16 Aug 2019

Our week

Last Sunday our family gathered at our daughter M's home for a special celebration.  She hosted a joint early birthday bbq for Mr P's August birthday and her daughter's 21st. (She'll be back at university for the actual day in September). Granddaughter and her boyfriend made the chocolate cake then decorated it. 

Granddaughter and her boyfriend

Our daughter D is staying with us at the moment and we've been spending time relaxing in the garden.  The chairs and table set were a birthday gift from her and her three boys and their girlfriends.

We've started gathering the figs from the fig tree.

Unfortunately only two nectarines matured and ripened
as the rest dropped beforehand on windy days.

Yesterday we took a drive over to Cannon Hall and had a browse around the farm shop, bought some  food which comes from local sources to take home for lunch and had a drink in The White Bull pub /restaurant on the site.  The pub is called after a  prize-winning pedigree bull from Cannon Hall Farm.

No news on the xrays Mr P and I had recently as they haven't been received by our GP yet.  Not a lot of long distance walking can be done at present, but it's good to get out for a drive when the weather is fine and plan where we park the car so that we don't have to walk far. This Sunday we're going out with family members for Mr P's actual birthday meal. Unfortunately our son, wife and our grandson L cannot be with us as grandson is in London again for this year's Summer theatre performances with the National Youth Music Theatre. Next month he starts his course, equivalent to a degree, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  

Thank you for your visit.  Wishing you a good weekend!
Linda :)

6 Aug 2019

Street Art

When we're out and about in Sheffield I photograph street art that I find interesting or attractive and it's just as well I have a record of it in my photo archive as sadly this form of art is transient, sometimes due to vandalism. An artist tries to restore his/her creations or if this isn't possible the whole mural is painted over and the image lost forever. 
Many of the street artists are well known beyond Sheffield, have done commissioned work nationally or internationally and each style is different.
Here are some of the murals seen in and around the city:-

Sarah Yates's (aka Faunagraphic's) commissioned work is influenced by nature, particularly birds.

She also painted the above mural on a site overlooking the train station and near Sheffield Hallam University.  The subject is Harry Brearley, the inventor of  stainless steel. When it was vandalised beyond restoration another artist, Jo Peel, recently painted another. Jo's work is also instantly recognisable to locals.  

Jo's mural on the same building.

Jo's murals are urban landscapes usually painted in black and white, turquoise and orange.  This one is at the old Henderson's Relish factory building.  Henderson's Relish is made to a secret recipe and is also part of the Sheffield scene.  Many a cupboard contains a bottle of this sauce, including mine.

Rob Lee's murals often consist of brightly painted lines. The one above also near Hallam University area is fairly new.

Sheffield Dog Rescue Centre 

This one was painted to celebrate the Grand Départ in Yorkshire which was part of the Tour De France which started in the county in 2015 and passed through Sheffield and surrounding countryside.

Another well known artist is Pete McKee. Born in Sheffield his art celebrates the everyday life of the north of England.  The above is 'Muriel' with her shopping trolley. We have some of his framed paintings in our dental centre - probably put there to make us smile as we wait and even a tram has window decorations to celebrate this local talent.

Sheffield is called 'The City of Sanctuary' as it welcomes people from all over the world especially refugees.  If you look closely at this work done by 'CoLoR' you can see positive and negative images to illustrate this. The Art House is just one of the places in the city where craft and art workshops are happening in a welcoming environment. 

 Cafés are pleasant meeting places and also reflect the city's interest in art and painted murals.

Today Mr P and I have hospital appointments as our GP has sent us to have xrays done on Mr P's hip  which is getting worse with the pain and my knee which is now stiff and swollen. I think I damaged the knee when overdoing things with cleaning some time ago.  I also have to be careful regarding osteoporosis. We're fine, fairly mobile despite these health problems, but need to take things easy.  Our family are coming to stay over the weekend and our daughter will also be here for a week or two so I may not be blogging for a while, although I shall be reading your blogs when I can. 
Thank you for your visit. Have a good day!
Linda :)

2 Aug 2019

Friday Bliss # 47

This week I went to the library in the park ....

....then took a walk through the walled garden to get to the woodland area. (Below) At the entrance gate, down the path ahead is the turquoise/green door of the original gardeners' rooms built into the wall, still in use.  I went in there once when our local history group were doing a study of the old house and estate. Across to the left is the back entrance of the walled garden set into the wall that's painted orangey red.

Through the arch of greenery is the rose garden.

 The kitchen garden - espaliered fruit trees grow along the wall.

 herbs in flower

dianthus and trailing pelargoniums
 in the old wheelbarrow

rambling roses climb on the walls

lilies grow along the path by the wall

plumbago in one of the greenhouses

 dahlias in a raised flower bed

grasses and palm area - a palm in fruit

lavender bushes

and campanulas

just a few of the flowers in the walled garden seen last Monday

Lately I've been engrossed in books about Tudor court life. Watch the Lady is an historical novel about Penelope Devereux, a daughter of Lettice Knollys.  I used the non fiction book about Lettice Knollys, Elizabeth's Rival, a lot as a reference book.  It's very detailed and helpful with several family trees. I'm fascinated by the Knollys family because of the connection with my Berkshire home town.  The Girl in the Glass Tower is an historical novel about Arbella Stuart, a pawn in the ambitions of nobility at the Tudor court of Elizabeth I. Her grandmother was 'Bess of Hardwick' so there's a connection with Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth House and Estate in Derbyshire.  I shall be reading Tombland, a Matthew Shardlake Tudor mystery during August.  I've been waiting ages for my turn on the reserve list at the library.  It's some 700 pages plus historical notes researched and written by the author so that should keep me occupied for the next week or two.

Have a good weekend!