A Special Place: The Canal in Autumn

This was a perfect early autumn’s afternoon of walking together for the pleasure of it. Not to get anywhere in particular as Sarah and I have nearly completed our full walking of the Leeds Liverpool Canal now, with just one final stage to go when we feel like it. So this was kind of how […]

High Summer in Reynolds Park

Reynolds Park in Woolton is one Liverpool park where I’ve hardly ever been. But, all work done for the day, Sarah and I went for a look around there late this afternoon. As she’d heard from her wildflower grapevine that it was a good place for all sorts of treasures, and it was. Particularly in […]

Up On Childwall Fields: Meadowsweet

We’ve been up on Childwall Fields again, looking for samples for Sarah’s continuing horticulture course. Among them the beautifully named Meadowsweet. We found a whole meadow of them, and so much more. It’s high summer now and this precious suburban wilderness is at its wildest. Tall grasses, thistles and nettles you can get lost in, […]

Wildflower Hunting on the Shining Shore

Our first time on the Shining Shore since the lockdown began in March and we were so glad to be back there today. Walking in the hills and lanes and woodlands down to the Dee Shore around Thurstaston. So glad to see the sea and the coast after all this time. Not that this was […]

Weeds In The Yard

A lockdown horticulture lesson here from Sarah Horton on the small wonders in our yards and pavements most of us probably never even notice. The tiny plants I’ve only called ‘weeds’ in the headline to get your attention. In fact, as you’ll hear from Sarah they’re not mere weeds for the clearing but complex and […]

Home Life During a Pandemic

28th March – Week One How are you doing? Aside from all the very big questions about whether you’ve got a home anyway, and sufficient income to keep you and it together for we don’t know how long, how are you doing? Also assuming you and whoever might be locked down with you are well, […]