On Christmas Morning

The neighbourhood and the almost ritual walk around it that has defined my year. In lockdown times walking into town has been only occasional but this walk, around the local streets, has been my meditation and my breathing space. From home down to Smithdown, along Penny Lane to Greenbank Road, through Ibbotson’s Lane, round the …

Home Life During a Pandemic

18thApril – Week Four Well the washing’s in, dark colours first, and Elizabeth Alker’s on the radio, just completing her ‘Croissant Corner’ with some Edith Piaf, so I’ve sat down with some coffee to write this week’s Home Life, thinking we might go for a walk soon. I usually write these with no idea where …

The High Street & how it’s doing

A closely observed walk along a local hight street here in Liverpool, with statistics, to see and feel how it’s doing. Our high streets are in trouble. Some blame austerity politics, others supermarkets and more still the passage of time, saying we shop differently now. What’s in less doubt than these various causes is the …

Emerging from Winter/Part One

The first of two linked posts, walking round the neighbourhoods where I live. Part Two here. I haven’t done this for ages. Come out from the house on a bright blue day and let my camera take me for a walk. Making no plans about where I’ll go, I’ll see where my feet and my …

Letting Go: A Quiet Breath

As the peace arrives, letting go And the silence waits, letting go There is nothing left to do now but let go. Put the work away, letting go One more thing away, letting go There is nothing more to do now but let go. Letting go, like a prayer Like a dream of nothing there …

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 …