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

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 […]

Home Life During a Pandemic

4th April – Week Two How are you doing? Nearly two weeks into the British version of a lockdown and maybe longer where you are, how are you getting on? Hoping but not presuming you’re well, here’s another hello from me here in Liverpool. This is the second of these Home Life reports and, as […]

Ordinary Magic: And how to do it

I’ve been learning how to do magic for the last few days. Not tricks you understand, but ordinary magic. By which I mean magic without hidden pockets, distractions, annoying patter or rabbits being pulled out of top hats. The sort of magic we can all do without years of training and mainly by believing we […]

Other Things We've Survived: Reflections from an allotment

As the ‘just in time’ supply system of the major supermarkets, together with a mass change in shopping habits, has left empty spaces on supermarket shelves lately, there’s been a good deal of ‘so you think this is bad’ talk from those of a certain age on social media. Like a Monty Python sketch but […]

The Shining Shore: Just Because

Sarah and I have been doing this walk for years and I’ve written about it many times on here. But today we needed to go across to Thurstaston and simply do the walk again. For the ritual of it, the outdoors-ness of it, the joy and, yes, the comfort of it. It’s a Friday Walk, […]