The Skyroad: Imagining the Flyover

Here is where we all tried out the wonderful Flyover idea, then in May 2015 comes the news that Friends of the Flyover are the winner of  England’s Epic Awards 2015. Closer now to reality? Let’s hope so. An owl has arrived with a message for Kate Stewart. Here is the message: “Kate, All of […]

Tulip Mania

In 1637 in Holland a single tulip bulb was briefly worth more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled worker. Indeed for a long time the volatile rise and fall of the Dutch tulip market was held up as an example of the first economic bubble, where fortunes were made and lost in […]

Why I write

Earlier this week, in late March 2019, I went to listen to Ian Rankin talking at Liverpool Hope University. He’s one of my favourite novelists and I was interested to hear him talking about why and how he writes with the students there. It also reminded me of this article on why I write this […]

The story of A Sense of Place 9: Put the message in the box

The wonderful thing that is ‘A Sense of Place’ continues in the writing of this blog and in the work I do. But the story of Sarah and I having the idea, leaving our jobs, getting going and changing our lives comes to its conclusion in this episode of our story. By early 2007 we are busier than […]

Sarah’s allotment

As we approach the allotment we know it might be out. And turning the corner we see it is.Sarah has gardened here at Plot 44 Greenbank Lane Allotments for 13 years now. And it shows.The messy, long neglected piece of scrubland she took on back in 2001 is now a mature garden. Not a neatly […]

The promise

My partner Sarah has been gardening on her allotment for 13 happy years now. These days it’s as essential to her as ever, providing solace and contemplation during weeks when she’s busy with her work as an independent funeral celebrant. Now spring is arriving Sarah shows us around. — Sunday. The 9th of March. Time […]