Both Sides of the River

Today was the sort of early morning that looked like it would turn into a bright cold day. The kind of day that would be good for taking photographs. So I decided to make this record of my day, a day on both sides of the river. I left the house about 7:10 and the [...]

Late November

The afternoon began with work but nature soon took over, and the work can wait 'til tomorrow. On Ibbotson's Lane A talk I'm doing on Tuesday at the University as part of a 'Teach Out programme of alternative learning on strike days' left the house with me, in the format of a mind map I'd [...]

At Sunderland Point

This is already one of out favourite walks, even though we've only done it once before. That was on a New Year's Eve slate grey day. Unlike today, as you'll see. Sunderland Point is on a part of the Northern English coast neither of us had ever been to before last New Year. On the [...]

Life After Life: The writing of fiction

During the late summertime of this year I wrote the first fiction I have ever written and submitted it as my dissertation for the MA in sociology I was then completing. Now, in early November, I've found this quote at the end of the novel I've just finished reading which would have inspired me had [...]

This Crimson Dwindling of the Year

New readers might not know that there's a whole section of this blog written by my partner called 'Letters From Sarah.' Containing her reflections on life, nature and, here, the deep red horticulture of an autumn day in North Wales. * I spend a lot of time outside and a lot of time on the water on my [...]