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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Watercress Festival

Today was the 10th annual Watercress Festival in the little Hampshire village of Alresford.  We made use of the Festival Park & Ride at Ropley and hopped a very crowded and warm stream train on the Mid Hants Railway for the short journey over.

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The Watercress Festival is an annual street festival celebrating the locally grown watercress. The festival also draws together other food producers from all over the local area to create this free food festival.

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The colourful Morris men and women were performing at top of Broad Street and attracted a good crowd, both young and old.

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The Food Market was situated in Broad Street and had over 40 stalls from Hampshire Farmers Market.

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There was plenty to tempt even the steely-willed of us from olives to handmade breads.

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For our mid-morning “coffee” we popped into Caracoli Café and Food Store also located in Broad Street.

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We have been meaning to visit this café since seeing the chefs participating in day time bakery competition on ITV a few months back. The coffee I am told was impressive.

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For our journey home we could not, not purchase one of these naughty fresh fruit cupcake.

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Bluebells and Azaleas

A bright but chilly start to the May Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures only just above freezing. After seeing many inspirational photos recently from friends of the bluebell displays around the South East, it prompted me to drive over to the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum with my camera.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

Probably just in time too, as the helpful lady at the entrance was saying that this was probably the last weekend for the bluebells.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

There were plenty of bluebells still to see and admire.  Often the camera just doesn’t do the carpet of blue justice.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

The blooming azaleas were  stunningly magnificent in their white and pinks.

Bluebells and Azaleas 2014

Put the wind in your sails

Time to brush the bank holiday cobwebs away with a walk over to Bidston Hill to the Bidston Windmill.

Bidston Windmill

There has been a windmill on this site for nearly 400 years. The current brick windmill replaced a wooden peg mill which was destoryed in gales in 1791.

 

Good Friday Walk

A bracing walk around West Kirby Marina on Good Friday.

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Dog walkers, beach combers, families, sunbathers and joggers.

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