Posted on April 30, 2020
It’s been a week since the first post in my #LivingInLockdown series. While I was on annual leave last week I spent some of my spare time working on ideas to continue this series. Although this particular post is actually inspired by an outing we had into town on Tuesday this week (so that my wife could attend her blood donors appointment). So here is my second entry in the series of #LivingInLockdown – “City on Lockdown“, original title I know.
This was the first time that I have been into Sheffield city centre since the UK went in to lockdown over 5 weeks ago. It might actually be longer than that as I don’t tend to go in to the city centre much these days. It was very strange to be walking around the city streets that are usually bustling with life and see them almost empty of people. I think one of the weirdest experiences was hearing the town hall clock chime and it echoing along the empty streets.
In some respects it was nice to enjoy the city centre so quiet, but in others it was a very bizarre feeling. It made the lockdown somehow more real. Being at home for the last 5 weeks (apart from going out for a walk to our local parks as part of our daily exercise) I guess we’ve been in our own little bubble. In some ways the lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic has been happening around us. Being in the city centre and seeing how deserted it was, with most of the shops, and all the pubs, and restaurants closed brought a reality of sorts to this lockdown. We have been very lucky so far that apart from both my wife and I now working completely from home and obviously not seeing family and friends we’ve been relatively untouched by the lockdown.
We’re both back to work and working from home this week after our weeks annual leave. When I’m not working I have more to share as I document #LivingInLockdown.
Posted on May 4, 2013
Firstly I know these are by no way my best shots, although I did want to document Sheffield’s Castle Market as shortly it will no longer exist. Construction is already well under way on the city’s The Moor where the market will be relocated as part of the new development. Castle Market got its name as it is built on top of the remains of Sheffield Castle.
The photos I have taken so far are just of the outside, Castle Market is an indoor market. I shall return later before it closes its door to the public to take some photos of the inside of the market itself. While taking these photos a gypsy lady decided to provide us with some entertainment by dancing in the street. Not entirely sure she was 100% sober, but entertaining all the same. Would have been rude not to take a photo of her.