Posted in December 2013

Bonne année et bonne santé

Bonne année et bonne santé

Saw this big fella sat atop a branch. overlooking the park and on towards the river, the other day. I doubt he was contemplating any New Year’s goals but you never know. Perhaps his resolution is to stay off the bread and eat more worms? My hopes for 2014 are to see my family and … Continue reading

Winter walk by Preston Docks

Winter walk by Preston Docks

The wind is beating down the door again today but on Saturday we had sunshine. Eager to make the most of the cold, dry weather we headed out and down to Preston docks. We love to get out and look at the clouds and the sky. If I see a beautiful sunset or a combination … Continue reading

Feelin’ Festive

Feelin’ Festive

Decided to go for a walk just before sundown this evening, we fancied checking out some of the Christmas lights adorning the windows of suburbia. On our way up we took a detour around the park. Clouds thick with menace and water hung above us, eeking away the last glimmer of light in the sky. … Continue reading

Giant Helter-Skelter and Marionettes, Liverpool

Giant Helter-Skelter and Marionettes, Liverpool

We took the train to Liverpool yesterday. The city was alive with street performers, buskers and Christmas cheer. The pubs packed with football supporters and the streets buzzing with shoppers. I love soaking up the atmosphere and people watching. The city is like no other, everything is done to excess. The women have the longest … Continue reading

Miss Chipie, one year on…

Miss Chipie, one year on…

As 2013 draws to a close I am starting to reflect back on what has happened over the past twelve months. Pretty much a year to the day I started Miss Chipie. My first post focussed on the wonderful Balnea Spa in the Pyrénées. Since then I have taken you on a push bike down … Continue reading

Gallery of Costume, Manchester

Gallery of Costume, Manchester

One of my favourite gallery spaces in the north-west of England is the Gallery of Costume in Manchester. Set in a beautiful Georgian house on the edge of Platt Fields Park in Rusholme it houses British fashion spanning six centuries. It was here, at the beginning of 2013, that I saw a collection of stunning … Continue reading

You See An Office Building

You See An Office Building

This fairly ordinary office building in central Preston isn’t particularly striking. Yet it remind me of being in the Tate in Liverpool. Why? Because it bears an uncanny resemblence to a piece of work by artist Julian Opie, a sculpture from 1996 entitled You See An Office Building 4. Fifteen or so years ago I … Continue reading

Same Tree, Different Seasons

Same Tree, Different Seasons

Way back in March I posted about a little project I had started at the beginning of the year. Project Tree was my way of doing something creative every day, even if it was just taking a picture. I passed this tree every morning on my way to work and I loved it’s shape, it … Continue reading

Santa’s Elves in Sweets Fiasco

Santa’s Elves in Sweets Fiasco

On Sunday it was the 1st of December and many moons ago this date heralded the start of an unusual pre-Christmas ritual in our family home. Since we were small, so small I don’t remember it beginning, my mum encouraged my brother and I to put one of our slippers on the window ledge. It … Continue reading