After a month's break for refitting, the Oxfam shop where I work every Wednesday is scheduled to reopen on Saturday so I was in the shop yesterday afternoon helping with the restocking. Before then I had a spare hour to saunter within the boundaries of nearby Bingham Park. Above you can see the embankment of daffodils near the park's Rustlings Road entrance. And here's a gang of backlit blooms:-
In the park there are a couple of millponds that hark back to past industry in the valley. Across one of these ponds I noticed a grey heron patiently seeking nourishment. These are the most widespread predatory birds in the British Isles and are generally very skittish, flying away the minute I get my camera out. But this one carried on with its hunt for unsuspecting pond creatures.
|Same heron given the HDR treatment|
On slopes to the north of the brook there are numerous vegetable gardens or allotments with ramshackle huts and other tumbledown constructions. I spotted this allotment tenant taking a cigarette break in the spring sunshine. Perhaps his name is Frank Lloyd Wright:-
By the little River Porter (Porter Brook) there's a very old mill complex. It is known as The Shepherd Wheel and it first started milling corn through water power in the sixteenth century when Sheffield was just a village and the south western suburbs were but farmers' fields, woods or rough moors. In the nineteenth century the mill's power was used in metal industry:-