Calm in the Chaos

We all knew it was coming. The weather forecast said that we’d probably have a little  snow over the course of yesterday evening, yet I was still shocked to see a fair covering of the white stuff when I arose at 6:30am this morning. I drank my coffee and wondered just how long the school run would take in the present conditions – a journey which usually requires around 45 minutes, give or take. As I set off with the new My Bloody Valentine album enveloping me in it’s warm cocoon of reverb, my mood was distinctly upbeat.

All that all changed as soon as I arrived at Crookes however, the conditions rapidly deteriorated and the stiff wind drove huge flakes of snow into a blizzard. It was almost a whiteout. After successfully dropping Junior Unsubscriber at her school (which was thankfully open), I trudged back to the car in quiet contemplation and witnessed the first of several collisions as drivers attempted to negotiate the perilous hill which leads down to the main road.


After a brief moment of deliberation, I decided that the safest course of action would be to leave the car where I had parked it and walk back into Sheffield from where I could plan my journey home.

As I reached the bottom of Crookes Valley Road, the clouds began to break and I decided to take a shortcut through Weston Park. The bright light of a February morning leaked from the clear blue sky through heavy, snow-filled clouds making the deserted park look utterly beautiful. I stopped to take a few photographs before setting off, happy that I had taken this detour away from the seemingly endless procession of cars with their stressed occupants. Everyone was going somewhere important today, but no one was getting there on time.

On either side of this little oasis of calm, commuter chaos reigned and I was reminded once again how we tend to overlook these fleeting moments of pleasure as we go about the mundanities of adult life.

Weston Park 1

Weston Park 3

Weston Park 2

Weston Park 4


10 thoughts on “Calm in the Chaos

    • unsubscriber 05/02/2013 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment, glad you enjoyed the photographs. It was a particularly nightmarish morning but my stroll through Weston Park seemed to make it all worthwhile.


  1. lestaret 05/02/2013 / 6:03 pm

    Mmm. Very nostalgic. Well caught, that man!


    • unsubscriber 05/02/2013 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks for the kind words sir, praise indeed coming from a renowned shutterbug such as your fine self!


  2. Simon Masterson 05/02/2013 / 9:09 pm

    Beautiful, Lee. I was trying very hard to be in thrall of the snow this morning (also accompanied by MBV – on my Blackberry) but couldn’t stop myself from hating it. I felt a resentment – like it was someone idiot’s fault and I wanted to tell them so. Wrong, eh?


    • unsubscriber 05/02/2013 / 9:37 pm

      I don’t blame you feeling that way at all Simon, I wasn’t too enamoured with the stuff myself when the realisation dawned that I would have to abandon my car and walk. That little stroll through Weston Park was almost magical though. I may well have blisters on my heels this evening but the memory of taking those pictures will last a bit longer.


  3. Spunkster 05/02/2013 / 10:31 pm

    Some wonderful shots there Lee. Incidentally, can I just point out an inaccuracy in your potted biog – there is absolutely NOTHING ordinary about you. Long may it remain so. Amen.


    • unsubscriber 05/02/2013 / 11:10 pm

      Spunkster, I am indebted to you for your kind words. I shall reorganise my biog pots forthwith. Yours, Unsubscriber (Mrs.)


  4. Jim 06/02/2013 / 9:30 am

    I always like that bandstand…. Sort of stands out. Great pictures man.


    • unsubscriber 06/02/2013 / 9:34 am

      Thanks for the kind words Jim. The bandstand is fantastic, it has been renovated beautifully just like the rest of the park.


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