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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield April 19th 2019

The weather outside today is really nice. It looks like we have brought the Tenerife weather with us. We have a hire car booked to pick up from Manchester airport for 12 mid-day, but have decided that commencing our journey to Gatwick Airport on Wednesday morning would be better done before then. We thought we would chance our luck and see if we could get the car earlier. Luckily, the semi grumpy driver from the hotel offered to take us directly to the rental centre, so we did not have to lug all our bags onto the rental centre bus. He sounded like he had already had a busy morning and was being given the run around a little, but a tip soon brought a smile to his face. We arrived at the rental centre at ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield October 13th 2018

If you visit Sheffield and look to see. There is a brief window of time when the low, October, Autumn-sun sets low over the city, towards the Peak District. The setting golden light is caught within my compact flat. Last year, October light was new to me. New flat, new wall but I was still aware of it. Now, a 2nd year. October visits again - I am ready. Soft, velvet light floods across the wall in one diagonal shard, deepening the colours of all the objects it touches. In this moment of time, the wall is made up of an assortment of pure illumination of varying sorts. dried festival flowers. Yarn. Chinese vases. Tibetan women captured in polaroid time All dance in natural, Autumn light The poetry of things. The room sparkles with rainbows cast ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield August 2nd 2016

That great body of Hindu writing the Dhammapada says that "Even if the water falls drop by drop it will fill the pot". So it does. Each day adds a drop of time like water dripping into a pot . It brings us closer to our last trip of the year to Europe. It is only 32 days until we leave for Cabbage Lane Caravan Park and head for the continent. Only 10 working days. Suzy has moved slightly. We started her engine up yesterday and whilst she was chugging away we rang the company that tracks her for us. It is five years since she was fitted with her tracker. Attached to her is something that talks to the satelites and then relays information to the tracking company. It is like an electronic tag on ... read more
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The hamlet with its cottages and workshops
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield September 3rd 2015

Departing Liverpool and onto Sheffield for one night only. Dobby and myself catch the National Express to Sheffield. Although I haven't seen enough of Sheffield, it is one place that I do enjoy visiting. Staying in the city centre for the night before collecting a car to start something new I have never done before. Once checking into the Mecure hotel, off we head for a nice walk through the peace gardens, passing the Sheffield Bank - another brilliantly crafted building. And then a meal at the central Wetherspoons pub, the Bankers Draft.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield June 26th 2015

Dear Visitor, Welcome to my online travel diary. I have just subscribed, and will keep you updated about my Stay Abroad throughout the following next 10 weeks. It´s not my first time here, I have been here before (Approximately 10/11 times). I have many relatives and friends in the UK and can visit them when want. My cousins live in London, My aunt lives in Sheffield, some of my friends live in Manchester and Brighton etc. I have been to London and Sheffield more than the other cities, and I have a crush when it comes to Sheffield. It reminds me of Erbil, Iraq (the place I was born and left when I was 6 years old). It´s colder and greener but whenever I see the Mountains and hills, I feel at home. First things first, ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield December 27th 2014

If, when you go to bed, there is a snow storm blowing outside, then, surely when you wake, the first thing you do is run to the window to check the first winter snow is still there. And surely your second thought would be to get dressed and go out walking in it. I wake at 6am and can tell by the total still sound that outside is covered in snow. quite deep snow. I make a flask, pack the last leftover roast sausages and stuffing from the Christmas dinner, layer up with clothes and set off for the moors. At 7am, there is no one on the streets but me. No cars, no buses, no one. Frozen car tracks left during the night, leave deep ruts in the roads covered in snow. I walk in ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield November 28th 2014

A day in Sheffield, where I caught the tram into the main city and out to the Hillsborough stadium, to pay my respects to the 96 who died in the football tragedy 25 years ago in the FA cup semi final, between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest. It was touching, reading and seeing all those scarves, the pictures and the messages from loved ones. You cannot even fathom what they are feeling, and with the ongoing events, I just hope that closure will come to them in the close future. From there back into the city, where I find myself in the Fargate mall. Wow, my first sign that Christmas is not far away, with stalls and Santa's grotto in the midst of it all. I wandered up and down and also visited the Peace Gardens, which ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield July 31st 2014

There are certain songs that make you smile and sing along to. Donna Summers Hot Stuff is one of these . Go on you know you want to sing along....................Sittin' here, eatin' my heart out, Waitin' for some lover to call, Dialled about a thousand numbers lately, Almost rang the phone off the wall . .....Lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'. I need some hot stuff baby tonight I want some hot stuff baby this evenin' ........Catchy isn't it. And when you put it together with that iconic scene of grown men standing in a jobcentre queue waiting to sign on and breaking into dance it cannot fail to make you smile. Having worked in the jobcentre for over 30 years I am still waiting for that scene to be reinacted in my office. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield April 20th 2014

Foggy, dismal and pretty depressing in Sheffield at this time of year, when the sun doesn't shine! But all is OK as I am going to AFRICA within a week. I AM GOING ON HOLIDAY BY MYSELF, ALONE, WITH NO-ONE GOING WITH ME! I will hopefully meet up with like minded travellers. I am all inoculated up - everything is up to date; typhoid, tetanus, polio, all the hepatitis, diphtheria, polio, didn't need yellow fever, and my malaria tablets start on Wednesday! I have 3 initial challenges 1st how much I can get in to my smallest rucksack; this is because I get notoriously bored waiting for baggage at any airport so always try to fly light! 2nd is accepting my small rucksack is not big enough! 3rd packing; I normally do this around 40 minutes ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield September 13th 2013

in the shifting light of the last year, i have watched my home respond to the seasons. it battened down the hatches in the deep winter and then opened its doors and windows and tiny corners of darkness to a summer England hasn’t seen the likes of in years. and now, that the rain has returned and the dark nights are drawing in, my wood pile and i are ready for the fast approaching cold. this house encourages me to live by the seasons. it can be very cold at times, it can be bathed in sunshine or feel damp with rain. but mostly, and this is what i mark time by, the sun writes across the walls and i can read the seasons by its trail. if i turn around, i can read what time ... read more
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