We have spent a month in a wonderful, luxurious modern house looking after 3 labradors. The house itself set on a large property with huge windows which draw in the sun. The setting allows one to see beautiful sunsets.
Such stunning sunsets
The dogs, the 3d’s Daisy, Dodger and Duke will be much missed. Daisy for her cuddles on the couch. Duke for his crazy barking and playing with the ball and Dodger for always letting us know what time of day it is.
This month has given us time to see a movie, get vaccinations and recover, get a haircut (7pounds for Adu), get winter flu vaccinations and generally relax.
We have explored a bit of the market town of Louth and some of the lovely surrounding Lincolnshire countryside. Louth is famous for two things St James church and for being the true point surprisingly of the Greenwich meridian.
St James Church
St James church overlooks the market town of Louth. The church from the 15 century is famous for its 16th century crocketted spire which rises 295 feet. This makes it the tallest parish church in England. The church bells (200 steps up) are rung once a week. We were told that the clappers on the bells needed repair and it was a great sadness that this happened at the same time that the Queen died, so the bells could not be rung.
A beautiful ceiling
We tried out various pubs in Louth. Ye old white Swann, established in 1612 is the oldest pub in Louth.
There is a graveyard called St Mary’s (established in the 13th Century) where the gravestones have been moved to the side to make way for a park. The gravestones are kept on the boundary. It is an interesting, but some might think controversial idea.
A lovely park, with lots of autumn leaves
Hubbard Hills is a beautiful park with so many old trees. It is set in a valley which is 40m high so trees line the sides. Some of the slopes have been tree covered since 1600 AD so it is classified as an ancient woodland. It’s history is a Victorian love story. The area was given to the people of Louth in 1907 by Mr Auguste Pahud in memory of his beloved Annie.
We visited twice and found it filled with many people, dog walkers and children. Two paths cross the river, one with a railing and the other with stepping stones and this keeps youngsters entertained for hours in gum boots. There are an incredible variety and amount of trees.
We also went to Cleethorpes which is a very well known estuary on the Humber river. It has an incredible beach that is just so flat and huge at low tide. We ate fish and chips at the famous restaurant Papas.
On another day we drove around the Lincolnshire Wolds to the East and South of Louth. We simply set off and then just explored in a loop. The Wolds are loved for their patchwork of fields and rolling open hills.
On our last Sunday after some research on what were the best towns to see in the Wolds we set off in a Northerly direction to Caistor and then onto Tealby.
Caistor was originally a Roman castrum or fortress and has 56 mainly Grade II listed buildings. In AD 69 the Romans possibly occupied Caistor. This makes it one of Lincolnshires most important conservation areas. I loved it for its celebration of flowers.
Tealby is a tiny town (about 500 residents) on the edge of the Wolds. It is thought that the Viking army settled in the village in the 9th Century. The Viking way is a long-distance trail in England between the Humber Bridge and Oakham. Two sections of the Viking Way go through Tealby. We were dumbstruck at the beauty of the red colours of this tree in one of Tealby’s streets.
The All Saints Church of Tealby is very pretty. The first vicar was appointed in 1220. The cloud patterns in the sky were just amazing on the day we visited Tealby. We also had a drink at the local pub the King’s Head.
We hope to look after the 3D’s again in a future trip on the way to Wales or Scotland, or the Yorkshire Dales again.