Last week in Bucknall, Woodhall Spa

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Sunday 22nd. A fine cool morning with the promise of rain later. We headed back to Woodhall Spa for the 10am Mass at 'Our Lady and St Peter' then set off for Boston via Tattershall and Coningsby. On the way to Boston we went through New York but that only took less than a minute and we didn't stop. In Boston we had a look around the shops but it was pretty cool and we were ready for lunch so we found our way to 'The Inn' for a Sunday roast. Mary had the beef and I had the pork and it was beautiful. It seems that Yorkshire pudding is served with any roast as I had it along with roast spuds, mashed spuds, peas, carrots,cabbage and a huge jug of gravy. Impressive! Once again the locals were very friendly and we conversed with a woman who had just celebrated 60th wedding anniversary with her husband who has Alzheimer's and a cousin who has a lung disease. She insisted on showing us her photos. The publican was also very friendly and had lived in Perth for a while so we had quite a conversation. Very enjoyable. Then we walked back into the town square and found a pub that had the soccer on live. It was close to half time when we managed to squeeze in and at the break got a stool to sit on. Saw all the goals in the second half with United edging out a 10 man Liverpool 2-1. As the live action on the screen ended the live action erupted behind us as a full on fight started right behind us between 2 guys. Never seen Mary move quite so quick before to get out of the way. The antagonists quickly disappeared outside. When we left it was steady drizzle and it continued most of the way home. More rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow. We will wait till the morning to see what we do!
Well although it wasn't raining in the morning it looked like it would start at any moment. We decided to go back to Louth and have a look at the shops and town about 30 minutes away by car. Despite the cold and odd drizzle we had a good look around and lovely soup for lunch in a nice cafe near the square. Leaving soon after 2 we headed toward Skegness but the rain set in and became heavier and persistent. Although we reached Skegness we just kept going and headed home. No photos today! Tomorrow we hope for better weather.
Well it was a better day today but little sun, no rain where we were but cold winds. Further north there was heavy rain and serious flooding so we have much to be thankful for. Looks like being similar cool and cloudy for us for our last two days. Today we drove south west and investigated the market towns of Sleaford and Grantham. Tomorrow it's the movies at Woodhall Spa.
We decided to go to Skegness in the morning to have a look and by the time we had done that we headed to Woodhall for the 2pm screening of Anna Karenina at the Kinema in the woods. This theatre dates from the late 19th century when it was a sports pavilion and became a movie theatre in the 1920's. It now has 2 theatres that seat about 100 each and one has rear projection due to a low ceiling. We enjoyed the movie but were surprised when the curtain closed after the adds and trailers and the lights came on then the the main feature started and then stopped after an hour for an intermission!! On the way home we called into the Elder Tree Arms and had a pint with our friends. We are going back there for dinner tonight on our last night in Bucknall.
Our last day here and the weather is nicer than its been all week. We spend most of the morning cleaning and packing and then after lunch we go to Horncastle to dry off our washing properly in the laundromat and then back to the Woodhall library before heading to the pub at Horsington. Our friends at the Elder Tree inn were pleased to see us and we spent a lovely couple of hours or so exchanging views. Another lovely dinner and a great time spent with our local friends. Such a great friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wonderful memories. Paul the publican, Graham and Debbie, Phil and the indomitable John.
Our trip back to London went without a hitch - car to Lincoln station, train to Newark, change to train to Kings Cross, then short walk to St Pancras and train to Gatwick. Left Lincoln 7.59 and arrived Gatwick 11.30. Plane late leaving and flight ok except for young kids behind us!!!. Arrived 5pm and got Metro to city and after a couple of questions to locals we were able to walk to the hotel. Hotel is nice and plenty of walks to do but huge numbers of cycles so we will see if we can hire some today for a look around. Weather here is a little damp at present but we hope it clears later. Just had breakfast and are planning the rest of the day. We had a lovely dinner in the cafe Petersburg just next to the hotel last night. 2 lovely mains and a bottle of Aussie Shiraz was about $76. We went walking and found where the cruise terminal is and walked around the Kastellet(Fort) and the Amelienborg Palace and then the rain started so that put paid to the bike hire idea and we had to take shelter and bought another umbrella before heading back to our hotel. After a rest the weather cleared and we went up the street to Mass in Danish and then continued into the city for dinner at a pizza bar. After that we explored a shopping precinct and bought gloves for us both and a beanie for Robin. Banana pancake from a street stall was dessert and we wandered back to the hotel to end the day. Tomorrow we join the cruise from midday but hope to hire bikes after breakfast to explore a bit more before we have to leave this beautiful city. It's worth more time so we will have to come back.
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