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 …

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 …

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 …

Walking to Work

For today’s blog post I’ve decided to continue with the general walking theme I’ve been writing about for the past few days. Partly because walking is a big part of what I do and noticing the beauty of autumn therefore follows. But also because of what else is happening around us right now. With Covid …

An Otterspool Walk

I’ve done this walk loads of times, at times it’s even been a run, but believing that you never step in the same river twice I also believe you never quite do the same walk twice. So here it is again. Leaving home in Wavertree, along Penny Lane and Ibbotson’s Lane, down to Aigburth Vale, …

The Far End of Queen’s Drive

In all the lockdown shrinking of our worlds this year I nearly forgot to go and look at what happens to the far end as every autumn begins. This is the far end of Queen’s Drive, Liverpool’s major ring road. It starts all the way round the city in Bootle and for most of its …