A Valentines Day Dessert

One of the great things about publishing a blog is that other bloggers follow us. One such is Cooking Without Limits, dedicated to food photography and recipes. With Valentines Day coming up, why not try an unusual recipe for Raw Chocolate Truffle, which the writer made to surprise her husband. Here are the ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup walnuts left in water overnight (keep the water)
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts left in the water overnight
  • 8 dates
  • 3-4 tablespoons almond milk or water from the walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds left in water overnight
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flakes

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Frampton and Kirton, captured on screen

A few months ago I came across a rather impressive collection of photographs taken in the Frampton and Kirton area by Chris Wicks, presented as a Youtube video. It reminded me of some pleasant days out in this rather underrated area of Lincolnshire. An idea for Boxing Day?

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The Petwood Rhododendrons are in full bloom

Frequently asked Question: When is the best time to see the famous Petwood rhododendrons?

Answer: Right now!

These beautiful exotic plants are best seen for real, so if you are in the area, drop in for a visual feast. As a taster, here are a couple of recent photos to tempt you. Continue reading

Murder at the Mansion

Astrid Gatenby, who runs National Trust property Gunby Hall, brought my attention to a very nice film on a Cluedo whodunnit theme, by Horncastle photographer Vicki Head. It was shot at Gunby Hall, Belton House and the Avenue Club in Skegness, and it features some well known Horncastle actors in appropriate costumes and settings!

Do let Vicki know what you think!

Colin Reiners, documentary photographer

A few months ago, the residents of Pontremoli, a small town in Liguria, were intrigued by an exhibition of large format photographs by Woodhall Spa resident Colin Reiners. This event was one of many spin-offs from a collection of observational photographs Colin has been working on for several years, portraying life in our village.

I first heard about Colin’s Italian adventure plans last summer when I bumped into him in the village. It turned out he was trying to work out how to make a box suitable for shipping large photographic prints to Italy.

Ladridignomicolinreiners_560w-200x300I had seen some of Colin’s Woodhall Spa photographs when they were displayed at the University of Lincoln a few years ago, and I thought then that he had captured brilliantly the essence of the place, in all its quirkiness. Where else can you come across a jet fighter in a farmer’s field, afternoon tea on the Petwood Hotel terrace, a wooden cinema which has been projecting movies since the twenties and probably the smallest shoe shop in England – all within walking distance? Continue reading