Cathy’s Walk

dsc06588Commenting on the first of this week’s Cornwall blog posts, our friend Cathy Alderson had this to say:

“My family are all living down there and our treat is to walk from St Uny church to St Ives, stopping at the Carbis Bay hotel for coffee en route. It’s got us through some horrendous times and should be on the NHS!”

Well, what else could we do in response to such a recommendation but go on Cathy’s walk while we’re still down here.

This morning the sun has returned after a couple of grey days.
This morning the sun has returned to St Ives after a couple of grey days.

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And we're off on the 17A to Lelant, to do the walk in the same direction as Cathy and her family would do it.
And we’re off on the 17A to Lelant, to do the walk back to St Ives in the same direction as Cathy and her family would do it.

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Paradise: Two hours from Liverpool

On our way into Wales Sarah and I drive through many miles of the brutal ‘we’ve broken the sky’ kind of rainfall we get too often in these climate-changing days. But we keep going because, well, it’s a day out, an adventure and we’re determined to enjoy it.DSC03080Besides, we’ve been where we’re going many times before, though not for a long time now, and we know it can have good weather even when it’s raining everywhere else. That’s how it is with Paradise.

Across the bridge then to Anglesey and two left turns later we arrive at Niwbwrch. Where we turn left again, through the pine woods and down to the beach.

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Where it is of course a perfect and deeply blue sky day.
Lovely. Snowdonia over there doing its usual job of hoovering up all the clouds.
Lovely. Snowdonia over there doing its usual job of hoovering up all the clouds.

Well done that mountain range. Continue reading “Paradise: Two hours from Liverpool”

A Very Good Friday

Realising I haven’t had a day off working for two weeks, when I get up on Good Friday and the sun’s out, I go out too. Walking to town on one of my circuitous routes. Beginning a few roads from where we live in Wavertree.

On Lidderdale Road.
On Lidderdale Road.
From where a path runs alongside the railway.
From where a path runs alongside the railway.
All the way to Lawrence Road.
All the way to Lawrence Road.

So just a couple of hundred yards away from always busy Smithdown is this peaceful stroll.

Past pieces of almost rural past.
Past pieces of almost rural past.

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Our heritage? The Friday Walk

Isn’t ‘Heritage’ a peculiar word and concept? How come some things are ‘Heritage’ and others merely ‘ordinary.’ And who decides anyway? Being ‘National Heritage Weekend’ when you can get into approved places you might not always be able to, I decided to walk round the neighbourhood here and have a think.

Starting at the heart of things.
Starting at the heart of things.

Granby 4 Streets of course. Where I spent most of yesterday and much of the last week. This week we’ve started handing out the keys to the first Community Land Trust houses to come off site. This week they’ve started turning into homes. Heritage or just places where people live?

Off out walking on Friday morning.
Off out walking on Friday morning.
Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on?
Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on. Heritage or utilities?
Past the Unitarian Church. Heritge and open this weekend.
Past the Unitarian Church, Ullet Road. Official Heritge, William Roscoe and all, and open this weekend.

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Further Adventures in Aigburth

Cooper's Coffee Shop, Aigburth Road.
Cooper’s Coffee Shop, Aigburth Road.

A (splendid) late breakfast with a friend here, ended with me setting off on another of my random walks down the far south end of Liverpool. Previous Aigburth walks have featured the suspected Magdalene Laundry we didn’t want and the planned Aigburth Docks we never got. Let’s set off up a road I don’t think I’ve ever walked along, certainly not with a camera, and see what we find.

Barkhill Road.
Barkhill Road.

A long narrow road where, as you can see, they’re touchy about parking. It’s gently suburban now, but as you can see from the age of the sandstone walls, older and maybe grander houses have stood here once.

There are still echoes of age along the road. Pieces of near rural.
There are still echoes of age along the road. Pieces of near rural.
And lodges of the grander houses that once stood here.
And lodges of the grander houses that once stood here.

Names like Kilgraston, May Bank, Elmhurst and Delfield we’ll see soon on an old map. Continue reading “Further Adventures in Aigburth”

Around Lark Lane

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Thought I’d be working today but, to my own surprise I got something finished a day earlier than expected, so? It’s Friday, the sky is blue, let’s go!

Not a particularly long Friday Walk in terms of miles this one, but it covers nearly 40 years of my life.

Leaving home.
Leaving home.

The terraced house in Wavertree where I’ve lived for 24 years now, the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere. On this walk we’ll be seeing where I first lived when I moved to the south of the city in the 1970s.

Down on Smithdown Antwakky's are very proud of their chairs.
Down on Smithdown Antwakki’s are very proud of their chairs.
Under the main London line.
Under the main London line.
Through high summer Greenback Park.
Through high summer Greenbank Park.

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We’re all light

I love all of the days and times of the year, but particularly this one. The throw the doors open, let the light in, eat outside, springtime. Like the first time you heard ‘Up town top ranking’ or ‘One day like this’ it gets me every time. The upsurging joy of spring.

Some of it though is so fleeting or so tiny that you can easily miss moments and wildflowers if you’re not looking for them. I’ve been looking for them, together with Sarah. And here are a few our cameras have gathered in.

Like last night as it finally grew dark I went over to draw the curtains and saw this, in the Liverpool sky to my west.

The Moon, Aldebaran and Venus.
The Moon, Aldebaran and Venus.

Sarah tells me that in asronomy this is known as an ‘occultation.’ Aldebaran at the bottom there (the bright star 54 times the size of our own Sun) is either emerging from or about to be hidden behind our Moon. So there.All Light - 38

But even better is the not dark sky of the springtime Northern Hemisphere. So much more light every day that flowers are blooming everywhere you look.

In the hedgerows.
In the hedgerows.

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The Ladybird Book of England

England blueLook who’s been writing poems on their holiday!

“Looking down on Ludlow Castle
From the cliff across the river,
One more day in the Ladybird Book of England.

Red brick houses cluster round it,
Plaques on nearly every one.
Who stayed there
And when their time here ended.

High upon this common land ,
Gazing down at the wealth below me,
One more day in the Ladybird Book of England.

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In England near to the Welsh Border. It is very beautiful and Sarah, Bren and Ronnie have been staying near here this week.

Some men looked sceptically at Ronnie with his new camera as they crossed the road.
Some men look sceptically at Ronnie with his new camera as they cross the road.

He doesn’t care, as they give a sense of human scale to his picture anyway! Continue reading “The Ladybird Book of England”