Today my Aunty Viv and I went into Southport which is an old seaside resort town not too far north of me on the Sefton coast. In its heyday Southport was a holiday destination and old Victorian hotels still look imposingly over its main strip. Lord Street itself is famous for its old arcades and decorative wrought iron canopies that overhang the shops. In the summer Southport bursts to life in riotous colour with hanging baskets and garden beds full of flowers. The streets have a bustle that is distinctly missing in the Winter months and was definitely missing today. Those we saw as we walked around were wrapped up in puffy winter coats and scarves with only pink noses and cheeks visible. Like us they ducked from shop to shop, squinting up in irritation at the persistent rain. We stopped in at Wayfarers Arcade, a grade II listed Victorian shopping arcade which was like stepping back in time.
Despite the poor weather, Viv and I made the best of it and ended up in The Atkinson, which is an art gallery/exhibition space, library and cultural centre. Viv had heard about an art exhibition on Shōjo Manga, which is manga aimed at a teenage female readership. The images were taken from a range of artists but focusing on three in particular. The images were quite emotive and beautiful, angelic looking girls with enormous glistening eyes, long elegant limbs, and hair cascading down their backs. If you get the opportunity, I would definitely recommend you take the time to go and visit. It does not disappoint!
After finishing up at the Atkinson, I ever so subtly steered us into Waterstones where I pre-ordered ‘The Raven King’, which is last book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Words cannot express how excited I am for that book!
At the moment I’ve been spending my time filling out a ton of job applications. I’ve been looking for a second job as my job at the Walker is only two days a week at this stage. It’s been a struggle so far finding something else. Despite my initial luck, jobs seem to be thin on the ground here. Team that with the falling Australian dollar and you’ve got a recipe for a lot of stress. These are all factors outside of my control though. It’s rotten luck but that’s the way it is. My job at the Walker starts this coming week after all my paperwork has finally come back. I’m both nervous, excited and a little relieved to be starting. I’ll keep you posted on how it all goes!
Until next time,