Sunday, 23 January 2011

Another tenner - courtesy National Lottery

Lightening strikes twice - won another tenner last night!

Besides that - lots to tell you this week but I'll try to keep it brief to stop boredom from creeping in!

Starting with football. Belper lost 2-0 to Buxton in the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Tuesday evening. Although this is another defeat, the performance was apparently much improved on recent games and Buxton are from the division above Belper so I guess it wasn't too bad. Snapper Harrison's pictures are here:

Then yesterday (Saturday) Belper won away at Spalding. Only 1-0 against the side who are bottom of our division but a win's a win - and 3 points is most welcome after recent weeks!Again - the "Main Man" Harrison got the action:

We missed both games but Tim's pictures are so good it makes it seem like we were there!!

The other news to come from Christchurch Meadow this week is that our Chairman for the last 23 years, Phil Varney, is to step down at the end of the season. He will remain as a director and plans to continue as Head Groundsman but he'll be a hard act to follow.

Aside from football:

Monday & Tuesday:- Wake, work, home, eat, sleep..... and... repeat. Main event was the ISO Certificate Renewal inspection at work and although I was involved in the opening meeting, I was surplus to requirements for the rest of the assessment. Still, this allowed me to get on with some proper work!!

Wednesday - enjoyed meeting up with one of our Canadian clients - in the UK for  a few days to sort a couple of problems. He's from  Sheffield originally, moving to Canada 16 years ago but he retains his Sheffield accent and nature. "Good Bloke" all round.

Thursday - work as usual although I managed to get half an hour in the stock yard to take a few pictures in the sunshine. Using the 100mm Macro lens, I got a couple of nice images.... (I thought so anyway!)

Fern on the Canal Bank
 Barbed Wire detail
 Silver Birch - Canal Bank
On Reflection
 Cyclamen "rescued" by my green-fingered colleague and now flourishing!
In  the evening, the Duchess and I treated my two colleagues from the Sales Department to dinner at TGI Fridays. This was supposed to happen before Christmas - the Sales Team "Christmas Do" if you like - but the weather put paid to that. The event also counted as a birthday party since my birthday was actually on the following day.

Friday - My birthday so I'd booked the day off and the plan was to take a train to York. It's years since we've been there and the weather forecast was good so we set it up earlier in the week. The train fare structure was a little puzzling - 2 singles to York and 2 singles back from York - total £30. To buy 2 return tickets Sheffield/York/Sheffield - price £35.80?. Anyway - we had a super day and I took loads of pictures Here's a few to be going on with:

Before we set off - managed to "snap" the fox in our garden again!
 The Minster as we walked up from the station - it was a "busy" day
 A clear blue sky meant interesting reflections
 And again
 The Minster - how did they manage to build something that big way back then?!
Sunset as we headed back to the station
I plan an abum of the best of the rest  and will post a link ASAP!

If you're ever in York and in need of a cuppa or a decent meal - visit Baileys Cafe - just across the Lendal Bridge - on the right as you head toward the Minster. We had a cream tea there and it was superb. Before we went to York - everyone said "You must try Betty's Tea Shop - it's the best in York." However - it's also the most expensive in York (and maybe the country for all I know.) We decided against paying around £15 each for a cuppa and a piece of cake! Baileys Cafe cost us just about £7 for excellent tea for two and lovely scones! (Incidentally - if you want a very good Hot Roast Pork Sandwich - try the Hog Roast on Silver St. That was lunch and it was terrific!)

The original plan was to have a birthday meal in York before catching a train back to Sheffield around 6:30 p.m. but by 4:15 or so, and after close to 5 hours of wandering around, we'd seen most of the sights and the old feet were starting to burn a little (and since we hadn't seen a decent chippy!) we decided to cut the day a little short and get the 4:45 train instead. Big mistake!

The train we caught goes from Edinburgh to Plymouth and was busy when we got on at York but when it arrived in Leeds, there was absolute chaos! People had to stand in the aisles all the way to Sheffield (via Wakefield)

An old mate (who some of you non-league footy fans will know) got on the train at Leeds. Ryan "Massive" Hindley (ex-Belper Town, now at Retford FC) spent the trip back to Sheffield wedged into a corner near the luggage racks and when we got off the train, he said it's pretty much like that every day of the week although Friday was particularly bad. After a brief chat, we caught a bus up to Nortoner Towers and a fish and chip supper in front of the telly completed my birthday.

Saturday - didn't go to Spalding - too far - so supermarket a.m. and a walk down to Woodseats shopping area p.m. All part of the grand plan to get the Duchess' leg working properly although to be fair - she's pretty much there now!

Next week - the plan is: Monday at the Docs - think  I may have another kidney stone! Watch Belper Town v Harrogate Railway Athletic in a cup game on Tuesday evening  and then Wednesday and Thursday, I'm in Germany visiting one of our major clients. So the week will be hectic.

I will report as usual ASAP.

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