At last, it’s Monday

Winter settling in seriously now. Time for the weekly round up of things you might have missed over the weekend. Like maybe you stayed in, put up the Christmas Tree, watched the football, and didn’t go for a walk in the fading light? It looked like this:

Wind whipped, slate grey, fierce Winter day. The Mystery, Liverpool, Sunday.

Wind whipped, slate grey, fierce Winter day. The Mystery, Liverpool, Sunday.

Our weekend began at separate ends of the country. Sarah was away in Devon on her funeral celebrant training. And I was up very early to see what a Friday Walk would look and feel like with the sun just rising.

A low winter sun rises over Allerton Road.

A low winter sun rises over Allerton Road, Liverpool.

The walk explores South Liverpool, beginning on foot from our house. A ‘doing without the car’ theme partly inspired by Rob Greenland of ‘The Social Business’ from Leeds, who’s been doing just that for a year since he stopped owning a car. He’s been reporting occasionally on its effects: more local shopping; more meeting the neighbours; more public transport; and only hiring a car from a local car club for longer holiday journeys.

Meanwhile, in Anfield.

Anfield, April 2005. In the centre of the photo is Mitchell's Bakery, when it was still run by the Mitchell family. It's now Homebaked. And much of the streets behind are now gone.

Anfield, April 2005. In the centre of the photo is Mitchell’s Bakery, when it was still run by the Mitchell family. It’s now Homebaked. And much of the streets behind are now gone. This was taken from the roof of Liverpool FC.

On Friday, Homebaked from Anfield went national. On BBC’s ‘One Show’ there was a short film about the community bakery and its Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund the purchase of their bread oven . And then Jess Doyle, from last week’s ‘At last its Monday’, in the company of her Anfield friends, turned up live on the show and did a bit of bread making. See it here on the BBC iPlayer, seven minutes into the programme.

This obviously did their campaign no harm at all. They’ve now got £4,000 of the £13,000 they need pledged. Even footballer Joey Barton Tweeted about it to his nearly two million followers.

And on Sunday Sevenstreets got behind the campaign too. Comparing what they still need to:

“…a day’s wage for Steven Gerrard? Talk about give us this day, our daily bread. “

Momentum is building here.

Out to Formby Point. Photo by Gerry Corton.

Out to Formby Point. Photo by Gerry Cordon.

Gerry at ‘That’s How The Light Gets In’ did his own walking post on Friday, a beautifully illustrated walk to Formby Point. Which got me thinking about when we’d last been all the way out there. I had to go back through the photo library a long way:

To Christmas Day 2008.

To Christmas Day 2008.

Out on Formby Point.

Out on Formby Point.

News from Granby is that there isn’t much yet. A special Christmas Street Market has been held. And I understand there will be discussions early in the new year about possibilities for the future.

On Sunday, we returned to the ‘on foot’ theme with an ‘Opinionated guide to urban running’.

How to find circular running routes starting & ending at your own front door.

How to find circular running routes starting & ending at your own front door. Note, extremely fast runner who happened to run past is neither of us.

This guide includes the ‘First Rule of Circular Running Routes.’ Don’t know what that is? See here.

To end, some music. The great jazz composer Dave Brubeck died on Friday, and Gerry did this lovely tribute ‘The Rhythm of your heart.’ Read, listen and appreciate a truly creative life.

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