7 Oct 2016

Five on Friday

Hello everyone! It's Friday again so I'm joining Amy's Five on Friday link-up.  Thank you Amy
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.


2. gardening
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.



3. crocheting
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.

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Whatever you're doing I hope you have a peaceful weekend,
Linda :)


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  1. Linda I once again have enjoyed the beauty of the elephants and the artistic talents of the people involved. Do let us know how much money was raised when they were auctioned. Enjoy your literary experience.

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    1. Thank you. i'm looking forward to the literary afternoon. I'm glad you have enjoyed seeing more of the elephants. Yes, I'll update you about how much money was raised. The auction is on the 20th October.

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  2. You're doing well to be still picking tomatoes. My plants suffered blight for the first time this year but they did better than I expected them to so I'm not complaining. I read While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green earlier this year, enjoy the literary festival.

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    1. Considering how much time my husband spends on his tomatoes we should have had a bigger crop. Thank goodness for the covered yard which acts like a conservatory and helps them ripen. I'm looking forward to hearing the authors speak about their writing. It's always a good event to attend.

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  3. Good Evening Linda, Oh I adore those little elephants. We have them dotted around Newcastle as well. I kept meaning to take a photograph and each time I went to town, I had forgotten to take my phone.... I'm a terrible mobile phone person, it drives my daughters crazy, because they can never get hold of me when I am out and about.
    We have a grapevine in our garden as well and we leave the grapes for the birds just as you do. Ours are so tiny, but I do use some of the leaves to make dolmades.
    I really enjoyed your five on Friday.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Thank you Daphne. I usually have my digital camera with me when out and about as I don't have a mobile phone with a camera. Your mention of dolmades reminded me of a former Armenian neighbour who used to make them using our vine leaves. (My husband has grown vines and fig trees in every house we've lived in).

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  4. Those elephants are a lot of fun. We were in a town in the middle of the USA last week where they had apples decorated in the downtown area. You have some nice signs of fall and how nice to still be harvesting some garden treats. Enjoy the book swap!

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    1. The decorated apples sound like fun. I love Autumn (Fall) and everything connected with the season. Thank you Ellen, I'm looking forward to the Off the Shelf events and the book swap.

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  5. I am so glad you showed us more of the elephants. I love the toucan on the back side. as I looked at your plants and berries and veggies and green things I thought how absolutely wonderful nature is. beautiful and good to eat at same time. I would like to have the little hut in my back yard, with wifi.. either my get away or bobs' ha ha

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    1. The little hut would look good by your pool, Sandra. It was proving very popular with children visiting the museum as a learning experience. Stay safe and well as Hurricane Matthew advances towards the coast of Florida.

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  6. Thanks for sharing with Five on Friday. I love seeing the elephants. They are so wonderfully decorated. The museum looks a great place to visit. Thanks for walking us around your town.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my five, Sharon. Have a good weekend!

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  7. Beautiful elephants art! You still have a nice harvest of tomatoes and peppers, I just picked the last ones today I think, I don't think the green ones will be ripe with less sun and colder days coming rapidly.

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    1. We have done well with the tomatoes, but you are right, Jenneke, any unripe ones will be picked and brought indoors.

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  8. Loved the elephants, especially the one with the snake for a trunk. How clever!

    When I lived in California, Los Angeles had a display of painted angels. I showed some of them on my post last week. Toronto had moose, Dublin had cows, so far I've seen pigs and elephants in the UK. Wonder what's next?

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the elephants. These decorated fibreglass sculptures are a lot of fun and when they're installed for a time to raise money for a good cause even better.

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  9. Your garden looks amazing! My poor tomato plants did not do well this year; maybe due to the extreme heat and us being gone. I loved seeing the lovely crocheted blankets you made. I'm sure they will be well loved this winter season. Sending you my best wishes dear friend. Hugs, Pat

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    1. I'm sorry that your tomatoes didn't do so well. They do need a lot of attention and good weather conditions. We have been at home for most of the year so my husband was able to daily nurture them. I've enjoyed making the blankets. They'll come in handy in the colder weather. Thank you for your good wishes, Pat.

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  10. Great photos and mosaics Linda. We have also a lot berries in sorbus - the birds have something to eat. The elephants are so skilful and fun. Enjoy your weekend!

    And I'm quite astonished about your blankets - so many and so much work!!!

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    1. I hope you had a good weekend, Riitta. I had an enjoyable Saturday out-and- about and a relaxing Sunday. Have a lovely week!

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  11. Well, your post is filled with all the things I love. The outdoors, plants and gardens, fresh veges, history, visiting new places, crochet, and elephants. Wonderful! Wishing you health and happiness. Tammy

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post, Tammy. You inspire me with your crochet projects and I love your blog. Thank you for your good wishes. Have a good week!

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  12. Goodness, you have been very busy doing lots if varied things. I could never get bored of the elephants, they are amazing works of art.

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    1. I enjoy different interests and I'm thankful to be able to do them. Looking for the elephants with the trail map in hand allowed me to take my daily exercise outdoors in the sunshine. Wishing you a good week, Annie!

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  13. Your garden looks so productive, your husband clearly has green fingers! Love those elephants. They really brighten up the city. Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. The good thing about growing plants in the covered yard/conservatory is that my husband can nurture his tomatoes etc. in comfort. He sits there in the warm and rests in between. Wishing you a good week, Barbara.

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  14. A great five which I really enjoyed. Those elephants are really creative works. Enjoy your weekend.

    Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I had a good weekend. Trust you did and now I shall come visit my blog friends to see what you've been doing recently.

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  15. Good to hear that you're feeling energetic enough to go out and about in the afternoons, the treatment sounds as though it's going well! Take care Linda.

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    1. Thank you Jessica. The treatment is going well so far although I have to rest in between and take care I don't overdo activities, which is tempting! Wishing you a good week and I'll speak soon, Linda.

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  16. Looks lovely there at the moment Linda. Aren't those elephants wonderful. Such clever artists.
    The Peak District NP was a fabulous place to visit. Signs of spring here which is very welcome after a winter that is hanging on.

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    1. Hello Tracy. I'm sure you have lovely memories of your holiday, including your visit to the Peak District. Signs of Spring must be very welcome. Wishing you a good week!

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  17. Dear Linda,

    Lovely to see what you have been up to and enjoyed seeing your great photos. Autumn is a great season and all those beautiful colours in nature.
    You have been busy with all your beautiful crocheted blankets - also loved seeing the elephants.
    Have a lovely weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. I had an enjoyable weekend. New weekday challenges for me. I hope you have a lovely week full of good things.

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  18. Another wonderful 'five'. Your Autumn photos are great and I am loving your crochet blankets. x

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    1. I'm happy that you enjoyed this blog post. I'm enjoying the crocheting. Simple squares that I can take and make wherever I go is good. Have a good week, Jan.

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  19. Un post ricco di eventi bellissimi. Mi piacciono molto le foto dell'autunno, è la mia stagione preferita, le sue tinte calde piene di sfumature mi fanno sognare. Baci
    Emi

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    1. L'autunno è una bella stagione con i colori meravigliosi. Ho perso il nostro viaggio in Italia per raccogliere l'uva. Felice autunno, Emi!

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  20. Thank you, Linda! Your garden looks so wonderful. I keep wanting to add more berry bushes for the birds. All your produce is just wonderful. I keep being tempted to pick up the crochet needles, but just not enough time in the day for all I want to do. Love your ventures around your part of the world.

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    1. Hello Marilyn. I'm glad to know that life is full of interesting activity for you right now. For me, now that I have more mobility in my arms and hands crocheting is a satisfying craft. Even if I do a few squares or rows at a time it gives me the opportunity to sit down and rest or pass the time as I wait for medical appointments. Reading is another interest that helps me relax and takes me into different settings and situations and, of course, doing more walking in the sunshine is a pleasure. Wishing you a peaceful week and I hope you keep well so that you can continue to enjoy times with your sweet little grandson.

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  21. What a lovely post! I loved your autumn pics and am admiring all your handiwork!Goodness, those elephants are fantastic, and how good to still be harvesting!
    It's great knowing that you are feeling well enough to go out! Here's to you!xxx

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    1. Thank you, Dina. Wishing you, your family and your extended family of animals well also.

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  22. Never been to Sheffield. It looks a great place to visit. Still love seeing all of those beautifully decorated elephants.
    Your Autumn images are gorgeous. I hope we're not in for a bad Winter.
    You have been busy crocheting, loving your blankets especially the one bottom right!
    I hope your treatment is going well. Have a wonderful week Linda :)x

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    1. We're happy to be living in the Sheffield area. There's always some event happening. I plan to get out in the surrounding countryside too, whilst the weather is good and now that my treatment is coming to an end. Wishing you a good rest of the week also, dear Prunella.

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  23. I really do need to take up crocheting again; I used to love doing it and making gifts for people. Now the question is, when to find the time to do it? Your work is lovely!

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  24. Thank you Lisa. Taking up crocheting again has been good for me as it makes me sit and rest. Even though I only do a few squares each day they build up into something useful.

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  25. Hello Linda, I love all your collages today. How fortunate you are to still be harvesting produce from your garden. It looks like you have been taking some nice walks around the city. Enjoyed all the art work on the elephants.

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    1. Although I wrote this blog post about the first week of October I'm happy to say that we're still enjoying some lovely Autumn weather even though it's getting colder as the days go by. It's nearly November! My husband and I are looking forward to some special times during that month.

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