28 Oct 2016

Five on Friday

Hello everyone!  It's Friday again and Five on Friday link-up and this week I'm sharing some of what I saw and did whilst walking around the city centre recently.

1. As I walked through the Winter Garden shoppers were being treated to a free lunchtime concert and I stopped to listen to the musicians playing some pieces of classical music.





2.  In the Peace Gardens drama students were drumming up interest for the open-air Pop-up Shakespeare Event as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Words. They were going to perform extracts from Shakespeare's plays in and around the city.  




3.  In Fargate the Yellow Bus Events vehicle was parked up to advertise a November bonfire night event. It's coming up to the bonfire and firework season for many of us so I hope everyone, including your pets, stay safe. 


4.  Onwards..... I went to another street called the Moor to visit the covered Moor Market as the reason I was in town was to collect some yarn that I had ordered the week before. Previously I had been everywhere trying to match up a shade of yarn given to me by our daughter when she came to stay. I was using it to crochet another blanket for a single bed then ran out of it.  I thought of going to the covered market where I found a haberdashery and wool shop. The owner will order anything if not in stock and she was able to find the nearest colour (Parma Violet) and the right type of yarn using her catalogue book as I had brought a small sample with me. The prices were also very good so I shall be going there again in the future and what a wonderful personal service! Now I'm able to continue crocheting the blanket.






The above are the three colours I'm using and the grey with the hint of violet is the one that was difficult to match up.  I had to use a different grey for a few squares until I found something suitable.  I'm also doing two patterns for the squares, the shell stitch and the closed as I get bored doing just one. I'm not proficient at crocheting, but I'm enjoying making the blankets.  

5.  The decorated elephants have disappeared from the streets and green spaces of the city, but on the 20th October in an event at the Crucible Theatre they were auctioned off and over £400,000 was raised for the Sheffield Children's Hospital Trust Charity.  The planned projects including the acquisition of important new medical equipment will benefit sick children and their families at this hospital.



                                       
Here is another selection of the elephants and the decorations on them - the last lot of the collection that I shall share on the blog! Each elephant had an interesting story about the artist/group of artists and the reason for the design which you can read about HERE. Walking the trail along with the trail map looking for elephants was a good way of getting some exercise although not on the same day!






This will be my last Five on Friday for a while as I shall be taking a break from Five on Friday links-up in November.  I hope to do one or two October round-up blog posts next week.  Meanwhile I wish everyone a peaceful weekend,
Linda :)

56 comments:

  1. It looks like there's always something going on in Sheffield, lots to do and see. I'm glad you managed to get some yarn to match up, it can be difficult as even a slight variation in the colour can show up when worked together. Your blanket is coming on a treat.

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  2. Such a busy and happening area, love pop up drama and music sessions for everyone to enjoy and I love trails, we followed the Grommit one some years ago in Bristol and in London a couple of years ago there was the Paddington bear one we traipsed around after too. Love your crochet colour choices also x

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    1. We enjoy living where we do with lots going on if you want to get involved.

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  3. What a wonderful service at the market wool store. Your blanket is looking beautiful. I have loved all the elephant pictures and that is a fantastic result for the Children's Hospital, they do amazing work there.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed seeing more elephants. Thank you for the visit and kind comments.

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  4. How wonderful to have such a great service at the local market with your yarn. It can be quite difficult getting the same dye lot. It certainly is an impressive looking blanket. I was also impressed with the elephants such a wonderful event and the amount of money raised was amazing. A great result for the hospital.

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    1. I'm afraid I didn't plan and get a quantity of yarn at the same time so that the dyes match. I was glad to get something very similar in tone when I went to the covered market. Thankfully the crocheted blankets are for family use only at the moment.

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  5. Those elephants are wonderful and it is good that they raised so much money for such a good cause. I love the colours in your blanket and you must have been glad to match up the colours so well. Sheffield always seems such a lively city with so much to see and do. I'd love to have heard the concert and to see the Shakespeare extracts:)

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    1. It's always a bonus to have these free events going on. It makes going into town more enjoyable!

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  6. There are so many interesting things happening in your city centre. Your crochet blanket is beautiful. The decorated elephants are a lovely sight to enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Nancy and I'm also glad you enjoyed the tour around the city centre.

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  7. How nice to walk through a garden enjoying live classical music. That idea for students of Shakespeare is fun. Your blanket is so pretty. I do like that color combo and glad you got such helpful service to find the right yarn. The elephants are a treat and your mosaics of them are fun. Hope you have a great weekend. Visiting from Amy's five!

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    1. Thank you Ellen. I hope you're having a good week.

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  8. So lovely to have a wander around the city with you. I love the elephants, they are great fun aren't they. Your crochet is beautiful, I love the mix of squares and the colours you chose, you are a great crocheter!!! Hope that your time away is good, you need and deserve a break, do lots of relaxing! Thank you for being part of Five On Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Amy for organising Five on Friday. It's good to join in when I can :)

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  9. Your city looks like it's got lots of interesting things going on. Great news about the auction! What a lot of money for a wonderful cause. Those elephants brought a lot of joy over the summer and now have raised money too.

    That shop looks fantastic - as does your crochet.

    Happy Five on Friday

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I hope your week is going well.

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  10. Love walking around this beautiful place with you - lots of interesting sights and things going on! Wonderful to see the elephants and the good cause they stood for. The yarn shop looks delightful and so glad you are able to finish your beautiful blanket. Enjoy your break! xx Karen

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  11. Oh Linda, I loved your fabulous five this Friday! Always so nice to hear live musicians playing isn't it! I'm quite excited as the flute quartet I play in is playing a gig in the new John Lewis in a nearby town for their Christmas shopping event next week- it's a last minute thing and totally exciting to get such a fab gig! We get to dress up in our finest sparklies!!

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    1. I'm sure shoppers will appreciate hearing your flute quartet playing and seeing you all dressed up for the occasion. Lovely!

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  12. I don't suppose you and Mr. P bought an elephant for your gardens?!

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    1. I would have loved one of the small ones that the school children decorated. That would have just about fitted into our small garden! 'Birdy', the blue and white elephant with the swallows painted on it apparently went for £22,000, but since it was for a good cause well done whoever bought it.

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  13. That's a fantastic amount of money for such a good cause. They are all so colourful, you'll miss them. Sheffield looks a bright and vibrant place.

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    1. Yes, wonderful, and there are also the sponsored sporting activities to add to the final amount raised.

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  14. Classical music, a garden and Shakespeare! How can you go wrong? It sounds like there are lots of things in the city to look forward to. I am glad to hear that all the lovely elephants went towards such a worthy cause. It's also very nice to see that you are getting your strength back. God bless!

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  15. I love coming across musical moments on my travels. Something quite magical about it. Love the look of you blanket. Never been to Sheffield looks like I'm missing out! Have a great weekend. B x

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    1. I hope you're having a good week Barbara.

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  16. Great improvised happenings. It surely was a lovely experience. Enjoy your weekend Linda!

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    1. I hope your week is going well Riitta.

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  17. Thank you, Linda for providing the identification for my red flowers - dianthus. I have checked and they are dianthus. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Enjoy your day Nancy whatever you're doing.

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  18. Great post, I love elephants! Glad you found your yarn, I like the throw you're making, soft, pretty colors.

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  19. What a beautiful place with all the trees inside and the music. I absolutely love your crochet. The colors are so pretty together. I am glad the yard shop could find more for you. And the elephants are just plain fun to see. Happy crocheting!

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  20. Dear Linda,

    Enjoyed seeing all the lovely things you have been up to - must have been great listening to the free lunchtime concert. The elephants are all amazing and your throw you are crocheting is really great - glad you were able to get some more of the wool
    happy Sunday
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Wishing you a good week.

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  21. I love the elephants. (My screen saver is an elephant.) These are great ... thanks for sharing them with us. A lunchtime concert -- wonderful. Your crocheted afghan looks wonderful. I'm always ready to look at yarn! Have a lovely week.

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  22. Love your blog header, Linda. Very striking! So glad to read your treatment has come to an end. I hope all will be good news from here on out. Love your pretty crochet, and always enjoy learning about your outings. Blessings! Bess

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    1. It's good to have you come visit Bess. I appreciate it.

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  23. Love outdoor Shakespeare (and also the colors you chose for your afghan - so peaceful :)

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    1. Thank you for your visit Leslie.

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  24. I've enjoyed wandering around Sheffield with you, the elephants, Shakespeare, the concert and all. And such a pretty blanket, I keep thinking I should learn to crochet but for some reason haven't done anything about it yet. Have a lovely week.

    Diana

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the wander around Diana. Thinking of you.

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  25. What a lovely post, Linda! So much to see and experience there, starting from beautiful plants, music and theatre... to lovely shopping and art. Oh no, now I would like to have an elephant, perhaps one of those in the first collage. :)
    Your blanket looks wonderful and the colours are very elegant.
    Have a happy November! xx

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    1. Happy November to you, Sara!

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  26. £400,000 was an amazing amount of money to raise for the Children's Hospital charity.
    Looks as though there is never a dull moment in Sheffield and I'm sure a great place to live.
    Your blanket is great, loving the colours!
    Have a wonderful healthy November Linda :)x

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    1. It's good to have you visit and share in some of the fun happenings in Sheffield.
      Thank you for your good wishes. Wishing you, your loved ones and all your friends a happy November!

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  27. The winter garden looks so wonderful ♥

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    1. Thank you for your visit, Summer. Have a lovely day!

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  28. Lovely photos of Sheffield. I remember the Moor from my days in the city, but I understand it's been done up quite a lot. Time for a visit, I think.

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    1. There's a lot of construction work going on right now along the Moor. It'll be better when that's finished. At least the area is getting a boost with the redevelopment makeover and it's attracting new business. I remember the old Castle Market from when we used to come to visit our daughter before we retired to Sheffield and it seemed to have more of a traditional market atmosphere compared with the new one. However, it's good that there's still a covered market full of traders and stallholders as before.

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