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. […]

In a Summer Garden

It’s almost as if the weather in England knows this is supposed to be the Glastonbury weekend and is responding according to the sun-baked then mud-spattered traditions of so many Festivals gone by. In our allotment there’s a festival on anyway, of bright colours and abundant life. And Sarah and I have spent today, Sunday, […]

It Will Take The Time It Takes: Writing in the lockdown

A pause, thirteen weeks into lockdown, to think about how I’ve got on with my own academic work and changed my working methods because of the pandemic. A beginning I realise that, in the context of everything that’s happening to us all, how I’m getting on with writing my sociology PhD might not seem to […]

Weeds In The Yard

A lockdown horticulture lesson here from Sarah Horton on the small wonders in our yards and pavements most of us probably never even notice. The tiny plants I’ve only called ‘weeds’ in the headline to get your attention. In fact, as you’ll hear from Sarah they’re not mere weeds for the clearing but complex and […]

In Court Hey Park, Knowsley: A horticulture lesson

This was my first walk outside of the Liverpool City political boundary since the lockdown began eight weeks ago. Though Sarah gets out all across what we’re calling the City Region for her funeral work, I don’t. So getting just over the municipal border into Knowsley for this Saturday afternoon’s walk was a big deal […]

For The Roses: An appreciation

I’m aware that one of the points of running a very photographic blog is that I should show you interesting and sometimes beautiful things, especially now. So I thought I’d let you know that the roses are coming out here in Liverpool. I’ve once again been doing my University work on Sarah’s allotment today. Interspersed, […]