Introducing: Homegrown Collective

Announcing a new community enterprise for Everton and Anfield. And wondering whether you might like to Adopt a Hop? For a good while now Everton and Anfield have been fertile ground for new and enterprising ideas. Good things done by and for the people of the place. Everyone’s heard of Homebaked these last few years […]

One More Spring

“Follow me into just one more spring…” The song had been running around my head since I’d sat in the house listening to Scott Walker singing it this rainy Saturday afternoon just gone. A song of the deepest longing that has yearned through my life these fifty years past, for all of those springtimes. It’s […]

Sunday With Tulips

I had all kinds of walking and photographing planned for today, this Sunday of my birthday and so the kind of day that asks to be celebrated. Which in the event it has been, but not by very much going outside. I did get out early on to buy some bread but on the way […]

Autumn Arrives Quietly

Autumn arrives quietly, like it does When summer is over, Cutting back to be done As growth slows down And all the children go back to school. Autumn arrives quietly like a friend Coming round To talk endings and die back, While beginnings arrive And all the children go back to school. Autumn arrives quietly, […]

Gardens in the City

A meditation on hospitals, allotments and the National Health Service. While I’m writing this I’m listening to the ‘NHS Symphony’. A new choral work commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our health service. It contains a collage of sounds from two Birmingham NHS hospitals, routine sounds and major life event […]

In Praise of Patience & Democracy

I first published this ‘Patience’ post early in March this year. Now, here in mid-April, I’m publishing this revised edition for two good reasons: To update you on how the garden is going, and because, while gardening, I’ve been thinking about democracy. ✹ I’ve never been a particularly patient person, quite the opposite in fact. […]