Allotmenting: In Autumn

This has been my saving grace in all of this, this piece of earth,My peace on earth this plot of land, my refuge for my work,A friendship place of just us few, these weekly conversations.And still my place as autumn comes, the season’s turn, the dieback,Of time’s return, but only slight, for me I’ll mostly […]

Expectations of Soon

After I’d brushed up the last few leaves and put the allotment to sleep for the winter I walked home. Not to home now but home soon. Out of the gate and down a different road I walked into the future. In this history of now. The first walking of a walk that will become […]

In Praise of Patience & Democracy

I first published this ‘Patience’ post early in March this year. Now, here in mid-April, I’m publishing this revised edition for two good reasons: To update you on how the garden is going, and because, while gardening, I’ve been thinking about democracy. ✹ I’ve never been a particularly patient person, quite the opposite in fact. […]

A Glimpse of Sky

‘There are times I think I would gladly die for a glimpse of sky’ Or at least that how the song goes in my memory. I also think it was written by Judy Collins. And though neither of these memories turns out to be true it’s Judy Collins who’s singing the song in my head, […]

The Meaning of Life: Change and Decay

I know I keep talking about the meaning of life on this blog. The preciousness of all of our times here on earth, including my own as I enter my autumnal days. Today has been more of this, particularly reflective for me as I’ve spent much of it on Sarah’s autumnal allotment, itself changing and […]

A Sunday Circular Stroll

There will be a glorious sunset later on. But today’s follow up to Saturday’s Smithdown Stroll starts on an ordinary, grey sort of day. One of my favourite kind. So here we go, off out for more aimless & pointless wandering around Liverpool. It’s what I do. Mushrooms and spinach in filo pastry, which I’ll […]