Sheffield

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Andrew Motion - If

This poem, written by the former poet laureate Andrew Motion, greets visitors to Sheffield. There is something enjoyable about leaving a station and being welcomed with verse.

I love Sheffield and enjoyed visiting again this weekend. However it was strange being back. Walking up the hill towards the centre (everything is on a hill) I felt like I was still at uni, being handed leaflets and surrounded by students. Oh, but this time I was pushing a buggy up the vertical incline!

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The little man and I arrived before everyone else so we amused ourselves by taking a stroll.

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I am always struck by the amount of art and sculpture around Sheffield. It seems to be the city of fountains!

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There is something so relaxing about flowing water. The people disappear and it transports me to another place.

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The old and the new seem to exist in harmony and nowhere is this demonstrated better than in the Peace Gardens.

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I stood for ages staring at our shimmering reflection in these pleasingly spherical water features. So shiny, so beautiful.

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This is one of three sculptures by Sheffield born George Fullard. There is something so striking and solid about this artwork yet it is so touching and human. I feel it harks back to the city’s industrial past, the old ‘City of Steel’ still present in the background but brought up to date in brilliant architecture like this:

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Very much a city of contrasts.

I feel that this post has been a little random and bumbling but that is how I am feeling generally. It is strange to find oneself stumbling around in a permanent fog of tiredness, my mental faculties seem to be rather impaired at the moment. I do try my best to string words together in a coherent manner but do forgive any awkwardness. One day I shall sleep again and a newly eloquent blogger shall rise from the ashes, honestly!

For now though I shall sign off and tiptoe to my bed.

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See that marvellous building on the left in the background? Next time we shall step inside and discover a surprise inside. It will be exciting. Come back tomorrow to discover what was hiding within! xxxx

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  1. quilt32

    Thank you for giving a view of Sheffield which I probably would never have seen otherwise. Looking forward to the surprise inside the building.
    Lillian
    lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

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