Blob Thing is currently writing about one of the days out he had with me. It seems like a long time ago. That's possibly because it was quite a long time ago. I've been enjoying looking through pictures as he's been choosing photos for his blog posts and I wanted to post some of them myself.
These were all pictures taken on 24th June. We had already visited the John Rylands library which was enjoyable - although I prefer the relaxed atmosphere in the Lit & Phil Library here in Newcastle. At some point I want to visit the Working Class Library in Salford too, and perhaps combine that with the main Salford art gallery, staring at paintings by Lowry until I get bored with them or get thrown out of the gallery for singing the number one hit by Brian and Michael. Trivia: That record featured backing vocals by the St Winifred's School Choir who (unless the feat has been repeated) are thus the only act ever to have been a one hit wonder twice. Trivia two: Spirit in the Sky has been a one hit wonder for three different acts. I used to love my music trivia and it is a great relief to everyone that I have forgotten most of it.
It was a great day out, including plenty of surprises. It's easy to get surprised when you walk in a city you don't know well and have very few specific plans. If you're visiting a museum you know that you're visiting a museum. If you intentionally get lost you never know what you might find. My only plan that day was to wander to the canal and walk along it. Bookshops weren't planned until I was on the bus - and I totally failed to buy books of Greater Manchester walks. The library wasn't planned either but it was there. Roman ruins weren't planned. Just the canal.
So here are a few pictures of the first part of the post-library wandering undertaken by Blob Thing and myself. The first picture is chronologically the last in this post. But if I put it first I know that people on Facebook will have to put up with seeing my face when I share it. A picture of me with Beetham Tower behind me, rather than Deansgate with Beetham Tower behind it. Sometime I want to go to the top of that tower. On a very clear day. From there you can see Snowdonia and the sea. I'm quite amazed by that because it's a long way from Manchester to the sea. One day I will find out whether the claims are true. Maybe the owner will let me into his penthouse suite. Or give me a chance to walk on the roof. Maybe not!
I'm not going to talk about these pictures at all. They're self explanatory. Here you are: Part one of the day, from Clare to Pukeko. Really.