HERE COMES THE SUMMER

Stop depressing us with pictures of burnt-out pubs on Sheffield industrial estates” writes A. Reader from Tonbridge (not Wells), at a stroke limiting my blogging blogging material by half.

I’m tempted to bring you daily updates from our garden,

which will at least please the cat-lovers amongst you (c. 99.2% of you).

Sunday saw temperatures of 14 degrees (that’s about 100 whatever the Americans use I guess) and Walkley folk head for the hills.

Bole Hill is one of the local honeypots, with rocky outcrops, swings and views over the flats at Stannington.

All it lacks is a pop-up bar and artisan taco van.

For flat whites you have to climb the hill to Crookes, where Noah’s Ark (probably Doom Bar) will be the last building dry after the apocalypse.

Another half hour brings you to the string of pearls that is Sheffield’s public parks, packed with children enjoying fresh air and exercise (“covidiots” grumpy Facebook posters).

This is the memorial to the B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed “Mi Amigo” that crashed in Endcliffe Park in 1944.

Queues, queues, queues. It’s what we do best. I even joined one, at Nam Song, for some Vietnamese baguettes we enjoyed in Sheffield Cemetery.

Grief, it almost felt normal again.

And I remembered to take a picture of the closest dead pub to the cemetery, just for Paul.

I think it’s student housing, Everything else in Sheffield is.

13 thoughts on “HERE COMES THE SUMMER

  1. I did go for a beer in the Vine Inn on two occasions, around 2003-2006, as far as I can recall. It was reported closed in 2014, with planning permission for four three-bedroom flats, so student accommodation as you say. That was over seven years ago, and it’s still not finished. They might have done better to carry on selling beer.

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    1. I’ve no problem at all with converting underused pubs to housing; folk should use pubs more rather than complaining to the local press, but a boarded up pub after 7 years is very sad.

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      1. But all too many properly used pubs have been converted to housing with big pubco owners fleeceing the lessees knowing the large plot would yield more once bulldozed for redevelopment.

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  2. I’m feeling bad now Martin, depriving your readers of their regular fix of boarded up pubs and burnt out buildings.

    Perhaps you should run a poll, to see if people want them reinstated. On the other hand????

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  3. “(that’s about 100 whatever the Americans use I guess)” –Had a good chuckle at this. And you got me wondering when England made the switch to Celsius, so I Googled and was told 1963. But how dare you suggest Fahrenheit’s only used in the USA, when we were in fact joined in this mighty coalition of the willing by not just Liberia, but also the Cayman Islands. 😉

    I like the sound of Vietnamese baguettes I must say. Can’t get them where we are, though there is a place that serves pretty good pho noodles.

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    1. I shall stand in the garden at 3am tomorrow and apologise to the USA now I know that the Liberians also use Farenheit. NB I genuinely have no idea whether we use Celsius or the other one and what the difference is. Our press tends to switch to the higher one anytime our sun gets us anywhere near 100 !

      The Vietnamese Bahn Mi (baguette) is very popular in Manchester, served with pork belly for about £6 in loads of places. The Sheffield one was authentic but made with salami and pate, oddly.

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  4. “I’m tempted to bring you daily updates from our garden,”

    Does that a revised dead rat count, sort of akin to the Covid updates? 😉

    “which will at least please the cat-lovers amongst you (c. 99.2% of you).”

    Given up on the rat poison already? Straight to the ‘organic’ solution I see. 🙂

    “and Walkley folk head for the hills”

    Since ‘head for the hills’ usually means in response to a natural disaster I’m guessing 14C (or 100F for the Yanks) is akin to a calamity at this time of year?

    “All it lacks is a pop-up bar and artisan taco van.”

    My wife could, um, ‘man’ the taco van. As for the pop-up bar, hopefully it will be like the drinks vendor my brother and I came across in Central Park some years back. He was selling to sizes of cans of Heineken. When we asked the price he said $3. We asked if that was for the smaller can or the larger one and he said either!
    (we took the larger cans of course) 🙂

    “where Noah’s Ark (probably Doom Bar) will be the last building dry after the apocalypse.”

    See! Natural disaster!

    “(“covidiots” grumpy Facebook posters).”

    Were they looking in a mirror when they said that?

    “This is the memorial to the B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed “Mi Amigo” that crashed in Endcliffe Park in 1944.”

    Blimey. Didn’t realise until I Googled that you weren’t making that up. 😦

    “And I remembered to take a picture of the closest dead pub to the cemetery, just for Paul.”

    Is that the middle name of A. Reader? 😉

    Cheers

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