For all the years that I have lived in or near Sheffield, there has been a Victorian Christmas Market at the Kelham Island Industrial Museum. Usually it is held on the first weekend in December, which is often my birthday weekend and so I am almost always busy, or away, or partying (or all of these things!) and somehow I have completely failed ever to go.
Until this year. This year it was held on the last weekend in November, which is not my birthday weekend. Tabitha, Gareth and Cally were intending to go. did we fancy joining them? And we did. So we took a bus, a train and a tram from our place to Kelham Island. We met Tabitha, Gareth and Cally outside. And in we went. And it was lots and lots of fun.
First lunch. There were lots of food stalls in the central courtyard. The Builder and I had hearty braised brisket burritos, he had a pint of beer (because he was not driving home - the car was still in Tupton), I had a glass of wine. Cally had an enormous banana and chocolate pancake. It was really quite exceptionally sweet!! Then we went off to explore the various market stalls, Christmas activities, industrial museum activities. They even ran the big steam machine in celebration of the occasion
Tabitha and I took Cally on the Ferris Wheel before we left. Tabitha is not a big fan of Ferris Wheels. She doesn't like heights very much. Cally has no fear of anything other than motorbikes and (for some odd reason) hand driers. Ferris Wheels hold no anxiety for her!
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A quick drink in a local pub, then Gareth drove everybody back to our place, where we had Aussie burgers for tea.
We all had pancakes for Sunday breakfast and readied ourselves for our second adventure of the weekend. We were off to the Peak Edge Hotel and Red Lion Pub for their Christmas market. It was where we all went to the summer market back in June or so. And it was every bit as good as it was in the summer. Some of the same traders were there, but there were different ones as well and mostly, of course, they were selling Christmassy stuff. I have made a significant dent in my Christmas shopping list!
On to Marsh Green for a spot of something for lunch, then back home to crank the new oven up. Not long after we had roast lamb, roast potatoes and veg to keep us going. Cally is not a big meat eater. She likes processed meat but finds chops and steaks and roasts a bit difficult to chew. I had bought her a fish cake to replace the lamb on her plate. She was hugely reluctant to eat it. We thought this was a bit odd. She likes fish cakes normally. So I had a taste. Tabitha had a taste. It became very obvious why she wouldn't eat it. It was really horrible and tasted a bit like dried fish food smells! We took it all away and gave her another roast potato instead. Next time, instead of spending a lot of money on "luxury" fish cakes, I shall make my own!