Thursday, 19 May 2011
First port of call.
Yes, some of you guessed correctly - it was Lincoln Cathedral. Although I originally come from Lincoln, I have not been back to explore it for fifty years - and my how it had changed.
To start with there is a University of Lincoln now, so that the city is full of young people - that makes it so vibrant compared with what it used to be like.
Morning AJ correctly guessed just about where we were staying to get that view of the cathedral from our bedroom window. We stayed in the White Hart Hotel which is just a stone's throw from the West front.
I managed to walk (with my arthritic knee!) down Steep Hill, along through the Usher Gallery Grounds with their very pretty flower bed, up Lindum Hill and back up Greestone Stairs, past my old school, Lincolm Girls' High School. This school moved from this building many years ago and the building is now part of the University - but isn't it a splendid red brick edifice?
Then, naturally, we went into the Cathedral. I was sad to see that the lovely old wooden chairs in the nave had been replaced with blue plastic ones, which just don't seem to fit in with the beauty of the surroundings. Then I thought - if they are more comfortable, then perhaps that is what matters.
In the afternoon we caught the Walk and Ride bus outside the hotel and went into Downtown Lincoln, walked along the side of the River Witham through Glory Hole and sat awhile on the side of the Brayford Pool. The farmer counted sixty swans but we couldn't see the two famous black ones. Then we walked back up to the hotel, finding just two shops which were still there from the days when I lived there - lovely to see them.
Delicious food in the evening - sadly I have gained three pounds during our ten days away - so getting that off is my next job. Every pound for me means increased blood pressure, so I can't allow it to happen. I have put on a photograph of one breakfast so that you can see how tempting the food was!