Tag Archives: One street at a time

The Beat of Life

Welcome to the garden that is Granby 4 Streets in Liverpool 8.

This is Cairns Street.Granby01 Its gardeners, ‘That Bloomin’ Green Triangle’ have have just won the Spirit of Merseyside Environmental Impact Award for 2013. So the garden is all around us today. So is the 4 Streets Market, and so are plans and thoughts about what’s happening to the housing at long last.

The CLT have their own stall.

The Community Land Trust have their own stall.

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December in Granby: The Street Market

The Granby 4 Streets Market is back for a one-off December special this coming Saturday, from 10:00 to 2:00ish.Granby ad Theresa McDermott, who’s been one of the Market’s organisers all this year says:

“Come down for lots of festive cheer – and if that doesn’t come naturally to you, we can help bring it on with some of our mulled wine . There’ll be braziers, roasted chestnuts and lots of bargains.”

It'll look something like this, with less leaves, a light dusting of snow and festive robins sitting on people's shoulders.

It’ll look something like this, with less leaves, a light dusting of snow and festive robins sitting on people’s shoulders.

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Homebaked – Open for business!

Today’s post is a total celebration, of something wholly good, that’s happened today in Anfield.

From today, open for business.

From today, open for business.

These have been tough years for Anfield.

Years of slow and painful regeneration.

Years of slow and painful regeneration.

Many homes and people gone, so many pubs closed down.

Many homes and people gone, so many pubs closed down.

Less people to shop, so less shops to shop in.

Less people to shop, so less shops to shop in.

But now, at very long last the future is arriving.

But now, at very long last the future is arriving. Approaching gradually down St Domingo Vale.

Because whatever you think of how it’s been done, new houses are being completed and new people are arriving. And the community of people who’ve stuck with their beloved place are gradually becoming a bigger and newer community. Continue reading

The Friday Walks – The Welsh Streets

Friday’s walk didn’t cover too many miles, not really. But it took ten years. I’ll explain more in a bit, when we get to the Welsh Streets.

Welsh Streets, Liverpool 8

The Welsh Streets, Liverpool 8

Setting out on today’s urban Friday Walk, it’s a darkly autumnal day and it’s clearly going to rain. But not yet, setting off along Ullet Road.

A carpet of autumn leaves along Ullet Walk.

A carpet of autumn leaves along Ullet Walk.

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Inspecting Liverpool, part two

So, continuing my Sunday walk this week. It’s a beautiful, sunny day. And having walked to the Bold Street Festival, through Granby, Canning and down the hill from Hope Street, now I’m outside St George’s Hall.

Waiting for the 19 bus to take me to North Liverpool.

Waiting for the 19 bus to take me to North Liverpool.

I get off at Walton Lane and walk along Bullens Road to the first place I want to see.

Diana Street, Walton.

Diana Street, Walton.

This is the street of my earliest memories. We lived in two different shared houses here until I was three years old. I don’t remember any cars then, back in the 1950s. People like us just didn’t have them. But I do remember standing in the front window sometimes and watching thousands and thousands of people walk past the house.

Because at this end of the street is Goodison Park, the ground of Everton Football Club.

Because at this end of the street is Goodison Park, the ground of Everton Football Club.

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Summertime

Summertime, and what with the vicious bedroom tax and hundreds of thousands relying on foodbanks to feed the family, the living is definitely not easy for many people here in Britain. But when the sun shines all day like it did this Saturday the living gets undoubtedly easier, if only for the day.

So, too hot to write much or think much, let’s enjoy the day. Beginning in Granby.

At the Granby 4 Streets Market.

At the Granby 4 Streets Market.

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Photographing ordinary things

If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you’ll know that, aside from our work and my life with Sarah, one of the main things I do is walk around photographing things. Sometimes extraordinary, like a magnificent landscape, a surprising wildflower or the new baby goslings on the lake. But more often I delight in the ordinary. Knowing that the ordinary is as temporary as everything else and, one day, is as likely to delight or interest us as anything else is. Like, if you were to offer to show me the following two photographs or ones of the Grand Canyon or somewhere else I’ve never been, most days I’d say ‘Show me the Garston ones.’

Saunby Street, Garston in 2002. Awaiting demolition.

Saunby Street, Garston in 2002. Awaiting demolition.

Along with much else of 'Under the Bridge'.

Along with much else of ‘Under the Bridge’ back then.

Sometimes I’ll capture the ordinary shortly before I know it’s going. Or occasionally I’ll capture it accidentally. Continue reading