26 Feb 2016

Five on Friday

It's Friday again!  I'm joining Amy's Five on Friday and thank you Amy for continuing to organise the link-up.
It's been another busy week with different activities and family commitments.  Grandchildren have been coming in and out of the house or staying over as usual.  Our granddaughter has a few hours off from college lectures once a week.  I meet her and usually walk through the park and go to the library at the same time before we have lunch and an afternoon together.
Thank goodness for the better weather and a few days of sunshine, although writing this today the weather has changed again and it's dull and cloudy!  Anyway, it's good to get out walking, which this week has been mainly in our neighbourhood and around different areas of the city. Yesterday I went for a walk in Sheffield's Botanical Gardens and I'll write about that next time. We're fortunate to have so many green spaces, parks and gardens here and everywhere masses of crocuses and daffodils are beginning to bloom. Here are some photos (plus collages) showing some of the sights I've seen on my times out-and-about this week.

    
 
Crocuses and daffodils in the local park

                                                      Planters in Tudor Square



On one corner of Tudor Square is a small monument in memory of Thomas Boulsover (1705-1788), Sheffield cutler and the inventor of Sheffield Plate.  Boulsover completed his apprenticeship as a cutler in 1726 and around 1740 set up his own workshop on the corner of Tudor Street and Surrey Street.  It was at these premises that he discovered that silver could be fused with copper and that by hammering and rolling these two materials in a layered "sandwich" the finished product would become one material yet maintain the appearance of silver. This material became to be known as Sheffield Plate. Boulsover began to make buttons, buckles, spurs and small boxes of the material and later his apprentice craftsmen continued making artistic other items such as dishes, trays and coffee pots.


I've been taking photos of other places around the city where Sheffield's heritage in the metal working industry is remembered and celebrated and I'll continue to write about this from time-time.

Wishing you a good day and weekend.



29 comments:

  1. Spring have been popping up everywhere, you certainly captured a beautiful show in your photograph such striking colour. Have a great weekend.

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  2. What an amazing sight these photos of beautiful spring flowers! Thank you so much for the comfort!

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  3. Sheffield is a fascinating city with some wonderful industrial history. I know it has always been known as one of the greenest cities too - lots of trees and parks and garden spaces. They look beautiful at the moment don't they? The crocus and daffodils look wonderful and so cheering:)

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  4. It is always a joy to see spring flowers blooming all over the places. They are beautiful! I am following you and invite you to follow me too. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you for following me, Nancy. I don't use G+ so I can't find any other link to follow you. Let me know if you have a blog. All the best.

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  5. Isn't it great to see lovely spring flowers adding a bit of colour!
    Liz

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  6. Sheffield is a gorgeous city but it's a while since I've been there. (We did Kelham Island Museum a couple of months ago but before that was probably more than a year previous!) It's lovely to see the flowers appearing.

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  7. Spending time with your grandaughter each week sounds lovely, it's nice to set some time aside to catch up with each other and have lunch out. There's lots of signs of spring around now and not that long either until the clocks go forward, it's nice to see the lighter evenings again.

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  8. yellow and purple, so gorgeous, so happy, so full of joy. and i do like those big stone planters...

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  9. Beautiful Spring flowers and blue sky. When you haven't visited somewhere it's lovely to hear of it's heritage. Looking foward to seeing the photos of the botanical gardens :)

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  10. Lovely crocus pictures, they do make you feel spring is on it's way
    Jill

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  11. The colours of the springflowers are a feast for the eye!

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  12. the colours of the first photos are absolutely fantastic!

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  13. Wow, those crocuses are just stunning, what an array of beautiful colour. xx

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  14. The flowers are so pretty. I've often wondered where silver-plate came from. Thanks for the info.

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  15. Oh those colours are amazing!!!Xx

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  16. The scenes with the flowers are so pretty. That's very interesting about the Sheffield Plate...

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  17. The flowers speak so eloquently of Springtime in your part of the world. Love seeing the sights near your home.

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  18. The purple and deep yellow crocuses make a stunning display! I've heard about Sheffield Plate and was interested to read more about it.

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  19. Beautiful gardens with the purple and yellow crocus. The Tudor Square is so nice with all of its interesting history, too. Hope your weekend is lovely. x Karen

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  20. The crocuses are lovely. Thanks for the info about Sheffield plate, rather interesting.

    Diana

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  21. It's so interesting looking into local history and the characters who have contributed to it. Beautiful crocuses in the sun. :-)

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  22. That sounds like a lovely day....a walk through the park and library visit before lunch and afternoon with your granddaughter. I always enjoy my visits to different places of interest and beauty with you(via your photos of course!) - it's nice to see the spring flowers out already! Have a great week. X

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  23. Thank you everyone for your visit and comments. They're much appreciated. Wishing you all well.

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  24. What a rich history Sheffield has!

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  25. happy happy de voir toutes ces belles fleurs
    aux multiples couleurs
    mille bisous

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  26. Ooh, those crocuses in the sunshine have made my heart sing! Thank you for sharing. x

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  27. Wonderful view crocuses on a lawn. :)

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  28. Gosh, what wonderful blue skies you had! Lovely photos and I was interested to learn of the origins of Sheffield plate.

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