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" A Long Weekend in Sheffield "

Date & start time:    Thursday to Sunday   8-11 th March, 2018.

Location of Start :   By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         A66 and A1 to Sheffield, then over to Tickhill for an evening.

Walk details :             Local work by me, local walks by Ann.

Highest point :          Seeing the family  . . . and getting most of the jobs done.

With :                           Jenna, Ruth, Paula, Tom and Abi,Gareth, Rhian and Luke

                                       plus of course Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                    Basically fine and dry but threatening the odd rain shower occasionally.

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We had an invitation from our daughter to visit her house in Sheffield. 

Ann hasn't visited since Jenna moved in but this is my second visit and my second list of jobs that 'Dad needs to do' when he arrives.

Welcome to the family . . . welcome to Sheffield . . . bring a spanner ! 

After two changes of date due to Harry's bout of poor health in January and also adverse weather,

we are eventually on track to visit Sheffield to see our youngest daughter.

This was the view of Skiddaw as we drove over Whinlatter Pass.

The A66 trans-Pennine route is now open after the recent snow.

The remains of the snow drifts still line the roadside as we near the highest point of the road.

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Sheffield on a sunny Friday morning.

Jenna has done a lot to the garden since our last visit

including adding that new wooden fence.


This was helped in no small way

by the rest of our the family turning up one weekend

and having a garden make-over party !

The garden has been opened out and landscaped.

This gives Dylan a better view of the big city . . . strange things big cities . . . he's intrigued.

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We missed out on the family weekend

so today we have the chance to do a few

larger DIY jobs for Jenna ourselves.


She has a working fireplace and,

since the gardening weekend, a good supply of logs.


All she needs now is a better log store

to keep them dry and under cover.


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A visit to the timber store(s) and one day later . . .

the new, improved version using the same (but modified) end pieces but now twice as long.

A new coal bunker allows her to burn smokeless coal too.

The previous logs are replaced . . .
. . . plus all the new timber moved into the store.

Several other jobs were on the agenda . . . but life was not all hard work.

In the evening Jenna took us out for a meal at WasabiSabi, a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant.

Ruth (Jenna's friend and house mate) Ann and Jenna herself.
We sat around on raised seats as the chef prepared the food.
His cooking style was flamboyant to say the least . . .
. . . and his humour infectious.

Ruth checks out our vegetarian starters.

There were ten on our raised table . . .
. . . including this family of six celebrating Dad's birthday.

Eggs cooked on the hotplate . . .
fried rice cooking whilst shaped as a heart
Dessert was rolled pancakes and ice cream.
then modified into a bikini

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Friday also saw a slight drama as Jenna's garden joiners were building a large raised bed.

The wall of next door is sloping out and may have to be re-built . . . so completion is on hold.

Joinery work to provide vegetable growing space.
Other jobs completed included re-hanging the gate.

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The following evening we were invited across to Paula's, our second oldest daughter, half an hour's drive away in Tickhill.

A real family occasion as Gareth, Rhian and our grandson Luke were also there,

having travelled up from Swansea for the weekend

Ann has chance to have a cuddle and a read to Luke who is approaching one year old.

He's looking a little zonked due to suffering a bit of a cold.

Abi and Tom with Paula and Rhian

as we say down for a super evening meal of a filo pastry bake and Imam bayildi (an aubergine and tomato dish).

Myself and our two youngest . . . Jenna and Gareth . . . my, haven't they grown       ;o)

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After a busy but very enjoyable three days,

we collected all our bags and belongings together on the front room carpet before loading the car.

Mustn't forget these last two items . . . hope there's room in the back somewhere !

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Jenna, with a better mobile phone camera, sent me this montage when we arrived home.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a better camera to capture the culinary spectacle.

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