Trip to Lincolnshire

by Bo Dahlqvist

In the Brussels South station’s departure hall

The NT travellers joined up almost all

but some had unfortunately had to cancel quite late

we all hope that they will soon recuperate.

The train left on time and under the Chanel we went

and we arrived in London without any event

We mounted in the couch and without having to wait

we were on our way to Wimpole Estate

It was a big house and a ground of thousand acres

where they were growing the cereals used by the NT bakers

In the house we saw two libraries and rooms nicely decorated

and in a bedroom a bed so elaborated that it became exaggerated.

We could visit the farm where they kept pigs, horses and cows

and a big walled garden with a big green-house.

After the visit we drew on to Lincoln where we would stay

and after a drink and a dinner it was the end of the first day

Lincoln Exchequergate

The second day was reserved to discover the Lincoln city.

The visit of the cathedral and the castle were organised by the committee

but in the afternoon we strolled around on our own

down the Steep hill to the river and back up again on cobblestone

In the evening we had dinner in a nicely decorated large hall

and after the bus ride back which was enjoyed by us all

The Tattershall Castle was on the program for the third day

a large tower with 6 million bricks made by local clay

six meter thick walls covered by tapestries that were old

a project in the 15th century that was very bold.

In the afternoon we went to Gunby estate

a nice cosy house, a garden and a tea-room where we ate.

The Thursday it was time for Boston with three specific places to see

and learn about Mayflower and why the inhabitants had had to flee

The Fydell House had a nice garden and the guildhall was next to it

an old building where the guilds had meetings and shared their wit

and then the St Botolph Church the Stump

with a collection of old books on parchment and lump.

On the way back from Boston we stopped at Belton Estate.

The last owner was friend with Edward VIII and that became his fate.

The house is grand with a formal garden, an orangery with exotic trees

and a large pond with a boathouse where you could enjoy a gentle breeze.

The bus then took us back to Lincoln we saw the towers well before

the bus started to climb the steep roads leading to the hotel door.

The next day started with a cathedral from 1108 but which has several times got extensions

It is called Southwell Minster and has in 1884 become a cathedral with large dimensions.

Then we went to see the workhouse which was built to lodge the poors

a bit like a prison but they were allowed at their demand to walk out the doors

but to be lodged and fed they had to work and the aim was to reduce the cost

and with this system their lives were hard but they did not get totally lost

The next stop was in Newark not south of New York but on the Trent

and first of all to the Civil War museum we went

where we learnt about the horrors and the reasons for the war

between the King and the parliament , two camps both in uproar.

The Newark castle which in the old days blocked the river Trent

is mirroring in the river water but a ruin to a large extent.

On the Saturday morning we set of to Peterborough

with a large cathedral with a Jesus on a cross that glow

and then on to the golden pheasant to have a farewell meal

quickly served with cod and Eton mess it was an excellent deal

and then most of us took the bus down to the station.

To join the group next year there is no hesitation.

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