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, […]

The Shining Shore: In Glistening Autumn

After several days of torrential rain then the annual peculiarity of us all getting up and acting as if the time has really slipped back an hour, today the sky turned deeply blue and Sarah and I went out on one of our favourite walks. A walk we do regularly but haven’t since February. It […]

Here on the Shining Shore

You have to make time for spring or it could easily be missed altogether. The delicacy of it, the just born eagerness. So we both took a day off, Sarah and I, to go and visit springtime on the Shining Shore. And when we got home Sarah wrote this poem and made these two collages […]

By the Light of the Shining Shore

We spent the day before the coming of the dark walking in our sacred place. The last day before turning the clocks back for the winter spent in the place that has sustained both of us through some of the hardest times of our lives. ‘The Shining Shore’ on the Dee Estuary is both the […]

A Wirral Meditation

I tell myself I’ve come here to think something through. Something I’ve been thinking about that could do with a walk to get it straight. But as soon as I arrive I know the place isn’t going to put up with that. Because the place itself wants to be noticed. And in the noticing my […]

Sarah goes sea kayaking: The Marshlands, by boat

In which brave Sarah goes out into the more than choppy waters of the Dee Estuary and the boundaries of her comfort zone are well and truly pushed. * One of my favourite places in the whole world is ‘The Shining Shore’ – the¬†shining waters and mudflats of the Dee Estuary. Me and Ronnie have […]