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:

Revolution

Brutus

Freddie

Plus more posts on the subsequent days!

Drag Queens and Naked People

Way back in 2018. I had a Cultural day seeing the naked people on a Ramblers then going to the theatre.

2018 culture day part 1

2018 culture day part 2

Yesterday it was a repeat but even better!

The Naked People are some iron statues between Meadowhall, Sheffield and Kimberworth, Rotherham. They were created through a project with school children and also based on the childrenโ€™s ideas a poem was written for each statue by poet Matt Black. The statues originally had a plaque next to them with the poem on but all but one of them has gone awol. Luckily since then Matt Black has been able to find his poems and even better he came along and read his poems to each statue. It was a lovely sunny afternoon for sculpture and live poetry. Over the next 10 days each day I will feature a different statue and poem with Matt Blackโ€™s kind agreement.

The next part of the cultural day was cantered around seeing the film of Everybodies Talking about Jamie on itโ€™s premiere day. The film is an adaption of a stage show that was based upon a documentary about a 16 year old becoming a drag Queen; I watched the documentary for the first time last week. I fell in love with the show when I saw the premiere of the theatre show in Sheffield. I have seen the show multiple times now and was an extra for the final scene, therefore I felt I should have been invited to the film premiere! Alas not quite, instead I viewed film costumes in the winter gardens and watched the star of the film Max Haywood and the original Jamie on the PINK carpet. It was fabulous to see a film premiere in Sheffield. It is a pity some of the well know names of the film; Sarah Lancaster, Richard E Grant and Shobna Gulati did not deign to revisit Sheffield for the premiere. I then watched the film at the Showroom. I intend to watch the film at some point on Amazon prime to look closer at the Sheffield locations and see if I can spot myself in the final scene!

Top 5 Tuesday: Books with food on the cover

During August we are being set scavenger hunts on a Tuesday by Meeghan. Therefore these are not necessarily top 5s just what can be found.

This week the challenge was to find books with food on the cover. I was surprised how few I could find searching through my shelves and my Instragram tags Wonderwall360books2020 and Wonderwall360reading2021.

1. The Rosie Project Graeme C. Simsion has a lobster ๐Ÿฆž on the cover. I reread this one recently. This is my favourite of the books in this list.

2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl of course has a peach ๐Ÿ‘ on the cover. I have two copies as have the original copy I read as a child plus I have recently bought Roald Dahl box set from a charity shop.

3. Each peach ๐Ÿ‘, pear ๐Ÿ, plum by Janet and Allen Albherg. I donโ€™t have a copy of this book but it came to mind from childhood / reading to my nephew as having beautiful fruit illustrations on the cover.

4. Eat, Pray, Love by Emma Gilbert, the eat is spelled out in pasta ๐Ÿ. It is a rather disappointing cover the descriptions of eating in Italy are magnificent; pizza ๐Ÿ•, pasta ๐Ÿ and ice cream ๐Ÿฆ. The Italy part of the book which started the book was the best for me after that it became duller for me!

5. I struggled to find a 5th! Then I pulled this book from my shelf; Homework Sucks by Simon Mayo and saw it had pizza ๐Ÿ• in the bottom right of the cover. It is a non fiction book of facts.

The Sewing Bee Final ๐Ÿงต ๐Ÿ

The result was…..

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As expected for several weeks that Serena won. She did make a slight mistake in the pattern challenge but still came first.

Serena seems lovely. I just find it irritating that a med student also has had time to get so good at sewing. Poor Raph he is actually studying textile design! How galling! He came up with a crazy fabulous festival outfit in round 2. I was not keen on the shiny red material he used in the final round. And unfortunately it was not fully hemmed.

After coming respectable third in the first two tasks Rebecca produced a dress of top finalist style.

Serenaโ€™s yellow Vinelle from Calling Eve inspired dress saw her secure a win.

That is that for another year!

June / July to do list ๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿฆ” ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿงบ

Hathersage outdoor pool and swimming indoors after more than a year of no swimming so good to be back to it!

Currently considering nature for June 30days wild. More about 30days wild

Keep supporting hospitality businesses which have had to close during lockdowns by buying drinks and food.

Bookish picnic ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿงบ- thank you Elaine H for the ideas ๐Ÿ’ก!!!

Afternoon tea.

Beat the street

Sheffield bear trial

Festivals ๐ŸŽถ

June : Bangers and Cider

July: Sheffieldโ€™s very own Tramlines!

Books to be read ๐Ÿ“š

So far in June I have read The Rosie Project and the Colour purple for book club discussions later in the month.

Currently reading Trust me by TM Logan which I either need to return Tuesday or renew so trying to finish – not hard as it is a page turner.

Next rereading Rebecca for a book club at the start of July.

Then got some holiday related books to read.

Sewing Bee๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ Semi Final

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I was correct in my predictions in terms of who would make the final.

My semi final predictions

Inevitably Farie left the competition. Although Rebecca also had a shaky week, perhaps she has got her nerves over and will perform better in the final.

Raph had a good semi final and is looking good to offer some competition to Serena in the final. She is still looking like the one to beat!

The Sewing Bee ๐Ÿงต ๐Ÿ : Film Week

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It was clear from the first two tasks it would either be Farie or Damien going. It came down to the final task where Farie wowed the judges more.

However I think it will be Farie going next week as she does not seem to have the same competency as the other three.

Next week is the semi final. I think the final will be Raphael, Rebecca and Serena. Potentially Serena will be victorious; she is consistent and competent but to me slightly annoying being a medical student who is also a talented sewing bee.

Sewing Bee ๐Ÿงต ๐Ÿ update

Last week I explained about the televised competition Sewing Bee. Here follows an update following this weekโ€™s episode. ๐Ÿšจ Beware, it. Contains a SPOILER of who left!

I’m kind of sad Andrew went as thought he was a character. He was good at coming up with lines and bantering with Jo Lyccett.

Damien is also character, a manly cheeky chap. Like the twinkle in his eye! He has often been shown improvising and trying to bluff through tasks, so I never thought he was a serious contender. However this week in the final task he made a dress that wowed the judges and they say it was his best yet. It was a dress for a winter party with a trendy zip down the centre. You could reveal more flesh by unzipping the dress up or down!

I think the girls Serena and Rebecca are not really characters as they are so similar to each other you can confuse them! They are competent sewers though.

Farie studied fashion although she now works as an accountant. Therefore she can design some amazing garments. However the making of them does not always go so well! She often has not finished the first of the weekโ€™s task which is making a garment per a pattern. Therefore I can not see her winning, unless in the final she gets her timing together and completes the pattern challenge flawlessly then makes the garments she is capable of in the other tasks.

Raphael is also a strong sewer and a contender for winning. Even though apparently he only started sewing during lockdown last year!

My love of Sewing Bee ๐Ÿงต ๐Ÿ and last week’s upcycling programme

I think I have watched every series of this . I started watching when I accidently stumbled upon it on BBC 2, when it was presented by Claudia Winkleman. it is now presented by comedian Joe Lycett and is on prime time BBC 1 at 9pm on a Wednesday night. It is a competion show similar to Bake off. With a competiotor being eliminated each week until the finalise when a new winner crowned.

Each programme always has three tasks:

  1. Make a garment per a pattern
  2. Innovation i.e use old fabric / clthese to make something new
  3. The made to measure – a spectacular outfit fitted to a live model.

For example, Last Wednesday when the theme was upcycling. The first task was to use a pattern to make waist coats from cutting up clothes. Then for the innovation challenge they were given army surplus clothes to make a garment. Last weeks last challenge was to use old denim to make a dress. The winner of this was really inspiring it was a dress made with lots of denim cut into waves to raise awareness of environmental impact of the amount of water needed to make new denim therefore why denim should be reused. It also featured a whale and was a very stylish shape.

What will tonight bring?

Does anyone else watch? I have a friend who does so we enjoy comparing notes!

First post lockdown 3 beer

The UK officially wnt into as third lockdown at the start of the year. Prior to that areas were in tiers. Sheffield being in a tier 3 leval prior to lockdown 2 and between lockdown 2 and three meant locckdown meant it has been months since pubs in Sheffield open. I was lucky that I was in the lake district in tier 1 area when the srecond lockdown started so was able to go into some pubs then.

According to the governments roadmap out of lockdown 3, pubs were able top open from April 12th and serve customers outside. It was a week before I went in for my first drink. Many local pubs have not opened yet for some this is because they do not have sufficient outdoor space to merit opening. Additionally it appears my local Wetherspoons are currently undergoing some refurbishment. I tried post a 10mile walk on Saturday 16th April to get a drink but the three pubs close to the end of the walk that were open were all full to the limits of their outdoor capacity. One of them had people queuing and we were told it be an hour and half or two hours before would get in!

I have had my first drink in a pub since November in the Lake District on a sunny Monday lunchtime at the Plough in Bradfield on 19th April.

Also on 12th April non essential shops and places like hairdressers were allowed to open this makes life more pleasant. For example, I bought books in a charity shop yesterday and I have a massage booked today.