An infestation of private landlords

A few years ago a friend and I who’d started a project about empty homes went to a property auction. We’d had some investment in our idea, and with some more on the way we thought this might be the place to find the second empty home we could do up. For a truly reasonable …

On Smithdown: Walking Home

Sometimes you just want to walk. After a day’s thinking, conversation and writing, you just want to walk. It’s dark now, like it’s mostly dark. The street lights not long turned off as I walked into university this morning. And now, I’d guess, they’ve been back on at least a couple of hours. ‘The darkling’ …

It’s Warm In and Out

A day comes, even in these climate mess years of the long cold springs, when all is still and blue and you need to be out in it. Walking along, well me anyway, singing the long loved Lotus Eaters ode to springtime as I leave the house: ‘It’s warm in and out The call for …

The Story of Coming Home

Stories of what didn’t work can be as instructive in the long run as things that did. So I’m leaving this here, in case there may yet be more story to tell. For some time now I’ve been thinking of writing something on here about Coming Home. For many reasons, some of which I’ll explain, the …

Summertime in Anfield: with Ninjas

A perfect warm and sunny day in July for a day out in Anfield. A place where we’ll be spending a lot of our time soon as me and Jayne Lawless of Coming Home Liverpool go on site with our next 18 houses. Today though is a day of rest, much talk and some play. …

Coming Home: At Home

Listen to this blog post on BBC Radio Merseyside here. Home, the place where you can grow up happily, knowing it’s always going to be your home. Welcome home this little one from us at Coming Home Liverpool.No apologies at all for not having written much on here lately, Jayne Lawless and I have been …