The Edge of the Known Universe

We always called this place the edge of the known universe,Expecting to step off it as we got closer to the islands.Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre hanging in the air, out thereWhere the sea becomes the sand became the sky and left the land,At the edge of the known universe.Today however, the known universe …

A Year on the Allotment

A year ago now, as 2020 was arriving, Sarah and I had spent most of our Christmas working on her allotment. Digging out, restructuring and getting her plot of Liverpool land ready for a productive year. Taking advantage of the short amount of time when hardly anything is growing to get various pieces of work …

One Song: For love is strong as death

Years ago at this time of year we would vote between us for our favourite things. We being me, Sarah and my daughter Clare. Looking back on the year nearly gone we’d remember and vote on various categories like our “shop of the year, best film, top book and one song.” And I was particularly …

The Year of Living Quietly

An annual tradition is starting to happen. The ‘looking back on the year’ articles in newspapers, on websites and blogs such as this. Which is what has started me writing, sat here in Liverpool early on this Saturday. With Elizabeth Alker on Radio 3 playing me into the morning as she so often has, this …

Mosses & Lichen in Late November

As we set off from the the car park near the Shining Shore we worked out that, roughly, we must have done this walk around seventy times now. On half a dozen or more occasions a year for the past thirteen or fourteen. But like all good walks you never walk the same one twice, …

Marsh

Out beyond Southport, on the way towards Preston is today’s walk location, full of treasure and interest. Even if a first glance might lead you to think it’s at the bleak end of nowhere, it is in fact a very special somewhere. Welcome to the Marsh. In a way it’s two marshes, separated by a …