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 […]

Winter morning, Northern England

Winter morning, Northern England,Quiet frost has fallen down, Quiet scraping of the windscreens,Winter morning, winter sound. Winter children plead and wonder”Maybe will it snow today?”Probably not like it used to,Winter morning goes away. All becoming winter evening,After too short afternoon,Icy pavements walking home, thenWinter morning coming soon. Comes the morning one week laterWoken by transluscent […]

The Anthropocene and the History of Now

Not wishing to worry anyone unduly, what with all this Brexit ‘driving the country off the edge of a cliff’ stuff going on. But have you heard about the anthropocene? I certainly hadn’t until I went to a history lecture early in December. I’d heard a threatening sounding song on Nick Cave’s last album called […]

New Year’s Eve at the End of the Earth

For our New Year’s Eve day out Sarah and I have been to Sunderland. Not that one, but a much smaller one up near Heysham in a little bit of England neither of us had ever been to before. Now the name ‘Sunderland’ means ‘separated land’ and the place we’re going is indeed cut off […]

I’m Alive: Exploring

  All of these sea kayaking posts by Sarah are about the meaning of life in their way. The joys of small attentions and big adventures. In this one Sarah and her coach Geth get slightly more of an adventure than they’d planned for. All ends well, though you should know that by the end […]