Posts Tagged ‘River Witham’

River Witham flowing high

December 21, 2019

On the train to Nottingham on Wednesday, to Sheffield two weeks ago, the fields flooded, the ground saturated from weeks of heavy rain.

Thursday and Friday, heavy rain, the ground saturated, the water flowing straight into the rivers.

River Witham flowing under High Bridge through the centre of Lincoln flowing very high., flowing very fast and very muddy. The mud, top soil washed off fields

Drainage, dredging rivers is not the solution. It simply sends the water faster downstream.

We have to rewild, re-afforest the uplands, farmers change their farming practices, animals grazing fields not crops, flood plains allowed to flood.

Downstream of Lincoln was fen lands. These should be returned to fen land., sea marshes allowed to expand. Soft flood defences not hard defences.

Guildford, the River Wey poised to flood the town. Not only England, Portugal and Spain, heavy rain, widespread flooding.

Forest fires in California, Siberia and across Australia.

COP25 in Madrid collapsed with no firm commitment to the deep cuts required in carbon emissions. Corrupt politicians fiddled whilst the planet burned.

One of the worst countries that went out of their way to sabotage COP25 was Australia. Australia on Tuesday and Wednesday, the highest record temperatures, the continent ablaze with bush fires. Sydney encircled by bushfires, 45C, engulfed in toxic smoke. How many will die in Sydney as a result of breathing toxic smoke? The response of the Australian Prime Minister in the pocket of the coal industry, to go on holiday.


Morning in Lincoln

January 3, 2013
Stokes coffee shop ...

Stokes coffee shop …

... on High Bridge

… on High Bridge

Steep Hill

Steep Hill

Steep Hill

Steep Hill

Nine in the morning and not many people around.

River Witham flowing at a very leisurely pace, even the ducks looked happy. A big contrast with the fast flowing river the week before even more so two weeks ago.

Looked in Café 44, but did not stop as wished to try a different indie coffee bar today, one in The Strait.

Looked in Stokes on High Bridge. Had a chat with a very helpful and friendly girl. Was tempted to stay, but was going up The Strait and Steep Hill, decided to try an indie coffee shop on the way.

Looked in on Stokes coffee roasting facility. Interesting. More to see when I look in when coffee roasting is taking place.

Ruddocks used to be a good indie bookshop. Now it reassembles a corner newsagent.

Up the High Street, up The Strait.

Olibers coffee shop in The Strait, served by a nine-year-old waitress.

Up The Strait, up Steep Hill.

Looked in Readers Rest. This is an amazing bookshop, a veritable rabbit warren of books. Or was, now a shadow of its former self. I asked, and my worst fears were confirmed, it is closing down after 30 years in business. Man said he had not sold a single book yesterday, none today. He said people look around and walk out empty-handed. Many of my books in the past have come from Readers Rest. It is my first port of call if I am looking for a book. I must admit I walked out empty-handed. I did say I would pop back in on my way back down. Unfortunately I was running late and had no time.

It is very depressing to see a bookshop like Readers Rest closing down, once one of the best bookshops in the country. Thorpes, top of the High Street in Guildford, closed a decade or so ago, forced out of business by the greedy council jacking up the rent. Like Thorpes, Readers Rest a real bookshop, run by a man who knows his books. Soon all we will have left is Waterstone’s, a rubbish chain that knows nothing about books, and they are expected to go under.

Up Steep Hill into Bailgate.

Elite Butchers in Bailgate, one of the best butchers in Lincoln, if not Lincolnshire.

Back down the hill, lunch at County Restaurant. Pies I usually avoid, unless I know the chef or the source, as used to stuff with rubbish. The turkey (I assume Christmas left overs) and leek pie was excellent, as was the pea and mint soup. A pleasant change from the rubbish served up, or should I say hotted up, last week.

Morning in Lincoln

December 21, 2012
Lincoln Central Market

Lincoln Central Market

Lincoln Steep Hill

Lincoln Steep Hill

Before nine o’ clock in the morning and Lincoln High Street was already busy, usually at this time of day it would be all but deserted.

WHSmith not a clue NeverSeconds, not on their system, not on the shelves.

Oxfam shop, books more than a couple of shelves, but what a pity they have closed their excellent bookshop in Sincil Street.

Waterstone’s market not a clue NeverSeconds. Guy was helpful and did agree they should have more in, and on display. One on the shelf.

Sincil Street is still earmarked for demolition. A row of Victorian buildings (if not earlier). The shops provide business opportunities for small businesses. But where there is development, there is money to be made. This row is all that remains of the heritage in this area.

The River Witham following a day of rain, very high, a chocolate brown colour, flowing very fast, with deep ripples on the surface. Another foot or so and this area will be flooded.

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of new coffee shops from a year ago. What is excellent news is all are indie coffee shops, not aggressive chains.

A wholefood stall in the Central Market, had a list of events for the Winter Solstice, that being today. One of which was a meditation at Mary Magdalene Church in the Castle Square.

I was going to try out one of the coffee shops, but no time, if I was to walk up to the Cathedral. I did though pop into the coffee shop in Sincil Street. Obviously very popular as busy. Interesting art on the walls.

More new coffee shops up the High Street, The Strait and Steep Hill.

Mary Magdalene Church knew nothing of the meditation, but around nine people turned up. Lucky to find it open, as usually not open.

A walk all the way around the cathedral. A quick look in their lovely tea shop, which I am pleased to see is still there. Then back down the hill.

In The Works, a remainder bookshop, I was pleased to find copes of Aleph, Paulo Coelho.

But what is wrong with the other bookshops, NeverSeconds, a potential Christmas best seller, of which they know nothing, let alone have on display?