My week in Salford (and lovely things to come)

As you know I have been working away in London for the last 5 weeks trying to get my head around a new computer system in order to train hundreds of Prince’s Trust staff how to use it. Well this week, that training started in earnest when I trained some of our staff alongside the lovely Laura from Dundee. I had the first day jitters initially, but by the second day they settled down and we ended up having a really good couple of days.

I have been doing IT Training for about 15 years on and off, but this is the first time I have ever trained people on a system I didn’t know inside out. But the fact that it seemed to go ok and the feedback was good, has given me so much confident that I feel good about the sessions I am doing solo next week.

Actually, next week sees me going to Leicester for the week and as I have never been I am interested to see what it’s like. I am going on my own, which means 4 x nights in the Ibis Leicester, but I am back on Thursday night so it’s not too bad.

Also, this weekend is our last “free” weekend before the Christmas hoopla kicks in.. namely:

So lots to look forward to and I think that this weekend I might pick up my vlogging camera. I have really neglected my YouTube Channel over the last couple of months due to work things but as Christmas approaches and VLOGMAS tickles my creativity – I think it’s time to start filming.

Happy days!

G x

Garden Winter cleanup

Isn’t it sometimes funny that we put small jobs off for months! For some reason our brains avoid certain things and us cleaning up the garden for Winter has been one of those things. But in just over an hour today, we cleared as many leaves as possible and emptied all the pots ready for next Spring. It felt good to see it clearer once we had finished, but I just wish we were better at doing the small jobs!!

It actually doesn’t look massively different on these photos, but we filled a wheelie bin and about 10 big tubs full of leaves! I am now of course, just waiting for snow!! Finger crossed.

Newton Community Centre 30th Gala Dinner

We have lived in Newton-le-Willows now for 3 and a half years and last night, we have never felt more part of a community. My lovely friend Fiona is the chair of Newton Family & Community Centre and she invited M and I to a Gala Dinner last night, which was the finale to their 30th year celebrations.

This community centre is a special place and in case you didn’t know, just over 2 years ago, it was under threat of closure due to lack of funding. The committee shouted out to the community for help to raise £10,000 to keep their doors open and the community responded in spades or actually in pounds sterling.

The money was raised and the best thing about it, was that since then, the centre has been award £250,000 from Big Lottery which is simply AMAZING and they really are going from strength to strength.  So you can imagine, when Fiona asked if I would bring my camera, I jumped at the chance to capture what was a really special night!

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I danced the night away and even had a catch up with an old school friend. Really a top top night. Thanks and massive congratulations to all involved, we were thrilled to be invited.

G x

New Series | Walks in Newton-le-Willows | Mesnes Park to Red Bank

Since we moved to Newton-le-Willows we have been introduced to some lovely places to go for  a walk. So I thought I would show you where we walked, so if you fancied a stroll, we could show you where you could go.

Walk: Mesnes Park to Red Bank

Distance:  1.75 miles / 2.8 km (approx)
Time: 40 mins.
Going: Mostly solid paths, with some slightly muddy areas after wet weather.

  • This walk starts at the Ranger Station in Mesnes Park in Newton-le-Willows.
  • If you are standing near the entrance to the Ranger Station with the swings in front of you, turn right and walk on the path towards Park Road.
  • Exit the park, via the green gates and turn right onto Park Road, heading towards the bridge.
  • You will need to use the crossing closest to the bridge, as onces it’s safe, you will be walking on the road under the bridge to the pavement on the opposite side of the road.
  • Once crossed over, turn immediately left and go up the tarmac path, with the railway line on your left hand side.
  • Keep going until you hit a T-junction in the path and take the right hand tarmac path.
  • Keep going along this tree lined path until you will come to another split, where the path goes into 3. Take the right hand path and continue walking.
  • Follow this path round and you will eventually come to section where you are facing a large double metal gate, which is the cemetery.
  • Bear left before you get to the gate and follow the path until you reach an ornate metal bridge.
  • Go over the bridge towards the field  and turn left. Follow this path, heading towards the railway bridge.
  • Go under the bridge and walk towards the farm buildings, but before you reach them, follow the path around to the left.
  • Walk to the main Road, passing some horses on your left.
  • At the main Road, turn left onto Winwick Road.
  • The next left turn is Red Bank Farm Shop & Cafe.
  • The end.

Happy walking!


Gill x