Meanwhile : Articles written by Simon Jones

Every so often you have a day that when you climb into bed at night you think to yourself ‘that was a perfect day’. Today was one such day.

The heat of sunrays beaming through my slightly open window woke me this morning. I was staying over at a friend’s house that overlooks the River Mersey toward Liverpool. She was already downstairs in the kitchen and as I got dressed I could smell the aroma of fresh coffee. The day was certainly off to a great start.

I wandered downstairs just as my friend was setting up breakfast on her garden table. Some kind of world music, typical of Liz-anne’s taste, was playing on her stereo as we sat outside chatting, eating toast and marmalade, drinking coffee and watching ships coming down the River Mersey in the now scorching sun. This wasn’t a breakfast to rush, and neither of us had any plans to do so.

At about a quarter to eleven I headed off to the beach on my own to take a few pictures and enjoy the sun, which was making its first major appearance of the year. New Brighton beach might not be the most amazing place in the world, but this morning it was superb. Hot and not at all crowded. In fact it would best be described as nearly deserted thanks to the fact that today is the FA Cup final. I walked along the beach watching huge ships coming and going, disturbed only by the occasional squawk of a seagull. My perfect day was on track… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]