We’re back in Thorne now having had a wonderful couple of weeks following the River Don through Doncaster and Rotherham and up to Sheffield.
When I looked back through my photographs three things really stood out for me.
The stained glass
The amazing markets that seemed to sell just about anything
The ever present reminders of the area’s industrial past.
But the highlight of the whole trip as far as I was concerned was the River Don Engine in Kelham Island Museum. I arrived thinking we were visiting the museum so that Gordon could drool over engines. I expected to spend most of my time in the cafe. This engine completely captivated me. When it was in steam the wheel turning sounded like a group of Japanese Taiku drummers. It reverberated through the whole building. It was powerful and beautiful and I didn’t want it to stop. If ever you get the chance you really should try to see it working.
Incidentally, according to Wikipedia “The Don derives its name from Dôn or Danu (Irish goddess), a Celtic mother goddess..” In Sheffield Cathedral one of the ceiling bosses is of a fertility goddess