Walking Through Time: Liverpool’s South Docks

Over these quiet couple of weeks that happen at the end of years, even this one, my friend Abi and I have been walking through the history of Liverpool. Partly to gather ideas and perspectives for her history chapter in the Liverpool PhD she’s writing. But also because why wouldn’t we? The history of here …

Seaport: Inside the North Docks

For all of my life I’ve regretted the fact that we couldn’t get to most of our river, the river that caused Liverpool to exist in the first place. So this is a walk into somewhere I can only remember going once before, one docks-quiet Sunday when I was very small. My Dad showing me …

On an L8 Day

I was walking along to have a first look at the newly completed Princes Boulevard, though in a roundabout kind of way. With something else to do first on this Liverpool 8 kind of Monday. Walking through the parks to Admiral Street, Windsor Street and past Squash before I arrived at the rooftop where I …

Nearly done, from Gargrave to Bingley: Section 13

This was lovely. Several days together, walking along our canal again, through the sun and rain and Yorkshire, in perfect peace. To get to here in Bingley Sarah and I have walked a hundred and eleven miles along this canal together, and we’re nearly done. Another sixteen miles will take us all the way into …

Wildflower Hunting at Childwall Abbey

On Saturday we went out on one of our wildflower hunts, for the horticulture course Sarah is doing, and found more than we’d gone looking for in a place on the edge of Liverpool neither of us have ever spent much time in, even though it’s only a couple of miles away from where we …

My Little Richard Moment

Here in May 2020 we’ve had the news that Little Richard has just died. And in grieving him and commemorating his importance many have mentioned John Lennon’s “I couldn’t even speak” memory of the drama of first hearing him. Compiling my own ‘without whom’ list of his musical descendants brought me very quickly to Prince, …