As soon as I got off the train in Lincoln I saw Judith Brodnicki. We had been working 24/7 to get Centenary Stitches printed in time for this weekend, but this was the first time I had set eyes on her. We both squealed!!
Judith, her husband Ed, and I were staying at the same place. They had arrived the day before, so they took me to settle in.
The next day Judith and Ed took me to Thimbleby to see some of the locations. As we got out of the car we met a woman and her dog, who turned out to have been extras in the film!
We photographed the main street then went in to the church, which forms such a large part of the story.
Inside we saw the memorial plaque to those from the village who fell in WW1 as well as the memorial window to Robert Crowder.
Outside there were many Crowder graves, including these of Robert’s mother and father.
Then it was on to Crowder’s nursery, still very much a going concern!
There were loads of different plants, even in November, and I bought an ivy for my garden.
Inside, there were many Christmas decorations and gifts. Both Judith and I kept saying ‘I’d love that but I can’t get it home…’!
There were some lovely touches round the building, including this one:
We then explored further and realised that the restaurant was partially built on to the old house. The only view of the house was from by the redwood tree which gives its name to the restaurant.
We had lunch inside, and it was nice to see a familiar name on the menu. The current manager of the business is also called Robert Crowder.
In the evening, Jane Lawrence had organised a concert in the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral. It was of WW1 songs, sung by children of two Lincoln schools. They wore the ganseys the project had made, along with hats and scarves. The singing was lovely, and a good time was had by all.
Outside the moon was out and the cathedral was floodlit, giving some lovely shades on the stone.