Well then. This is a sad post, I'm afraid, and while I don't expect you to have the hankies at the ready I have to admit I've had the odd sniffle over this.
After a fantastic 18 months, I'm shutting up my incarnation of LoveLevenshulme. I've loved every minute of running the blog and we've had some really special moments but changes in my life mean that I am no longer able to give it the time it deserves. There has been the option to carry it on in a reduced capacity, and, in truth, I have tried to do something like that over the last few months but it just feels too sad (and too guilt-inducing) not to give it my full attention.
With that in mind I'm also going to bow out of the "Pop Up Art Shop" I was hoping to run as part of Levenshulme Festival - I have a long and illustrious history of biting off more than I can chew and I'm afraid this is another example of that. If anyone liked the idea and would like to run with it you have my full blessing and I'll happily pass on the few arrangements that I've managed to get in place.
Now, some of you are probably aware that I inherited LoveLevenshulme from someone who was moving away from Levy (don't worry, I'm not moving away, I don't think I'm allowed now) and I think the idea of the project being a baton that is passed on to people with a passion for the area is very apt to the whole ethos of LoveLevenshulme so consider this a call to arms. Shall I make that clearer? OK then:
LoveLevenshulme is up for grabs - if you want to take it over, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take it from there...
In the mean time there are still two bits of LoveLevensulme business on the boil and it would be remiss of me not to at least give them my full attention:
We've had LOADS of entries so far for the adults and teens but not many kids entries - it's half term now so why not send your kids out into the street with your expensive camera (this is how parenting works, right?) to get some shots. All the entry and prize details are here.
The next Levy Tweetup is scheduled to take place at The Bluebell Inn, next Thursday 3rd November. Please come along and help me feel less guilty about my desertion. All the details are here.
Is this it? Is this goodbye? Well, probably not - I'm hoping that I will have the chance to introduce you to the new incumbent soon and even then I'm far too controlling to leave them to it, so I'm sure I'll be writing the odd guest post. But for now, at least, farewell - I've had a blast.