Signs of Spring

In all the ‘roadmap out of this’ nonsense that won’t be mentioned again in this post it’s been a huge lift, for me anyway, to witness the early arrival of some signs of Spring. You might have noticed them in other ways and even earlier in your own place, but for me the first signs …

Raindrops on snowdrops…

“Raindrops on snowdrops and warm woolen mittens…From ‘My Favourite things’ (sort of) Yes you can nearly sing along with this blog post to one of my favourite tunes from ‘The Sound of Music.’ Which would be a splendid thing, of course. But really the point of writing this is to show you the snowdrops. Photographed …

Walking to Work

For today’s blog post I’ve decided to continue with the general walking theme I’ve been writing about for the past few days. Partly because walking is a big part of what I do and noticing the beauty of autumn therefore follows. But also because of what else is happening around us right now. With Covid …

In Sunlight Autumn

Although the day has dawned rainy here in Liverpool and seems likely to continue that way we are having the beginnings of a glorious autumn. I know because I’m spending most of my working time outside in the weather these days, noticing it. Writing much of my sociology PhD on an allotment since the early …

From The Sunlight Garden

This place is my education, my university, my refuge, my respite, my sunlight and my holiday, in this strangest of all the years of my life. When I enter it I breathe easily, knowing that here at least all is well and will be well. Since March I’ve been working here most of the days. …

In a Summer Garden

It’s almost as if the weather in England knows this is supposed to be the Glastonbury weekend and is responding according to the sun-baked then mud-spattered traditions of so many Festivals gone by. In our allotment there’s a festival on anyway, of bright colours and abundant life. And Sarah and I have spent today, Sunday, …