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 […]

Sunday With Tulips

I had all kinds of walking and photographing planned for today, this Sunday of my birthday and so the kind of day that asks to be celebrated. Which in the event it has been, but not by very much going outside. I did get out early on to buy some bread but on the way […]

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 […]

On Smithdown: Walking Home

Sometimes you just want to walk. After a day’s thinking, conversation and writing, you just want to walk. It’s dark now, like it’s mostly dark. The street lights not long turned off as I walked into university this morning. And now, I’d guess, they’ve been back on at least a couple of hours. ‘The darkling’ […]

Walking Out to Hilbre

We sometimes call this ‘Walking out beyond the edge of the known universe’ and it can feel a bit like that on some of the wintry and the cloudy days when we’ve done this walk before. But today, on a blue and sunny mid-November Sunday, Hilbre and the two smaller islands out in the Dee […]

By the Light of the Shining Shore

We spent the day before the coming of the dark walking in our sacred place. The last day before turning the clocks back for the winter spent in the place that has sustained both of us through some of the hardest times of our lives. ‘The Shining Shore’ on the Dee Estuary is both the […]