A wonder: The Winter Garden has reopened

It was a wonder and it was wonderful, the Granby Winter Garden reopened today. And from just after 10:30 when we opened to beyond 3 when I locked the door, I didn’t sit down. Me and Eleanor and all the people, all of you so missed friends and new hellos, had so much to say. …

Apple Blossom Time

Because of the third lockdown here in Britain we’d not done this walk, our favourite, since the sixth of December five long months ago, when the walk had ended in the mid-winter dark. Now with spring all around us on the first of May it was time for us to return at last to the …

Nine Pictures of Light

I’d been sitting here in the polytunnel reading a novel where a funeral was about to take place in an art gallery. Prince had been singing on my phone, his song about Dorothy Parker fading into ‘High’ by The Blue Nile, when I noticed something strange happening with the light. The blue sky had turned …

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 …

The Edge of the Known Universe

We always called this place the edge of the known universe,Expecting to step off it as we got closer to the islands.Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre hanging in the air, out thereWhere the sea becomes the sand became the sky and left the land,At the edge of the known universe.Today however, the known universe …

On Christmas Morning

The neighbourhood and the almost ritual walk around it that has defined my year. In lockdown times walking into town has been only occasional but this walk, around the local streets, has been my meditation and my breathing space. From home down to Smithdown, along Penny Lane to Greenbank Road, through Ibbotson’s Lane, round the …