Weeds In The Yard

A lockdown horticulture lesson here from Sarah Horton on the small wonders in our yards and pavements most of us probably never even notice. The tiny plants I've only called 'weeds' in the headline to get your attention. In fact, as you'll hear from Sarah they're not mere weeds for the clearing but complex and [...]

Home Life During a Pandemic

22nd May - Week 9 This morning, like most Fridays since Lockdown was imposed, I began a vague kind of background thinking about what I might write for Saturday's weekly virus report. It would be the ninth in the series and so as I sat down with my notebook out on our back step, I [...]

In Court Hey Park, Knowsley: A horticulture lesson

This was my first walk outside of the Liverpool City political boundary since the lockdown began eight weeks ago. Though Sarah gets out all across what we're calling the City Region for her funeral work, I don't. So getting just over the municipal border into Knowsley for this Saturday afternoon's walk was a big deal [...]

Home Life During a Pandemic

16th May - Week 8 Mozart is playing here and I'll just let him while I get the writing going. The eighth week of these, and I was about to write the word 'already' but is it? It's been a long slow time in most ways, this gap between how life was and whenever all [...]

For The Roses: An appreciation

I’m aware that one of the points of running a very photographic blog is that I should show you interesting and sometimes beautiful things, especially now. So I thought I'd let you know that the roses are coming out here in Liverpool. I've once again been doing my University work on Sarah's allotment today. Interspersed, [...]

My Little Richard Moment

Here in May 2020 we've had the news that Little Richard has just died. And in grieving him and commemorating his importance many have mentioned John Lennon's "I couldn't even speak" memory of the drama of first hearing him. Compiling my own 'without whom' list of his musical descendants brought me very quickly to Prince, [...]