Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Summer - Part 2

Northwich isn't a big town, it has a population of about 20,000-21,000. It is easy to walk from one side of town to the other in less than an hour (I have done it but not not recently).

In the 21 years I have lived here I've seen a lot of changes, very few for the better unfortunately. We have lost the cinema, the one & only central hotel and lots of shops in the town centre as a result of the recession. The 1960's magistrate court and the Memorial Hall have also gone (no great loss as they were the most ugly buildings out). The Memorial Hall is being replaced by some sort of cultural centre! 

We do have a museum! I have never visited until this summer. It used to be called the Salt museum but it is now called Weaver Hall museum. It is housed in the old workhouse and the facade is rather attractive (there aren't many old buildings left in Northwich as they had a tendency to disappear into holes in the ground due to salt mining!)

I decided it was high time I went and had a look. It is only a small museum but it is interesting and worth a visit.

 This rusty looking bit of metal is a salt pan (I can't remember anything else about it)

 This painting hangs in the museum and depicts the area where I live. It used to be farmland before they built the housing estate that I live on.

The day I decided to walk to the museum was very hot and sunny.

This photo shows the view across the river Weaver where the only central hotel & the cinema used to stand. They has been knocked down and a Waitrose is being build. A new marina is also being build which is good, hopefully more river traffic will stop on its way to & from the Anderton Boat Lift.

On other news it looks like the job situation has sorted itself out - I'm job hunting again but this time I am definitely only going to do agency work, I can't take the stress!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Summer - part 1

As you are aware I've been missing over the summer from Blogland so here is my summer in many parts.
I have made a determined effort this summer to get out and about to see things that I've not seen before so I am showing some of the places I've been.

 I had to go to a meeting for work which was held in a medical centre in Stoke-on-Trent (I have been working in this area). If you like pottery you will be aware Stoke-on-Trent is famous for making every type pot & plate imaginable.

This wall art shows a scene from Stoke's history, it's a shame that it is so worn.

Every industrial town in Britain had Public Houses or pubs like this one. Unfortunately they are shutting at a rate of knots, especially in town centres. Most of the pubs we go in do food so we go to eat rather than just drink.

DD & I visited the Gladstone Pottery Museum, also in Stoke. It was a very interesting visit and I learnt quite a bit about the pottery industry. The whole of the area of Stoke-on-Trent were covered in this type of brick 'bottle' chimneys, very few survive now. 

DD had a go at making a flower. These flowers were made by ladies on piece work, they got so much per dozen

There are a lot of You Tube videos showing how these flowers are made and painted

A lot of famous names of the pottery world such as Wedgewood and Moorcroft have shops and museums. It is my intention to visit them sometime. Stoke-on-Trent is only about 40 minutes from where we live so there really isn't any excuse!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

I'm going......................

.........................to be a Granny! My DD is 22 weeks gone and she found out today she is going to have a boy! 

It has taken a long time to sink in that I am going to be a Grandparent, I don't feel old enough and it doesn't seem two minutes since I had both my children.

This news is very welcome as I am having a very bad time with work, it looks like I am going to lose my job. The situation is complicated and I can't go into detail but sufficient to say I have had enough of nursing management and I may well come out of nursing all together. Nursing in Britain is getting more and more impossible and it is so easy to put a foot wrong.

I'll be back will my holiday photos, be warned!