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.  I went to University in Stirling, Scotland where I met a Salford Lad – hence my move to the North in 1997 we were together 20 years until I was 40.  I’ve been visiting Manchester since 1987 so I’ve seen many changes around this City.

I bought my little house in Monton in 2009 but the VERY best thing that happened to me was meeting my Chap in 2010 when I was 44.  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.  I wore a purple wedding dress.

Gardening and our garden

I spend 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; our little semi is built on a former bandage factory next to the oldest canal in Britain – the Bridgewater Canal (established 1761).  We are very fortunate where we live, despite being 6 miles from the city centre there, are Worsley Woods 2 miles away.  It is a 20 minute drive to the hills north of Bolton and an hour to the Lake District – It’s about 45mins to the Peak District on the other side of Manchester.

Our garden is my sanctuary – I’m ‘in the moment’ in my garden.

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 every day, even if it’s just a walk around the block.

Yoga, Mindfulness 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 at Cottonopolis WI – Ancoats, Manchester founded in January 2014. I’ve definitely reclaimed by creativity.  I’ve tried so many crafts, some I’d learnt when I was younger

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 definitely not a conventional gardener – rather rubbish with plant names – but it makes SUCH a difference to me being out in the fresh air. 

Carpe Diem

love Bec xxx xxx

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    • 13/03/2015 / 11:49 pm

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

  1. 12/04/2015 / 11:06 am

    Hi Bec, thanks for following my blog, and leading me to yours. Good to find a fellow unconventional gardener!

  2. 15/04/2015 / 9:21 pm

    Hello Bec, thanks for following me, I have copied and followed you too! Look forward to hearing about all your adventures 🙂

  3. 25/05/2015 / 8:54 pm

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

  4. 21/08/2015 / 8:19 am

    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

  5. 03/03/2016 / 3:03 pm

    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

  6. 06/04/2016 / 3:50 pm

    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 🙂

  7. 01/12/2017 / 7:00 pm

    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.

  8. 31/08/2018 / 12:26 pm

    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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