A few weeks ago we visited Mayfield Alpacas – an alpaca farm near Sheffield and made friends with a bunch of friendly alpacas! We bought a bag of alpaca food and fed them by hand. They were so cute with their blobs of hair over their eyes. The farm is quite big, with a circular path where you can walk for one or two hours meeting more animals along the way. It would make a perfect place to stop by for brunch or lunch too, because they have a nice cafe right next the car park, with outdoor seating area if it is nice out.
Basically, it is worth a visit if you live near or are visiting Sheffield! And take a lot of pictures of your new friends.
I forgot how I found out about Woodthorpe Tropical House, but I can remember how excited I got! The park is about 15 minutes drive away. So last weekend, despite the rain there was a window of few hours’ sunshine and I grabbed the opportunity to head over and give it a good exploring…
I am very lucky to live pretty close to Wollaton Deer Park. When we got our first car, I was in hurry to visit with film camera in my hands…
Heading to the city to buy art supplies, I grabbed an opportunity to head over at Cobden Chambers and find a little shop full of independant magazines, books, and stationery, Ideas on Paper. I have been wanting to visit since I moved here in Nottingham last February.
“We bring a thought provoking and collectible selection of magazines, journals, and books to Nottingham; independent titles on fashion, art, culture, design, business, economics, food, wine and travel, are complemented by a range of stationery, enabling you to get your ideas on paper.”
It is no doubt one of my favourite shops. Every wall was nearly covered with magazines and I was in awe exploring and spotting familiar names, such as Cereal and Kinfolk. I went in with an intention to buy few magazines – I wanted to stock up something new in my magazine box alongside Artists & Illustrators and Oh Comely, which has been my usual reads for years. Being a typically indecisive person, I wavered over which ones I wanted to bring home for ages and I eventually chose Puss Puss (I couldn’t not buy it after finding out it has a feline element! Crazy cat lady here *waves*) and two issues of Uppercase, which I have heard a lot about but haven’t got my hands on them yet.
I have to mention that the customer service I received in the shop was absolutely fantastic – the best so far. Alex, an owner of the shop, approached and greeted me. Even after he realised I was deaf, rather than running away (the usual response I get) he took my heavy shopping bags off me and offered me the chair so I could take my time reading and choosing. He also picked few magazines he thought I may like, Puss Puss being included in the pile. I instantly felt comfortable, and not rushed to buy and leave the shop. Because I struggle to intergrate with hearing society, I was really touched by Alex’s efforts to make me feel involved and relaxed with good reading materials in front of me.
If you are ever at Nottingham, I’d recommend putting Ideas on Paper on your must-visit list!
You can find Ideas on Paper in Cobden Chambers, Nottingham and online:
Last November, we visited Manchester for Aneurin’s second Algorave gig. While he was in the hotel room getting prepared for his big night, I took an opportunity to explore the city, with Manchester Craft & Design Centre on the top of my list.
I was dropping off the car (read the full story here) in Kew Bridge and since I was far away from home, I thought I may as well make the most of the day and visit Kew Gardens that was nearby! Luckily I brought my Nikon F4 and the weather was perfect – it wasn’t too hot or too cold. But after the busy weekend in New Forest, I was exhausted and didn’t cover everything so I am definitely coming back again one day, bringing Aneurin with me!