The Shining Shore: In Glistening Autumn

After several days of torrential rain then the annual peculiarity of us all getting up and acting as if the time has really slipped back an hour, today the sky turned deeply blue and Sarah and I went out on one of our favourite walks. A walk we do regularly but haven’t since February. It […]

Ness Botanic Gardens: In the Wilderness

Sarah’s back from what’s now become her annual sea kayaking expedition to the Outer Hebrides (blog post on the way), but clearly hasn’t had enough of being outside most of the time yet. So today we went to the Wilderness. As you’ll see it wasn’t really a wilderness, but that’s what it called itself on […]

Here on the Shining Shore

You have to make time for spring or it could easily be missed altogether. The delicacy of it, the just born eagerness. So we both took a day off, Sarah and I, to go and visit springtime on the Shining Shore. And when we got home Sarah wrote this poem and made these two collages […]

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 […]

Wirral West and its Shining Shore

Having spent much of yesterday afternoon and evening in Wirral West, as one of the many people there helping the local Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood get elected, I decide to go back to the constituency today, as I take a day off from all forms of working. Today I’m reflecting on my happiness that Jeremy […]