Fountain Wishes | Sheaf Square | Sheffield 2017 | © Postcard Cafe  (sp1010215e)

Fountain | Sheaf Square | Sheffield | 2 January 2017

I spotted the bottle floating in the fountain and thought it would make an interesting first post for the new year.  Evidence that someone was out partying or maybe drowning their sorrows on New Years eve.  Along with the occasional bottle people traditionally make a wish as they throw a coin into the fountain.  The reflections from the bright sunlight meant I only saw the house key once the image was up on my computer.  A separate photo taken at the same time revealed a car key!  Beyond the bottles, coins and peoples wishes I think this fountain holds a few interesting tales and maybe even a few secrets never to be shared…

New Year…

A few highlights from 2016 in colour…


…and in monochrome

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What a strange and unsettling year it has been.  What with the US Presidential election Brexit, too many wars and too much suffering to begin to mention.  2016 was a year when people in the US and UK voted for the sort of future they want to see.  For many the outcome of both presents a future that is worrying and uncertain.

Individually in 2017 we all need to make decisions about how we can help to make this world a better place.   If we leave it all to the politicians then we really will be up the river without a paddle!  And at this point I’ll shut up and add an unlikely musical link and let the Three Degrees do the talking HERE.  (Yes, I know, it’s the Three Degrees…!*)

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Happy New Year

Wishing you all the very best for a healthy, happy, peaceful 2017,

Best wishes from Mr Cafe


* Don’t worry, normal service will be resumed in 2017 where you can be sure the music links will be more obscure and possibly more recent!

2016 | End of Year Round Up

Bracket Fungi | Sheffield | 2016 | © Postcard Cafe  (sp1010100e)

Might these be Turkey Tail fungi?  They look more woody than many I can find online! If anyone can identify them please leave a comment below and I will credit them by name. Until then they will be known as natures little helpers.

More about how wonderful fungi are, on Trees For Life HERE 

A diary date for people who have access to BBC or BBC iPlayer 7th JanuaryThe Magic of Mushrooms.  Possibly one of the best programmes about fungi – Details HERE

Natures Little Helpers #2

Fungi | Sheffield | 2016 | © Postcard Cafe  (sp1010096e)

I’ve struggled to find the name of these little helpers so if anyone can shed any light on what these fungi might be called please leave a comment below.  Thanks…

More about how wonderful fungi are, on Trees For Life HERE 

A diary date for people who have access to BBC or BBC iPlayer 7th January – The Magic of Mushrooms.  Possibly one of the best programmes about fungi – Details HERE

Natures Little Helpers #1