Autumnal R-evolution!

The summer is now OFFICIALLY over  (last day was the 21st of September) leaving place  to the season de rigueur! Autumn!

Monday – After a last fell of summer in a quick visit last week back to mon pays to top up my Frenchness and my sun intake, I am ready to throw myself into the new season. A quick visit to Valras Plage  was a nice way to end it Mediterranean stylee!

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Tuesday – Quick glimpse of the city of Carcassonne from the motorway then back to Manchester where surprisingly the sun was shining too. It was a beautiful afternoon in the city! We luckily got back just on time (3.55pm) for a Trof breakfast! Yumm!

Wednesday – Day ended by the interesting talk by Richard Dawkins held at the Royal Northern College of Music. The talk was mainly promoting his new book: The Greatest Show on Earth but some of the Q&A were quite pertinent in some cases. The evening was consecrated to evolution, the subject of his new book.

According to Prof. Dawkins, “it is biologically advantageous to be deluded”… Well let’s all be deluded together and embrace positivism to increase our chance of a favorable natural selection! I’m in! Positivism all the way! Forget about disaster theories and the planet’s destruction!

Thursday – The 2009 edition of Buy Art Fair at Urbis! Busy, busy, busy! A good crowd, good mix of peeps, art works for every tastes and a friendly atmosphere offered by the curators and galleries staff! I did really enjoyed this year’s addition of the Contemporary Artist Feature on the top floor!

FridayCritical Mass bike ride as every last Friday of the month (next one 30/10)! My first one and probably not the last! I had a smile stuck to my face the whole time! What a lovely experience that was! After a 30min mingling and entertainment session outside The Central Library provided by the girls of I Bike Mcr we took to the street! Around the town hall, on Princess St and straight to Rusholmes on Oxford Rd! There must have been at least 100 cyclists in the convoy. A great friendly mass! The music, the smiles and the little cling cling cling of the bike bells were welcomed and supported along the journey. We all ended in a little car park behind Sand Bar for some drinks and a general catch up with fellow cyclists! I stayed shortly then made my way to Simple to devore a burger – my faves in the Northern Quarter!

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SaturdayNantwich. A gorgeous town and as I just learned who contains over a hundred listed buildings, with the largest collection of historic buildings outside Chester in the county! (From Wikipedia) Not bad! After an early arrival – 9.30am – and a hearty breakfast in one of the numerous cafés, we headed to the Food Festival’s market to check out the offer! Real ales, English wines, cheeses, cakes, meats, fresh products… Yummy! I could have stayed there all day sampling and chatting to the producers but the call of duty brought me back to reality. I had to get myself and SR into a taxi to Rookery Hall for an afternoon of relaxation and indulgence! What a mission… You can imagine my distress! But putting a brave face on off we went! Grand arrival to the Hall. Really nice building and park surrounding it! The receptionist of the hotel pointed out towards our Spa retreat and off we went to work hard at relaxing!

First impressions? Very good!  A brand new spa (well, 2 1/2 years old actually) containing exquisite facilities – pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, relaxation room, and an decent list of treatments! With a friendly reception and helpful staff (I’d forgotten the voucher and they kindly helped with everything!).

So after a massage in one of the private rooms and 3h of total relaxation – where the only decisions were whether to go in the pool, the sauna or the jacuzzi… – we headed off back to the main building to enjoy a divine afternoon tea in one of the tea (??) room overlooking the estate and the green Cheshire countryside! What a treat! A cake tier full of treats and deliciousness! Oh I was in paradise! I think this was one of the most delightfully English experience of life!

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To add to my pleasure, there was a wedding taking place outdoor so we took advantage of the solo harpist playing- even if the repertoire was certainly not my cup of tea – pun intended… (Lionel Ritchie… I guess it’s what you’d expect at a wedding). We left relaxed and happy and ready to brave the Mancunian circus that takes place every weekend around Piccadilly Approach and Piccadilly Gardens! Quick visit to A place called Common to finish the day nicely!

Sunday – I fullfilled my cultural duty by visiting the Ann Frank[+You] exhibition at Manchester Cathedral (ending today) based on Ann Frank Diary with a reconstitution of her bedroom, linked racism in modern day and how it is experienced and perceived. Interesting! Then off to the beautiful John Rylands Library for a couple of exhibitions:

The week ended at Band on the Wall for the brilliant The Bays! What a great gig! Very good atmosphere, great uplifting music that got me dancing the whole time! Yes, I caught up on the partyness that didn’t happen all weekend! Well worth it! I spotted a few fellow clubbers from various Mancunian establishment there too – Warehouse Project, Tangled, Sankeys, Socio Rehad! Shhhhhh… ;-)

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Hummmm, what a really good week!

This one has started off well too. I’m now on my 3rd round of “Come dine at mine”!

Staying in is the new going out!

I am in a few rounds of “Dine at mine” and the concept is taking over more and more takers!

Two Fridays ago saw the succesful beginning of ”wine and cheese party” at mine with the ladies in my life! Food, drinks, dancing and hats! A winning combo in my opinion!

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Autumn and the less than clement weather can be a brake to going out so mini social gatherings taking place everywhere as great social life enhancers – more intimate, friendly and completely customisable to every one needs since it’s at home – the fun is endless, only limit is your imagination! 

  • Cake making parties
  • Craft parties
  • Cheese and wine evenings
  • Fancy dress parties
  • Beach parties (Sankeys might be greatful to find someone capable of recycling the Bahamas’ sand of their washed down Beach!)
  • Human curling parties (requires wooden or sliding floors!)
  • Poker nights
  • Lego parties
  • Food/drinks themed nights…

Anyway, I’m sure you’ll have fun the next few months hosting some fancy parties!

Let me know about your ideas!

Bises Val x