We stayed right by Burton Water near Lincoln, me and Hubby, sisterS and bilK.
Friday 14th - They arrived at our house lunch time as they are sleeping over and we'll all holiday in one car. The plan was to keep meals simple causing least effort, mess and washing up and to use up what's in the fridge. So lunch was pizza out of the freezer, into the oven and onto the table and dinner was baked salmon filets with jacket potatoes and lots of salad. The remaining eggs last of the fruit and almost a whole loaf of bread got packed to come with.
Saturday 15th - not too early a start, I think we finally left home about 9:30am after what looked like a stressful manipulation of men with luggage to get it all to fit (I know I could have made it all fit better but decided to stay out of the way lol). Our first stop was Suffolk Water Park for the full English breakfast, with a lovely view
A very easy drive of just under three hours and we had arrived and met by the owner to show us around and let us know how it all works etc. On first impressions we were all very pleased with our choice of location and property.
This is the view from our balcony (look right past the men and the beer and it's beautiful)
Sunday 16th - bilK did what pleases him most and cooked us all breakfast. Longish drive then longish walks on both Skegness beach and Sutton on Sea beach (lots of beach huts)
And tonight dinner was yummy Chinese in another of the marina restaurants. We are so lucky having lovely places on the doorstep.
Monday 17th - Today was Hubby's choice of looking at aircraft. First stop RAF Coningsby where we all enjoyed a really interesting guided talk. Second stop was RAF East Kirkby and we just let the men and their cameras pay another entrance fee and wander around.
This C47 plane had taken part in the VJ memorial flight on Saturday and had actually flown right over us on our way here! Tonight's dinner was in a highly recommended gastro pub which is walking distance but about 20 mins along the canal towpath, we'd done a fair bit of walking earlier and I was a bit concerned about coming back along the unlit towpath so we took the car on the slightly longer route and I drove home so Hubby could drink. He's spoilt eh?
Tuesday 18th - we woke to very heavy rain so we decided to do all Lincoln City centre has to show us. Unfortunately in the car swap at home bilK had left his rain coat in his car boot so today he used sisterS's little umbrella for a while but soon decided that being wet and walking faster was a more macho look altho we kept looking for a shop to buy a coat we never found one. Cathedral first, stunning, beautiful, interesting and very photogenic
From there it was back out into the rain to the castle and prison, to the pub for a well earned sit down and we left bilK there while we ventured on to a museum and down Steep Hill to find the Jews House, which used to be a home and synagogue but now a cafe and book shop, and of course the very steep hill back up again to collect bilK and head to Brown's the famous pie shop but just too late for lunch and too early for them reopening the restaurant for dinner so we bought takeaway pies then on the way home we bought potatoes and peas and ate at home followed by watching The Imagination Game, the film all about Alan Turing which was excellent.
Wednesday 19th - what a change, we woke to beautiful sunshine. As we'd done a lot yesterday we'd agreed on a lazy day. We eventually ventured out about 11am-ish and went for a walk (about 45 mins) along the canal which conveniently terminated for us at a pub!
A couple of pints later and we were ready to stroll back which surprisingly terminated for us at another pub! Two pints later and us girls left the men there and went home to sit on our balcony with mugs of tea. ....we know what's important eh? Dinner tonight was actually back to this last pub as they do 2for1 deal so all very well fed and watered for under £40!
Thursday 20th - when we arrived here and was greeted by our landlady she said she lived in Nottingham which we hadn't realised was less than an hour away, so we contacted our cousin who lives in Nottingham and she invited us for lunch :-)
It really isn't the best photo but it is a record of us all being together on this day. It was of course a lovely family catchup time and we got to meet one of their sons and a grandson briefly plus we had a really yummy lunch, so much that we decided not to eat out in the evening just have a light snack of what we already had. We watched another film on Netflix, it was "In The Name Of The Father" all about the IRA bombings in 1974 London and the wrong conviction of what was called "The Guildford Four". Very moving!
Friday 21st - grey start but has stayed dry all day with the occasional smile of sunshine. We've explored the north east coastline of Lincolnshire, taking in Grimsby and Cleethorpes a walk along the prom and a ride on the minature steam railway.
For our last evening here we booked into the posher of the local restaurants which is Italian. I have to say the food was nice but I don't think it actually deserved the inflated prices especially as they muddled all our steaks up and had to take them away and rearrange the plates without an actual apology! Anyway it was still a nice meal.
Saturday 22nd - all packed and vacated by about 9:30am and stopped at Boston which we'd kept till now as it's on the way home. The beautiful church has the local nickname of The Boston Stump but leaflets, locals and even Google hasn't provided a reason why it got that name lol. Credit to Hubby for this great photo!
The tourist information office is inside the old guildhall and it turned out to be a fantastic museum with little films to watch and interactive screens. It was the hottest day so far so we left the busy Boston town centre and stopped a little further out at a farm shop/garden centre/cafe and had a late lunch there. Lunch was lovely but the shop and plants did leave a lot of room for improvement! We arrived home just before 5pm and Hubby went straight out again to buy essentials and put fuel in my car (he had a big money off voucher), meanwhile we unloaded our car and bilK loaded into his and the bloodrunners car turned up to unload stuff into the trailer and then had real trouble getting the car started again. ...I couldn't even offer him a cuppa as Hubby wasn't back with the milk! All sorted and a brief relax before we headed out again for dinner which sisterS and bilK paid for as a treat, thank you so much!
Home and all to bed after lots of photo saving to flickr and sharing and swapping, and this morning as they needed to leave straight after breakfast we were all up quite early. Now they've gone and we've unpacked and on the third machine load of washing!