Isn’t it funny when you find some photos in your Lightroom that totally slipped your mind. And what a lovely surprise it was to find the Laura Ashley Press show photos here over the weekend. In amongst all the busy moving plans everything else really has fallen by the wayside. Apart from the book I’m writing which is taking up all my spare time. My favourite design at the Laura Ashley Press show was the Bloomsbury design which they are reviving from their archive. Really lovely and I really love the lilac sofa too. It would go perfectly in our new cottage, but we’re taking the red velvet one which will just fit. It was voted in three to one against the purple Heals sofa.
Laura Ashley were very kind to give us a £50 gift voucher, and I really hope it’s still in my wallet and hasn’t been taken out by the girls while they are playing shop, raiding mum’s purse. Because next time we head up to visit family in Leeds we can nip into the Laura Ashley shop in Manchester and put my gift voucher towards a new set of lovely lilac sheets. A funny connection that one because in New Zealand things like sheets and duvet covers are called Manchester. I just grew up with that being entirely normal but any Brits visiting must think it’s mad!
Has anybody visited Manchester before? I never have, I’ve never even really thought about it so I would have no idea where to even start. Of course it will be fun to book a hotel in Manchester because I love doing that kind of thing, but where to eat? What do do?
It looks like the Manchester Craft and Design Centre is the place to begin, with loads of independent designer makers there including Lily Greenwood, Wonderhaus and Laura Richardson – who has a bit of a Kiwi connection.
My favourite tea towel designer Mr PS hails from Salford, a fact I discovered via Creative Tourist, the definitive guide for creative tourists visiting Manchester.
What a website – it’s packed with info on culture, events, food and creative news. They’ve really gone to town on their Manchester city maps. Right, I’m off to go and do my research.
Have you got any Manchester travel tips you’d like to share?