I found the skull of a young sheep on the moors above the reservoirs at Redmires. I placed it on a rock where a clump of heather was newly sprouting. It seemed like an appropriate symbol for what is happening all over the planet right now. People dying.
Construction of the reservoirs began in 1833 after another epidemic. Cholera swept through the booming industrial city of Sheffield in 1832 killing 402 unfortunate citizens. Creating a clean, reliable water supply became an urgent priority.
Overlooking the three reservoirs is this carved marker stone. I am surprised that I missed it on previous rambles in the area. Shirley and I walked by it on Monday afternoon. It was her birthday and the day was beautiful apart from that horrible phantom with which we are all now painfully familiar. "S.W.W." stands for Sheffield Water Works.
Heading up to a rocky area of the moor known as White Stones I saw this crustone lichen clinging to the west face of a large boulder. Lord knows how long it has been growing there, year upon year, millimetre after millimetre.
I took a photograph of the upper dam that separates the top reservoir from the middle one. See how it curls in an "S" shape.
Shirley enjoyed her birthday walk in the sunshine with a breeze blowing over the moors and meadow pipits bobbing about the heather exchanging their sweet songs. We went home knowing that we would be unable to go out for the customary birthday meal. Instead, I ordered takeaway meals from "The Greedy Greek" delicatessen at Hunters Bar.
The owner asked me to wait outside. He brought the chicken souvlaki meals out to the street tables in white plastic bags and insisted that I paid with a contactless card. That's the pandemic for you. I said "efharisto" and he smiled, replying "parakalo" which means - you're welcome!
Co-incidentally Monday was also Jennifer's birthday over at "Sparrow Tree Journal". Bless her and bless us all. Let's hope that when Shirley and Jennifer are another year older this thing that is amongst us will have been returned to its cage.