Not so far from the urban sprawl of Manchester is a charming little country village called Great Budworth.
It has half-timbered cottages, fragrant front gardens, a pretty church and even a red telephone box that’s been turned into a library.
Chocolate box perfect, this is what an English village should be…
It’s a late Spring treat to find these seasonal flowers in the shops.
With their clusters of multi-coloured blooms and soft, thistle-like buds, Sweet Williams are a personal favourite.
What a pleasure to have them in the house and to capture them for the first time.
Lyme Park is a stunning stately home and grounds in easy reach of Manchester.
It found television fame in 1995 as the setting for Pride and Prejudice and the heart-fluttering moment when Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) was caught after a dip.
This is a retreat that has it all – hilltop walks, a magnificent folly and gardens to match.
Recently green spaces have been studded with plump, incandescent yellow dandelion flowers.
Now we have the aftermath of those blooms – delicate, fluffy seedheads ready for dispersal.
I noticed a clump just outside my Manchester apartment block and turned my macro lens on them, in all their states…
The cities of Manchester and Salford are so close, but retain distinct identities.
I live on the Manchester side of the great divide and work in Salford. But crossing between the two is an easy feat.
I’ve explored both with my camera recently, and here’s just a taster of what I saw…