Category Archives: Cooking

The Story of the The Beautiful Parks

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There is magic all around us. Stories waiting to be told. In every park & street the future is waiting. Listen, while I tell you a story.

“In what would yet come to be looked back on as the early years of the 21st Century the people of Liverpool woke up to the beauty all around them. Gathering first in small groups in Autumn 2017 and telling each other stories of what they might do, in the parks and other places that had been around them for all of their lives, and many lives before but in the huddle and muggle of everyday busyness had been all but forgotten.

Here they began the re-membering and the re-doing of their place.

From early 2018 they started. Small things at first & many. The growing of things, the gatherings and re-gatherings. A litany of possibilities and a story-tellings of dreams. Dreams that got planted, stories that grew. Knowingly and quietly they began the re-growing of their Liverpool.

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The Real Junk Food Project Liverpool: Phase Two

First, some background. This café and social enterprise is part of the Real Junk Food Project, a now global movement that was started in Armley in Leeds, where this blog visited back in the summer of 2014. A movement that’s all about eradicating food waste, because in one of the richest economies on earth we’re throwing away 35% of our food, in a country where austerity politics is causing many people to go needlessly hungry. And so a movement has started that is intercepting this food at the moment it is pointlessly thrown away – and retrieving it on behalf of us all. Collecting food from restaurants, shops and even people’s allotments that would otherwise be going to waste. Not rotten food, not bad food, just excess food that would otherwise be going in the bin.

Natalie Hughes-Crean and Gabby Holmes.

Natalie Hughes-Crean and Gabby Holmes.

It’s been a while since this blog caught up with Natalie and Gabby of The Real Junk Food Project Liverpool. But I have stayed in touch with them and was glad to get an email recently outlining their plans for the future.

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The Pop Up Community Picnic Hub

ChTmYOgWgAAJV3o.jpg-largeSeen enough lovely pictures of walking to Hilbre on here lately? Well tough, here’s a load more.

Inspired by Patricia Levey_Bennett’s beautiful post earlier this week, a group of us decided to do the walk again today for our friend Jayne’s birthday. Jayne Lawless that is. Artist of ‘Without These Walls’  and one of my partners in The Coming Home Project.

The day was jointly catered by Pat, Sarah and Jayne whose wonderful and varied picnic inspired us to call ourselves, for one day only and using all the currently tired clichés we could sniggeringly suggest:

“The People’s Pop-up Community Picnic Hub Collective in Meanwhile Space.”

And here we all are: Pat, Catherine, Eliza, Jayne, Ronnie And Sarah.

And here we all are: Pat, Catherine, Eliza, Jayne, Ronnie And Sarah.

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Two days in Granby

Happy Christmas from the women of Granby.

Happy Christmas from the women of Granby.

No apologies for this run of Granby posts up to the Turner Prize announcement on Monday. There are great things happening here.

As we continue work on the Community Land Trust houses.

As we continue work on the Community Land Trust houses.

This is Thursday at ourr weekly site meeting.

This is Thursday at our weekly site meeting.

Steve and Joe from Penny Lane Builders deep in discussion with Joe from Assemble.

Steve and Joe from Penny Lane Builders deep in discussion with Joe from Assemble.

Isn't that just beautiful.

Isn’t that just beautiful.

I’m really loving this time on site carefully restoring these Victorian terraced houses. Revealing and revelling in the beauty of their construction. Continue reading

Furrow: What Grace did next.

In the bleak driving rain of a dark November day me and a friend went for lunch at a bright, warm and welcoming new place on Allerton Road. A café called Furrow.

Run by Grace Henley and her team.

Run by Grace Henley and her team.

For the past 18 months Baltic Bakehouse have been running a pop-up shop at a couple of places on Allerton Road, mostly staffed by Grace’s mum, Brenda. And this blog has visited before. But now they’ve turned their bread shop into this café which Grace is running. And no longer a pop-up but a permanent addition to our choice of places to eat around Allerton and Smithdown Roads.Furrow - 2Furrow opened a few weeks ago and since then I’ve been in to get our bread several times and the place, though newly opened, has always seemed pleasantly busy.

As it was today as me and my friend arrived to see what we thought.

As it was today as my friend and I arrived to see what we thought.

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Pay As You Feel, in Everton

– Let’s really feed the world –

A misty morning for my second visit to the open for five weeks now Pay As You Feel Café in Everton.PAYF - 1

The city centre's just down there, somewhere.

The city centre’s just down there, somewhere.

As I walk along Shaw Street to the café.

As I walk along Shaw Street to the café.

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The Street Market, September 2015

Granby 4 Streets Market, 5th September 2015.

Granby 4 Streets Market, 5th September 2015.

Once again I did more talking than photography at Granby 4 Streets Market. No apologies for that. Such a joy to have so many friends in one street on a sunny late summer Saturday for the last Street Market of the summer season.

Late in the afternoon now, I’m only just in, so here are the best of the photos I took, with very few words of explanation needed. It was great and here’s why.September 15 Street Market - 1September 15 Street Market - 3 September 15 Street Market - 4 September 15 Street Market - 5 Continue reading