Summer 2021 Review

June /July to do list

Some features of pre pandemic life have returned during Summer including:

  • Swimming: albeit contrary to my to do list above I did not manage to swim outside.
  • Festivals: Tramlines in Sheffield with Supergrass. Sausage and Cider Festival which should have been in June in Derbyshire, but due to a delay in easing of roadblock in June and other logistics, ended up being Essex in August; enjoyed glamping experience with airbed especially as had whole tent to myself and listening to Guns and Roses with glass of bubbles in a hot tub!
  • Watched football in person for the first time since pandemic started.
  • Found all the bears on the Bear trial. See #wonderwall360bears of Sheffield for my photos of the bears.
  • Completed Beat the Street which involved earning points by walking between beat boxes and tapping on them. I set up my team and contributed over 8000 points, it became quite addictive! My team was third on the average team points community leader board, which I’m very proud of.
  • In September walked from Putney to Tower Bridge, crossing the Thames 17 times (16 bridges).
  • Returned to Sheffield theatres. Have seen Hairspray in the Lyceum, Operation Crucible in the Studio and Typical Girls in the Crucible.
  • Saw Everybody’s Talking about Jamie film on the day of it’s premiere. See Instagram Wonderwall360 for pictures.
  • Enjoyed revisiting Kimberworth sculptures:




Plus more posts on the subsequent days!

Zena the Rock Climber

The idea for Zena rocklimber seems to have been at least partly due to the similarity in name between Kimberworth where she is located near and Kilamanjaro. Additionally Sheffield is near the peark district which is a popular area for climbers. The aim of her was to represent 21 first century; I think Zena sounds a futrteristic name.

In case the photo is hard to read the full text is as follows.

Zena the Rock Climber

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Zena concentrates on her climb.

Zena is aiming for the High View.

Zena comes across tricky bits -a sharp rock, or a bendy route.

Zena gets out of breathand has a rest:

Have I brought my water bottle?

Have I brought my rope?

Have I tied my rope tight enough?

Will I need to take a different route?

Will I slip?

Will I fall?

Have I brought some fruit?


I am nearly at the top.


look at the view.

I can see my house from here.

Shall I look down?

Stan the Stable Boy

The inspiration behind Stan was the first world war the poem describes him as a young boy who sae his Father go to fight in the war. Located near Duke’s lane.

The brambles have recently be cleared from around him:

Stan the Stable Boy

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Stan looks after the horses.

They say Stan could ride before he could walk

;a gypsy, clever, quiet and shy,

and a good whistler.

Stan waved goodbyeto his father

who went to war.

His dad was a blacksmith who just turned the corner

and disappeared.

Stan tries to smile, to hide his tears,

but he’s lonely as rain.

Stan hardly gets any sleep.

Morris the Miner

Morris miner represents 18th century and the mining heritage of the area. The children developed a whole story about how he found a pot of gold digging whilst digging the gold. Then used it to fund a sailing trip to far away lands. I love how he represents 18th century yet bought flip flops on his travels; I do not know when flip flops were invented.

Morris the Miner

By Matt Black (

dug for coal for years, thinking about

fires and keeping warm,

till one day he found a pot of gold,

most of which he gave to the poor,

but he also went on an adventure

– bought a rowing boat and went to France, Australia and Pakistan,

brought back a brown necklace and some flip-flops.

He lives in a small house with no electricity, no water,

but he’s kind and has lots of friends.

He has 4 children and 25 grandchildren


Yazier was to represent 14th century. A nature lover, perhaps she is knelt to look at a plant?

She is located near Crow-Girl, further down the railway path

Yazier Carer of the Wild

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likes apples, plums, strawberries,cherries,

raindrops, the clear water of lakes,

fresh honey from the bees,

and her favourite animal is the snake.

She gets fire from lightning,

bathes under the waterfall behind her cave,

and spends time in her cave thinking.

She eats worms, leaves, fruit and nuts.

Left in the forest when she was three,

afer her family caught the Black Death,

she was brought up by animals

and now looks after the animals and the wild.

Crow Girl

Crow girl was to represent the 1950s. The children decided she had wooden hollow legs. She was a thief who hid stolen loot in her legs. No one ever dared ask about her childhood. Matt Black wrote two poems about her, on the same theme; both paints her as a lonely girl with a tragic past, I find the first below the saddest.

She is located near the Railway path.


By Matt Black (

likes storms

and lives in the bell-tower

with blackout eyes

and devil’s legs.

Her slim figure, disguised by baggy clothes

with pocket space for stolen goodies.

The villagers think she’s a witch

so she goes to the village in disguise

and dreams of being popular.

Her Mum and Dad died when she was young.

Now she is centuries old.


By Matt Black (

crouches like a cat

moves like a shadow,

looks out over the fields,

lonely as Billy Todd.

With her blackout eyes,s

he lives in St. Thomas’s belltowers,

eats spiders,

visits the village in disguise.

She enjoys scaring crows.

Don’t ask about her childhood!

She dreams of swimming pool

sand being normal.

Two dinners Ignatius

Two dinners Ignatius was to represent 15th century. A Monk who likes food, hence his rounded belly. He has hand is waving as if waving to the cars on Dropping Well Road.

Two-Dinners Ignatius

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bird lover,

herb grower,

peace maker,

medicine man.

the religious brewer,

the listening ear,

likes his vitals

and wishes you

a safe journey

Freddy the Fiery Fork-Maker

Freddy was to represent the 19th century and the areas’s steel / cutlery making heritage. I like in the poem, how he is not sterotyped as one thing and has varying interests as 19th century is when people began to have more free time as they did not have to focus on basics of getting food and could have hobbies.

In reference to the poem Blackburn is an area of Sheffield (in addition to the town of the same name)

Freddy the Fiery Fork-Maker

By Matt Black (

is a love heart,

a cool

cat, beautiful, funny,

with lots of friends,

lots of energy,

a mover, and shaper, and shaker,

he melts iron and hearts.

A good man, accurate and kind,

strong and patient, modest

,living in a little flat in Blackburn.

A ball room dancer,

star-gazer, cutlery diva –

he is a star!

Brutus young ambitious solider.

Brutus young ambitious solider. Good watcher and bit of a worrier, he was intended to represent Roman times. In the poem I like the contrast of him being determined in war yet scared.

Brutus, the Watchman

By Matt Black (

22 years old, fast, strong and fit,

a top Roman swordsman,

protected by shields.

Brutus sees everything,

with piercing eyes,

looks out for the enemy.

He wants to win the war,

but is worried and scared.