Monday, 11 April 2016


A lovely sunny day yesterday in all respects

First off a visit to the interesting Normanby Hall and Gardens not far from Scunthorpe - built and owned by the Sheffield family, no less.  Former Dukes of Buckingham and the original owners of Buckingham Palace!!
 and a stroll round the grounds revealed some strange but amazing blooms
 as well as displays of lovely Spring primroses
and our lovely hosts for the day pose in the walled garden
 before we head for the exotica of the greenhouses
 and the quaint gardeners' sheds, with their blue walls to ward off the flies!
 And we were graced with this amazing specimen of a peacock
showing off his finery
Loved the local sculpture by Harold Gosney.  Lovely article here from a previous exhibition telling us a bit more about the rather unsung Harold Gosney and his beautiful work.  And here's a date for your diary if you'd like to get to his next exhibition in June.
Anyway by now our little gang of six were starving, so a hearty Sunday lunch was much enjoyed at the friendly little Butchers Arms in Winterton.  Such a joy to drive through these little villages totally unknown to us before.

And our final coup was the lovely Goxhill Memorial Hall for a sumptuous night of live music courtesy of the LiveLincs Rural Touring programme, together with a hastily acquired bag of beer, vino and chocolate from the village SPAR . . . .

And our band for the night were all the way from the Canadian prairies on their first ever tour of England!!  Woody Holler and his Orchestra  - masters of the cowboy yodel and great musicians.
 (and just had to add this lovely poster from the opening night at the Memorial Hall)
But I bet by now you'd like to hear a sample of Woody and his band - so click here, relax and join in the fun

Ghost Riders in the Sky
and if you're slowly becoming fans as we were, then you'll enjoy this fab little video of their first time on the road back in 2010, some lovely shots of the prairie towns in mid Canada too.

and you can still catch their UK tour til the end of April.

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