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 […]

Wildflower Hunting at Childwall Abbey

On Saturday we went out on one of our wildflower hunts, for the horticulture course Sarah is doing, and found more than we’d gone looking for in a place on the edge of Liverpool neither of us have ever spent much time in, even though it’s only a couple of miles away from where we […]

In Court Hey Park, Knowsley: A horticulture lesson

This was my first walk outside of the Liverpool City political boundary since the lockdown began eight weeks ago. Though Sarah gets out all across what we’re calling the City Region for her funeral work, I don’t. So getting just over the municipal border into Knowsley for this Saturday afternoon’s walk was a big deal […]

At the Calderstones Border

I miss the places with people in them,Or passing through.Random as well as planned meetings with friends.The touch of a hand,Arms round each other’s shoulders,The look in your eyes,The being together.Bean There, the Bluecoat,The University Library, The Calderstones Border.These many places where I’m missing you.And when we meet again,Will it be like lost lovers thenWho’d […]

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 […]

To Trespass If We Must

E.E. Rhodes, the writer of today’s guest post, is someone I’ve met through Twitter. I came across her telling the story you’re about to read in a whole sequence of tweets, and a wonderful story it is, beautifully told. So I got in touch and said if she’d ever like to tell the wonderful story […]