Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
The markets opened on the 18th November this year and will be around until the 22nd December (21st for the arts & crafts) The markets are squares filled with log cabins, festive lights, quaint stalls with holiday fayre. The smells are just fabulous, mouth watering pork, würst, schnitzel, raclette, Glühwein, pancakes to name but a few.
Manchester World Christmas Market Brazennose Street 18th Nov to 22nd Dec 10am - 7.30pm (8pm in Dec)
Manchester European Christmas Markets Albert Square 18th Nov to 22nd Dec 10am - 9.pm
Manchester German Christmas Market St Ann's Square 18th Nov to 21st Dec 10am - 8pm
Manchester Christmas Arts & Crafts Market Exchange Street 18th Nov to 21st Dec 10am - 7.30pm (8pm in Dec)
For full details see the Manchester Markets website
We are off there tonight, no longer working in Manchester I am hankering for a bit of the Bavarian action, and as if we need an excuse, it is a year since Rob proposed so I will certainly celebrating (hopefully he will to!)
£1114 of vouchers later, we are the new owners of a set of PAX/ Malm wardrobes, a dining room suite, bookshelf, mirror and a giant red julebukk with two little babies. (piccies to come)
I'll be back next weekend to purchase Christmas decorations and crockery.
While we were there, we dined at the restaurant, Rob had meatballs, I the Gravadlax (currently on the attack phase of the Dukan Diet so I am on protein only). The meal came to £10.05, and we were presented with a voucher for the same amount, which we can spend in store as of the 6th of December. Well worth dropping in for!
Back to the gift vouchers, we have some fabulous personalised stationary from printing.comhttp://www.printing.com/ in Helmshore, and are finally getting through all of our thank you letters... we are only 3.5 months down the line, must get a wriggle on!
Monday, 22 November 2010
My favourite tracks are the anthemic and powerful SOS and KIDZ.
So far I have listened to the album 9 times, thrice on repeat at my sister Lucy's house, her 9 year old daughter was rather upset that all the 'Mums' love Take That, declaring 'they are not a boy band, they are a mum's band' quite right too, we saw them first!
I had heard friend's views on the album, some were not keen on the new direction, others miffed that Mark was singing so much. Me, I love it, Mark has a distinct voice that really lends a unique personal quality to the songs, you truly believe he feels and means the message. As for the new sound, a bit of Adam and the Ants, meets Scissor Sisters, with a futuristic vibe.... Progress indeed.
Cannot wait 'til June 2011, I am watching the boys live in concert at Manchester City Stadium!
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
The online store stocks a variety of sweets, chocolates and toffees, to be delivered to your chosen destination. This, I must confess, is rather dangerous for me as I am struggling to find motivation to stick to weight watchers, and chocolatey goodies are just distracting me. My childhood favourites, the Icy Chocolate Cups are there, the sweet melt in the mouth goodies in foil cups, as well as white chocolate fish & chips, and the chocolate tool kits!
Other new ventures are a partnership with Peel Media and SIS who have signed a 10 year agreement to provide the production and technical services to the BBC at Media City UK in Salford. As a former employee of 3sixtymedia (the production/technical team at The Manchester Studios/Granada TV/ITV), I had been following the progress of the site, with anticipation, trepidation and a great deal of hope, that 3sixty would play a part in the service provision. I had dreams of us all moving over there, into plush offices, to run the brand spanking new studios, with all our expert production crew, resources department, Coronation Street and all.
Since leaving 3sixty I have seen many of my colleagues be made redundant, a sign of the times, it is not just factories or banks that are affected by the recession. The BBC has a new recruitment process, whereby the applicant submits all their details. Once job positions are opened, those in the system will automatically shortlisted, for only the roles for which they are deemed most suitable.
In that most of my friends and family are employed by the creative media industry, most of them have been getting their profiles submitted.
I'll admit I have dropped off the radar since moving from television into teaching, so I am not sure what this new partnership with Peel and SIS means for the future of 3sixty, or indeed ITV, and it's employees at the historic site on Quay Street in Manchester. The recent removal of the iconic Granada TV sign, was perhaps symbolic of other changes.
The talent at 3sixty and Granada are the true assets of the company, so I am sure that regardless, they will continue to be successful in their career's, be it as a 3sixty employee, or as freelance over at Media City. I was so very proud to work at Granada, so would be gutted should it not flourish from the BBC's move up North.
That being said, more than anything, I hope that my friends, family and former colleagues benefit, rather than suffer any hardships, in the light of this news.. after all there are only so many superstars needed, and they are all stellar!
And finally, on a lighter note, if not bizarre revelation. I had a dream about Terry Wogan the other night, and now am unable to watch the Nintendo DS advert, without feeling a wee bit uncomfortable and a bit ashamed, it's like fancying your mates Dad.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
If you are into film, TV, dance, fashion, photography, theatre or radio, and you are in the Ribble Valley/ Lancashire area, you can meet the Blast team and get involved with the projects ranging from animation to sports journalism.
Last week the team visited Bowland High School, where pupils were able to learn new skills including video editing and facial morphing!
This week Blast is at the North Street Car Park and The Grand (click here for site). The workshops are open to teenagers aged 13-19.
For details of the workshops available in Clitheroe, and the booking form please visit the Blast website (click here for site)
Monday, 15 November 2010
This reminded me of the trailer, Highly Visual, that we worked on last year.
Pictured above, Andrew 'Barney'McHugh, Rob Hallam, Gerry McLaughlin and the crew from Bigtank.
Friday, 12 November 2010
So news, I have had two weddings, returned to Uni and school for my second year, completed my first 3D assignment and turned the house upside down for decorating!
Here is a snapshot of one of the weddings, Anthony & Karen Meynell, more photos and wedding blog to come soon.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The shoot was at St Mary's church in Clitheroe, Weds evening, in the rain with fast fading light, but am happy with the outcome.
The show, 'an audience with..' offers an opportunity for people to ask questions, hear and share ghost stories and experiences. And after meeting Simon, what a gentleman, I can imagine the evening will be entertaining and enlightening.
Watch this space for more news from Optu.tv
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Big thanks for the pics Nat and big loves to you all x
All photos on this post courtesy of and copyright Nat Bullen
Monday, 20 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Here are the decorations as they are being created, the day before the big day. A variety of established potted herbs, trees and shrubs, flags, chinese lanterns, fairy lights and several miles of bunting, homemade and hung by various members of my family.
Here are a few snaps of the bouquets taken by my friend Sarah on the day of the wedding. These are Hydrangea, cow parsley and lemon thyme, handpicked from my parent's garden and hand-tied by my Mum's friend Margaret and my super hero Aunty Mary.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
- Most importantly – book practice sessions. If you are not happy with the stylist, or the styles, communicate the issues and if needs be try another stylist.
- Do plenty of research – leaf through all the wedding magazine, fashion magazines, celebrity gossip papers, take lots of clippings, or screen grabs from websites to show your stylist.
- Along with the clippings, take your scrapbook of ideas/ design boards to your consultation/ trial. This will show your stylist the dress design and general theme of your wedding, they can incorporate these themes within your hair style.
- Don’t limit yourself to one style or one specific design – the more variety, the more likely you are to find the perfect style when you try it out. Remember, not every style will suit every face, body, dress.
- Take plenty of photos of the style, from different angles, while you are at the salon, most places will be happy to snap away for you. You can then view the photos at leisure to ensure you are happy with your decision.
- Take advice from the friends and family that you trust. If you are happy with their style advice on a night out, and can take honest constructive criticism, they will be the best people to help you chose your style, should you be torn between designs.
- Wear your hair for you, not how you feel you are expected to wear it. Chose a style that reflects your personality and style, do not try to be too removed from who you are. You may not want to wear a starched French upsweep if you always wear your hair laissez faire. You may be unrecognisable to your Groom, or even yourself when you look back at the photos.
- If possible, when scheduling your appointment for the day of the wedding, allow time to rectify any styling emergencies, but not so much time that your style may droop before the ceremony or photos.
- If at all possible, should you be able to afford it, ask your stylist if they can be on stand by for touch ups later in the day. Many styles may not require this, but unexpected weather extremes can upset the most secure of styles.
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Friday, gorgeous sunny day, we spent the day with the gorgeous Paula Bland (pictured above with me) and her equally lovely new husband, Dan Butterfield. I was privileged to photograph their wedding at Todmorden Town Hall, I'll feature their wedding in my next blog, after I have gone through their photos with them!
Love Clare x
Monday, 3 May 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Good Friday was for me a day with my Mum sorting wedding budgets and to do lists, Rob however was busying himself in Stockport at the Garrick Theatre as 1stAD to Duck Duck Moose and Son's Stu Gillies on the production of Liam Frost's new music video. The single is due to be released 3rd May, but you can watch the video on youtube right now!
The video was filmed in one continuous shot using new technology Red Cameras, don't ask me what they do, I just have it on good authority for those in the know, that they are quite fantastic. You will see Rob's short clad legs climbing a step ladder, but this is not about him, it is a big fat well done to Stu and his partner Joe. Let's wish them huge success, may it go supersonic for them, and of course to Liam too.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Had an exciting appointment yesterday at Hyndburn Council office, the registrar for Rossendale, a lovely warm lady, took all our details to give notice of our intention to marry. The notice will be posted at Preston Town Hall, and so long as no-one has any legal objection we will be issued with authority to marry.
That being sorted we were able to book the legal marriage bit at Bury Register Office. We will marry on the Monday following the Humanist ceremony at my parents. We chose Bury as this was where Rob’s parents Chris and Bernard married, we plan to stage a photograph to do an homage of their wedding photo, we are sentimental old souls.
So lots of plans have been created and some fulfilled, although the venue is far from ready, and I only have one more school holiday left before breaking for summer, yikes.
I’d like to share some wonderful resources and suppliers that have helped inspire me and realise my vision.
www.rocknrollbride.com awesome inspiration for all things wedding, but also for some brain and soul food, look at all the gorgeous pictures, cakes, clothes, jewellery, flowers and locations from some of the world's most creative people and amazing places.
Vivienne of Holloway Tabatha introduced me to this fabulous designer, gorgeous swing dresses, sarongs and bombshell get up and cute accessories.
Betsey Johnson ooooooh shoes! Also accessories, undies, jewellery and handbags
Iron Fist if I was not a fan of shoes before, I certainly am now, quite possibly some of the most exciting shoes I have ever seen, other than those on Jem and the Holograms or the Misfits
I cannot show my wedding dress at this stage but I can say that it is designed by the fabulous Maggie Sottero, a design I fell in love with when searching for Mrs McBride's dress. The lovely Lynne at Maria Modes in Macclesfield is sourcing mine!
I came across Deborah Boyle's work accidentally by flicking through a friend's facebook pics, Deborah had painted Chris and Fran's wedding portrait. When you see the picture I think you'll agree she is a most talented woman!
Mmmmmmmm cake...... The beautiful Amy D from CC Cakes will be creating our special cake. CC Cakes have been supplying wedding cakes to the Royal Family since 1963 and I have sampled Amy's talents at many a Queen/ Crilly event so I know we are in good hands.
Other suppliers to date are the ever dependable Vista Print for the stationary and signage, Marshall Ward who supplied the Teatro bridesmaid dresses and Debenhams designers for the flower girls dresses (although I got them from ebay!!)
The Crazy Hog have been super efficient dealing with my enquiry right from the initial email putting feelers out. They are supplying a hog roast for wedding breakfast, ‘yum yum pigs bum’, and back, and belly.
The exact chairs I was looking for were available for hire. The chairs are for the blessing and general seating, these have been ordered with Dale Event Hire.
Ring, let's not forget the ring, I found my wedding ring at Green & Benz in Manchester, I am not a fan of fussy jewelry but wanted something other than the standard band, the selection here is great.
And finally as mentioned in a previous post, there are more ideas and lovely things to fawn over at weddingobsession.com
There will be much more to come in the forthcoming weeks. I plan to have it nailed by the end of May so I can spend June concentrating on my bridal beauty regime with the help of beauty therapist and good friend Claire Gill at Kaya in Ramsbottom Tel: 01706 825009, the wonderful half woman half machine Stacey Elder who will be whipping me into shape.
Next on the agenda, portable gas ovens for heating the evening bounty and cutting cloth triangles for the bunting, at 700ft long, this is going to take some time.