Friday, 8 May 2009
The theme for this week's Friday Shoot-Out is gardens. I can bore you with tales from my garden any day of the week, so today I'd like to show you a more special kind of garden.
The first advantage of Sheffield's Winter Garden is that it's actually inside a large glasshouse - so you can enjoy it even in the rain.
The plants all have a slightly tropical feel, but I'm no botanist - do any of our tropic-dwelling Shooters have these flowers locally?
I love to wander in here when I have a little spare time; it's close to the train station, and it's a great way to while away a few minutes that might otherwise be spent waiting on the platform. Little paths meander between the plants, with benches tucked away in quiet corners...
...or stop and get a coffee at the cute little cafe (surprisingly reasonable at £1 for a coffee or tea).
There's even a tiny pond, with a fountain taking the form of a miniature waterfall, which adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
The only thing that could make it more perfect would be some colourful birds hopping between the trees - but I can imagine them! I spent about an hour here yesterday (and it is only a small place, really). Again I apologise for only having a mobile phone camera with me.