Jens Blog


For car parking, the ticket machine is on Hickmott Road, nearest to Ecclesall road.

Press the green button to get 20 mins free parking, or pay to stay longer.                       

As the covid-19 saying goes: "Stay alert - avoid a fine! 

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OPEN -    Wednesdays 10am - 4pm  

OPEN -    Thursdays    11am - 4pm

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CLOSED - Sundays

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Wednesday 7th June 2023

To be wearing thermal vests in the shop in June is an abomination!!

Tuesday 6th June 2023

We are processing and printing loads of films for our analogue film fans - but what are they doing with those stacks of prints building up on bedroom floors? We have storage and display solutions! From dedicated print boxes to hold 700 6"x4" prints, with index separation cards, to actual photo albums. Come on, you know it makes sense to get those prints more organised!

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Wednesday 31st May 2023

Just put a few old slides of me from the past on the website.

We are sending films off for developing on Friday 2nd June - so if you have any needing processing, get them to us tomorrow and they will come back next week.

Tuesday 3oth May 2023

I wasn't feeling well yesterday, and my son offered to put some pate on crackers for me as I was peckish. Wow, I thought, what a treat, yay. He produced them 10 minutes later, on a plate. I started eating them, wondering why the pate surface was so pitted in appearance? He proudly told me that he had put the pate on by hand and made finger prints in them as decoration.  There ensued an elaborate act of pretending to eat them, distracting him, and carefully hiding them under a magazine whilst ninja-ing into the kitchen to dispose of them without being seen. Followed by some gentle advice on food prep for next time, about always using a knife, no matter how clean hands may be after washing lol.

Wednesday 24th May 2023

Agfa black and white APX 100 films are back in stock, at £6.99, plus Kodak Pro Image 100 ISO  colour films at £11.70 a single roll. Have now started stocking Fuji Instax Mini photo albums too, at £11.99:


Tuesday 23rd May 2023

Being a child of the seventies, family entertainement in the evenings included listening to old 78 records, and setting up the projector and screen to view my parents' slides. My brother set up the projector and screen the other day, and we all had a laugh looking at our 70's and early 80's fashion failures and (Suzi Quatro) hair cuts. Here's a few: 

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NB: I am NOT the one with goofy teeth and glasses!

Saturday 20th May 2023

I've found a way to beat the 'cost of living' crisis! As I speak, I am gromphing my way through a huge pile of the famous expensive 'Great Berwick Longhorn beef', which I found, for only £2.


Friday 19th May 2023

Films booked in between 28th April and 12th May have been returned to us today. Watch out for your WeTransfer! Your envelope will also have an offer to purchase a triple pack of Kodak Ultramax films for only £31.99 (on the shelf at £35.99).

Tuesday 9th May 2023

Today, I am mainly red. The result of a 6 hour street coronation party on Sunday, in the sun. That will teach me not to sit in the sun for 6 hours without sun cream on eh?

Our streets' kids' view of the royal family:


Friday 5th May 2023

Kodak Gold 200 ISO 36 films are back in stock yay, and still at £11.99 a roll (36 exposures). We've also got some waterproof disposable cameras back in stock too. They go down to 3M max, and cost £17.99.


Saturday 29th april 2023

Open as normal.. normal? Have we ever been 'normal' lol!

New product alert - bendy mini table top tripods, with quick-release plate £7.99


Saturday 22nd April 2023

I had my first bath of 2023 today. Since the cost-of-living crisis,  I banned baths about 6 months ago, much to my sons' sadness, as he used to enjoy wallowing in the bath for ages. Last night though, he spent a night at his dads' house. A naughty urge came over me to have a secret bath! So I filled it with Epsom salts, lavender oil etc, and had a luxury soak. But my skin wasn't used to all the smellies anymore, and I erupted in a rash, with red skin, this morning! I never was any good at subterfuge lol.

Saturday 15th April 2023

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NEW in stock - The Mobile-catch black edition (£29.99Can be mounted to any surface on your kayak, boat, motorcycle, aircraft, desk, wheelchair, headrest or any location where you simply need an extra hand.

360° rotation, including vertical flip and side rotation. Adjust your phone to any angle and position.

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Easy installation and removal, no tools required
The Black Edition Pro passed a wide range of tests, fit for virtually any iPhone, Samsung, Note, android Smart phone GPS devices, Tablet, DSLR.
Unique design Imitaes the same grip range as a human hand.
It has softener rubbers to protect your vulnerable surfaces, such as musical instruments, luxury furniture, woods……etc.
Guitar capo - its long flat finger can be using as a guitar capo.

Tuesday 11th April 2023

Birdwatching and general interest in nature is a passion that often develops in our youth. Why not have a look at our childrens optics page, and get your kids into loving nature now!

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Had some 'retro' film camera straps delivered - only £5.50, includes 'D' rings.

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Tuesday 4th April 2023

I still have a set of the shops keys, not a 'P45', so It's all good today!

Saturday April 1st 2023

Pulled a most succesful 'April Fools' joke on the boss, who was about to set off on a trip out - rang him and said there had been an electrical fire in the shop, which  has resulted in a total power outage and lots of damage. After much blaspheming and frustration and stating that he will have to cancel his trip 'FFS', I put him out of his misery by saying that it was a good job it's April Fools day then innit. Think I still have a job eek.. 

Friday 31st March 2023

Spent some time yesterday weeding my garden for the first time since last year, and digging it over.
After that, I sewed some 'Chicken Poo Pellets' that I bought  for £3.99.
I'm looking forward to getting a batch of chickens and eggs later on in the summer.
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Saturday 18th March 2023

A customer has asked me whether or not he has been charged for the CD that came back with his developed, scanned and emailed 35mm film - A.G's  scanning service  involves the images being put onto a CD, then they are transfered to you via WeTransfer. Yes, we know only dinosaurs like me and John use CD's, but that's A.G's method!

'A few' films arrived this morning - eek, now we have to pay for it oops lol, please come and buy some?...

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Friday 17th March 2023

According to Tesco's (Eccy road), ALL children are born between April and August, and none between September to March . How do I know this? Because when seeking hot dog buns there today for my sons birthday party, I was told by a young man that Tesco: "Only sell hot dog buns in the BBQ seasons". As hot dogs are one of the most popular chidrens party 'food', I can therefore only assume that Tesco believe that no children are born in the winter months. Well, it gave me a chortle!

Tuesday 14th February 2023

Ten years ago:




'Valentines Days' have been very consistent this last ten years - consistently barren!

Saturday 4th February 2023

We have a new binocular in stock - an Opticron Discovery WA ED 10X33 at £199. Fabulous optices, small and lightweight, with just that extra bit of magnification. See here!

Friday 3rd February 2023

Called in to 'Tesco' on the way to work to buy a newspaper, and ended up spending over £12. Got to the shop, opened the shop up, sorted emails etc, then made a hot drink and cheese crackers whilst looking forward to having a crafty read of 'Dear Deidre's' problem page in 'The Sun', oops, 'The Guardian'... Only to find that I forgot to get the newspaper doh. Senior moment alert!

Wednesday 18th January 2023

There's a big pile of uncollected films that have been developed, scanned and/or printed, that have not  been collected, going back to 2019! Negatives are very precious and you may need them in the future, so if this rings a bell with you, please call in soon to collect them thanks.


Tuesday 17th January 2023

Our film processors also develop older more obscure film formats such as 110mm, 620mm, half-frame, APS etc. Cal in for prices.


Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Wondering what days our analogue films will be collected for developing, or when they will be returned? Check out the 'Film Process, scan and printing' page for more info. This will now be updated regularly so you can plan when to drop films off or collect more easily.

Wednesday 21st  December 2022

New 35mm black and white film in the shop: Kosmo 'Agent Shadow' 400 ISO 36 exposures (£7.99). While the film is rated at ISO 400, the film can be push processed four stops up to ISO 6400 with appropriate development. The film is an existing emulsion made by a company with more than a century’s experience in making film. It is fine-grained at 400 ISO but shows more atmospheric grain when push processed, along with more dramatic contrast.

Three years ago, Kosmo Foto took 21st-Century film photography back to the 1960s with the launch of this Space Race-meets-Soviet-art Mono film.


Also new - an Agfa 35mm reusable half-frame film camera £31.99


More info, see here.

Wednesday 14th December 2022

If there is a 'Back In 5 Mins' note on the shops door, it is most likely that I will have wandered into another shop on Hickmott road to say "Hi" to my fellow shop keepers - if you are in a hurry, come and find me - most likely I will be in 'Butterfly', 'Ora', or 'Natashas' or 'Tiara' next door .

Tuesday 13th December 2022

First day back at work after a horrible illness, to find the boss had forgotten to leave the heater on defrost over the weekend, and the shop is now 6 degrees C. Then discovered that he has totally, unnecessarily, badly rearranged a perfectly good bag display that took me ages to create just before I got ill. Grrr!

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

This Facebook 'Memory' came up in my news feed recently. Had a big chortle!


Saturday 12th November 2022

JSP 'Selfie' Sticks have arrived! £7.99


It has a built in wireless remore shutter for camera. The ultimate portable selfi gadget with a folded length of only 18cm, extending to 81cm!

Natashas clothes shop has opened up next door to us today. I have been 'forced' to celebrate with a glass of Prosecco. Hic.

Tuesday 18th October 2022

The Tesco self-service till flagged me up as needing assistance this morning over the purchase of a packet of cheese savoury Jacobs 'Tuc' biscuits. Am I on the Binge Police's list of 'Most Wanted'?! 


Wednesday 28th Sept 2022

A few new Kodak reusable cameras have arrived - the M35's in red or olive green (£23.99), and the very cool Kodak Ultra f9 camera in yellow (£44.99).

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Tuesday 6th September 2022

NEW in stock - Nedis 'Gorilla Pods' at £15.99


Saturday 20th August 2022

Have you seen the film: "Fatal Attraction", where the rejected lover boiled her exes kids rabbit at the start of a revenge campaign (leading to the joke about 'locking up your rabbits'. meaning you have a psycho stalking ex)? This Facebook memory came up a few days ago: 


I am sad to report that I must have aged badly since then, as I no longer have a need for a 'rabbit cage' ..!

Tuesday 16th August 2022

I have done well not to be banned from local shoe shops. Having wide feet, it often takes trying on 10-15 pairs until I find one that fits. Indeed, in TK Max recently, I created a mini flurry of fellow shoppers rooting through the mega pile of shoes that I had discarded after trying: they assumed it must be a pile of extra discount bargain shoes!

Saturday 25th June 2022

Looking for a mid sized, mid weight, mid priced quality pair of binoculars? Come and try and compare our Opticron Discovery WA ED 8x32 (£189) with the Opticron Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 (£219) binoculars. 8 times magnification, great for bird watching and general observation.

For more details and specs, see:

Wednesday 5th May 2022

When you accidentally drop a 4 X 2 Litres pack of mineral water on your big toe from a one foot height in Aldi, it hurts. Ask me how I know.

Wednesday 4th May 2022

Got a notification from 'Boots' chemist that my prescriptions were ready to collect. When they gave me a big bag, I said: "OMG! Is there 3 months supply of 'Oestrogel' in there?" She said; "Yes!", and I did a hop and a skip with joy to be getting my precious HRT. Our shops customers will not get shouted at by me for at least the next 3 months then!

Tuesay 3rd May 2022

My son is auditioning for the next 'Alien' film, as a hatchling alien:


Tuesday 26th April 2022

Do you suspect your doctor hates you? Well I think mine must have a death wish towards me. My blood pressure shot up after getting covid. I told her that I was sure it's just a temporary rise ( I do check it at home weekly too), but I'm sure in her mind she was thinking: "Oh God, It's her again- Jen the 'worried-well' hypochondriac". So she prescribed me the most evil drug I've ever come across - Amlopidine. I'm sure she hoped it would be the end of me. Just reading the warnings on the leafet would be enough to make even Ant Middleton quake in fear - "Warning - may cause instant death/ horrible slow death/ death by exploding liver/ death by inducing a Donald Trump fetish/ death by becoming insatiably attractive to wild dogs... you get the gist. Sure enough, 24 hours into the packet and I was more ill than Bear Dogs amputated testicles. No way doc, I'm too young to die yet! And sure enough, now I'm recovered from covid, my blood pressure has come down to pre-covid levels as I expected. Doh.

I was watching TV the other day when I realised that Bear Dog was furiously licking my arm. The arm that I'd rubbed my HRT 'Oestrogel' onto 30 minutes previously. Poor pooch is in danger of getting 'Doobs' (dog boobs).

Tuesday 12th April 2022

It's been a funny sort of morning. I got back into the gym this morning, my first session since Covid half killed me (Ok, ok, man-flu. syndrome). Bought some food from Tesco on the way home, and drove home looking forward to my eggs on toast. But getting out of the car, a plastic pot of minestrone soup fell out of my bag, scattering spirals of pasta and tomato sauce onto the road, creating what looked like a crime scene. Because the lid had cracked and I was hungry, I ended up having minestrone soup for breakfast. 

Having got to work in the drizzly rain, and into the freezing shop, I found myself compiling an odd list of 'dr' words that expressed my miserable feelings today (gas and electric bills gone up, food prices gone up, petrol extortionate etc):

Drizzly, drismal, dreary, drepressing, drippy, droll, dreadful,... can you think of anymore?

Wednesday 30th March 2022

Still off work sick. Poor me.

I have been able to do some pottering round in my back garden though, ready for 'Jens Big Fat Post-covid 2022 Garden' project. I post lots of my progress on the shops' Facebook page. My first gardening tip of 2022 is this:


Tuesday 22nd March 2022

Covid has got its evil, snively hands on my poor body.

Thursday 27th January 2022

Just had a phone call from someone obviously very medically vulnerable and scared of catching Omicron whilst getting a passport photo taken here. My advice for anyone scared is to come in at 11am when we open up, as we will have had a 'UV3 Ozone' lamp on after closing the shop the previous day, so you will be coming into a sterile environment with only either me or John attending. The only hazard you may face at that time of the morning is one of us if we've not had enough coffee before work and are grumpy!

Wednesday 12th January 2022

You know how Facebook brings up random anniversary posts? Well this one popped up from 13 years ago,... totally baffled!! Haunted teabag??!


Saturday 23rd October 2021

We have a new loupe/viewing aid in stock. The Opticron The Opticron 57107 Pocket folding inspection magnifier is suitable for close up inspection of plants & insects as well as reading a variety of small print documents.

Manufactured using a 3 element fully coated glass lens for optimum resolution and colour correction, the model features 6 LED lights for effective illumination in low light.
An additional UV light source provides the ability to view fluorescent properties in stamps, banknotes, flora and fauna. £29.99. Great for checking your money forgeries.

Saturday 9th October 2021

We have a new DSLR bag in stock, to fit a DSLR small to meduim sixed DSLR camera, also suitable for micro 4/3rds cameras. Made by Dick Smith, it is £24.99. No appropriate emojis.. titter...


Saturday 3rd July 2021

We've been asked more and more for filed lenses/loupes recently, due to the lockdown nations' increasing interest in all things nature. From £12.50 to £19.99, you can now call in and see a few.

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Saturday 15th May 2021

Parking around here can be an absolute nightmare at times, although on Hickmott road the parking bays have a maximum of 2 hours stay, so there are quite often parking spaces free. Press the green button to get 20 minutes of free parking, or pay to stay up to 2 hours. The pay station is very near to the junction with Ecclesall road.

Otherwise, I suggest that you maybe park in the car park in Berkeley precinct on Ecclesall road. But beware that you stick to its rules, or else face a parking fine - you can park for one hour free of charge, but if you think you will take longer, pay at the parking station when you enter the car park, to stay for up to 2 hours. It also has a 'no returns' rule of about 8 hours.

NB: You CANNOT park for one hour for free, and then decide to stay longer and then register your car - it has to be done as soon as you enter the car park!

Tuesday 27th April 2021

To add to our collection of weird fruit and veg, here's the latest find in Aldi!

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Tuesday 20th April 2021

Today is my first day back at work since December! I've been a bit of a nervous wreck to be honest - having spoken to my other local shop workers, they too report that they found it very anxious coming back after this lockdown. 

My bosses idea of a joke: What a wind-up merchant!


Bizarrely, remember the 2020 covid toilet roll panic buying? Well I've just run out of the March 2020 stock, almost a year to the day that I stock piled it!

As of 5th January 2021, we regret that due to the 3rd Covid-19 'National Lockdown', as a non-essential shop we have to close untill Boris Johnson allows us to open again. Keep safe folk, we will miss you!


Saturday 4th July 2020

I'm BACK!!!!


My first days work since lockdown. I'm here until 3pm today, then John will be in the shop on Tuesday and Thursday 11am until 4pm.

Monday 30th March 2020

My son made me laugh yesterday when he said: "Mummy, I hope that the animal which infected the first person in China has been shot!". I said I was sure it would be dead by now, so my son then had an imaginary rant at the dead animal: "I hate you! Look what you've done to the world you stupid animal!" I replied for the animal:"Oops, sorry everyone! Left a bit of a mess behind me..."

Saturday 21st March 2020

We are aware, from our Chinese friends in this country, that they have been subjected to hate comments due to coronovirus. We find this abhorrent! We wish to assure every Chinese visitor to our shop that they are totally welcome and to have no fear in our shop!

Friday 28th February 2020

Old photo needing restoration? Ripped, damaged? NO problem! Drop it off at Sheffield Photo, 18 Hickmott Rd S11 8QF. From £4.00, and takes approx. 5 days!


Saturday 11th January 2020

Stand still in certain areas of Sheffields' 'Botnical Gardens', S11, and this is what may happen!


Saturday 23rd November 2019

Please have a look at my Instagram  photos!


























































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