The Canal: On a cold and windy day

We’re celebrating Sarah’s official birthday at the moment. It technically happened on Thursday, but is always then celebrated with walks and other observances for these several days afterwards. On the day itself we did our deep favourite Shining Shore walk near Thurstaston on the Dee Estuary. Then the next day continued celebrations by rewalking another […]

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 […]

Time Off in an Unusual Time

I stopped working last Friday afternoon so I could have some time off before the summer ends. Work in my case being the PhD I began last October, following the year’s worth of MA I’d just completed at the University of Liverpool. And none of which I’d have considered to be work at all for […]

Sarah Horton’s ‘Mystery Jam’

We’d both noticed that the brambly hedgerows near us were heaving with blackberries almost ready to be picked, and so yesterday evening we walked over to The Mystery to pick some, not sure if there’d be enough of them ready for jam yet. Fifteen hours later the Mystery Jam was being poured into its waiting […]

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, […]