Monday, 26 January 2015

A Pud Crawl

On Saturday, hubby and I partook in our very first Pud Crawl - yes, you read right, not Pub, PUD!  A friend of ours had organised this and we thought it was a splendid idea.  We started at 11.15am and visited 4 of Sheffield's best independent cafe's and sampled huge portions of cake at each!!  Don't you think that is a splendid concept?

 The cafe's we visited were Eten, Tamper, The Harland and Amici and Bici  (Click on name to visit their websites)
We started big!  Huge great scones with clotted cream and jam.  They were yummy and filling and I wondered how I was going to last the full day!!
There were 13 of us in our party, and the tables had been booked in advance so that the owners knew we were coming.  I knew 4 of our party, but by the end of the day, I had made another 9 great new friends.

At Tamper, we had a great little room all to ourselves.  The conversation was lively and the cakes were going down well.  At Tamper we were treated to Raspberry and Passion Fruit Friends.  These went down very well with the superb coffee.

We had a longer walk to the Harland Cafe - so we got exercise too!
Here, we were treated to Warm Chocolate Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding.  I was feeling pretty stuffed at this point, but this pudding was so light!


We also bumped into a celebrity!  John McClure lead singer with Reverand and the Makers had popped in for takeaway cake and coffee.  He was very interested in our tour!
We had an even longer walk to our last stop - Amici and Bici ( a cyclist friendly cafe).  I'm afraid at this stage I was beaten, however I was provided with a doggy bag.  Here we were treated to not one, but two huge homemade cakes.  Vegen Chocolate Oreo cake and Apple and Caramel cake.

We were given a score card and feedback form to fill in.  I gave each cake 10 out of 10!  The only improvement I could think of was at the half way point I was craving a sliver of sausage roll - I needed something savoury.
We had amazing fun and I couldn't eat another thing all day, so I reckon my calorific intake wasn't much more than any other day (or am I just fooling myself!).   It was a great way to spend a Saturday and I hope we manage to make it to the next one.  I've added Missie Cindz blog to my blog roll at the bottom - give her a visit.  She'll make you hungry though!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Newmiller Dam - Wakefield

On Saturday morning, our walking group was treated to a guided tour of the Newmillerdam area of Wakefield by one of the rangers.  The weather was freezing and we had several snow showers and lots of ice and hard ground under foot.  

 The guide gave us some of the history of the woods around this area.  These tree's in the plantation were grown to make pit props for local collieries (now all gone).  Some one was clearly out to make a profit.
 One of the woods we walked through had been owned by a famous photographer from Barnsley (who's name escapes me).  He specialised in ghoulish montage postcards of pit disasters! We came across a derelict looking building in the woods.  The photographer had plans to build a swimming pool here and these were going to be his changing rooms.
 The pool looked very neglected now.

 Some of the area's fair glistened when the sun shone, and we could feel the warmth of it too - but it didn't stay out for long.

 It was an area I have not explored much, so I have plans to go back and have another look around.
 We were soon back at the dam.

 To my delight, the ranger took us back to his base in the boat house and popped the kettle on!

 The hall that the lake had once belonged to is no longer there.  It was demolished by Wakefield Council in the 1960's.  Such a shame.

 If I hadn't been walking with the group, I doubt that I would have ventured out on this morning as it was very cold and showery, but I really enjoyed this walk - as I do each and every one of them!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy Sunday Morning

I wasn't going to take any photographs this morning as I have snapped this subject matter so many times before, but I enjoyed walking around Sheffield so much this morning that I had to share it with you.  
We started with breakfast in the city, and then decided to have a wander around.  
Here you can see the Cholera monument on the hill.  The 402 victims of this terrible outbreak of 1832 were buried and commemorated.  One of the Kettle Drums of the ill fated "Museum of Popular Music"  (now Sheffield Hallam University Student Union) sits on the right hand side, and between the buildings sits the fantastic independent Showroom Cinema and cafe.

 We had been to see the "Picturing Sheffield" exhibition at the Millenium Galleries before, but we were in a rush then, so today we took our time and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the art, both very old and extremely modern, depicting scenes from our wonderful city.  If you are local, don't miss this!  It is free to look around.

 I've still not found out who this Egyptian is who presides over the Central Library.  I love him though.

 I know that this is Mercury who stands atop the Lyceum theatre.
 The Lyceum (on the right) sits slap bang next to the world famous Crucible theatre.  In the distance you can see the controversial Park Hill Flats - "Streets in the sky" that were built in the 1960's to replace the "slum" housing around the city.  Built in the "Brutalist" style, English Heritage managed to get the flats Grade II listed and they are currently being refurbished (slowly!).

 The Town Hall looked grand in the winter sunshine.
 And the Winter Gardens provided shelter from the biting wind.  Sheffield is often known as Britain's greenest city, but all it's bigger parks are on the outskirts of the city, in the suburbs.  There are lots of green spaces to be found in the centre itself, but they are not parks as such.
 Of course you know about our fantastic Cheese Grater car park.  The artist Pete Mckee said that if this was in Barcelona, it would be a huge deal.  I think he is right!

 We have been criticised in the past for not "looking" like a city - no high rises etc.  So they built one!  St Paul's tower is fairly high, and creates a wind tunnel effect around it as high rises tend to, so hopefully they will leave it at just the one! I bet the views from the top are spectacular as I know you can see out to the Peak District from here, but I wouldn't like to live here.
 I really love the poem written on the side of the Uni building which welcomes visitors as they arrive at Sheffield Midland railway station.
 We really are a cultured bunch!
 And the fabulous painting of Harry Brearley - inventor of stainless steel - painted on one of the very old buildings near the railway station.
 The Midland railway station (at the bottom of this photo) was the last of the 5 stations that were built in the city.  Unlike many cities, our station is Edwardian and not Victorian.  (We do have a Victorian one, but it isn't used anymore - it is interesting to look around though).  I love the station and it currently has a piano plonked in the entrance.  We have used the station lots over the last few weeks and it has been wonderful to hear people passing through playing it.
We had a great morning playing tourist in our own city.  We don't have a tourist office that sings it's praises, so you'll have to make do with me! x