for hosting. I'm sharing some of the sights I've seen this week and activities that have kept my husband and I busy recently.
1. the Autumn scene
There are signs of Autumn everywhere now, although many of the leaves on the trees are still green. The grapes on the vines in the front garden will be left for the birds as they are too small and there are not enough to do anything with them. There seem to be lots of other berries this year - is this a sign of a hard winter to come? I love the coppery shade of the ferns as they change colour and I've seen those everlasting flowers in a neighbour's garden that dry out and can be used in an indoor flower display - something to put on my seed list.
We're still gathering tomatoes from the plants in the covered yard. There are also sweet peppers ripening which we prefer to roast or preserve in olive oil. Mr. P. continues to grow plants from seed and has started another lot of French beans.
Since re-learning how to crochet I've been making blankets over the last few months except for when I had to take a break in June and July. The first blanket I made was the red, mauve and purple one followed by the one at the top of the collage. I'm half way through the one at the bottom on the right hand side.
4. a visit to a museum
Western Park Museum is located in the same area as the hospital where I go every day for my treatment and this week Mr. P. has dropped be off at the hospital and then I've done other things before taking the bus or tram home. Yesterday I went into the museum to see what new exhibitions were being installed. The latest is 'Sheffield's Story: prehistory until the present day'.
Thomas Bateman and his son Thomas Joseph Banks (1828-1896) oil on canvas 1860
Victorian archaeologist Thomas Bateman (1821-1861) excavated hundreds of barrows and other sites in the Peak District. His extensive collection was sold to the museum by his son in 1893. Many of the objects on display are from Bateman's collection The Anglo-Saxon glass bowl from the painting is on display in the gallery.
The exhibition displays are currently being installed with further information labels - a good reason to return for a further browse around the galleries.
5. out and about in Sheffield city centre
Another afternoon I walked into the city centre in search of more elephants. They've gone now to be auctioned off, but I shall be sharing more of what I found! I hope you don't get bored with what I share, but I think they are beautiful works of art and it's very interesting to see how many of them have been treated to create special surfaces to give a shiny look to represent steel (Steel City's famous product) or painted in imaginative designs. I particularly liked the one decorated to depict rock climbers scaling the hills in the nearby Peak District National Park and the one with safari and jungle scenes - a lion on one side, a toucan on the other with a snake trunk and tail.
The Town Hall area and the Peace Gardens
Tomorrow I'm going to one of the annual Sheffield Literary Festival (Off the Shelf) events at the Town Hall - the Readers' Day - where there'll be talks by several authors that are new to me. There's usually a book swap in the Winter Garden.
Whatever you're doing I hope you have a peaceful weekend,