Apple Blossom Time

Because of the third lockdown here in Britain we’d not done this walk, our favourite, since the sixth of December five long months ago, when the walk had ended in the mid-winter dark. Now with spring all around us on the first of May it was time for us to return at last to the …

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, …

Wildflower Hunting on the Shining Shore

Our first time on the Shining Shore since the lockdown began in March and we were so glad to be back there today. Walking in the hills and lanes and woodlands down to the Dee Shore around Thurstaston. So glad to see the sea and the coast after all this time. Not that this was …

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 …