Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Manchester meet

                                      All words and photography © Nina Nixon

                                      All words and photography © Nina Nixon

Back at the end of May I decided to do something that would take me 'completely' out of my comfort zone.

Frustration at always feeling that I lived too far away to get involved with the 'cool stuff' going on around the country and miffed that I hadn't made much of a connection with the North had made me feeling a little homesick.

So I did the one thing that I thought I would never be brave enough to do and arranged a meet up in Manchester with three of the loveliest ladies I knew that lived somewhere in the area.  Well in the north of the area.

We'd agreed that Piccadilly Station was the best starting point as being the newcomer I didn't have a clue about the city and then once we were a collective we'd head off into town.  Aiming for the Northern Quarter.

Nerves set in on the train and I had to fight them back down again, giving myself a good old talking to for being so daft. I'd met Catherine in London a few weekends before, Rachelle was from where I had made my home (and just moved from) for the past fifteen years.  And Sarah and I had spoken muchly over the past few years - so we weren't really strangers.  Tell that to the butterflies in my tummy though. 

As it goes we had so much in common and more.  Conversation flowed continuously from the Fig & Sparrow where we had the most delicious lunch to the Craft and Design centre, a perfect place for a mooch and where the heavens opened.  Thankfully we were inside.   And finally we ended up in Fred Aldous - a place of stationary wonder.  I shall not be taking my girls in there anytime soon as they they would come home with armfuls of goodies.

I'm so glad I took the plunge as I would never of meet these truly inspiring ladies.  And plans are afoot for further meets, making more connections and making a community for all that want to be involved.

You can see some of our collective pictures from the day over on Instagram on the hashtags #bloginstanorth & #northwestigersmeet. We are hoping to fill these pages over time, bringing everyone together.