Wandering About: Liverpool 8

Aimlessly2 - 45Two in the end dry days on the run? Sky maybe not broken then? I set off with my camera for another wander around. No random bus to North Liverpool this time, in fact Sarah gives me a lift into town, where Dig Vinyl in Bold Street is seriously investigated.

After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.

After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.

Not one of Bold Street’s more celebrated independents, perhaps, but much liked by me anyway.

Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.

Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.

When I used to make films this late afternoon light where the descending sun shines brightly behind you was always perfect for filming outdoor scenes and places. You’d  only get an hour or so of it before dusk would set. So every moment would be valuable.

Let's go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.

Let’s go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.

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Wandering About: Walton and Orrell Park

Though fairly soulfully, obviously.

Though fairly soulfully, obviously.

When I left the house for a Friday Walk on an actual Friday I had, as so often, no idea where I was going. But walking round the corner I had an idea.

The weather was dreich, to use a lovely Scottish word. Cold, rainy, overcast and dull. Kind of like I was in a cloud. So my idea was to get on the first bus that came, then get off it when the rain stopped or when it reached its terminus, whichever was the sooner.

The first bus when it came was a 68, which I’ve already been on several times this week. But rules are rules even if I’ve only just made them up, so I got on.

Then in Priory Road Anfield the sun came out.

Then in Priory Road Anfield the sun came out.

So I got off.

So I got off.

'Oh no it's Groundhog Day' regular readers might be thinking.

‘Oh no it’s Groundhog Day’ regular readers might be thinking.

“He’s going to walk round Stanley Park for the second time this week“.

Actually no. I'm going to turn right instead of left.

Actually no. I’m going to turn right instead of left.

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Granby 4 Streets and Arts Council England

Because we’ve used this speculative illustration so often many people think a Winter Garden already exists here in Granby. In fact it’s only been a pipedream until today, when it took a huge step towards reality. Our press release about the news we’ve just received follows:

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The Granby Winter Garden and Common House is a key part of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust’s long-term plan to preserve and re-vitalise their neighbourhood.  The CLT itself grew out of residents’ decades long campaign to oppose demolition and re-build their community through creative community action, growing and collaboration and  started the area-wide redevelopment that now combines many solutions, and partners, in a community led regeneration that incorporates homes, shops, a street market, art works and street planting.

Their architects, the collective Assemble are winners of the Turner Prize 2015 for their work over the past two years, with Granby 4 Streets and the Granby Workshop where local young artists design and make fixtures and fittings for homes. The Winter Garden & Common House Project is a new collaboration between the CLT and Assemble, which has been awarded £249,619 by Arts Council England. Continue reading

Springwatch in Stanley Park

Stanley Park - 29Walking in the park on an early spring morning

A few weeks ago I had a walk round Stanley Park with my friend Rachael O’Byrne one winter’s morning. Well today we walked there again, with some other friends, because spring is on its way and we’re going to watch it carefully as it turns up in our lovely Stanley Park.

A cold bright morning turning off Priory Road into the park.

A cold bright morning turning off Priory Road into the park.

Walking across...

Walking across…

To the other side.

To the other side.

We met at the Isla Gladstone.

We met at the Isla Gladstone.

And set off walking. Jan, Rachael, Ros, Pat and me.

And set off walking. Jan, Rachael, Ros, Pat and me.

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Talking Liverpool: Welsh Streets and Homebaked

The Welsh Streets01As you will have well gathered by now, I love to talk about Liverpool in all kinds of ways. The parts of the place, the theory and practice of the place, the many joys of my place, my home.

So today I was up and out early for a day of Talking Liverpool.

Hoping these words on the back of the Bluecoat wouldn't define the day.

Hoping these words on the back of the Bluecoat wouldn’t define the day.

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With Homebaked: Designing

A Saturday afternoon here, spent as a member of Homebaked Community Land Trust looking for inspiration, as we now near the end of our first, year long phase, doing the basic design of the new building that will eventually rise next to the Homebaked Community Bakery.Architecture - 4This is a day of two architects, both at the centre of the picture here. Marianne Heaslip, of Urbed and long-time friend of all of us here, together with Toby Wallis of Architectural Emporium who have been working with us now since March last year.

Our collective brief today, in Toby’s words, we are:

“Looking for sustainable features of neighbouring buildings,
Looking at building materiality, aesthetics and durability,
And looking at old and new building junctions.”

Gathered here in Hope Street, Liverpool.

Gathered here in Hope Street, Liverpool.

In Architectural Emporium's offices.

In Architectural Emporium’s offices.

Marianne’s particularly here for her environmental and energy advice and experience. So we spend a while discussing things like ‘green-washing’ and the corporate drivel that can often stand in for real considerations in actual contexts of what true sustainability might mean to particular groups of people in their real place.

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In North Liverpool: At Rotunda

A brilliant place for looking up from your life.

A brilliant place for looking up from your life.

When I told a friend I’d been to Rotunda he’d never heard of them. “What is it?” he said “What do they do?” I took a deep breath and said roughly this:

“Basically they’re a community led place that’s there to improvise whatever help’s needed around whoever comes through their Kirkdale door. Alternative education for the young, adult education, counselling, legal advice, loads of community stuff, a business centre, a café that’s also a history resource, a nursery, a gorgeous garden round the side & a big space out the front for events – plus advocacy for the future of North Liverpool. From a beautiful row of Georgian houses on Great Mersey Street. Oh and they’ve also got their own folly.”

In case you know as much about Rotunda as my friend I’ll tell you how to get there.

You could get the 27 like me to the bottom of Everton Valley.

You could get the 27 bus  like me to the bottom of Everton Valley.

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