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 […]

Raising The Ralla

Introducing: New Ideas It’s called all sorts of things on maps and in official documents and council papers. But everyone for miles around the actual place calls it ‘The Ralla.’ The expanse of land over that long railway wall where Commercial, Stanley and Melrose Roads meet in Kirkdale. An expanse of nature. There are railways […]

The Waters of Mars: Seeing Like a Rover

Talking about Janet Vertesi’s book, in a travelling across the solar system and going into orbit around the Red Planet kind of way. I’ve always been fascinated by Mars. Not quite for as long as I can remember, but nearly. About seven years old I had a book about the Solar System, which I would […]

Here on the Shining Shore

You have to make time for spring or it could easily be missed altogether. The delicacy of it, the just born eagerness. So we both took a day off, Sarah and I, to go and visit springtime on the Shining Shore. And when we got home Sarah wrote this poem and made these two collages […]

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 […]