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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield July 19th 2021

Dear All Greetings! I write this one from Sheffield this time. I don’t think I’ve ever written one from my home city before, though I guess times such as these are rather unusual and unprecedented. I write once more on the eve before a big trip – my biggest trip since summer 2019. I am excited to be getting back on the travelling road again, after such a long time away from it. I have indeed done some short trips over the last 17 months, but this upcoming one feels a bit more major, a bit more exotic, a bit more back to normal. Tomorrow I head to Scotland! In theory, I could spend the summer visiting a number of places around the world, as the world is starting to open up again once more to ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield March 25th 2021

I always thought it would be possible to have a great weeks holiday without leaving the city boundary. Now with a lockdown and a stay home message we were about to find out without going more than a few miles from home. So with exercise pretty much the only thing we are allowed to do we choose some of our favourite walks and are blessed with some sunny days. Day 1 Wharncliffe Side and Greno Woods are criss crossed by paths, mountain bike trails and bridle pathways. The mountain bikes were out in force, they hurtled past on parallel paths at death defying speeds. A path through the forest is laid out with balancing bars, stepping stones and woodland poems. The city peeks through the trees at various points. Close by in Grenoside is a decent ... read more
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Rivlin Valley

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield October 30th 2020

The last time I was in Sheffield in a travel blogging sense, it was an ode to Heaven 17. The Other Half was reliving her youth and we were at the O2 to see Glen Gregory et al, blasting out the the full Luxury Gap album. Temptation indeed. She was on a roll, after doing the Penthouse & Pavement tour 2 years previously. It seems only fair then that the title of this blog goes to their musical neighbours, Human League. As usual, there might well be the sound of a crowd later too. Our other Sheffield blog started with the Heaven 17 lyrics, "We're going to live for a very long time". Fast forward to 2020 and nobody really knows anymore. The silent killer is among us and back for a second wave. We can ... read more
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Sheffield Botanical Gardens

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
Part of an old steam engine
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
Old stone mileage post. To Buxton and Tideswell
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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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