. mjarz

    Hi Bec, thanks for following my blog. I look forward to getting to know you a bit better over the electronic pages.

  2. Caro

    Hi Bec, Thanks for commenting on my blog – I’m pleased to have discovered yours, your Monday vases are very lovely! I have to say that I’m a bit in love with the North myself; I lived near Leeds in my teens plus my sis is a West Midlander, and I always feel welcomed on visits up North. Caro x

  3. Sam

    Hi Bec, thanks for your comment on my blog and for leading me to yours. My family hails from the north-west (Cheshire) and my husband is from Southport, so we have strong northern roots even though we’re as far south east as you can get in the UK! Unconventional gardening is great. I look forward to reading more here. Sam x

  4. forkwardthinkingfoodinista

    Hi, Fab blog! I have just set up mine, but still in the very early stages! Just making efforts to link in with fellow bloggers to improve our followers and get the word out there for us both. I would appreciate you having a peek at my blog, as I have just published my fourth post. Feel free to like, comment, follow or just take a peek. Thank you 🙂

  5. Noelle

    Hi Bec, thanks for your comment on my blog, re IAVOM, I’ve looked at your blog and there is much to interest me. Went to school in Manchester for 18 months, then in Surrey…my husband laughs at my posh accent with the odd Mancunian saying.

  6. cherie

    I love to garden too. I spent 14 years in North Carolina, growing all kinds of things in the hot, southern sun. Then moved back to Michigan and had a huge garden there. Now I am in Germany, and all I have is a little balcony, but I am still growing tomatoes!
    Sounds like a lovely life you have developed there. Enjoy!


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