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Lincoln coronavirus free for all day forty

August 27, 2021

Cool, cloudy, autumnal day, cold north wind.

Walking through Central Market, fruit and vegatble stall low on stock, soon to pul out. The short-lived Greek junk food stall appears to have already pulled out.

Outside, the coffee truck apears to have given up, not seen all week.

Look in remainder book shop whilst wating for the Walk and Ride. 7 Ways already a remainder book. Maybe publishing too many, another about to be published. How many recipes can realistically  churn out, if publish overpriced cook books every year?

A few lost souls wandeirng around, Steampunk Festival canceled, not safe due to coronavirus.

Walking down Steep Hill, popped in Steep Hill Wine, a bottle of white wine.

V60 pour over guest coffee Mind the Cup at Madame  Waffle.

Early afternoon and late afternoon, corporate chains the allure already worn thin, not a single person outside seating. The same earlier in the week.

Bunty’s Tea Room cappuccino

August 21, 2021

I had found Bunty’s Tea Room open last Saturday, thought I would try today, first time I have ventured inside.

Just my luck, a large group entered as I was about to walk in. A noisy group.

One table empty near the door. Ideal as I try to avoid crowded places during coronavirus pandemic and prefer to sit outside.

No outside seating.

WWII theme, pride of place on the wall, a large black and white photo of a Lancaster bomber flying past Lincoln Cathedral. Various WWII memorabilia dotted around. What was strange, I was the only one who appeared to notice.

My cappuccino was so-so, but what I expected, I was in a tea shop not a coffee shop. Too many mistakes, cup size too large, coffee not freshly ground, not precisely weighed.

I started to feel sick and left my coffee. The reason why, sometimes if I have had too many, fake milk. Not only fake milk, but a cheap low quality oat milk.

Please use real milk not pander to vegans with fake milk. If really must add fake milk to a cappuccino, then maybe try Rebel Kitchen Mylk for Baristas. Or if do not wish for milk, an espresso, or a filter pour over coffee.

Coffee from Seven Districts on sale. A wider range can be found in A Little Bit of Lincolnshire, shop selling local produce further up Steep Hill.

Tea served in a variety of fancy tea pots with bone china cups, as tea should be served.

The tea, a choice of tea, their own blends.

A chocolate sponge cake for later.

I will return another day and try the tea.

Located half way up Steep Hill.

If a visitor to Lincoln please do not take the tourist bus as a complete waste of money and adding to pollution and contributing to Climate Emergency. Walk up Steep Hill or if do not wish to climb Steep Hill, take the Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral, then walk back down Steep Hill.

Avoid Lincoln Cathedral Cafe, an outsourced operation, service poor, disgusting catering supply coffee brewed by clueless on coffee. Always support local businesses where they care about their reputation and money flows back into the local economy.

Contrast Bunty’s Tea Room with the appalling service at Lincoln Cathedral Cafe. But that is the difference between a local family owned business where they care about their reputation and an outsourced operation which does not.

For more on life during WWII, nearby Museum of Lincolnshire Life and International Bomber Command Centre overlooking Lincoln.

Lincoln farmers market

August 21, 2021

Lincoln farmers market third Saturday of the month.

A warm muggy afternoon, heavy rain forecast.

Walked through Lincoln Central Market en route to farmers market.

Fruit and vegetables stall appears to have pulled out before the end of the month.

Coffee truck is also leaving end of the month.

Useless jobsworth who mismanages the market has done an excellent job destroying the market.

Hopped on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral.

Farmers market is busy. But then Bailgate and Steep Hill very busy.

Stocked up from cheese stall, including Stichleton and unpasteurized milk.

A chat with Lincoln Gin. I recommend a stall at Sleaford Street Food and Artisan Market at Mlllstream Square. Will be there, first Saturday of September.

Lunch at Elite on the Bail.

Walk down Steep Hill, coffee at Bunty’s Tea Room. So-so but what I expected, a tea room not a coffee shop.

Down in the city centre, drunken scum. Even for a Saturday, bad.

Espresso at Madame Waffle.

Service in M&S Food Hall bad, even by their usual piss-poor standards. No tills manned, queue for self-service tills, angry customers.

Heavy rain was forecast. Luckily did not arrive.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day twenty-five

August 12, 2021

A hot sunny day.

Police car races through pedestrianised High Street, screeching to a halt at railway barrier. Long wait, slow goods train passes through. Barrier does not open. Police car three point turn, races back down the pedestrianised High Street, pedestrians scattered like nine pins. Train from London passed through, barrier opens.

Why did police car even attempt this route?

Police car parked outside McDonald’s. Prior to its relocation, always thugs hanging outside McDonald’s of an evening.

Central Market fruit and veg stall I inquire, yes they are leaving, end of August. I learn stalls have been given four month’s notice to quit the market.

In the High Street or just off a stall handing out covid tests. PCR or later flow I do not know. I do not see any takers.

Lincoln tops the charts two weeks running coronavirus cases. Today knocked into second place by Hull which takes the No 1 spot.

Hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral. Too hot to walk up Steep Hill.

Why do visitors waste money on a tourist bus? The only way to see historic Lincoln is to walk. If do not wish to walk up Steep Hill, then hop on the Walk and Ride. The tourist bus pollutes the streets.

Pick up fruit and vegetables form Fresh From The Fields, greengrocer behind Bailgate.

Lunch at Elite on the Bail. As always lack of customers.

Walk back down Steep Hill.

From where can I obtain oil for a wooden chopping board? I had tried Lakeland. No joy House of Fraser either.

Too late for a coffee.

Lincoln coronavirus cases worst in the country

August 6, 2021

Lincoln for first five days this week worst place for coronavirus cases descends into farce with half hearted surge testing.

Shops no requirement to wear mask when entering.

Public transport passengers not wearing masks coronavirus death traps.

Binge drinking bars top end of High Street, The Strait and Bailgate.

Come September, if not mandated double vaccinated, returning students will turn city into coronavirus hotspot.

There is no city centre permanent vaccine centre, nor has there been.

Steampunk Festival was wisely cancelled. Why has the Lincoln Christmas Market not been cancelled?

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day sixteen

August 3, 2021

Warmer day than I expected.

Sight seeing bus polluting the streets, parked outside Lincoln Cathedral, obstructing the view, engine running.

I would have eaten at Elite on the Bail but too busy.

Try Bailgate Deli. Soup followed by falafel and salad.

Usually I enjoy eating at Bailgate Deli but not today. Only four outside tables.. People have an annoying habit of occupying a table when finished. Lack the courtesy to get up and leave. I had to sit inside. Too hot.

Female objected to my taking a picture of Bailgate Deli because she would be in it. I suggested she moved. I pointed out she was in a public space.

Make it down to Coffee Aroma for a coffee before they close.

Make it to Oxfam Bookshop before they close. Last day of Faith in Nature and Bio D 20% off. Volunteer serving kindly checks that I am getting 20% off not being ripped off at full price which was good of her.

I let her know where can be refilled, Green’s opposite Mary le Wigford Church and zero waste store in Central Market.

Lincoln second day in a row highest in the country for coronavirus cases. Easy to see why. Binge drinking bars and public transport passengers not wearing masks.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day twelve

July 30, 2021

Torrential downpour early hours of the morning, again mid-afternoon.

Damn, forgot mask. Feel guilty catching bus no mask.

First stop, Coop pharmacy to buy a mask.

No outdoor fruit and veg stall. Coffee van absent.

Bag of coffee Jackalope Joe from Central Market. Usually lovely aroma from a bag of coffee. Nothing, dead. Not tried brewing but is it even worth trying?

Problem appears to be the paper bag. Strong smell of paper. Nothing else. Open the bag, which I would not usually do unless about to brew as coffee quickly goes stale once opened, literally within days. Nothing, nada, other than smell of paper. Dead, flat, stale coffee. The reason for this easily explained, the paper bag porous. Totally useless for coffee.

Interesting, coffee a pound cheaper on the market than ordering direct from website. Not that I would recommend.

Eye test. All ok.

Heavy torrential rain.

Cappuccino in 200 Degrees to shelter from the rain. Busy when I arrive, empty when I leave.

Cappuccino guest coffee Rawanda in correct size cup for cappuccino.

Pick up washing up liquid, laundry liquid and soap from Oxfam Bookshop. Until I saw in Oxfam shop yesterday I had never come across Bio D.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day five

July 23, 2021

Weather has changed today, cool and windy compared to the hot weather of the last week.

A very long wait for a bus, when a bus finally turns up, packed. No idea why. At a guess a bus did not turn up. Staff shortages, coronavirus infections?

At bus station, empty of buses.

Packed public transport, passengers not wearing masks, coronavirus death traps.

Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral, lunch at Elite on the Bail.

Walk back down Steep Hill, espresso at Madame Waffle.

Staff in M&S tell me so far customers have been wearing masks. Staff are wearing masks.

Later an espresso tonic.

Pfizer vaccine first dose

July 3, 2021

Two weeks ago I passed a pop up vaccination centre. Last week I visited to find not there.

Today, a pop up vaccination centre on Brayford. I expected a long queue. No queue.

To my surprise I did not feel either needle or vaccine.

My arm felt heavy but otherwise nothing.

I forgot I had had a vaccine.

Second dose in eight weeks.

side effects

Initially, apart from my arm feeling a little heavy, nothing.

Early hours of the morning raising my arm to remove my shirt my arm painful.

Four in the morning, end of my fingers, as though being stung or needles inserted.

Next day, feeling rough, ache.

Two days later, mowing the lawns, close to collapse. I then ache and can barely move.

Hard physical work following vaccination not wise.

NHS vaccination programme .

Development of vaccines, roll out of vaccination, pop up centres, the only success.

Too late to lock down, relax too soon.

Crass stupidity of Eat Out to Help Out.

Failure to close borders to India and Nepal.

Serco track and trace.

We are now entering a Third Wave with cases rising rapidly and government proposes a relaxation of all remaining restrictions.


Massive surge in cases, latest lockdown yet to feed through. Cases for several days dropped very rapidly, an anomoly, no one knows why.

Today more crass stupidity, no requirement for travellers from medium risk countries to isolate.

Long term effects of vaccine. I am very weak. I do not feel weak, but any physical exercise, carrying shopping, and I realise how weak I am.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day one hundred and seventy

July 3, 2021

Warm and muggy, following brief heavy downpour.

Long wait for a bus.

Walk around Brayford to pop up vaccine clinic. Luckily no queue. Did not feel a thing. No side effects.

Brayford so tacky.

High Street blasted out by loud music blasting out.

High Street packed.

Hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral.

Elite on the Bail empty. I am their only customer. And yet Bailgate busy. Unless they do well on takeaway and in the evening, I cannot see how they can survive.

Walk down Steep Hill.

Madame Waffle closed. Coronavirus outbreak. Staff member tested positive. Luckily for me I have not visited this week or last week. Thursday too late, and last Saturday I would have been paddling outside.

Cappuccino at Coffee Aroma chatting with three Chinese girls from Malaysia, all working as pharmacists.

No bus, has broken down. Have to wait for the next bus.

I had expected heavy rain instead sunny.

A lighting from bus, sunny but I see dark clouds approaching.

Thunderstorm for two hours. Waddington 25mm in an hour.

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