Emerging from Winter/Part Two

The second of two linked posts, walking round the neighbourhoods where I live. Part One here.

This Sunday in late February arrives just as blue and just as cold as yesterday. Perfect then for another day of trying to walk my cold off around the streets of the neighbourhood. Starting by walking across to The Mystery, like yesterday, but after that who knows?

Under the London-line railway bridges and along to the Ullet Road/Smithdown crossroads. Past social venues old and new including a personal favourite, Naked Lunch. A co-op café and if there’s a friendlier place in Liverpool I don’t know it yet. Continue reading “Emerging from Winter/Part Two”

All in an L8 Day

Remembering Eleanor Rathbone & Jane Jacobs.

One day in Liverpool 8, walking through what the people of the place have done and are doing. And remembering two great women, Eleanor Rathbone and Jane Jacobs.Version 2Eleanor Rathbone you’ll well know about if you’ve been around this blog a while. Liverpool’s greatest suffragette and politician. From our first female City Councillor – for Granby, through votes for women, then as an MP changing all of our lives, our greatest social reformer and well overdue the posthumous Freedom of Liverpool so many of us are determined she should get. So our children and their children will know in whose benign shadow we all walk.

Seventy years dead but celebrated in her Granby this day.

And Jane Jacobs? Born 100 years ago and also celebrated on this one amazing day. We’ll come back to Jane, I am always coming back to Jane.

Early morning in Lodge Lane.
Early morning in Lodge Lane.
Thriving now through the independent efforts of its people.
Thriving now through the independent efforts of its people.

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A Very Good Friday

Realising I haven’t had a day off working for two weeks, when I get up on Good Friday and the sun’s out, I go out too. Walking to town on one of my circuitous routes. Beginning a few roads from where we live in Wavertree.

On Lidderdale Road.
On Lidderdale Road.
From where a path runs alongside the railway.
From where a path runs alongside the railway.
All the way to Lawrence Road.
All the way to Lawrence Road.

So just a couple of hundred yards away from always busy Smithdown is this peaceful stroll.

Past pieces of almost rural past.
Past pieces of almost rural past.

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Wandering About: Liverpool 8

Aimlessly2 - 45Two in the end dry days on the run? Sky maybe not broken then? I set off with my camera for another wander around. No random bus to North Liverpool this time, in fact Sarah gives me a lift into town, where Dig Vinyl in Bold Street is seriously investigated.

After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.
After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.

Not one of Bold Street’s more celebrated independents, perhaps, but much liked by me anyway.

Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.
Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.

When I used to make films this late afternoon light where the descending sun shines brightly behind you was always perfect for filming outdoor scenes and places. You’d  only get an hour or so of it before dusk would set. So every moment would be valuable.

Let's go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.
Let’s go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.

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The Quiet Days

Version 2We’ll come back to this image in a bit and what it might imply, but first let’s get out walking. On my own today, Sarah’s back at her funeral celebrant work.

I love the quiet days when Christmas has gone and today begins so sunny it would be just wrong not to take my camera out for a look round.

Along Ullet Road.
Along Ullet Road.

Where they had their street party just a few weeks ago.

Me - and Cumberland Avenue.
Me – and Cumberland Avenue.

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Walking with Jayne

Walking with Jayne01An interesting day of doing the things I love best. Walking round Liverpool and talking with interesting people. Some of the people today are travelling over from Leeds. But first there’s a walk to be done.

My friend here Jayne is an artist from North Liverpool who’s recently moved into her new place just off Lodge Lane. Relatively unfamiliar with the south end of the city she’d said ‘Can I come on one of your walks, in return for a really detailed walk around my end of the city?’ So here we are ‘beating the parish bounds’ of Jayne’s new neighbourhood.Walking with Jayne02‘Beating the parish bounds’ is an old Saxon custom where people would walk around their place ‘to share the knowledge of where they lay, and to pray for protection and blessings for the lands.’ I’ve always done this in new places where I’ve lived, even on holiday, to make myself feel at home. So felt it would be just the thing for Jayne. Continue reading “Walking with Jayne”

More scenes from the 27 bus

Saturday just gone was such a beautiful day that it was easy to take good photographs, especially on such an interesting bus route as the 27. In fact I took nearly 200 photos during a long sunny day. Too many to use in the one blog post. So here are some more. Liverpool street scenes from in and around the 27 bus.

Route map printed out. All ready to go.
Route map printed out. All ready to go.
Starting at Lodge Lane.
Starting at Lodge Lane.
Just off Lodge Lane.
Just off Lodge Lane.

Following up recent cowhouse finds with this livery stable. Links to a past when large animals shared the city with us. And reflecting on the use of the word ‘livery’ to mean a horse stable but also as elements of heraldry. When owning a horse marked you out as the local warlord or nobility.

This wonderful supermarket with vegetables and fruit  you don't find in any Tesco out on the street.
This wonderful supermarket with vegetables and fruit, some you won’t find in any Tesco out on the street.

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Great bus journeys of the world: the 27

Now the light nights are here and summer’s arriving the tourist buses are busy ferrying visitors around. But not many of those visitors probably know that the best of the tourist buses runs all day, every ten minutes, and can take them to the places most tourists want to go – but also to the real Liverpool that the rest of us treasure. Welcome to another great bus journey. Let’s go and get on the 27.

It's Saturday morning, a blue sky day.
It’s Saturday morning, a blue sky day.

As we leave the house on what will turn out to be the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far.

Off to Lodge Lane to catch the 27 on another 'Great bus journeys of the world' adventure.
Off to Lodge Lane to catch the 27 on another ‘Great bus journeys of the world’ adventure.

But before we get on the bus we have a look around Lodge Lane.

Feeling like we're on our holidays in a bustling marketplace.
Feeling like we’re on our holidays in a bustling marketplace.
On our holidays in Liverpool 8.
On our holidays in Liverpool 8.

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