Posted on May 26, 2020
At the moment here in England COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been eased slightly. Allowing us to travel a little further to exercise, as long as we all continue to social distance. So yesterday was the first time since lockdown began in the UK (23rd March 2020) that we have ventured further than our local parks for a walk and take in some fresh air.
As I had already booked the Bank-Holiday Monday as annual leave we decided to visit Damflask Reservoir, which is situated in the Loxely valley of Sheffield. Unlike most bank holidays we were treated to great weather (the world clearly has gone mad lol). We definitely managed to get some exercise. I think was the furthest that we have walked in one outing during lockdown so far.
Damflask is another one of these places that is practically on our doorstep that neither my wife or I have visited before. Definitely worth a return visit at some time in the future.
Considering the current social distancing and the hot weather that we had yesterday the reservoir and surrounding woods wasn’t overly busy. People were definitely doing their best to social distance unlike further down south if we are to believe the stories reported in the news.
Posted on May 4, 2020
My fifth instalment of #LivingInLockdown, another glimpse in to life during COVID-19 lockdown in the UK.
So far from what I have seen most retailers are adhering to our governments social distancing guidelines. Retailers are becoming our fourth emergency service, keeping us all stocked up on provisions. Thankfully most of the panic buying (pasta, toilet roll, etc) appears to be over and the shops seem to be pretty well stocked again (so my wife tells me). Like I said in my last post I think lockdown is becoming the new normal (for just now at least). We are being very British and just getting on with life the best that we can.
Posted on May 2, 2020
The third instalment of my #LivingInLockdown series. This instalment is from the streets of the local suburb where I live.
Everywhere is on lockdown, entire countries, cities, towns, villages, right down to our local communities. We find ourselves 5 weeks in to the UK COVID-19 lockdown. Social distancing, what started as being a bit of a strange experiment has now become the new normal as most of us have settled in to lockdown. Only key workers heading out to work. While the rest of us self isolate at home. The lucky few (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) can work from home (which I count myself lucky).
The street that I live on is pretty quiet in normal times to be honest. So I haven’t seen a big change to daily life on our street with lockdown. Apart from our neighbours possibly doing more DIY. I’m sure the lockdown has affected the people in my community in various ways.
Being at home more due to lockdown has allowed me to explore more of our local community, while on our daily (sometimes not so daily) exercise walks. Before lockdown it was all to easy to get home from work & settle in for the evening, then on days off to venture out further afield to explore. We forget to explore & experience what’s on our own doorstep sometimes.
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 November 19, 2015
One of the most recognisable sights of Sheffield is the Crucible Theatre on Norfolk Street, which is probably best know by people outside of Sheffield as the home of the UK Snooker Championships. The main entrance faces on to Tudor Square, which is also home to another of Sheffield’s grand theatres, The Lyceum.
At night the lights from the Crucible light up Tudor Square making it one of the most recognisable building in Sheffield centre at night.