In the right place at the right time for a greeting AND an evening with Rick Wakeman!

Every now and then it happens. Something one or both of us would love to experience coincides with us there.

Today was one of those magical times.

We’d visited Lincoln Castle and Cathedral yesterday – enjoying them immensely. At the Cathedral we saw a flyer for a ‘Rick Wakeman Live Portraits’ concert this evening. Really? THE Rick Wakeman? Performing on our last night in Lincoln?

Yep. He was, and is.

This morning we returned to the Cathedral as we had only a couple of hours last night (we even extended it to Evensong to hear the angelic voices of the choir), in order to do a floor tour. And guess what? There he was … Continue reading


The ice-breaking video – not for the squeamish!

For those of you not ‘friends’ with me on Facebook, I’ve discovered we can publish videos here on the blog which is rather exciting!

Here’s Barry filming himself with his iPhone 4s, as he pushes Areandare encouragingly through the ice from Bardney Lock on Sunday morning …

And in case anyone’s wondering, yes, we’ve lost some blacking from our bottom – and will be considering booking in  somewhere before the year-end. But hey, what an adventure, we believe life is for living not sitting safely somewhere.

Ice Breaking success and some rescheduling required

You’ll be pleased to know (if you’re ‘friends’ with me on Facebook you’ll probably already be aware), that Areandare, with lots of encouragement from Barry, broke through the ice above Bardney Lock yesterday morning. The other important news is that someone from The Environment Agency arrived just before we left, to take water samples. It’s likely that something as yet unknown killed all those fish – not the extreme temperatures. We’ve asked them to email us with their findings if at all possible.

We’d been informed by a passer-by before moving on, that the river was clear of ice to Lincoln from the lock – it most definitely was NOT! Maybe it’s difficult to see clearly from the walkway … Continue reading