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Morning in Lincoln

September 12, 2017

A pleasant change to heavy rain of Monday, but tonight a storm and more heavy rain.

I occasionally walk by Caffè Portico, but until today I have never looked in.

Pleasant ambience, but I do not recommend the coffee.


Up The Strait and Steep Hill.

Noticeably quiet since the Lincoln Knights were removed last week.

Through Bailgate, around Lincoln Castle to The Lawn, then through Lincoln Castle and back down Steep Hill.

I popped in Lincoln Archaeological Society and thanked them for the guided walk of The Battle of Lincoln at the weekend during Lincoln Heritage Day.

Morning in Lincoln

August 18, 2017

The morning sunny, warm in the sun, cool in the shade. Maybe around 19C, a big contrast to the day before when very warm around 23C. During the afternoon a thunderstorm and heavy showers

New Theatre Royal? What happened to the old Theatre Royal? Same location.  Maybe it went bust then rose phoenix like from the ashes. A poster marked their first anniversary.

Across the road, a micro-brewery, but otherwise run down, empty shops.

So much for Lincoln being boom town. A boom town for greedy developers.

Around the corner, next to Ruddocks, which sadly closed at Easter, Madame Waffle, one of the top coffee shops in the country, part of the Lincoln coffee culture, and where I spent most of the morning.

A cappuccino served, it was then time to try a V60 and a chilled coffee out of the fridge. All were excellent, but then I expect no less from  Madame Waffle.

Madame Waffle has Caffeine available for free, and one of the few places in the country where must have Standart is on sale.

It was then wander up Steep Hill to Makushi, another excellent coffee shop, then back down to the High Street, where a very sad farmers market of around half a dozen stalls can be found on Friday.

En route I encountered Lincoln Knights.

Morning in Lincoln

January 9, 2014
Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Jews House

Jews House

Cold damp, miserable morning in Lincoln, at least for the first hour. It then brightened, but with the temperature dropping and very unpleasant cold wind.

Driving in, a lot of traffic, and yet at 9pm, few people on the street. Maybe caught the tail end of rush hour, all on their way to work.

Excellent cappuccino and cookie in Stokes on High Bridge.

River Witham flowing fast and high, but considering the amount of rain, and large parts of he country flooded, not as high as I would expect.

Something has to be done about the lorries and vans driving through the High Street, a supposedly pedestrianised street. They are a danger to pedestrians and are smashing up the street. The street itself is a danger due to uneven paving slabs and bricks.

A problem not restricted to the High Street. Around the market and in Sincil Street, the same problem, vans and lorries smashing up the streets.

I was shown in Sincil Street where a lady had tripped. She is suing the council for damages. More people should do this.

There is no excuse for lorries and vans. They should be forced to park on the edge, and deliver by barrow, as they do in Istanbul.

Sincil Street is earmarked for destruction for an unwanted shopping centre. Corruption write large, what developers want, developers get.

Across the county, we have a massive surplus of retail space. People are moving away from mindless consumption, they are buying on-line. Lincoln already has a ghastly shopping centre, half empty, what does it need another one for?

Sincil Street, is Victorian and older, many small independent businesses. It is all that remains of the historic core of the town centre.

What Sincil needs, is smartening up, buildings renovated, the street repaved, not demolition. But that requires vision, empathy with local communities, local businesses, something lacking with both the Co-op and the City Council.

A wonderful shop towards the end of Sincil Street, selling carved wood. Look at the window, original cast iron pillars. Look at Revival, look at the building, look inside at the original cast iron pillars. These are now temporary lets, earmarked for demolition. The street is being blighted by the threat of unwanted development.

Cross the River Witham, over the little pedestrian bridge, full in your face, an ugly sign for Burger King.

I this really the image Lincoln wishes to present slap bang in its town centre?

Popped in The Angel Coffee House. To my surprise packed. No plans for live music in the near future. Last year, a self-promoted artist with delusions he is a composer had an album release, 5 Nocturnes. Few turned up, due to the dire weather, and those who did, probably wished they had not, as he could not even be bothered to play, simply handed out free copies of his album. A cat walking on the keys, would have probably sounded better. I was told he has not released anything else, at least not through the coffee shop.

Over Christmas and New Year, this little coffee bar was closed, giving every impression it had closed down.

Excellent lunch at Oliver’s in The Strait. You take pop luck if you find it open, but worth making the effort.

Morning in Lincoln

January 8, 2013
Lincoln swans on River Witham

Lincoln swans on River Witham

Nine in the morning, I expected to see fewer people in the High Street the holiday season now over, but not so, though the mix had changed. Grim faced, determined stride, workers on their way to work. Why do people always look so miserable on their way to work?

Last week the River Witham was flowing at a leisurely pace, compared with previous two weeks when flowing very fast due to heavy rain, this morning it was not flowing at all. I can only assume it must be tidal.

In the Central Market a whole food stall. Let us assume it does well and may wish to expand. Sincil Street offers that opportunity, but not if demolished, once again illustrating the crass stupidity of the City Council, the developers best friend.

Morning tea in Stokes on High Bridge. I explored all floors. Apart from popping in last week, I have never been in Stokes before. I had then hoped to look in on Stokes roasting their coffee beans. They had been roasting Monday, and had only a small amount to roast today, and were finishing.

Waterstone’s Lincoln High Street had not a single copy of NeverSeconds and still the staff not heard of NeverSeconds though the girl I spoke to was at least helpful (former Ottaker’s which explains a lot) unlike the rude female before Christmas.

From Superfi top of the High Street a cable, miniature headphone socket to two phono plugs, gold plated, oxygen free copper, with a price to match

Indie coffee bar Olibers empty as usual as I walked up The Strait. Empty when I walked down later. I would have popped in and said hello to the little girl who served me last week and the attractive blonde behind the counter, but all I saw was a miserable looking woman with dark hair. Difficult to see how Olibers can survive with no customers.

Walked up The Strait, up Steep Hill, through Bailgate and into Newport. Not worth the effort, nothing of interest in Newport.

A small restaurant Marcelli’s Deli & Bistro not open, had it closed down? Nothing to indicate if open, when open. I am told Marcelli’s has a good reputation, but no way of confirming if not open, no idea when or if open. Strange way to run a business.

Walking back through Bailgate, walked down a side street that leads to a car park by the walls of Lincoln Castle. Small shop with very old clocks.

There is a very old watchmaker’s shop on Steep Hill. It is rarely open.

Readers Rest was not open. It now seems to open on a whim.

A shop selling vintage clothing had a horrible crudely drawn Sale sign in the window. It completely destroyed the appearance of the shop. Why do people have such lack of understanding of style and taste?

Lunch at the County Restaurant. Bangers and mash undercooked Lincolnshire sausages.