On our way back from one of our days out we stopped at Haggler's Corner for a cup of tea.
It's a building we often pass on our way through town in an area where there are lots of
interesting individual businesses; cafes, co-operative art venues, second hand and antique shops.
You can't help noticing Haggler's Corner.
The cup of tea and the musical trio made for a very welcome break.
What interested me most was the wall painting in the cafe courtyard of Granelli's shop that sells old fashioned varieties of sweets and home made ice cream. The old shop still stands and it's one I noticed when we first visited the city of Sheffield and wondered about the Italian community living here. Then I met a lady, now a good friend, at a family history course whose great grandparents were Italian immigrants who settle in the city and she's told me some interesting tales about the early days. If you're interested you can read more about the Italians who lived in Sheffield's 'Little Italy' in the C19th and C20th century here. Some were skilled artisans making terrazzo mosaics for floors and walls in important city buildings and others were street vendors who sold their wares to the theatres and music hall audiences and later established businesses such as an ice cream saloon in the city centre.
I haven't been to the shop as it's a little out of my way, but the Granelli family sells ice cream in the new covered market in the city centre. We're having some warm weather at the moment and just right for enjoying some specially-made Italian ice cream so I might check out the market stall there. Alternatively a quiet time sitting in the garden with a bowl of strawberries (not our own, as yet) might be a good idea. I shall enjoy the new plants and plant pots we were given recently and those that we bought after a visit to a couple of our local garden nurseries at the weekend.