Flow, Mighty Mersey.

Well, it’s nearly that time again… The Viking Queen feels the call of the far North, as the Gods of fertility and regrowth  throughout our ancestral lands end its Winter slumber. We can sleep no more, we must embrace life in all its glory!

New life as Spring comes to Wallasey on the Wirral's Mersey shore.

New life as Spring comes to Wallasey on the Wirral’s Mersey shore.

‘She senses the call of her marine domain, for now is time for the helm again!’

My flirtation with Liverpool is ending like an affair between a sailor and her bawdy, rough, and yet true lover; for this city has courted me well these past few months! She has been a healer too, aware of my need to feel the sea close at all time, for what else is there for me? This honest, true, harsh and yet compassionate element that cleans out all that is false, replacing it with a mirror of one’s true self; one that has nowhere to hide.

'The Black Pearl', a local project to build an old pirate ship from Mersey Driftwood.

‘The Black Pearl’, a local project to build an old pirate ship from Mersey Driftwood.

The mighty River Mersey has been a hugely important part of Liverpool’s growth, decline and then rebirth, since the destruction of the old working class by Mrs Thatcher and her Tory party. The city descended into hell during the Toxteth riots and almost ground to a halt, being a constant thorn in the side of the London Government’s attempts to destroy the Unions and beat the North into submission. And so it came to pass, that from the ashes, the city they couldn’t defeat has grown into a new, modern and vibrant place packed with the irrepressible strength and humour of its Scouse natives. Liverpool oozes sincerity coupled with an unrivalled hospitality so sadly lacking in the cruel, harsh money-driven shell of London, once so proud itself.

Ferry 'cross the Mersey'. Chris visited me to sample the 'Pool. She epitomises all that was good about the old London before it became sullied by the Corporates.

‘So Ferry cross the Mersey’: Chris visited me to sample the ‘Pool. She epitomises all that was good about the old London before it became sullied by the Corporates.

Soon, my travels will take me to visit my friend Rose in the south of Germany where I will be introduced to the ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ so far away it is from the Sea! Nevertheless, that wonderful country too has its proud Heathen ancestry long before the arrival of middle eastern religions. Our Old Gods once graced the hearths of homes from the Alps to the Steppes of Russia, only to be removed from our consciousness by the state and the church of Rome. But they live still within many of us and their teachings preserved in folk tales such as the Brothers’ Grimm and the Poetic Edda of the Norse lands. Who knows, maybe there is a greater need for them now than at any time before, to bring us back into harmony with the land and respect for the elements that have been abused by the imperialistic, colonialism of Western so-called ‘democracy’.

And as the night embraces my favourite city, so I must say 'Farewell'.

And as the night embraces my favourite city, so I must say ‘Farewell’.

Hopefully, Germany will provide me with more wonderful insights into Spring and her rebirth, with new friends who want also an end to the insanity of Globalisation and a return to ‘small is beautiful’. For me, it is now the ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ and much gratitude to all the lovely folk who have made me welcome.

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About Viking Queen

I am a sailor and I live on my boat 'Free'. I have no home but originate from Tyneside. I have no allegiance, just a desire to do no harm and live with courage and an open heart.
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21 Responses to Flow, Mighty Mersey.

  1. Christian says:

    Thank you for asking to come and visit “The Pool” and share the hostel experience, which I greatly enjoyed and would go back again.
    Many cups of coffee and much cake was had, as well a bottle wine and a beer or two.
    if asked will join you again for another hostel adventure next year.
    see you soon.
    Cx

  2. Just had to Share this on FB (hate FaceBook, but try to make it do some good)!

  3. beliefpatrol says:

    very entertaining 🙂

  4. Viki Moore says:

    Love the Black Pearl!

  5. Hariod Brawn says:

    Good to hear from you Poppy, and I must admit to never having been to Liverpool other than on very fleeting trips – your article makes me feel as if I’ve missed much in not lingering and exploring. I agree with you about London; talk about selling England by the pound. H ❤

    • Viking Queen says:

      Hello Hariod… You may have to ‘filter out’ my romantic nature for a more accurate picture, to be sure! Come before the housing market goes through the roof though, and there are some real Liverpudlians still living here! Let the fate of London be a salutary reminder! I fear Albion is slowly being swallowed up by the money men (and women), like a cancer slowly creeping north and west.

  6. Claus Højlund says:

    did aswell share on FB. think it was time ones again to introduce you 🙂 Did start with the line “Who want also an end to the insanity of Globalisation and a return to ‘small is beautiful’. 😀 enjoy the Germans 😉

    • Viking Queen says:

      Hej again Claus. It’s been a while since hearing from you! How’s your ‘baby’? Thanks for promoting me!

  7. Liz Poole says:

    Bon Chance, Poppy, in your new endeavors, it was great to ‘catch up’, here on Roly in Thames.
    Don’t be too hard on London, I love it (but I do understand what you mean) and you have inspired me to go back to visit Liverpool after 52 years, Tony was in a musical there in 1963, so it will be fascinating to see all the changes. Lots of love from us both, Happy sailing and interesting adventures, Liz n Tony xx

    • Viking Queen says:

      Hi Liz, it’s hard not to be. Too many bad memories. It’s only when you see a place like Liverpool that you can see London for what it really is. Sorry, just being honest. Without money, you are nothing. Thanks for the good wishes, and love to Tony and your family. Take good care of yourselves.

  8. Good to hear that you are on the move again now that winter is coming to a finish. Can’t wait to hear your impressions of Deutsch!

  9. Kat says:

    Hey Pops, good to keep hearing you’re triumphs and trials. email me hon. Kat xxx

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