This week I've been watching the world go by, anxious to hear news of the birth of my niece/nephew. So, each time I've gone away from my desk my mind has been casually wondering from one face to the next, thinking about what's going on with other people's lives. I've been looking at the ever changing skies above my head and the terrific change in the colour of the fields and occupying the gardens. The sounds of bees, birds and lawnmowers, along with rain falling to the ground. It's just so nice to just disappear in my own little mind and go with the flow. A bit like a river flowing through a town, taking it all in calmly with the rise and fall of the tides.
This part of Spalding town is my favourite part. Across from this bridge is Ye Olde White Horse pub with its old thatched roof. It reminds me so much of my old Sweetbriar Cottage (whose roof was in a lot better shape!).
It was such a dark and dismal day (no bright shots for you this week), but Miss Teenager needed some new headphones so off we went off to Spalding as it was Market Day.
Not the busiest of markets today as the weather was more like autumn than spring. I did love the little tables by the burger van though with their patchwork tablecloths and flowers and the colourful bunting still blowing above our heads from the parade. It's a shame, but as you can see, the English High Streets are almost all the same, with empty shops displaying 'To Let' signs everywhere. A dying industry.
With new headphones secured from a small retailer, we set off back to the car by the river. The water was so still and tranquil. The ducks and the swans were obviously further down river following the Spalding River Boat Taxi.
Once in the car I needed to just stop off at Moulton Mill for some bread flour.
This is the tallest windmill in Britain. Its sails have only just recently been fitted once more after a storm in the 19th century.
As I took this shot against the very dark, grey sky, the sails at the back were turning and the Lincolnshire flag was wrapped up trying to keep warm in the breeze.
The mill is a prominent feature on this landscape and can be seen for miles around.
If you go on the tour, you can have a brief respite of climbing the ladders and step out onto this walkway to take in the views of the fens.
Moulton village is quite cute. It has a butchers, post office, hairdressers and church. Your typical quintessential English village with occasional horses being ridden down the road, classic cars outside the pub (not today though!) and beautiful little houses dotted around.
Of course you get the occasional 'bobby' driving through. This one though stopped off for a cup of tea in the tea shop. Well, why not in such a quiet place?
Inside there was an array of different flours from the Six Sails Mill which is in Boston (I'll take you on a trip there one day) and so many different jams. I'm not a lover of jams but this one took my eye. Cherry Conserve! This would be used later.
And now as I write this post, the smell of fresh bread fills my house. I do love poppy seeds on the crust don't you? So here we are, fresh bread, victoria sandwich (or should I say pancake, it didn't come out as I expected!) complete with cherry jam filling and Miss Teenager's cheese scones. A "go with the flow" day.
As I come to the end of this week's post, well, you've been expecting it haven't you! Some wonderful, exciting, happy, happy news! I am so pleased to announce that I am now an AUNTIE to little 'JT'. I never thought I would be an Auntie, so this news is extra special to me. All is well with little 'JT', my brother and sister in law are all home to begin their life as a family. I am travelling to see them with Mumsy and my teenagers next weekend and I can't wait for cuddles!!
Also we have a half term coming up so there will be posts on Burghley House as they are having their Living Heritage Weekend! The same as Sandringham's Craft Fair (post here) but with the most wonderful backdrop. We went there last year (post here) and it really is a magnificent stately home. I also have a little London trip planned for the half term, so busy busy times coming up with 'Val'!
Have a wonderful weekend and week. I'm off to coo over photos of my nephew!
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