I NEED BINOCULARS, ON TOP OF FOX HILL

About time for a new walk, I think. Since that burst of sun on Sunday it’s been a bit dour here in Sheffield, enlived only by the discovery of that Han Solo spoiler (top) down by the Premier Store.

In truth, any news about Star Trek would be a spoiler as I haven’t watched any of the series on Netflix, focusing my evenings on the “classics” like Apocalypse Now (rubbish) and The Hurt Locker (rubbish).

On Wednesday, we explored Fox Hill to the north of Hillsborough, on the basis that our emergency plumber (something to do with water) used to live there before upgrading to Ecclesfield due to a better chippy.

Fox Hill is on this map, honest; it’s named after the Fox & Hounds, which will be 763rd on my list of Sheffield pubs to visit after re-opening.

But it seems to be a suburb of Birley Edge, which is itself a suburb of Southey, about which I knew nothing before studying Wiki just now.

Shiny new health centre and housing, primary school, one pub, one social club, and a Chinese takeaway with a recent hygiene rating of 1 out of 5. Mmmm.

No wonder folk here stick to eating Bueno bars, the wrappers littering the bumpy Hagg Hill on the road to the Spitfire Graveyard (the cars, not the beer).

We stuck to the well-marked footpaths along Back Edge, whose info board needs a clean.

Five minutes from pub to rocky outcrops, which is why we moved north.

It’s great, springy walking, but you haven’t got a clue where you are.

Is that Hillsborough over there ?”

Is that the sea ?”

I need the loo

After 40 minutes we reached the edge of Greno Woods, which you’ll remember from last week. Possibly.

Mrs RM tells me she walked off 607 calories on this trip, enough to earn 2 cans of Tiny Rebel Bubble Gum Stout.

Good work, Mrs RM. Mind, after another close encounter of the bull kind on the return leg along Beeley Wood she needed something rather stronger than Bubble Gum Stout. Which is why pubs MUST open next month.

22 thoughts on “I NEED BINOCULARS, ON TOP OF FOX HILL

  1. A good opportunity to assimilate with the locals by practicing the northern dialect. Whilst assisting (from a safe distance), the words โ€œYou canโ€™t beat a bit of Bull Eee!โ€ will win you friends and instant marital respect.

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  2. Looks like a lovely walk, the discarded Bueno Bar wrappers notwithstanding.

    I was about to make a comment about how abhorrent I found the idea of Tiny Rebel brewing a beer called Bubble Gum Stout, but then I thought, “Better Google this one, could be RetiredMartin joking around.” Well it is and it isn’t, seeing as ‘Funk Tropical Fruit & Bubble Gum Sour’ is an entirely genuine Tiny Rebel release.

    Ah this brave new world of craft brewing, I fear I’ll never develop a sophisticated enough palate for it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I was close, wasn’t I ? Knew it was bubble gum.

      Actually, Simon and Duncan as well as I are working our way through 24 cans of flavoured Tiny Rebel beer at the moment. They’re the Welsh Brew Dog, only better.

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  3. “enlived only by the discovery of that Han Solo spoiler (top) down by the Premier Store.”

    Pfft. Everyone dies. The question is (for Han at least) in which film? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “focusing my evenings on the โ€œclassicsโ€ like Apocalypse Now (rubbish) and The Hurt Locker (rubbish).”

    Yellowstone is pretty good, but I think that’s Amazon Prime. So’s The Expanse, but that’s Prime as well. Sorry, can’t help you.
    (not with Prime either but I do have a *cough* pirate patch) ๐Ÿ™‚

    “on the basis that our emergency plumber (something to do with water) used to live there”

    And your emergency electrician is something to do with leccy?*

    “Fox Hill is on this map, honest;”

    All I’ll comment on is Edge Well, in practically the middle of the map. I’m guessing avid lawn specialists there? You know, keeping the edg(ing) in good order around their grassy bits.
    (not to be confused with Brazilian waxes on other grassy bits) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “about which I knew nothing before studying Wiki just now.”

    Isn’t the Internet great!

    “and a Chinese takeaway with a recent hygiene rating of 1 out of 5.”

    I’d stay away from anything with ‘chicken’ on the menu.

    “on the road to the Spitfire Graveyard (the cars, not the beer).”

    See, and here was me thinking it was the plane.

    “We stuck to the well-marked footpaths along Back Edge, whose info board needs a clean.”

    I’d think the, er, back edge would seldom be clean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “Itโ€™s great, springy walking, but you havenโ€™t got a clue where you are.”

    GPS on your phone is a boon. Isn’t the Internet great!

    “After 40 minutes we reached the edge of Greno Woods, which youโ€™ll remember from last week. Possibly.”

    Is that the one with the garage that gives you the shaft?

    “Mrs RM tells me she walked off 607 calories on this trip, enough to earn 2 cans of Tiny Rebel Bubble Gum Stout.”

    Well done her!

    “Which is why pubs MUST open next month.”

    And that’s no bull! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers

    * – Speaking of electricians, we have one lined up to wire up my man shed/pub next week. Yay!
    (slowly but surely)

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      1. You should supply a pic of your man shed RM! The one we uncovered in the garden today.I’m giving it to you! I’ll refelt the roof, paint and replace the missing window pain if you like!

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      2. Here’s a link to the ongoing saga in my Google Photos collection:

        https://photos.app.goo.gl/fvaQ1k54DW6S2ihbA

        I’ve already acquired some tables and chairs, a nice stained glass window and a luverly sign to hang inside.*

        And the last photo is of me and my youngest when he was here in January. Oh, and that’s the serving hatch window behind me. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Cheers!

        * The R and C is perfect as I’m Russ and my brother is Craig. My brother actually bought it for our Dad back in the late 80’s. I had my sister store it at her place after our Mom died and she shipped out via UPS in early January.

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      3. “You should supply a pic of your man shed RM!”

        Agreed!

        I showed you mine Martin, so show me yours! (LOL)

        Cheers

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      4. “Wow. Love the fact the man shed project is called the man shed project.”

        My darling wife actually was the one that suggested we build a shed/pub rather than just a shed that would eventually morph into a pub. ๐Ÿ™‚

        “Does your son brew with a beard like that ?”

        Yup. I keep expecting to read about him getting pulled into a mash tun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Cheers

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  4. “rocky outcrops, which is why we moved north”.
    The north doesn’t have a monopoly on rocky outcrops.
    There’s a small one 250 yards behind our house and a few bigger ones within a couple of miles.

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    1. Is the rocky outcrop behind your house where you bury the emergency barrels of Banks’s Mild, Paul.

      You’re right, of course, but living in the Fens I had no idea that rocks existed till I did a school trip to Ilam Hall at 13.

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      1. No, no Banks’s for over a year now.
        I think I heard that the Stone Age by passed the Fens.
        I well remember Edgar and Margaret Smith the wardens of Ilam Hall Youth Hostel where I’ve spent fourteen nights.

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      2. Hey, Ilam Hall is the only YH in which I have ever stayed.

        It was on a school trip. I was about nine at the time.

        I rolled a rock from the summit of Thorpe Cloud, which wasn’t the wisest of things looking back…

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      3. Etu,
        We had a school trip to Dovedale when I was twelve and ( I forget his first name ) Perry rolled a rock or something from the top of Thorpe Cloud.

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