The Beat of Life

Welcome to the garden that is Granby 4 Streets in Liverpool 8.

This is Cairns Street.Granby01 Its gardeners, ‘That Bloomin’ Green Triangle’ have have just won the Spirit of Merseyside Environmental Impact Award for 2013. So the garden is all around us today. So is the 4 Streets Market, and so are plans and thoughts about what’s happening to the housing at long last.

The CLT have their own stall.

The Community Land Trust have their own stall.

Talking through plans and possibilities with everyone.Granby 4 Streets08

And involving as many as want in some practical art.

And involving as many as want in some practical art.

Here Hannah Martin, our artist and designer for the day, sets up her screen printing, watched by Eleanor Lee of the CLT.

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Eleanor has a go at the screen printing.

Eleanor has a go at the screen printing.

Producing this.

Producing this.

The Community Land Trust bags, designed by Hannah, hanging up to dry.

The Community Land Trust bags, designed by Hannah, hanging up to dry.

All day there are people stopping to make bags, make donations and talk about maybe moving in round here. Including some who were moved out years ago.

They are also stopping for mulled wine, mince pies and brandy butter. From market organisers Theresa, Hazel and Iris.

They are also stopping for mulled wine, mince pies and brandy butter. From market organisers Theresa, Hazel and Iris.

And chestnuts roasting...

And chestnuts roasting…

Warmed inside and out, we'll not be getting cold.

Warmed inside and out, we’ll not be getting cold.

And it’s a street market.

There are things to buy.

There are things to buy.

Regular at the 4 Streets Market, Diane Jansen.

Regular at the 4 Streets Market, Diane Jansen.

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Bike repairs too.

Bike repairs too.

Granby16 Granby17 Granby18Plus Dane, who’ve been working round the corner in Beaconsfield Street, are here too.

Talking to people about their plans for the rest of Beaconsfield Street.

Talking to people about their plans for the rest of Beaconsfield Street.

Granby20I talk to Anna Abbie from Plus Dane and Ann O’Byrne from the City Council about who is moving in to Beaconsfield and they tell me 90% of the new residents are previous residents of the Granby area moving back in. Something residents have long suspected might happen, and are delighted to hear about.

But soon there are drums and the steady beat of life that has been going all day is joined by the drummers of Beatlife.

Alastair counts everyone in.

Alastair counts everyone in.

And they're away.

And they’re away.

Beatlife have been going for ages and have been to the Street Market before. But today’s troupe contains many relatively new drummers, making a joyfully thunderous noise together.

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And as they drum the garden listens too. As William Blake would, and indeed did say:

“Everything that lives is holy,
Life delights in life”

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The beat slows down.

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And stops.

And stops.

But the music and the market aren’t over. There are drums and guitars to come.

And Iris steps up to perform her own songs.

And Iris steps up to perform her own songs.

And some Chuck Berry...

And some Chuck Berry…

In a garden, in Liverpool 8.

In a garden, in Liverpool 8.

And at the end of the day, at the end of the street I noticed this:

In ANC colours.

In ANC colours.

And I thought of Nelson Mandela. Whose life stopped beating this week.

6 thoughts on “The Beat of Life

  1. Joe

    Great day and lovely photo’s as usual. Many thanks from us Market organisers for the speaker amp, it will be put to good use. See you all in April!

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  2. Ronnie Hughes Post author

    Thanks Joe, and well done you, Theresa and everyone else for the Markets this year. You can have your lives back until April now!

    And glad you like the PA from the great Clearing that’s going on round here.

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  3. iris

    I’ve never been exposed to a blog!!..But to get to view Ronnie’s photos/eye-simply exhuisite. The atmosphere of the market oozes through them. Thank you. Signed up to my first blog!! iris

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  4. Mel

    I have been thinking of moving to Liverpool for quite some time in order to be near Alder Hey for my little girl; hope maintaining my every step forward. Your blog depicts a charming yet released way of life and people with a sense of humour and dignity. Here I see pictures that describe loss and gain with a brush stroke of human sensitivity and I am most certainly pulled in. I thank you for depicting a City so alike from that which I came so far away…

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