Special Memories

One of my most memorable life experiences happened 51 years ago today. We got a taxi, walked up and down a noisy Goodison Road that was filled with people and their anticipation. Everyone seemed so tall, you could smell the tobacco and police horses. The best memory was that magical moment when my Dad led… Continue reading Special Memories

Smaller World

My world feels physically smaller, yet bigger, these days. I’m no longer an expert in transport timetables, hotel and sandwich chains. That knowledge is now applied to sourcing the best independent locally sourced food. Work is all over the world, even though I run everything from our dining room table. Despite hardly travelling and meeting… Continue reading Smaller World

Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

Recently, we came across a Monkey Puzzle tree. Native to Chile and Argentina, its name was first coined in 1850 by Charles Austin, who said that climbing its branches would be a puzzle, even for a monkey. Whenever I see a puzzle, my Instinct is to find a way of working it out. In a… Continue reading Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

Direction

This is a time of year when, more than ever, many of us are thinking about our direction. Whether it is our job, business, business development, or life in general, things are getting busier. We sometimes find ourselves wondering which way to go, when there are opportunities all around us. Decisions are like bridges. We… Continue reading Direction

What we Love

One of the better things to come out of the pandemic has been noticing how many of us have started, or re-discovered, doing things we love. The small things that matter, like being in nature, more time with loved ones, knowing more about our local area, or a hobby. Right now, it’s more important than… Continue reading What we Love

It’s Already Coming Home

As I was enjoying England win earlier this week, I reflected on the fact that this was the first time in over 20 years that I’ve been able to watch a football tournament from start to finish at home. Every one has seen me check match times with trains, planes and traffic. It is about… Continue reading It’s Already Coming Home

World Refugee Day, 20th June

World Refugee Day is designated to raise awareness and build empathy towards those forced to flee their homes. In previous roles, I have heard first-hand accounts of the planning skills, resilience and bravery required to flee your home and start a new life in a new country. I have also heard the frustration of those… Continue reading World Refugee Day, 20th June

Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

This week brought inspiration, beyond the fine people I worked with. I read an essay by Paul Farley about the Tipping Buckets. Officially the Piazza Fountain, they were a regular stop on me and my Dad’s Sunday morning walks around Liverpool City Centre as a child. I was fascinated by the buckets: tipping, moving, emptying… Continue reading Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

Weathered Resilience

At the end of a busy, fulfilling week, it’s great to recharge the batteries in nature. Walking around Glen Feshie, we revisited the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, where each piece is intended to withstand the Highland climate without cosmetic alterations, until it breaks and dissolves into the soil where it stands. Like so many people… Continue reading Weathered Resilience