Plan A today was for a very long walk across the moors with a pub lunch at the end, however torrential rain and the constant whinging of a 14 year old boy meant that we switched to Plan B.
Plan B involved calling at Woody's on Ecclesall
Road in Sheffield for a Full Monty breakfast sandwich and a quick read of the Sunday papers before deciding that the rain had stopped enough for a quick stroll up to the Botanical Gardens.
We parked on Sharrow
Vale Road - which is my favorite area in Sheffield - I'll do you a tour before Christmas. It has some of the greatest little shops, charity shops, Cafes
, restaurants etc and has quite a villagey
feel about it. We called in here for cupcakes to take home for tea.
We then walked via Ecclesall
road and called in here for sweets.
They have the most fabulous little room upstairs called the Butterfly Boudoir where you can partake in hot chocolate, cakes, etc.
We then walked through to the recently restored Victorian
We wandered through the Pavilions,
where the exotic plants added much needed colour on this grey day.
I admired a mosaic on the wall.
By this time, the sun had actually popped out briefly
and illuminated the lovely Autumnal colours.
The grounds house the fine Victorian
bear pit. Apparently
, this was closed down after a small child fell in and was mauled to death by the bear.
We recreated this most terrible disaster for you using the whinging 14 year old.
Ive said before that blogging makes me look at things in more detail. The statue
of Pan in the gardens has some fantastic detailing around it.