Sea Kayaking: Sarah Returns to The Western Isles

On Thursday evening just gone Sarah returned from what’s now become her annual pilgrimage to the outer edges of Scotland. “I am glad to be back home, knowing that the beaches and the strandline are there. For next time.” For now though, here’s her story of this time. Reflections on solitude, taking life slowly and […]

We Live Here: A Portrait of Liverpool

It feels like ages since I’ve done this. Spent a whole day walking round Liverpool for the sheer love, joy and appreciation of doing it. Visiting some favourite places, seeing some favourite people and, all in all, having one perfect day. With occasional observations. Let’s go. I was with a friend who’s recently come to […]

Sarah’s Odyssey: ‘It was a great day.’

Sarah Horton returns to the blog for the first time this year to continue her sea kayaking and meaning of life reflections. Most of what’s here being, in fact, her second weekend out on the waters of Wales this year. Yes, dear reader, she sea kayaks in January. Because she loves the doing of it so much. As you’ll […]

The Anthropocene and the History of Now

Not wishing to worry anyone unduly, what with all this Brexit ‘driving the country off the edge of a cliff’ stuff going on. But have you heard about the anthropocene? I certainly hadn’t until I went to a history lecture early in December. I’d heard a threatening sounding song on Nick Cave’s last album called […]

New Year’s Eve at the End of the Earth

For our New Year’s Eve day out Sarah and I have been to Sunderland. Not that one, but a much smaller one up near Heysham in a little bit of England neither of us had ever been to before. Now the name ‘Sunderland’ means ‘separated land’ and the place we’re going is indeed cut off […]

I’m Alive: Exploring

  All of these sea kayaking posts by Sarah are about the meaning of life in their way. The joys of small attentions and big adventures. In this one Sarah and her coach Geth get slightly more of an adventure than they’d planned for. All ends well, though you should know that by the end […]