Isn’t it funny how themes sometimes seem to bubble up to the top in the blogging world? Something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently (especially since setting myself the challenge of blogging every day during OWOP) is what this space is for. So I was interested to see Kerry’s thoughts on the same thing when catching up on my reading today.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take part in a school for female entrepreneurs run by Informatics Ventures at the University of Stirling.
It was an intense, but rewarding experience. I’m still unpicking it in my mind but it’s helped me work out a plan for some things I’ve been thinking about for a while. Some of that will mean changing what I’m writing about here, as I might have less leisure sewing time. Then again, I might jack in the whole idea (hopefully not!).
Also in the last week, the referendum happened here in Scotland which was a pretty emotional time. So there’s a lot buzzing around in my head.
All in all, it was a perfect time to take a wee break. This week was our third wedding anniversary 😀 so we took a few days off to ourselves. We’d planned to go down to Liverpool as somewhere new and fun, and ended up with an extra day so decided to stop by Blackpool on the way down.
In the spirit of my thoughts above, here’s a photo-heavy post about that… although there is a glimpse at some fabric at the bottom, if you want to skip to the end.
Blackpool, then. Sadly Mr OC is not a rollercoaster fan, so we gave the pleasure beach a miss.
I took a me-made or me-altered wardrobe away. Here in lights is my Liberty tee and a jade chiffon skirt I made fairly recently.
When we’re away anywhere, my long-suffering husband has to indulge my obsession for cathedrals and museums. In Liverpool, there are two cathedrals so he was really on to a winner. The first was the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral which is incredibly beautiful. There’s entire walls of glass, so that the whole place is bathed in colourful light.
Now the other Liverpool cathedral also has good stained glass game. But I was really excited to see some of the artworks they have, like Craigie Aitchison, Adrian Wiszniewski and this Tracey Emin.
We stopped by Tate Liverpool, which currently has a Mondrian show on. This was really exciting for me, given how I decorated our spare/sewing room. We also caught some of the works on display for the Liverpool Biennial around town, like the Dazzle Ship by Carlos Cruz-Diez.
Easily the most fun thing about Liverpool, though, was that it’s a city which really knows how to feed a girl.
We had some amazing meals and cocktails at the Side Door (Monday night menu of amazingness), Baltic Social (chorizo a-go-go), Arts Club (tequila and ginger beer cocktail), Moose Coffee (enormous pancakes), Django Riffs (where the star barman played us a whole Deftones album!) but especially Yardbird.
‘Everyone loves chicken!’ says the sign, which we spotted from over the road after taking a wrong turn and getting distracted by the Chinatown gate. The neon signs and cartoons enticed us. Then we saw the menu, and were totally sold. Fried chicken, gravy and biscuits? Enormous servings of fancy coleslaw? Several flavours of caipirinha and hard milkshakes? Tick tick tick tick tick.
The food. Oh my. Bliss. I wish it were in Glasgow. Actually, it’s probably best that I don’t have regular access to maple-bacon-wrapped-onion-rings.
On our way home, we went through Crosby to see Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’. The tide was high, so most of the figures were half-submerged in the waves.
Then, I promised a fabric hit. We went to Linton tweeds on the way back up (not unconnected to the entrepreneurship school above). I’ve got six gorgeous pieces of fabric to play with! And I can’t wait to get cracking.