Sunday, March 20, 2005

West to East in a Day

Saturday 19th March

Birthday Celebrations

Up at 6.30a.m. today to be ready to leave the house by 8a.m. to set out on our travels across country to a birthday lunch. First down to Tesco to fill up with petrol, how very useful their 5p off a litre coupons are. Then along the A50 to Kegworth, through the villages of Rempstone and Wymeswold to Melton Mowbray and then to Oakham. Here we had a leg stretch, bought cheese and flowers at the local farmer’s market, had a warming cappuccino and then onwards through historic Stamford and then through the Deepings and on to the fens towards Crowland. The memories came flooding back as the vistas opened, the land flattened and the drains appeared at the sides of the roads. Swans and geese were bobbing about on the River Welland as the tower of Crowland Abbey loomed in the distance. In this part of the country you navigate by Church towers. We left here ten years ago after living in nearby Spalding for twelve years. When I first arrived, after living in Derbyshire surrounded by hills and dales I hated the sparse flatness of the area, but I grew to love it, the light, the open skies and the history of the landscape. So, onwards towards the Wash and our destination. We had a lovely lunch, it is so nice eating good food, talking to old friends and catching up on news.

Highlight of the Day - being with friends and remembering past times.

Today’s gripe - Almost £8 for tea and toast at the Little Chef!!!

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