From Wavertree to Walton: via Granby?

This might very well have never once occurred to you. But say you wanted to get from Wavertree, just by the Mystery, to a meeting in Granby and then to Walton to meet a friend, and you’d decided to walk all the way, how would you do it? Well as I say, it might never …

And breathe…

All through the long lockdowns of this last year this has been my secondary walk. Wider and longer than what got called my ‘permitted daily exercise’ early on in the pandemic. This one a circular walk of eight miles or so, done in all seasons, mostly alone and with only occasional and distanced company. Down …

Yesterday was perfectly lovely

Yesterday was perfectly lovely, a long day’s walking with an old friend. Talking through the last few years of each of our lives. How our loved ones are, and our loved things too. The places and ideas we’ve been putting our time into. Going on to the deep places where “And how are you in …

The Secret Alley

Do you know about the secret alley, off Smithdown and along the back of Garmoyle? What Lawrence Road turns into one it’s crossed Wellington and stops being a road? Well you do now, and it was looking both beautiful and useful this morning when I walked home along it, from picking up a delivery at …

On Boxing Day Afternoon

I like these two days. Even though Sarah and I don’t do Christmas we don’t usually do anything else particularly special. Unless you count living quietly together, reading novels and doing nothing at all that looks like work. Which we definitely do count. So these are days with space. To do the things we might …

On Christmas Morning

The neighbourhood and the almost ritual walk around it that has defined my year. In lockdown times walking into town has been only occasional but this walk, around the local streets, has been my meditation and my breathing space. From home down to Smithdown, along Penny Lane to Greenbank Road, through Ibbotson’s Lane, round the …