Look: A perfect moment

Today I’d been for lunch in town with Sarah. And afterwards she’d gone off elsewhere to do shopping of her own. As we’d eaten at Home, the new independent  that’s set up in Liverpool One, I was close to Probe Records and so naturally then spent a happy hour in there not quite buying anything.

Walking to the bus, musing over the LPs that had not quite made it to the till, I almost missed the fact that I was in a perfect moment.

I was walking round the corner by John Lewis.

I was walking round the corner by John Lewis.

When I looked up from my thoughts.

When I looked up from my thoughts.

And the perfect moment arrived.

And the perfect moment arrived.

It was five to four and the sun was about to dip behind the Albert Dock, giving me a long suspended moment of intensely perfect light. My first brief impulse was to get closer to the river front. ‘Who wants a perfect moment in Liverpool One?’ I sniffily thought. Before I had a quiet word with myself and calmed down. ‘You are where you are, so be in the moment.’

A perfect, sunlit, sandstone wall.

A perfect, sunlit, sandstone wall.

With me in the middle of it.

With me in the middle of it.

Looking back at the long shadows and the sunny perspective.

Looking back at the long shadows and the sunny perspective.

Forward across the ornamental circular lake.

Forward across the ornamental circular lake.

Sideways to the reflected Hilton.

Sideways to the reflected Hilton.

And back again across the tiny waves.

And back again across the tiny waves.

Already the sky of seconds ago is turning to evening.

Already the sky of seconds ago is turning to evening.

As the sun dips down.

As the sun dips down.

Behind the dock and the big wheel.

Behind the dock and the big wheel.

And behind the CCTV camera.

And behind the CCTV camera.

Turning the corner.

Turning the corner.

The other side of the block.

The other side of the block.

The bus station.

The bus station.

Where my bus, the 86 is just arriving.

Where my bus, the 86 is just arriving.

Not so much a bus as an advert.

Not so much a bus as an advert for a university.

And I could have missed the perfect moment stood in the bus station, thinking about LPs, waiting for the 86.

Instead I walked round the block and saw what you’ve now seen. A perfect moment of perfect light, with brand new, sharp edged Liverpool One beaming at the setting sun and settling happily now into our Liverpool landscape.

So the moral of this story?

“Life is all too short,
So when a perfect moment arrives
Go with it and appreciate it,
Wherever you are…

Because all too soon your bus will be here."

Because you never know when your bus will be here.”

Lunch at ‘Home’ by the way was a treat. Good, fresh, local food served by friendly people in a beautiful building. Give it a go, I say.


6 thoughts on “Look: A perfect moment

  1. stan cotter

    On one of my extremely rare occasions Ron I walked almost the same route on Tuesday, from Queens Sq bus station thru into Church St thru where Woolies used to be and down to John Lewis shop where Betty my partner bought me a new desk top pc and monitor, awaiting delivery next week.

    May not seem much but it murdered me with emphysema. And then walked back again, but called for a coffee in Queens Sq. Can’t recall the name of the cafe but at £1.40 for cappuccino and a full breakfast on hand for only £4.90, well if I ever get back there I know where I will eat.

    I didn’t know anywhere in L’pool one and yet I worked there for 25yrs. Took a few minutes to realise i was in Paradise Street. Still that’s todays world mate, take care.

    Reply
    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      I know Stan, it is a huge change. But I think the best thing about Liverpool One’s design is how it links the city centre to the waterfront. For the first time in my life.

      Glad to hear about the new computer, well done Betty (Next thing he’ll be writing his own blog!) – and very glad to hear about you exploring the streets again Stan. Perfect moments are available to us all.

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