Yesterday we had a day out at Abney Hall Park in Stockport. I never knew the place existed until last week. It seems the place to go if you are a dog owner, with lots of open spaces for your pooch to run around and chase after sticks. It is also a wonderful place to go for a walk, away from the stresses and strains of modern living, and get away from the city streets. Unfortunately the hall was closed for maintenance, and no doubt this is the wrong time of year to visit. There is however a waterfall, cows, plenty places to walk, and lots of places to sit and stare at just how beautiful nature can be. Definitely somewhere I’d like to go to again.
With spring on it’s way to the northern hemisphere, the changes all around are quite remarkable. The sun is shining brighter and longer, and it is getting noticeably warmer. Make no mistake, winter is still hanging around, but spring is slowly pushing it out of the way. We took advantage of the early morning sunshine that has been all too absent this winter, and had a short trip to Norcliffe Chapel in Styal, Cheshire, and the woods behind it.
Dunham Massey is a wonderful National Trust site, and is perfect to visit anytime of year. In autumn however it is just beautiful. The late afternoon sun shines on the yellow and golden leaves, and if you are lucky enough to see the deer feeding on the last of the season’s acorns then you are in for a treat.
Each winter, for the past 15 years, the Christmas Market comes to Manchester. There is such a wonderful atmosphere around the market. People are taking advantage of the chance to try some warming winter food and to sample the mulled wine with its sweet apple and cinnamon aroma. It is a wonderful environment to perhaps pick up a gift for a loved one, to taste some freshly cooked German sausage, or to try a glass of spiced cider.
If you get the chance you should visit. It is a friendly atmosphere, safe for families and a joy for children of all ages right up to 100 and over. A lovely day out for all.