our eldest son graduated from
Lincoln is a beautiful city with lovely old buildings,
the cathedral is a very special place.
This is the area outside the cathedral with it's Georgian Terrace.
Dene & Ellie walking through the arch
to the cathedral
Up the hill is the oldest part of Lincoln,
it feels like you are stepping back in time.
Inside the cathedral waiting for the service to start.
Such beautiful stained glass windows.
Dene collecting his Master of Computer Science.
A happy boy.
I can't believe where those years have gone,
it doesn't seem that long ago when he was a little boy.
Myself, Dene & Ellie in the castle grounds.
A proud Dad with Dene.
Afterwards in the castle grounds.
This was a very special day & one we will treasure.
We are so proud of him.
Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire.
Wimpole is a beautiful stately home, farm & estate
owned & preserved by the National Trust.
We brought a picnic & had a wonderful day.
Mary chatting away to a lady wearing a 1940's outfit.
This was inside the flower & vegetable garden.
A beautiful display of pumpkins
& gourds in the Victorian greenhouse.
Simple white pumpkins.
Kitty admiring the flowers.
She enjoys smelling so many of them,
quite often we will see a head disappearing in to flower beds.
They have a large amount of apple trees at Wimpole,
so many of them have been trained
to fan the old Georgian walls.
The flower garden, so many beautiful blooms.
Such a pretty idea for our garden next year.
The twins playing in the orchard.
There were so many different varieties of apples
Daisy smelling the beautiful old roses.
A beautiful vintage car & caravan.
The owner said he could not find a caravan
to go with his car so he made this one.
It was so pretty inside.
I could imagine it as a wonderful little house
for the twins in the garden.
A traditional Olde English Punch & Judy Show.
These date back to 1640 but this one had a
2nd world War twist.
Sidney, Mary & Kitty had such fun watching it.
The home guard meeting Winston Churchill at the Coach House
& stables building.
This farm is part of the Wimpole Estate,
it has some wonderful old thatched barns.
Kitty & Mary are dressed up as milk maids
& are playing in the old dairy which is 200 years old.
We were watching a 1940's fashion show,
can you see the couple all dressed up for the day.
Mary brushing a donkey, she did enjoy it.
The grand front of Wimpole Hall.
The house was used for filming a Colin Firth film called Easy Vertue not so long ago.
Such a pretty bureau.
They had set the house out with glimpses
of the 1940's.
This is the library, there were so many books in here.
This room & the dinning room were used in filming.
A beautiful little corner of the study complete
with 40's radio & knitting.
They had a beautiful chapel inside
It was all laid out ready for the Harvest festival.
This was the butler's room & one of the last rooms
We had such a wonderful day & the weather was glorious.
I thought some of my beautiful readers would like my
recipe for Tea Bread.
I have made this for 24 years now, it was one of the first
recipes I did as a married lady & so easy.
Soak in a bowl overnight
12 oz's of dried fruit ~ raisins & sultana's.
1/2 pint of strong cold tea.
4 oz's of soft dark brown sugar.
Last time I made it I chopped up some dried apple rings,
they worked well.
In the morning add one egg & 8 oz's self raising flour.
Mix until combined & place in a greased & floured loaf tin.
Bake for one hour at 170 c
I double this recipe most of the time,
they last for a week in a tin & I also freeze them.
Serve with butter.
We are enjoying our new kitten named George,
he came to live with us on Sunday evening & is adorable.
I will post some photo's of him soon.