Sinclair's Oyster Bar in the heart of the city - a very old building - possibly Tudor.
I remember when they redeveloped this area to create the Arndale Centre many many years ago they actually jacked these buildings up and moved them along the road - this engineering feat was covered extensively by my the local newspaper - the Manchester Evening News.
Far too busy for me and in principle I rarely enter places that have bouncers on the door .
As for the Mitre pub next door - I think I went in there once about forty years ago.
This was where my great-grandparents were married on the 30th January 1871 - ManchesterCathedral.
Gosh - married in a cathedral !!!
No not grand - the cathedral served the area as a parish church and in those days they did "block weddings" - up to 30 couples could be married in one afternoon session - just like being on a conveyor belt.
The happy couple were immigrants from North Wales - James Whitford Francis and a good old welsh name Elizabeth Jones.
I wonder what they thought of the city after living near Mold ?
Not to long ago there were many cotton mills throughout Heywood and the rest of Lancashire just like this one - Mutual Mill
Most have been redeveloped now - supermarkets, car parks, museums and the like.
Cotton is no longer produced here and a few industrial units would appear to be operating. There has been talk of converting the mill into flats - there is opposition to this and some want the mill preserving as a historical object / property . Whether anything will happen in these dire economic times who knows ??
Well today it was announced that there would be a hosepipe ban in the NorthWest of England commencing from Friday 6 a.m.- so no watering the allotment or lawns.
It has been a dry year in what is normally a wet region and we seem to rely on a lot of our water supply from lakes and rivers which of course are now drying up.
I am not convinced that watering veg and flowers with a hose actually provides enough water - I'm of the opinion that a good watering with a bucket or watering can once a week is a better option.
Being a lazy gardener I never water the lawn - it only encourages the grass to grow and extra mowing !!
At the allotment, I'm digging a small trench with high sides around the fruit bushes so that water will drain directly to the roots and not be wasted - this is something they tend to do in Spain.
If we do have a dry summer then I can not see the ban being lifted for some time AND if we do end up with stand pipes we'll be away to Spain until the situation is resolved.I can imagine nothing worse than having to rely on standpipes - Ugh ...
Rila Monastery was founded by St. John of Rila (Sveti Ivan Rilski) in the 10th century but the present structure dates only from 1816-1847 the original having been destroyed in the 18th century by the Turks.
St.John is the patron saint of Bulgaria.
I've so many photos of this place that is is very hard to choose which ones to show - so here are just a few.
The entrance gate ...
The inner courtyard ..
This mixture of black, white and red makes the whole structure look very attractive.