In Liverpool: Early May

Early May01It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s the Granby 4 Streets Market. So, like a vaguely remembered folk song says:

” Early one morning in the merry month of May”

I’m off to market!

Along Ullet Road.

Along Ullet Road.

And Croxteth Road.

And Croxteth Road.

Into Granby.

Where Ducie Street is going to have people living in it again.

Where Ducie Street is going to have people living in it again.

This end of Jermyn Street too.

This end of Jermyn Street too.

This end of Cairns Street as well.

This end of Cairns Street as well.

And the restoration of Beaconsfield Street will be completed.

And the restoration of Beaconsfield Street will be completed.

All the details of who’s involved in last week’s Granby post.

Today in Cairns Street:

The Street Market's here.

The Street Market’s here.

Nice to see that copy of Debrett's on sale here.

Nice to see that copy of Debrett’s Correct Form on sale there. Never know when it might be needed.

xxx

It’s early but trade is already brisk.

And as well as people, the spring street is filling up with foliage.

And as well as people, the spring street is filling up with foliage.

And flowers.

And flowers.

Bluebells here.

Bluebells. All planted by the people who live here. The planting they did to keep their streets alive.

After an hour or so talking to people I wander off, promising to return. I’ve an important record shop to walk to.

Along Percy Street, this block has been empty a very long time now. Anyone know why?

Along the way, on Percy Street, this block has been empty a very long time now. Anyone know why?

A waste of beautiful houses in one of Liverpool’s loveliest streets.

Window box displays further along Percy Street. A well loved place.

Window box displays further along Percy Street. A well loved place.

Also on Percy Street, spring in St Bride's churchyard.

Also on Percy Street, spring in St Bride’s churchyard.

Into Hope Street.

Into Hope Street.

Resplendent cathedrals at either end.

Resplendent cathedrals at either end.

I walk along full of the well-being that spring reliably seems to deliver every year.

Down Hardman Street, past Bumper's ever changing witty sign.

Down Hardman Street, past Bumper’s ever changing witty sign.

And into Bold Street.

For a visit to Liverpool's principal bookshop.

For a visit to Liverpool’s principal bookshop.

Who be 40. Congratulations to you all from us all!

Who be 40. Congratulations to you all from us all!

Notice too that Jay Griffiths is on in there this week.

Then into my important record shop.

Then into my important record shop.

Yes, Dig Vinyl, in the basement of Soho’s. Where I’m far too busy flicking through the LPs to remember to take any photos.

Then it’s back up to Granby.

Past the nearly renovated White House pub.

Past the nearly renovated White House pub.

Someone once told me he’d seen The Beatles play there in the very early 60s.

Past St James Gardens, also filling up with spring foliage.

Past St James Gardens, also filling up with spring foliage.

The formal splendour of Huskisson Street.

The formal splendour of Huskisson Street.

Along Selborne Street.

Along Selborne Street.

Splendid field of wildflowers between Selborne Street and Upper Parly.

Splendid field of wildflowers between Selborne Street and Upper Parly.

And back into Granby Street.

And back into Granby Street.

Not many of the original buildings left now. But at the far end, of course, the four remaining original streets are now assured of a future. So me and my LPs return there, for long conversations into the afternoon about creating this future.

LPs proudly stored in my Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust bag.

LPs proudly stored in my Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust bag.

And the LPs? Some Gary Burton jazz and Fleetwood Mac – original blues band variety.

Again, see last week’s post to find out more about what’s happening and maybe getting involved with the Community Land Trust.

 

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