Heather and Gary in Europe - Spring 2014 travel blog

The Boston "Stump" - the nickname of St. Botolph's Church

Heather at an old gatehouse on the Brocklesby Estate



Wednesday April 9

We had breakfast with Rob and Andrina with Welsh bacon from Dewi James (the butcher in Llechryd, Wales) which they had bought last week on a recent holiday trip. We left their home shortly after 9:00 and spent most of the day driving through Lincolnshire.

Since we have arrived in England, the landscape has been a different colour from the landscape we left in Canada; everything is green! There are trees in blossom and trees in leaf and hedgerows full of blossoms and fields of daffodils.

At mid-morning, we stopped at Springfield's gardens and outlet shops for a walk around the gardens. Springfield's is located near the town of Spalding and the area is well known for commercial farms of daffodil and tulip bulbs, as well as vegetables.

From Spalding, we drove to Boston where we had a walk around, taking a photograph of St. Botolph's church, otherwise known as the Boston "Stump". It is so called because of the church tower which had been a landmark to seafarers and others traveling across the flat fenland that surrounds the town. The tower construction was started in 1425-30 but not completed until 1520-30. It was from Boston in Lincolnshire that the Puritan emigrants set sail in 1630, following in the wake of the Pilgrim fathers, and founded the new Boston in the USA.

We bought lunch at a local M&S and stopped for a picnic on the Lincolnshire Wolds enjoying the scenery. At Brocklesby, we stopped at one of the gate houses for a photo. Lincolnshire and particularly the Brocklesby Estate, home of the Earl of Yarborough, feature prominently in Heather's masters degree and in her Phd. -- driving through the area brought back many memories for her.

Finally after a brief stop to admire the Humber Bridge, we crossed over to the East Riding of Yorkshire. We stopped at a Premier Inn just over the bridge and made enquiries about a room, but it was full. We ended up at the Premier Inn in North Hull. Dinner was at the Table Table next door -- not the best of meals, but it served our needs for the night.

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