They might not have the international prowess of Kirstenbosch, nor its size or funding, but the Sheffield Botanical Gardens are still pretty impressive. We were there today, out with family for coffee and fresh air, and the summer flowers were out in force:

They’ve also done a range of flower flags, featuring England, Romania, China and Armenia (I don’t makes the rules here), and Spain, Cuba, Norway and the USA.

I used to come down here when I was a kid – they had parrots and piranhas in the glasshouses. Then I watched with distress as the money ran out and things started to fall apart. The programme of volunteers, donations and funding that they’ve got in place now is making all the difference. The gardens were busy today, the café bustling, the benches full, and the gardens themselves were a spectacular sight.

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Good business

This might not be the most ethical business idea, but if customers aren’t going to do their due diligence before jumping on board…image
Well, that’s their problem.

Thanks for reading. That’ll be $1000, please.

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My Best Side

We took a family trip to visit the Mayfield Alpacas. They were very pleased to see the food we’d brought us and readily provided photographic opportunities:

The best bit was when the sun came out and they all immediately went into full basking position*. This being the UK, however, the sun didn’t last for too long and so they all immediately stood up and came back to see if we had any more food us.

If you are out and about in Sheffield and looking for something to do, this is a great afternoon out. 6000 Recommends.

* Draw me like one of your French girls.

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Sheffield Timelapse

Seeing as we’re here, I thought I’d share this local timelapse, complete with dramatic music and dramatic local scenery:

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This was made up of about 12,000 photos, shot over 7 months – and then some sterling work in the studio, methinks.

I mentioned here that I felt that the city was struggling a bit, but this visit has given me a more positive view of the place again, and for that I’m thankful. The heart of the city and the warmth of the people has become evident once more and there is redevelopment aplenty. The weather though – that still needs some work. It’s not quite right for “summer”.

What with one thing or another, I haven’t managed to get too many photos taken. What I do have will be flung up onto Flickr before the end of the week though. Probably.
Watch this space.

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…we have mostly been helping out in the garden.

I always find it interesting that people here stick rigidly to the local health and safety legislation, while happily flaunting the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.

Child labour remains an important part of modern British life.
The chimney needs sweeping tomorrow, and guess who we’re sending up to do it?

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