Wildflower Hunting on the Shining Shore

Our first time on the Shining Shore since the lockdown began in March and we were so glad to be back there today. Walking in the hills and lanes and woodlands down to the Dee Shore around Thurstaston. So glad to see the sea and the coast after all this time. Not that this was […]

Home Life During a Pandemic

16th May – Week 8 Mozart is playing here and I’ll just let him while I get the writing going. The eighth week of these, and I was about to write the word ‘already’ but is it? It’s been a long slow time in most ways, this gap between how life was and whenever all […]

Walking and Writing: Sociology During a Pandemic

When all these benches were constructed, deep in the Christmas dark, I wondered who might come and sit on them, here at the University outside the Eleanor Rathbone Building? Especially with Abercromby Square and its Cathedral view so close by. Well I’m the answer and virus-closed Abercromby Square is the reason. The view here’s not […]

Walking the Foel

A guest walk with my friend Gillian Owens from North Wales. In this time of limited ‘permitted’ daily walks there is obviously less walking than usual in my life and on this blog. So I’m grateful for the walk here with my friend Gillian. We often walk together, since meeting a couple of years ago […]

The Outside Edge of The Mystery

All parks contain pathways that are not marked out or even maintained. They’re the desire lines trodden out by our feet. And there’s a long sequence of these paths round the outside edge of our local park here in Wavertree. Called ‘The Mystery’ by all of us, for reasons that need not detain today’s walk. […]

The RED Project

Support The Red Project Crowdfunder Corona Virus update from Emma Case added to the end this post, March 18th. I’ve supported Emma Case’s Crowdfunder for this because I think it’s a great idea. In tough times I think there’s a tendency for us to focus only on tough things. But actually beautiful things are also […]