This is Liverpool

A very welcome compendium from Sarah here of her collection of recent bike rides. Seeing Liverpool in new ways and from several entirely new perspectives. As she says “These bike days are very enjoyable and give me a view of places in Liverpool that are the equal of anywhere else.”  Thanks to my bike, the …

Riding the Loop Line

Sarah’s got a bike now, for the first time in twenty years or so, and she’s having a great time changing her personal geography of Liverpool by going out exploring on it. Here’s her story about it, all along the Loop Line. It started with excursions to The Mystery, just by where we live. Which …

Gratitude: A letter from Sarah

A rare, in this year of years, letter from Sarah. About her life and the things she loves. “Herring gulls eating starfish” are involved. Elemental, like hope. * All the normal things I usually do in my life have, this year, been harder. The pandemic arrived like a whirlwind in my life, like all of …

This Woman’s Work

It’s more than a bit of an honour this, you know. Sarah asking me to write these introductions to her glorious sea kayaking articles. Particularly this one, summing up all of her learning and courageous adventuring over these last several years. Careful, detailed, technical bravery. Done in her own time and her own way. With …

A moment of sheer joy: It is done

In which sea kayaker and marine biologist Sarah tells the story of completing a mighty and joyous task.*There is a longer story to be told and soon of sea kayaking all the way round Anglesey, but for now this is a moment of sheer joy that I would like to share. Joy, pleasure and – …

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 …