In The Autumn of the Year

The days are dwindling down now, in the autumn of the year and most likely the autumn of a life. Which is all as it should be. I love the changes the seasons bring as I also love the changes time brings. The leaves on the trees letting go as naturally as age lets go […]

The Clearing 3: Is this the life we really want?

Previously on The Clearing, Sarah said… “You know the Leeds Liverpool Canal? If you had a year to live would you bother finishing it?” “No” I unhesitatingly replied. A third episode of getting rid of the stuff of our lives that’s lost its meaning. So here at Clearing Central in Liverpool we’ve already made a […]

The Clearing 2: People and true friendship

Previously on “The Clearing” as they say… “Possessions, jobs, activities and, whisper it, even friendships don’t necessarily need to stay with you forever. And when I have the ‘year to live’ talk with people, it happens, I always view going through the clearing of redundant things as the relatively easy conversation before we arrive at […]

The Clearing

Earlier this afternoon I carried a bag of Sarah’s books down the road to our nearest charity shop. She’d sorted them out as being ready to go while doing some clearing yesterday afternoon. They were a mixture of horticulture, kayaking and even one about how to make books. I’d bought her that one as well […]

An ordinary Liverpool Saturday?

Sun out, camera in my hands, off out to photograph an ordinary Liverpool Saturday, conscious that it’s been ages since I did this. Having said last week that in future I’d only write about things I’d write about if I only had a year to live this is definitely one of them. Walking around where […]

Through reading glasses

Long ago, it seems now, I was entranced by a Paul Simon song called ‘Proof.’ It’s 1990 and I listen to his ‘Rhythm of the Saints’ album over and over again on my brand new first CD player, particularly to hear this song about ageing: “It’s true, the tools of love wear down Time passes […]