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, (the council have stopped displaying this on their meters, but as far as I am aware, this option still works), or pay to stay longer.                       

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


OPEN -      Tuesdays 11am - 4pm  

OPEN -      Wednesdays 11am - 4pm

OPEN -     Thursdays 11am - 4pm

OPEN -       Fridays 11am - 4pm

OPEN -       Saturdays 10am - 4pm

CLOSED -  Sundays 

CLOSED -  Mondays


Saturday 1st October 2022

FAO: anyone who uses our new film dev,scan and email service - 'Peak Imaging' used to send scanned negatives directly to our customers. However, our new lab doesn't do this yet - they send all scans with a CD. We are in the process of setting up a sytem to do this instead, so we are aware that to date, everyone who asked for their scans emailing to them, have not recieved them yet. The negs and CD's are back in the shop, developed, but please bear with us whilst we set up a new email service too. Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday 28th Sept 2022

A few new Kodak reusable cameras have arrived - the M35's in red or olive green (29.99), and the very cool Ultra f9 camera in yellow (£44.99).

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Tuesday 27th September 2022

Great news: We are now booking 35mm films in again for developing, printing/scanning services etc, using a new laboratory, as 'Peak Imaging' have ceased trading. Turn around time is between 7 and 14 days, depending on when you drop your film off.

Saturday 24th September 2022

We now have Fuji 35mm colour negative CE 200 ISO films (£10.99), and Kodak Ektar 100 ISO 36 exp. 35mm films (£13.99), in stock.


Tuesday 20th September 2022

Welcome back students/freshers - great to see the area buzzing again. We've got lots of disposable cameras for your partying, and can develop and print them too! 

We've reduced our Kodak Fun Saver disposable cameras from £13.99 to £11.99 to celebrate the return of our student population. Offer open to everyone.

Tuesday 6th September 2022

Agfa APX 400 ISO 36 exposure black and white films are back in stock for £5.99 a roll.

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


Saturday 27th August 2022

New binocular in stock- the Opticron Explorer WA ED-R 10X32. Great to finally have a bit more magnification in the £229 price bracket, in a medium sized quality binocular. More info here.

Tuesday 23rd August 2022

There's 2 new shops worth visiting on Hickmott road - a Greek deli, and a pop-up clothes shop. All the more reasons to visit the Sharrowvale area shops!

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' ha ha!

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!

Wednesday 10th August 2022

I became aware when parking locally recently in a metered bay, that Sheffield Council parking meters no longer state that you can get 20 minutes free parking if you press the green button. But the meter did give me a 20 minute free ticket when I pressed the green button. Assuming they 'forgot' to advertise this recently, but the option appears to still be useable....tut tut council.  

Tuesday 19th July 2022

Annoyed that my Tescos' 'Smoked Salmon Canapes' have liquified in the heat because I forgot to put them in the fridge when I got to work.

Saturday 25th June 2022

Remember the kids books "The Tiger Who Came For Tea", and "The Very Hungry  Caterpillar?". Well I could write a new version: "The Very Annoying Caterpillars That Ate My Nasturtiums For Tea"....


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:


We have two new Opticron monoculars in stock: The long awaited 'Explorer' WA ED-R's.

Oh dear, this pic makes it look like the 'Leaning Tower Of Pisa' lol.
Available in 8X42 and 10X42 size (8X or 10X magnification).
Quality field monoculars for the space and weight conscious, the Explorer WA ED-R feature wide-field ED optics with the latest multi-coatings for extra light transmission and colour contrast.
8x £129 and 10x £139 .

Wednesday 27th April 2022

Great timing from the BBC for airing their Wim Hof : "Freeze The Fear" programme. As a result of sky-high fuel bills, most of us are having no choice but to embrace a heatless cold house. 

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.

57100  57102  57103  57519

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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