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A Week on the Estate: Cycle the Wolds, Community Garden & Our Days

Happy New Year to all our readers. Despite the bleak midwinter we’ve all endured, the solstice is behind us, the days are getting longer and we’re looking ahead to spring, summer and better times to come.

With a new lockdown kicking in, why not consider getting on your bike to beat the January blues? If you’re a keen cyclist or looking to take up the hobby, why not cycle to South Ormsby from home and incorporate one of our ‘Cycling in the Wolds’ routes into your daily exercise regime. You can find all the routes on our website.

To help blow the January cobwebs away, we recommend Linton’s Lap, a 20.5-mile route showcasing the idyllic rolling countryside of the Lincolnshire Wolds and passing through Somersby, the birthplace of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. If you’re squeamish about hills, beware of the steep climb out of Belchford.

cyclists on Bluestone Heath Road

Closer to home, we’re particularly excited about our ‘Incredible Edible South Ormsby’ project. Do you live in or around South Ormsby? Do you enjoy gardening and being outside? Do you have any spare tools, spare seeds or spare time? Do you have a bit of spare land in the village where fruit, veg or herbs might thrive? Would you like to socialise with friends and family while growing fresh produce to share with the community?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we’d love you to be a part of our community garden. To enquire or volunteer, drop Nicky Coxon a line: Nicky.Coxon@southormsbyestate.co.uk

Walled Garden veg bed

This week, we’re launching ‘Our Days’. Many readers were inspired by Kath Brown’s powerful Lincolnshire memoir, ‘My Days’, to share their own memories of bygone Lincolnshire. We’re proud to present them on our website.

The first instalment comes courtesy of Jo Houlden, for whom a 1940s childhood in South Ormsby was a time of weddings on the estate, hedge-high snowdrifts and riding in Mrs M’s dumb waiter.

Snowdrift by Simon Harrod via Flickr CC

If you have some Lincolnshire Wolds memories you’d like to share and you’re happy for us to publish them on our website:

– email Gavin Smith (gsmudger@gmail.com);

– briefly summarise the story you’d like to share and add a few photos if available;

– include a phone number so that we can get in touch.

We’re particularly interested in stories from the following areas: South Ormsby, Louth, Stenigot, Donington on Bain, Welton le Wold, Goulceby, Market Stainton, Skendleby, Skegness & Mablethorpe.

 

* Snowdrift image courtesy of Simon Harrod via Flickr CC