This year for a birthday related excursion, we tried Sheffield. A fantastic train journey through Derbyshire's Edale on a sunny day brought us to, first, a rather stunning fountain outside the station complete with idiosyncratic ducks, one pair
only, then a shop around, then the discovery of Leopold Square, once a boys' school, now a lovely plaza style set up of eateries. We lunched at 'The Botanist', complete with wooden panelling, of which a fellow diner at the next table confidently remarked
to his friends that the trouble with original wood in Grade Two listed buildings was all the terrible termite damage it was so susceptible to. Strange, I never knew Yorkshire suffered from that. After a decidedly devilish pudding, complete with
dry ice spooky mist, we visited the sublime, with a wander round the cathedral, small but with beautiful stained glass, both of ancient and modern design. A lovely trip.