An off the spur …”must try new things” moment, sent me in the direction of African Drumming…and a beginners class run by Steve Rivers of Unbeatable Energy
The class runs in an upstairs room of an old building owned by the Sheffield Transport Club. Several djembe drums are cased and ready for those without their own to grab and uncase.
We start with a warm up session involving rubbing hands over the drum skin to warm hands and drum. Then several stretches for the hands and arms.
Then we begin. First a quick instruction on how to hit/tap the drum using the flat hand for centre boom, and more of the finger tips for the edge sounds. Then we begin a basic rhythm with Steve overlaying a more detailed pattern. It’s an easy pattern to pick up and soon we’re moving into more advanced sequences…and the more experienced students take on different patterns. So a full sound begins to emerge and I, on my first ever session, am fully engrossed in a series of beats. Great fun. We learned how to do loud clapping and then applied this pattern to drumming. The session was soon over and I came away exhilarated, and with slightly sore hands.
I’m looking forward to my next session.
A proud day for me as my son, William, graduated with a 1st in Maths at Sheffield Hallam University. Today was the graduation ceremony at Sheffield’s City Hall. I met up with family to help Will celebrate the day.
I stopped in Galway Bay for three nights at Galway Bay Sea View Apartments, The Promenade, Salthill. Great accommodation with spacious kitchen, large lounge and huge bedroom.
While in Galway I visited the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Then drove to the Sky Road and through Connemara National Park
Travelled using car hired by Sixt Direct.
I was over in Ireland for a week from today and hired a car. Ryanair flight over from East Midlands FR535 at 6:30 and arrived in Dublin at 7:40. First stop just outside Dublin and the beautiful Malahide Castle.
My first trip with the Yorkshire Walking Group who arrange trips on Meet Up. The route was from Woodhead Tunnel, on the Longdendale Trail past the Woodhead Reservoir then up to Clough Edge, on the Pennine Way to The Wain Stones (Kissing Stones) and Bleaklow Head, coming back down Middle Black Clough to the start.
A lovely meal of Tapas prepared by my friend Anto with a bottle of Saint Emilion Grand Cru wine.
A Venezuelan breakfast prepared by my friend Anto – Perico and Bollito
On the way to Whitby I spotted a sign for Yorkshire Lavender (just north of York) so had a quick look around. It’s fee to enter and a wide variety of plants for sale including mints in all flavours.
My friend Anto from Venezuela showed me how to make one of their traditional dishes – Arepa using P.A.N. corn flour.
I made my first pinch pot at Blue Elephant Studio in Sheffield – a teardrop pot with orange/red glaze.
Not happy with the tip where the glaze has missed but otherwise not bad for a first attempt.