6 September 2017

Homeward

In my previous post I showed you The Harley Hotel - the first place in which I ever slept in Sheffield. I continued walking home, Having spent five hours standing at an easel my legs felt like lead so I stopped for a rest outside The Botanical Gardens and ate my apple,

On Brocco Bank, I turned into Wiseton Road where a former large chapel is located - pictured at the top of this post. It was converted into one-bedroom flats forty years ago. In 1980 Shirley and I moved into Flat 1. Previously I had been living in a bedsitter on Harcourt Road. 

We were very happy in Flat 1 and it was behind the window on the left (below) that I asked Shirley to marry me. In the October of 1981  I met her at the altar in St Martin's Church, Owston Ferry in Lincolnshire and as luck would have it everything came together so that we could move into our first house the day after our one night honeymoon in Lincoln.
Continuing homewards, I trudged up Ecclesall Road from Hunters Bar. It is a familiar hill that I have climbed countless times before. Nearly home, I stopped to take a photograph of the newly-refurbished "Banner Cross Hotel" where I have spent a king's ransom over the past twenty eight years. It's my local:- 
 Back home, I picked two pounds of brambles (blackberries) from the bushes at the bottom of our garden and back in the kitchen I made a bramble crumble. The topping is of plain flour, soft butter, demerara sugar and crushed walnuts. I also sprinkled some caster sugar over the deep bramble base. This was our evening dessert with vanilla custard but there was plenty left for the next day. Delicious.

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  1. Thanks for showing us around.
    Bramble crumble with custard would go down very nicely right now, the perfect comfort food for a cool night

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    1. I can send you some crumble by air mail Kylie. I have checked with the post office and it will cost you $52 (AUS) for a sealed plastic container containing one generous portion.

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    2. If I had $52 I would buy it!

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    3. Begging can be lucrative. Wear some scruffy old clothes and borrow a mangy old dog on a rope. You'll soon acquire fifty two bucks.

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  2. Mmmmh, I would have loved to have some of that crumble, but you could have kept the custard :-)
    Thank you for showing us where you used to live and asked Shirley to marry you! This was rather nostalgic and romantic.

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    1. It must be my age. I am becoming nostalgic. How come you don't like custard? Vanilla custard is the perfect accompaniment for crumble but fresh cream is also nice.

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  3. Our "brambles" are all done here. That crumble sounds delicious! It's nice to see your local haunts.

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    1. Nice to see you are picking up the lingo Steve. Soon you'll be saying "pavement" instead of "sidewalk"!

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  4. How good is it when you reach a certain age to reminisce? Rather a lot is done by us now..........ok more by me than my ... associate.

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    1. Associate? How about "my other half"? That's a nice way of putting it Andrew. Certainly better than "partner". It's nice to reminisce about the olden days when there were no "partners". just lovers, boyfriends and girlfriends

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  5. Sweet post! I love that you showed us where you asked Shirley to marry you. ❤

    Our blackberries are long gone. Your crumble sounds delicious. And great minds think alike...I made a peach cobbler with canned peaches two night ago. It's yummy!

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    1. How the hell did you get that little black heart in your comment Jennifer? You are very clever! And how did you know that I have a black heart... like a werewolf!

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    2. The heart looks red on my phone! Which is where I found it...there is an emoji keyboard I can pull up.

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    3. I'm typing this on my phone while blow drying my hair. I have to leave for work soon.

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    4. Work hard and make sure you wear your face mask to avoid further contagion!

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  6. You sure do get around, Yorkie! That crumble looks delicious.

    My landlady flew off to the UK today (by jet, not broomstick), and her husband heads off this time next week. They'll be away for four or five weeks.

    I'm in charge of the farmyard animals once again...it's taken for granted that I am. I'm never actually asked if it's okay with me! (Something that grates on me a bit...more than a bit)!! ;)

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    1. Never mind they will probably bring you a gift back from Great Britain (I NEVER use the term UK). Perhaps a stick of Blackpool rock or an instant Yorkshire pudding mixture!

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  7. Bramble crumble and custard is making my mouth water. You are so cruel YP.

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    1. The brambles were so sweet and plump, bursting with syrupy black juice. The roasted walnut pieces crunched in my mouth and the vanilla custard was reminiscent of Cornish ice cream cones... Heavenly.Mmmmmmm!

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  8. That crumble looks good. I don't often cook dessert because Paul's not keen and it's no fun cooking for one. When are we going to see the wedding day photos?

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    1. Photography was not invented back then.

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  9. I absolutely love crumble, especially rhubarb crumble. No custard or cream though but lots of evaporated milk that soaks into the crumble - lovely jubbly.

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    1. Mmmm... I haven't had evaporated cream in donkey's years. Must remember to buy some.

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  10. ...the day that Hull won The Premier League should be the next post...

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    1. You will be waiting till the end of time for that one Terry!...Mind you, Leicester did it!

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  11. You found all kinds of things on your way home. It's funny how we accidentally get to a place and stay. I bumbled my way to REd Deer. I'd never been in the place before. I intended to stay for one year. Here I am 48 years later.

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  12. Red Deer? or "Red dear! Put this in the garbage!", "Red dear, stop snoring!" "Red dear! Did you remember the bread?"

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    1. I'm afraid the dear , dear is pretty scarce around here!

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  15. YP,what a warm, 'homily' post, and I so love the cherished way you speak of your lovely lady.

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