Fig + Sparrow

This coffee shop caught my eye while walking around Manchester. It’s a design store and speciality coffee bar. I had a long black and coffee cake. If I lived in Manchester I’d be a regular!

 
 

Friday Hike Up Conic Hill

Why haven’t I been to Conic Hill before?!

On Friday I finished work early and took Indie up Conic Hill. Correction; Indie pulled me up Conic Hill.

If you’ve been following along you may remember Indie had a cancerous tumour removed from her leg. There was a point this year I thought she may not be OK. I couldn’t have been more wrong. She still has a lot of pep!

Not bad for an 11 year old dog. We enjoyed the views together before spending the rest of the evening playing video games and eating takeaway. Perfect start to the weekend.

 
 

Tantrum Doughnuts

Living near Tantrum Doughnuts is both a blessing and a curse. Just look at these salted honey glazed doughnuts. How can I resist?

 
 

Mural In Progress

The talented guys at Thirst Craft have an exhibition on at The Lighthouse—The Grist Exhibition. You’ll have to check it out yourself, but I took some work in progress pictures of the mural.

 
 

Cat Sitting Prince Harry

My neighbour got a kitten, so I’ve been doing a bit of cat sitting. I can’t say my dog, Indie, is particularly happy with me.

 
 

Coffee and Croissant

I needed all the fuel before a long day at the Ignite off-site in London. Black coffee and croissant at Notes coffee shop did the job.

 
 

My Talented Sister

I won’t say much. I’ll let the photos do the talking. Suffice to say I’m proud of my sister, Carolyn Baxter, and the work that’s went into creating this line of bridesmaid dresses. Having such a talented sister inspires me.

It’s great when we get to collaborate on projects. My sister designing and making the dresses, and myself photographing them. I can’t wait to see what else she creates.

 
 

YO! Sushi Is Back!

Yo! Sushi was a staple of Buchanan Street. I was a regular for takeaway and was disappointed when it closed some time back. Now it’s returned! This time setting up camp on West George Street in the old Pizza Hut building.

My friend, Laura, and I haven’t caught up in 6 months. We’ve been busy being adults. So we decided to have our mate date at Yo! Sushi, despite Laura expressing reservations about sushi. “I like the ones with vegetables and that’s it.”

The menu had all of my favourites—udon noodles, gyoza, tempura… Even Laura gave her meal a glowing review and was adventurous with trying new dishes.

We finished our meal by sharing dessert(s) and drinking matcha lattes.

10/10. Will be back.

 
 

An Evening Tasting Scottish Gin and Tonic

On Friday I went to The Finnieston’s pop-up gin bar as part of a 5PM deal. I love gin, but I’m disappointed when it’s served with the wrong garnish or the bartender doesn’t take pride in its presentation.

This wasn’t the case on Friday. We were presented with a list of premium, Scottish gin and tonics of which we could choose three. Jamie, our bartender, gave us recommendations based on our preferences and told us a bit about each gin.

They went down a little too well. I have to admit we didn’t stop at 3.

Living in Finnieston, I drink at The Finnieston quite often. Their gin cocktail, The Nautical, is my favourite. It was really nice to spend some time in their upstairs bar, which I didn’t even know existed, and have more of an intimate setting with the bartender who could talk us through our drinks.

 
 

Prince Harry

This is my neighbour’s kitten, Prince Harry. You’ve probably noticed I’m more of a dog person, but I can’t resist Harry’s charm. He is adorable. I hope he stays this size forever.

 
 
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