In Days Full of Silence

On living like a nun and other quiet thoughts In yesterday’s blog post about reading I sort of apologised for not writing much on here lately. And this morning, today being a sort of holiday, I thought I’d say a bit more about what I’ve been doing instead. Which as you can see I’m describing …

Reading Differently

I haven’t written much on this blog in these last few weeks, though I have done a lot of writing of the PhD I’m working on. That’s where I’ve been. Long and early mornings of writing in the polytunnel where I mostly work, followed by afternoons of walking, thinking and reading. Sometimes academic kinds of …

The Magnolia Tree

It’s my pleasure and my immense privilege to be spending my writing days at the moment in the presence of this tree, this Magnolia. I know none of its horticultural details (though see below) or the origins of its naming, you’d have to ask Sarah about those. But I can see what it does, which …

In the growing light

A Saturday afternoon of no work whatsoever and peaceful reading in the newly restored polytunnel here on Sarah’s allotment. Which is kind of mine as well now, as I’ve been here most days since Liverpool University closed its doors a year ago. Writing and working with my friend Abi as we both get on with …

Thinking Space

Bear with me here but I’d decided today was a thinking day. I’ve not done much in the way of blog posting on here lately as I’ve been off inside my head doing the academic writing that’s taken up nearly all of my January and February. And it’s going very well, or at least I …

Signs of Spring

In all the ‘roadmap out of this’ nonsense that won’t be mentioned again in this post it’s been a huge lift, for me anyway, to witness the early arrival of some signs of Spring. You might have noticed them in other ways and even earlier in your own place, but for me the first signs …