Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jane Wright – photgrapher

When in Lincoln, I came across the fabulous work of a local photographer Jane Wright in one of the gallery shops along Steep Street.

Jane is a fine art photographer based in Lincoln and she captures themes around found items, urban desolation, city details and wild landscapes.  In part of her artistic statement  she states what is important to her “beauty, discovery, serendipity, signs that something’s happened”.

The following photograph “Still Together” captures two dilapidated matching chairs which made me think of a old married couple who have stayed together through thick and thin.

It was one of my favourite and so I picked up a greetings card with the image on it and will be framing  it for display.

Still Together by Jane Wright

Belton house

Belton House is a country estate of Brownlow and Cust familes  and is located near Grantham. The house was built between 1685 to 1688 by Sir John Brownlow and has remained in the family until the National Trust took ownership in 1984.

Belton House 1

Surprisingly I didn’t recognise the house, despite being an avid fan of the BBC’s adaptation of Helen Creswell’s spooky Moondial from 1988.

Belton House 2

The West Entrance to Belton House.

Belton House 3

Statues in the West entrance court yard.

Belton House 4

We took the “Below Stairs Tours” which provide a fascinating insight into the lives of the servant at Belton House during the 1900s and is must for any Downtown Abbey fans.

Old signs

Walking around Lincoln it is hard to miss the cobbled, nostalgic Steep Street. The street certainly lives up to its name, being a 1 in 7 gradient, which meant a bit of huffing and puffing as we slowly made our way up. At least there were plenty of shop windows to stragetically stop in front of and peer into.

Steep Street 1

Steep Street is full of independent shops, tea rooms and pubs as well as historic buildings with the top of the hill leading to the entrance of the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral.

Steep Street 5

Half way up the hill was this lovely little Antiques Centre which caught my attention with all these vintage signs outside the shop.

Steep Street 2

I couldn’t walk past with out capturing this typical railway sign from Midlands Railway (1899).

Steep Street 3

An antique Wills’s Gold Flake cigarette advertising enamel sign.

Steep Street 4

Antique Sunlight Soap enamel advertising sign.

Five Sailed Windmill

We stumbled upon the Five Sailed Windmill http://www.alford-windmill.co.uk/ in Alford when driving back from Huttoft to Conningsby. The Windmill incorporates, not only a working mill, but a shop selling its own milled flour as well as other locally sourced produce as well as the ‘Millstones’ tea rooms serving home baked cakes and scones. This is must for anyone who can’t resist a delicious afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings.

Five Sailed Windmill, Alford

Views from the Boston Stump

Often known as the Boston Stump, St Botolph’s Church tower stretches 272 feet above the city of Boston in Lincolnshire.

Views from the Boston Stump 1

The climb, which includes c200 stone steps, is not for the faint hearted or clumsy-footed. The construction of the tower started somewhere between 1425-1439 and wasn’t completed until c1510-1520, nearly hundred years later.

Views from the Boston Stump 2

Once you have staggered to the top of the tower, the views of the city below are to die for.

Views from the Boston Stump 3

With my camera set to one it pre-programmed settings – toy camera shooting mode – it enabled me to capture a set of pictures as if taken with “toy” or pinhole camera.

Views from the Boston Stump 4