The Arrival Of The Snowmen

Art, Photography, Poetry

Salford Quays,  22nd November 2018

Christmas is coming……

We might be in November, but we’ve had a bit of festive decoration arrive on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal today

Four Calling Birds



A number of brightly decorated snowmen, have found themselves stood around and about in locations at Salford Quays.   From The Lowry to Mediacity UK,  They’re all based around Raymond Briggs’ original fun character and have been decorated by local children and young people in the area.

Its Been a buzzy few months for local artworks as previously we had Bee in the City land in Salford as part of the Hive in Manchester.  When they flew to pastures new, the Snowmen paid us a visit.  While the Bees raised money for the We Love Manchester Fund, This time all funds will go to BBC Children in need 

Feel free to comment on the snowmen I’ve captured….I’ll post more as and when i find them.


Two Turtle Doves


Six Geese a Laying


Poppy Hospital

Acrostic, Art, Arts, Poetry

#Craft #Museum #Poppy #Damage

IWM North, Manchester 17th November 2018

From time to Mother nature has been at the

Implanted ceramics by the canalside

X-tra ceramic poppies have had to be brought in

Even barriers – and broken ones have to be sent to the poppy hospital

Damage repaired with Slip and Glue (and more red paint) 

Manchester Bee

Acrostic, Art, Poetry

Salford 16th September 2018

#Beeinthecity #Salford #Manchester

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Brightening up my day

Each time i pass them by

Every single one – has a character

If you don’t know what i’m talking about

Now – where have you been ?

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They’ve occupied their little

Hives all summer

Each giving those who pass them – a reason to smile

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Children and adults all

Investigate with maps

Trailing around the county – and occasionally

Yelling — “I FOUND ONE!”

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Poppies

Army, Art, Poetry, Remembrance, War

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Wave – On display outside Imperial War Museum North , Manchester (p) Brian F Kirkham Sept 2018

Red poppies are flowing down the top of the earth shard of IWM North

Each poppy was created to remember those who fell in the war to end all wars

Memorial to the host of soldiers who went to the front

Expecting to be home by Christmas

Men not only from the home nations,

But the commonwealth and allies from Europe too

Regiments who met and fought on a field in flanders

As part of the first world war centenary, this artwork is a

Noted reminder, of those who went away to fight and

Came to rest in a foreign field

Each one remembered in the symbol of the poppy

Creating a buzz

Art, Photography, Poetry

4th September 2018

#Beeinthecity #Manchester #Buzz

A poem in honour of those colourful bees currently nesting in my city

The hive will be in Gtr Manchester till 23rd September – it’s well worth a visit.

(for those who haven’t read my #beeinthecity posts – they’re artworks!)

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Banks-B , #Beeinthecity on Manchester’s Market Street

The hive arrived
Home for some bees
With artistic flair

Swarming around
City streets, with a
Hint of colour

Covering the sights
Of the county
North to south

Bringing smiles
From Salford’s quayside
To Manchester’s airport

Colourful Swarm

Art, Arts, Poetry

#beeinthecity

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brought out of the hive

everyone is smiling at them…

each one bringing colour to the street

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if you walk  through the city, you’ll see

numbers of them by

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the terraced areas of the city, their

hive now used by the residents to soak up the sun

each bee happy of the attention they get

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Ludwig Van Bee-thoven

Congregated in well known areas, the

Insects bring a smile to

Those who pass by,

Yelling to the youngsters – “You al’right our kid” ?