15 January 2019

Kelham

Yesterday, before tootling off to the "Lidl" supermarket for supplies, I asked Clint to make a detour to an area of Sheffield known as Kelham Island. Once it was the throbbing heart of Sheffield's metal industries but now it is becoming a  hip inner city neighbourhood with new apartment blocks going up as old industrial buildings are re-calibrated as modern workplaces.

I looked through the window of a former factory where files and chisels were once manufactured. But now there are houseplants, carpets and people in casual clothes tapping away at computers.
The River Don flows through Kelham Island. Back in 2007 that river was so swollen with rainwater draining from the hills that it flooded surrounding streets. Since then significant flood defence work has happened. It is unlikely that we will see a similar flood event in my lifetime but with changing weather patterns, who knows?

I strolled around Kelham Island for an hour, gathering images with my trusty Sony bridge camera. Four of those pictures accompany this blogpost.
And then it was time to head to "Lidl" where amongst other items I purchased two punnets of black cherries. pak choi, salmon, milk, bread, carrots, bananas and three small bottles of "Chang" beer to remind me of Thailand. In the Thai language "chang" means elephant. But I didn't buy one of them as there was no room left in my trolley.

23 comments:

  1. Use a bigger trolley...or leave off the bread.

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    1. Thanks. If only I had as much practical common sense as you have Lee!

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  2. It's a shame we are losing industry in the country but at least some of the old buildings are being retained rather than demolished. I find elephants a bit tough to chew.

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  3. Love the colors in your photos. The one with the reflection is particularly nice.

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    1. That spur by The River Don is often as still as a sheet of glass.

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  4. Is that last photo showing how your groceries were loaded into your car?

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    1. Ha! Now you are being silly you sillygirl!

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  5. I liked the photo with the reflections in the water too. When I looked at the one where it says "Green Lane Works", I found myself childishly saying "but Red Lane doesn't".

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    1. Ha-ha! I hadn't thought of that. Today Theresa May's Blue Lane doesn't work!

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  6. Does that mean you drank one of them before you checked out at the till? LOL

    Nice photos, as always!

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    1. Ha-ha! I didn't have to drink the "Chang" - just look at the labels.

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  7. Good weather for a little detour. Please thank Clint on our behalf for his generosity (we know he is not a taxi).

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    1. I just went outside to convey your thanks to Clint but he was dozing and told me to **** off! Charming!

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  8. How could you pass up buying an elephant???

    Count me as another who particularly likes the mirrored water photo. Our ancestors must have thought it was some kind of magic to have the trees and sky reflected in calm water. It still seems magical to me.

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    1. When you think about it Jenny, looking into calm water would have been the only way in which our ancestors could have seen their own faces as there were no mirrors.

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  9. I also love the buildings reflected in the water. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. That's not the first photograph I have taken from that position.

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  10. Thankyou for an interesting Blog. Lovely pictures particularly the reflection photo.

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  11. Good to see areas being made into something useful again.

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    1. I guess that it is in the nature of cities to keep evolving.

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