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 […]

Evensong in Autumn

Time in Holy Cross Church on the Woodchurch Estate and Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, Birkenhead, on National Heritage Weekend. The practice of Evensong is apparently something early Christians derived from the Jewish faith, where prayers are offered for particular times of the day. I know this because Sarah and I spent our late Sunday afternoon this […]

Walking Out to Hilbre

We sometimes call this ‘Walking out beyond the edge of the known universe’ and it can feel a bit like that on some of the wintry and the cloudy days when we’ve done this walk before. But today, on a blue and sunny mid-November Sunday, Hilbre and the two smaller islands out in the Dee […]

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 […]

Wirral West and its Shining Shore

Having spent much of yesterday afternoon and evening in Wirral West, as one of the many people there helping the local Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood get elected, I decide to go back to the constituency today, as I take a day off from all forms of working. Today I’m reflecting on my happiness that Jeremy […]

Walking round Birkenhead

Photographs by Jane MacNeil   I’ve spent much of this last week walking round Birkenhead with my friend the photographer Jane MacNeil. Our walks have been part of the Wirral Ideas Festival, part of helping local people create and develop ideas for new enterprises in Birkenhead. The Festival finishes this evening, Thursday, with an Expo […]