Visiting the Life and Photography of Linda McCartney

This was wonderful and just the right and special sort of thing to be the centrepiece of a longed for summer's day out. I'd had to book, and my ticket said I could turn up any time at the Walker Art Gallery, as long as it was between 10:00 and 10:29am. So by 9:00 I'd [...]

The River Park: Port Sunlight

My last post, Time Off about the various things I've been reading, doing and thinking featured a few photographs of the River Park at Port Sunlight. Since when there's been a good deal of interest from blog readers about visiting the former landfill site while its wildflowers are in their current profusion. It's a big [...]

Time Off in an Unusual Time

I stopped working last Friday afternoon so I could have some time off before the summer ends. Work in my case being the PhD I began last October, following the year's worth of MA I'd just completed at the University of Liverpool. And none of which I'd have considered to be work at all for [...]

Sarah Horton’s ‘Mystery Jam’

We'd both noticed that the brambly hedgerows near us were heaving with blackberries almost ready to be picked, and so yesterday evening we walked over to The Mystery to pick some, not sure if there'd be enough of them ready for jam yet. Fifteen hours later the Mystery Jam was being poured into its waiting [...]

From The Sunlight Garden

This place is my education, my university, my refuge, my respite, my sunlight and my holiday, in this strangest of all the years of my life. When I enter it I breathe easily, knowing that here at least all is well and will be well. Since March I've been working here most of the days. [...]

High Summer in Reynolds Park

Reynolds Park in Woolton is one Liverpool park where I've hardly ever been. But, all work done for the day, Sarah and I went for a look around there late this afternoon. As she'd heard from her wildflower grapevine that it was a good place for all sorts of treasures, and it was. Particularly in [...]