Walking to Kensington

A shortish walk on an ordinary day, except there are no ordinary days. So even though it’s grey, a good opportunity to take some photographs of a bit of our city on a Monday in late July 2016.

From the Lodge Lane crossroads, walking along here.

From the Lodge Lane crossroads, walking along here.

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Yes, this is Falkner Street, though not as you probably know it.

Yes, this is Falkner Street, though not as you probably know it.

From the long gone days when Georgian Liverpool stretched all the way out to here. Continue reading

It’s Liverpool: 23rd July 2016

Version 2One day around and about Liverpool. Meeting friends, listening to music, appreciating the place.

First to Red Brick Vintage.

First to Red Brick Vintage.

Always a pleasure. Quiet conversations, cups of tea in elegant china and always a photographic treat. With music to follow! Continue reading

Coming Home: We’re on our way home

DSC04373Since I announced our ideas about Coming Home on here three months ago there has been gratifyingly huge interest in what we’re about to do. And I can now announce that we’re ready to start work, having had confirmation that we’ve now got the loan finance we need.  £30,000 worth of investment in us from The Beautiful Ideas Co to add to some private investment we’ve already had.

Our board will be meeting in North Liverpool tomorrow to discuss the details of us starting work but, roughly, we’ll be setting things up during August, then finding our first home owners, empty properties and potential residents and, ideally, starting works on site during the autumn. Continue reading

At Brazilica: With Katumba

DSC04777“Get there early” Juliana had said “We’ll all be around Abercromby Square getting ready and that will be a great time for getting some good photographs.”

I’ve spent the day so far up in North Liverpool at the brilliant revival of the Walton Festival. Then early evening I get the bus into town, get off in London Road and walk across the top of the city centre to Brazilica.

Past the Bullring and the municipal housing around it.

Past the Bullring and the municipal housing around it.

On a perfect July evening.

On a perfect July evening.

Just perfect.

Just perfect.

Where Hope Street quietly waits for Brazilica.

Where Hope Street quietly waits for Brazilica.

Around the corner Brazilica is getting ready, as promised.

 

And here is Juliana.

And here is Juliana.

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The Walton Festival 2016

DSC04533Mainly pictures in this post, to encourage you to go to the second day of the Walton Festival, today, Sunday 17th July. The first time this has run since the early 1990s and pulled together by local people and independent local businesses.

I get off the 68 in County Road.

I get off the 68 in County Road.

Close to Everton's ground.

Close to Everton’s ground.

Passing some of the local businesses who are supporting the Festival.

Passing some of the local businesses who are supporting the Festival.

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The Swellies: Sea Kayaking with Sarah

In which our redoubtable Sarah Horton continues her marine adventures in pointy boats.

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It is with much enthusiasm that I take my second training course in sea kayaking in Anglesey. Having done my introduction course with Stuart Leslie at Sea Kayaking Anglesey in May, as posted here, I am now in Anglesey again to do my ‘IntrOmediate’ sea kayaking course with Roger Chandler of Coastal Spirit.

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By coincidence I am in a similar kayak, and the same colour as last time – a Romany Surf designed by Nigel Dennis, made here in Anglesey. I am comfortable in this boat.

(Editor’s note: Those of us who remember the day Sarah went shopping for her basic kayaking kit can clearly see the inference here that a green Romany Surf boat is now very much in her shopping cart.)

We are going to be spending our weekend on the Menai Straits. The weather forecast is for windy and unsettled conditions, so Roger tells us we’ll be able to find shelter in this stretch of water. Continue reading

Liverpool: City of Sanctuary

DSC04387Today, Saturday there was a special City of Sanctuary event in Liverpool. I was there all day, live blogging to encourage people to come down. And loads did, For a special and welcoming reason.

“City of Sanctuary is a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. Our network of local groups includes boroughs, towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, all committed to building this culture of welcome across every sphere of society.

Wherever refugees go, we want them to feel safe and find people who will welcome them.”

This is what today was about and how it all went: Continue reading