Christmas ‘Is’ Coming To Lincolnshire

Christmas ‘Is’ Coming To Lincolnshire

Three Months And Counting Down…

As I write this blog (25 September) it’s exactly three months until Christmas.  Yes, I’ve said it again …. ‘Christmas’ is coming and Lincolnshire businesses need to be ready for it.  I’ve been talking about it for a few weeks and now the BBC have finally caught up with me. Dare I say, if you haven’t started gearing up for Christmas you’re already late to the party!  The major shops are gearing up for Christmas NOW with predicted record online sales. To those of you who groaned when I mentioned Christmas I sincerely hope you manage to catch up with the traders who are already planning. The big spending retailers ‘will’ take your market from under you so isn’t it time to get your advertising sorted?

Don’t forget, Christmas ‘is’ coming to Lincolnshire so make sure you’re prepared.

Click on this picture to find out what you’ve been missing on Twitter

 

Time To Catch Up

You may already know about the Lincolnshire based #LincsArtCraftHour and #LincsConnectChristmas hashtags on twitter but did you know that the hashtags also work on Facebook? Try it today because it’s free and local. Just type in #LincsConnectChristmas to your Facebook search bar to see what and who are there. FREE and it’s LOCAL sounds good so isn’t it time you engaged with the hashtags?

Search for the hashtags on Google, you’ll find that they’ve been ‘trending’ – now ‘that’ really is impressive! Follow the links below to go to the relevant pages for the Lincolnshire people who’ve already started planning and producing fabulous creations for Christmas.  The blue links under their logos will take you straight to the relevant pages to make life easier for you too.

Join The List

To have your name added to this list just join in the Twitter hour on Monday lunchtime to qualify. It doesn’t matter if the day or time doesn’t fit in with your schedule because the hashtags are always there and ready for you. Shouldn’t you try it  today in when you have a moment? Additionally, if you’d like to have a feature here and a link to your website please talk to me about advertising. The rest is FREE.

Remember, the #ShopLocal hashtag doesn’t work as a medium to get local customers because it’s used so widely around the world. Trust me, ‘I’ invented it!  As a result I went on to invented #LincsConnect and can assure you that this hashtag ‘does’ work. After all, it’s truly local to Lincolnshire and our neighbours.  You can use and search the #LincsConnect hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find your truly local traders so why not give it a try today?

Christmas ‘is’ coming to Lincolnshire so should.t you be a part of it?  #LincsConnect is always here for you.

Twitter:      @MelLangtonArt Facebook:                       Mel Langton Art

Twitter: @BurtonWardCraft Facebook: BurtonAndWard      Etsy/Folksy          BurtonWardStudio

Twitter:      @origartprints Facebook:        fiduncart

Twitter: @elliestreasures Facebook:     elliestreasures     Etsy/Folksy:    elliestreasuresuk

Twitter    @chrisdobbinart Facebook:     watercolourportraits    Etsy/Folksy:   ChristineDobbinArt

Twitter: @Amanda_Schonhut Facebook:          aschonhutphotography

Twitter:  @jpbphotography Facebook:                 Light And Dreams Photography

Twitter: @Scarletimpress1 Facebook:                    Scarlet Impressions Art                      Etsy/Folksy Scarletimpressions

Twitter:    @EnglandCreate Etsy/Folksy:            Create-England

Twitter:         @ShaliniAustin   Facebook:      Shalini.Austin

Twitter:       @Blackbird1976 Etsy/Folksy:   HDArtandIllustration

Twitter:      @KcbraidsBeads Facebook:                       KC Braids And Beads   Etsy/Folksy:     KCBraidsandBeads.

Twitter: @Anitas_Cards_4U Etsy/Folksy:  HeCraftsAndSheCrafts

Twitter:         @TuluDraws    Facebook:                                Tulu Draws 

Twitter:    @JaneHaighArt Facebook:                         Jane Haigh Country Art

Twitter:     @2021VisualArts Facebook:                            20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Twitter:    @MadeWithMud Facebook:                           Made With Mud Etsy/Folksy:               Made With Mud

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Lincs To Past Blogs

Help Me, Help You

What are your thoughts on holding more LincsConnect dedicated Twitter hours? Try following the link above to read some of my ideas and perhaps come up with some of your own.  The more people interact with these hashtags, the more we will be able to help each other.  Give it a try.

If you’re a Lincolnshire blogger and would like to have a link to your blog on here?  I’ll be more than happy to hear from you.

Download The Covid-19 App

Get the Covid-19 App NOW. If you haven’t got it already, click on this picture to go straight to the NHS website that will help you produce the required posters and direct you to the .Gov link to produce your own QR code. It’s easy – even I can do it!

Create A Coronavirus QR Code For Your Venue

Click on this picture to go straight to the relevant .Gov website page 

 

If you are a Lincolnshire business, charity or organisation that has a venue or multiple venues you need to generate a QR Code for visitors to scan using the new Covid-19 App.  The QR code will be sent to your email address for you to print and display.

Mobile businesses can still generate a QR code with your home or office address as the location. On arrival ask your client(s) to scan your QR code.  The App will scan distances between smartphones and will send an alert to the person or people you have been in contact with if there is a risk of infection.  It’s pure voluntary and does rely on people having the App on a smartphone but, as the saying goes, ‘every little helps’.  Obviously it isn’t a substitute for keeping a 2m safe distance, washing your hands or wearing a suitable face covering over your mouth and nose but it is another tool to be utilised in the fight against this invisible virus.

Stay Safe

Be good to yourself and to others.  Keep your distance, keep washing your hands and keep a mask that covers both your nose and mouth with you and wear it as instructed.

You can find Lincs Connect on twitter @LincsConnect or on Facebook Lincs Connect

#LincsConnectChristmas – Looking Forward To A Bright Lincolnshire Christmas

#LincsConnectChristmas – Looking Forward To A Bright Lincolnshire Christmas

#EatOutToHelpOut Ends But…

The #EatOutToHelpOut scheme officially comes to an end on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August and I sincerely hope it has been a great boost to our local businesses and economies.  Not all of us have been able to take advantage of course as we’ve experienced some serious income deficits during the lockdown period.  However, ‘every little helps’ so let’s hope that the Lincolnshire restaurateurs have been able to recoup enough income for them to feel confident to spend more of their money locally.

Recession?

We’ve heard the stories about the recession and possible price rises over the coming months but there are also stories about ‘green shoots’ in the economy and the resilience of the British people to get on with their businesses to make money and pull the economy forward.  There’s much speculation with stories of ‘doom and gloom’ but I think it’s important to remember that many of the stories are literally just ‘stories’ written by journalists (trained or untrained) who may have an agenda unbeknown to us.  With that in mind, my cup is definitely half full.  Focusing on the bright side and being determined to make business work is what I do.  I truly believe that we (that’s you and I) are capable of making our businesses successful regardless of the circumstances surrounding us.  Do we need help?  Do we need to collaborate? Do we need to focus on the good things?  Absolutely!  I’m prepared to accept help and advice all day long and I believe it’s one of the keys to success.  Knowing when you’re out of your depth and needing help is crucial as is knowing when to employ an expert to do a job properly.  When we work together we can often achieve much more so let’s Keep working and talking to each other.

#LincsConnectChristmas 

Use the hashtag to promote your business, charity gift idea or event this Christmas

After a pretty dreadful summer I believe we need to look forward to a bright Lincolnshire Christmas.  We don’t know what the future will bring with Covid-19 but we do know that Christmas is coming! Whether you like it or not, celebrate it or not, or even believe in it or not, the fact remains that it will be here on 25 December and we need to be prepared for it.  We may not be out partying as we have in previous years but we are resilient enough and creative enough to make it a good celebration.

#LincsConnectChristmas starts on 7 September to coincide with the new #LincsArtCraftHour.  Combining the two will give us the opportunity to see what our local talented and creative people have to offer.  We’ll have the opportunity to shop early and safely by avoiding the usual Christmas rush because, well, let’s face it, we really don’t know yet if there will be movement and shopping restrictions in place to avoid another Covid-19 wave of destruction.

A Christmas Hamper

In previous years we’ve had a virtual Christmas hamper where we’ve been able to add items of our own or recommend items from other traders.  The idea seemed to work well so I think it’ll be a good idea to do it again.

It’s time to start filling the Christmas Hamper…

 

The hashtag works on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so let’s start thinking about filling it up with lots of local goodies.  Perhaps an example here might be useful.  How about these messages:

“I think the #LincsConnectChristmas hamper needs some speciality chocolates.  I highly recommend @BonBonLincoln who produce exquisite designer chocolates”

“No #LincsConnectChristmas hamper will be complete without some bespoke Christmas cards by @CardsOfGrimsby”

Adding a picture with each message will soon get the attention of local shoppers and will make the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag the place to look for local independent Christmas shopping. With your help we can get this hashtag noticed and talked about around Lincolnshire and beyond to turn it into the ‘shop window’ for everyone to see.

A Christmas Meal

With no #EatOutToHelpOut scheme in place hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars will want to advertise their special meals and party events so the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag is going to be ‘the’ place for them to advertise and I’m sure they’ll appreciate our support.

Let’s Work Together

I’m sure we can make Christmas a huge success but I do think that we will have to work together to achieve it.  Am I confident? Absolutely!

Put It In Your Diary

The #LincsConnectChristmas and #LincsArtCraftHour both start on Monday 7 September at noon.  Use the hashtags, search the hashtags and tell your friends about the hashtags.  They’re here for ‘you’. 

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Previous Blogs

To find out more about the #LincsArtCraftHour follow this link to the previous blog:

#LincsArtCraftHour For Lincolnshire, Newark, Retford And Hull 

Community

A message from Supt Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police following some sad and tragic deaths on Lincolnshire roads recently:

Click on this picture to open the video in Twitter 

Click on this picture to open the video on Facebook

We see far too many road deaths in Lincolnshire so please always ‘be aware’ and don’t become a statistic.  We love you just the way you are…. ‘alive’!

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse doesn’t have age limits. If you know someone who is suffering call the police today.  You’ll find some useful numbers here but if there is an immediate threat of harm call 999.

 

 

A Helpful App

Visit your App Store to download this free App to your device

Let’s pretend you’re out walking or have gone for a drive when you come across an accident.  You dial 999 to contact the emergency services for help but then you don’t know exactly where you are.  You know you’re in the middle of a field or on a country road but you couldn’t direct the emergency services to the incident.  I imagine you might feel completely helpless!

I saw a post on Twitter asking the public to download the App What3Words so obviously I did.  I didn’t expect to ever have to use it but thought it would be a good ‘insurance policy’ should the unexpected ever happen.  I have actually used it though.  I was able to give the three words that were displayed on my iPhone screen to the control room who directed the fire service to the field fire that I had discovered on my way home last winter.  That’s it!  It really is that easy.  All you have to do is open the App and you’re immediately given 3 unique words that identify your exact location.

When opening the App you’re given the option to share the 3 words via social media or email or send it directly to one of your contacts so it’s a great way to pass on your location to friends if you are meeting them in town.  Typing the three words into the search bar your friends are able to navigate directly to you using the App so as well as being the all important navigation tool in emergencies it’s also a brilliant tool for finding your friends.

Louth Museum

Perhaps you could try out your new What3Words App with your friends.  If you’re on your travels why not pop in to Louth Museum?  It’s open to the public again and there is no need to book.  The museum is over two floors (stair lift available for those who may need it) and you’ll be respectfully requested to wait outside if the museum is full when you arrive.  Covid-19 regulations are in place of course so don’t forget your mask.  I’ve had a look at the website www.louthmuseum.org.uk and discovered a virtual tour as well as Ruth’s Blog page.  I thought you might find this interesting; It’s a factual account of the Lincolnshire floods in Louth on 29 May 1920.  Imagine seeing a 2m wall of water heading into town…

Click on the picture to read the blog

 

Just imagine how useful What3Words would have been in this situation if it had been available then.  Technology has certainly moved on at a remarkable pace!

Stay Safe

That’s the blog done for now but if you have something that you would like me to include or would like to advertise please get in touch. Have a lovely Bank Holiday everyone.  Look after yourself and look out for your neighbours.

#LincsArtCraftHour

#LincsArtCraftHour

Click on this picture to go straight to the Facebook events page for this exhibition

7 September 2020 – A Very Important Date

Monday 7 September is a very important date for several reasons.  The new #LincsArtCraftHour stars at 12.00pm and all Lincolnshire artists, crafters, sculptors, jewellery makers….. are invited to post their promotional messages using ‘two’ hashtags.  I’ll explain more a little later but for now, let’s focus on the date.  7 September also sees the launch of the ‘Mel Langton Solo Art Exhibition’ at the Gallery of St. Martin’s in Lincoln ‘and’ it’s the launch of #LincsConnectChristmas too.  Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking ‘it’s too early for Christmas’ but the reality is that NOW is the time to start planning and advertising Christmas to raise brand awareness in time for the Christmas season!

#LincsArtCraftHour 

The #LincsArtCraftHour will be on Twitter from 12.00pm – 1.00pm every Monday lunchtime from 7 September.

The idea behind it is to highlight the talent that we have in the County and to allow you to view what’s on offer.  You’ll find everything from cards to jewellery and paintings to sculptures with everything ‘arty’ in between. While many of us are still either reluctant or unable to go shopping on the High Street this weekly hour will give you the opportunity to see what’s on offer.

Those posting will be able to include links to their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, websites and online shops while at the same time showing off their huge talents.  ‘Christmas’ is coming but don’t just see this as a virtual shop window for your Christmas shopping.  A gift for yourself, a ‘thank you’ card, a birthday gift or even a Mothers Day gift for next year are all possibilities.

Rather than running through all of the information again I’ll let you have a look for yourselves by following this link to the relevant blog:  lincsconnect.co.uk/blogs/artcrafthour You’ll also find some info on the Lincs Connect Facebook page too so please have a look to see what you think.  I’m still looking for interest in other specialist hours so if you see anything on the LincsArtCraft blog that takes your fancy please let me know.  I’ll also be interested to hear if you have any other ideas of course.

Click on the picture to go to the #LincsArtCraftHour blog 

How It Works

If you’re posting messages on the #LincsArtCraftHour slot follow these simple steps:

Be sure to have your tweets ready to post (in real time or scheduled) by 12.00pm on Monday 7 September

Include a picture (or two) to show what you are advertising

Include a link to your website, Facebook, Instagram or online shop for people to follow

Include the two hashtags #LincsConnect and #LincsArtCraftHour in your tweet

Search the #LincsArtCraftHour hashtag to retweet and support others and to do your own free networking either live on the day or later in the week.  You can search the hashtag at any time 24/7.

Don’t ‘dump’ a load of tweets on the hashtag in the first couple of minutes (even if they are scheduled tweets) as it won’t look good on you.  Make sure your tweets are spread out over the hour.

How To Search The Hashtag

Searching the hashtag may be easier than you think.  Simply go to your search bar, type in #LincsArtCraftHour, click search (or enter – depending on what device you are using) then go to ‘Latest’.  That’s it! It really is that easy so make sure that we make the hour a success by supporting each other.  Finally, don’t forget to let your contacts know too.  Obviously the more people we have using, searching and talking about the #LincsArtCraftHour the more likely you are to increase your following and make more sales.

Old Maps

Click on the picture to follow Fiona on Twitter or click on this link to find her on Facebook: @fidunkart

I know I’ve posted this before but it’s worth another mention.  I think these painted old maps are an excellent idea.  If there was ever a way to bring a map to life, this is it!  Why not give Fiona a follow on Twitter or Facebook to see what other delights she has in her portfolio?

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Christmas Is Coming…

Like it or not, love it or hate it, celebrate it or ignore it… It’s still coming and we need to start preparing for it.

Consider this scenario:  You wan’t to get the spare bedroom plastered and decorated before the relatives come to stay – too late! Many of the tradespeople are already fully booked until after Christmas!  That’s just one example but there must be plenty more.  Unless you’ve been living on a different planet you can’t have escaped the devastation that Covid-19 has wreaked on local and national businesses.

Many are suffering with lost sales since March so if you are going to recoup anything from this shocking year ‘now’ is the time to start planning it.  Christmas markets are cancelled across the country and town centres may still be in restricted shopping mode for our safety.  NOW is the time to plan your advertising for Christmas.  If you don’t, someone else will.  If you want to salvage some of your lost selling opportunities, NOW is the time to do it.  From 7 September I’ll be starting the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag so lets all get on board with it and start to plan.  After all, its just 124 days to go as I type this blog.

Charity

Visit the Louth Age UK website for more information about their charity shop. Your safety is in mind and fundraising for those in need is at heart. Click on the logo for details

Are you a ‘vintage’ fan? If you are I think you’ll like this room in the Louth Age UK Shop. It’s your chance to grab a bargain while supporting a local charity at the same time

Click on the YMCA logo to find out how they serve our community and discover why they need our financial support

YMCA Pop Up furniture and Brik-a-brac shop, The showroom, Tritton Rd, Lincoln.  The next dates are 26-29 Aug from 10.00am to 3.00pm.  Click on the picture to find them on Twitter 

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Mel has a solo art exhibition in Lincoln starting on 7 Sep at the Gallery At St Martin’s, Lincoln with lots of new original artwork. Entry is FREE and there is no need to book but please be aware that the usual Covid-19 safety rules will apply so don’t forget your mask. The art will be on sale of course and the gallery is happy to take card or cash sales. Click on the picture to find the link for more information

That’s about all for now but please don’t forget to make a note in your diary for the #LincsArtCraftHour on Monday 7 Sep from 12.00pm.  Tell your friends too

Stay safe everyone

Help Me Help You In Lincolnshire

Help Me Help You In Lincolnshire

Help me help you in Lincolnshire

LincsConnect has been busy on your behalf and things are set to get even busier. Click on the picture to see what’s been happening… Help me help you in Lincolnshire and beyond

Help Me Help You In Lincolnshire With #LincsConnect

Help me help you in Lincolnshire with #LincsConnect by interacting with the many local users. It can’t have escaped your attention that I’ve been busy on your behalf. #LincsConnect help and support is a given of course with retweets on twitter and posts on Facebook to help promote your business and events. Blogs too of course! I know you appreciate what I do and I appreciate the fact that you share what I’m doing too. I still need you to help me, help you in Lincolnshire though.

#LincsConnect – is here to support all things Lincolnshire but it only works when we work as a team. With 11,500 Twitter followers (steadily growing) I know that your help is working for me too.  However, at the risk of sounding cheeky, I still need more help.  Working together as a team is even more important than it ever has been.  You’re still posting your work using LincsConnect and I’m very grateful.  LincsConnect is trying hard to share your work around Lincolnshire, Newark, Retford and Hull but I really need to ask more people to search the hashtag #LincsConnect (on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to help share the messages and support each other.

Just imagine, if all 11,500 local followers each searched the #LincsConnect hashtag and shared just one message….!

How Can LincsConnect Help You More?

What else can LincsConnect do for you?  Please let me know as I have plans for the account and need to know that it isn’t missing something important.

#LincsArtCraftHour

If you read my last blog you will recall that we have a dedicated weekly hour set aside on Monday lunchtimes to help promote artists, crafters, jewellery designers and sculptors.  Please take a look at the link below to refresh your memory:

#LincsArtCraftHour

Help me help you in Lincolnshire

Keep your eyes open for the #LincsArtCraftHour.  Click on the picture to go to the blog

I have a question for the Artists who will be joining us and those of you who will be looking to see what masterpieces and bargains are on offer:  Which hashtag would you prefer?  Are you happy with #LincsArtCraftHour or do you think it would be better as #LincsArtCraft hour?  The latter is shorter and more general as it can be used at any time while the original idea is very specific to the Monday lunchtime hour.  Please do let me know so that I can make sure I get it right for you.

Guest Blogs

Do you have something to say that you would like to have included in the regular #LincsConnect blogs?  Please do get in touch if you would like to have your work included as it’s always nice to see you here.

Help me, help you in Lincolnshire

Help me, help you in Lincolnshire and beyond. If you would like to collaborate with your blog here please email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk 

 

Help Me, Help You In Lincolnshire With Featured Twitter Hours…

Do you have any featured hours that you would like to see on twitter? How about #LincsAuthors, #LincsMarkets, #LincsConnectJobs #LincsIT, #LincsHousing, #LincsGardening#LincsCharities #LincsFoodDrink …..?  Who do you think should have their own featured hour?  The hashtag is here to help you so whether you’re a trader, a charity or a potential customer, I wan’t to make sure that #LincsConnect has something for you.  Please do email your suggestions to me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk  Perhaps you would like to run your own #LincsConnect hour?  I’m always open to suggestions so please do get in touch. After all, help in Lincolnshire with #LincsConnect is a two way process.

Here To Help

If there is something you need would you like to do a skills swap?  Would anyone be interested in a #LincsSwaps hour?  An our each week where you can offer your skills to swap for something of equal value?  Some of us may be finding finances a little tight at the moment but are willing to trade to get what we need.

Here’s an example:  A local restaurant may be in need of leaflets for a local leaflet drop and be willing to swap a meal to the value of £xxx in return for 200 hundred leaflet.  That’s just an example of course.  The exact figures would have to be agreed privately by the restaurant and the designer/printer but you get the idea I’m sure.  Again, if this interests enough people I’ll happily organise it.  You’ll need to get in touch though so that I know whether to go ahead with the idea or not. Help in Lincolnshire with #LincsConnect only happens when we work together.

Advertising/Local Discounts

Advertising space is always available on the blog of course so if you would like a spot here please let me know.  I could also arrange a feature with your advert to help highlight your business/organisation.  Again, just get in touch to make arrangements.  You can email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Help me, help you in Lincolnshire

Perhaps you have a special offer or would like to offer readers a discount?  You could have a voucher on here to share across the County.

Help me, help you in Lincolnshire

20% discount on Mandarin Leisure services for all NHS, 999 and military members across the County.

Featured Song Of The Week By A Local Artist

Each week I include a local artist, band or choir on twitter to highlight their work and show off the great talents that we have in our county.  If you have a favourite band with music on YouTube that you think should be featured please let me know.

All last week I featured Alex Cavan from Grantham with his song ‘Waterfall’.  If you would like to hear him just click on the picture below to go straight to his YouTube upload.

To hear Alex singing ‘Waterfall’ just click on the picture and if you would like to follow him on Twitter you’ll find him at @AlexCavanMusic

It’s For You…

The blog is here for you to support everything from the North to South, East and West of the County and bordering towns and villages too.  It’s for you and the rest of our community so please, please, please do share this blog and lets see if we can get more people reading it and interacting.

Stay Safe 

Stay safe everyone, keep your distance and keep washing your hands.  We’re not in the clear yet so we need to ‘Stay Alert’

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Saving The Planet Online

Saving The Planet Online

Saving The Planet Online in Lincolnshire

Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect

Are You Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire? – On The Plus Side…

Try saving the planet online in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect:  Covid-19 has wreaked devastation across the world since the beginning of 2020.  As a result many lives are being lost while others have become (and remain) seriously ill.  ‘Normal’ has changed with travel, work and personal restrictions causing much disruption and heartache.  Finances have been seriously challenged for many but we’ve shown a remarkable resilience and a desire to keep going.  Some industries carry on as normal while others have significantly increased working practices to cope with demand.  Others have suffered greatly with many paying the ultimate price of permanent closure.

On A Positive Note

On a positive note, many of us have adapted to work online.  As a result we’ve seen a significant reduction in pollution, fossil fuel emissions and litter.  From a personal perspective I’ve reduced my travel by taking my work online.

My clients have been able to manage injuries and carry on with their rehabilitation programme under personal instruction while reducing their travel to classes. I Monitor strength and fitness levels regularly with FaceTimes training sessions.  As a result my clients have also had reduced car usage so the reduction in the burning of fossil fuels has been felt even further. We can help to save the planet by going online!

Mandarin Fitness Saving The Planet Online in Lincolnshire

Click on the picture to find Mandarin Fitnesses on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @MandarinFitness 

I’m Not Alone

Many people have now turned to working through Zoom and other video sessions while others have been doing it for some time.  I’ve looked around at what others were doing and wondered why it’s taken me so long to catch up? As a result, most of my work is now via FaceTime. I’m certain others will feel the same way I do and will continue to work online.

Authors have been selling online for some time; We’ve become accustomed to buying books for our e-readers and other devices over the years.  Many courses and tutorials have been online for a long time as has shopping.

Local Libraries Are Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire

Local Library Saving The Planet Online in Lincolnshire

Local Libraries – Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Libraries (@lincslibraries on twitter and Lincolnshire Libraries on Facebook) are set to reopen on 13 July 2020.  Phased reopening of larger premises initially and hubs/mobile libraries opening later. Our libraries have really stepped up their online services to keep us all happy.  You can enjoy audio books, e-books or music from their ‘Freegal Music’ selection too.  Visit your library online and free today with your Library card.  If you haven’t already experienced it, now is the time!  Accessing your library from home or mobile device will have the advantage of helping to save the planet, reducing travel.

Are You Looking For A Good Read?

If it’s a good read that you’re looking for and are a regular browser of the amazon or Apple libraries you may have a favourite local author who has been keeping your reading habits and imagination alive.  Some of them have been mentioned in previous blogs of course.  The very imaginative books by local Grimsby author Lynette Creswell who sells her books on Amazon can also be found on Facebook ‘Lynette Creswell Author’ or via her website www.lynettecreswell.wordpress.com  She has a new book of short stories ‘The Cat Thief’ ought to be on your list of ‘must read’ books:

Lynette Creswell Cat Thief e book saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Lynette Creswell – A local author based in Grimsby with quite a collection of published books now has a new book ‘The Cat Thief’ – click on the picture for more information.

Lisa Gabriel in her own words “Successful composer, poet & author of multidimensional fiction…” also has work on Amazon. I happen to know that she is a sculptor too so give her a follow on Twitter @persimew to find out more.

Lisa Marie Gabriel book The Wings To Fly

Another local author that you’ll need to look up is Lisa Marie Garbiel with her book ‘The Wings To Fly’. A great read with lots of local Lincolnshire references and landmarks throughout. Clicking on the picture here will take you straight to her Amazon page and you can follow her on twitter at @persimew

 

How about factual eBooks about growing vegetables in straw bales?  Simon Gibbins has produced both an e-Book and a DVD which can both be purchased through his website www.strawbaleveg.co.uk

Strawbale veg saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Simon Gibbins is based in Waddington, Lincoln but his e-Book and DVD are both available from his website. Click on the picture for more information

Home fruit and vegetable growing has certainly seen an upsurge during the lockdown. Are shopping habits set to change?  Simon will provide the knowledge and tools to start your new journey to local growing.  Are you interested in home grown produce?  Contact Simon through his website or on twitter @strawbaleukman  Simon also has information on twitter about his seed sales as @SeedsSimon

Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire – Lockdown Hobbies

While many of us have utilised the lockdown to learn new skills it’s worth remembering that many businesses have been providing their services online for quite some time.  Rosemary from Inavanti Learning provides language courses on an individual basis with online learning to compliment her sessions. During the lockdown she has moved her classes to exclusively online.

Learning Exclusively Online

Lincolnshire is a large County so it’s important to be able to reach customers wherever they are.  ‘Online’ is the way forward, not just for reach and accessibility but for reducing traffic and helping to look after our planet.  Schools have embraced the technology to keep in touch with students of course.  As the schools return to building based lessons it’s important to know that personalised online learning is still available.  ‘Thank you’ to the dedication and hard work of private tutors like Rosemary and all of the teachers who do such a marvellous job.

Inavanti learn Italian online. Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Inavanti Learning – click on the picture to go straight to the website. This could be the start of your next journey…

 

Inavanti Video saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

To view the Inavanti Learning video – Click on the picture above. Get a feel for your next learning experience, education while saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

 

Download it – Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire

Music is part of the online and download revolution with lots of platforms available to artists of any genre. I often search YouTube to listen to local artists so, as I’m writing about ‘online’ I thought it would be a good time to share some local bands here:

Trak3 is a Grimsby based band singing rap. I’ve chosen ‘Caught Up’ as a featured track here but please keep in mind that other tracks of theirs do contain swearing. Don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter @TRAK3_Official

Fancy something different? This very young band from Cleethorpes definitely deserves a listen.  A group of youngsters who have really been doing some great things. They’ve been getting their name around the music scene at home and abroad very successfully too.  Have a listen to ‘Bullet’ and don’t forget to see what else they have on their Youtube channel.  You can also follow Revivalry on Twitter @revivalryband

 

Another great Lincolnshire band destined for big things is Shout Inferno.  They’ve appeared on my tweets and blogs before as one of my featured local bands of the week so it’s no surprise to see them here again.  Have a listen to ‘Holloway’ and give them a follow on Twitter @ShoutInfoerno.

Shout Inferno – Holloway (Live at The Sweet Factory). Click on the picture to go to their youTube channel and hear another great song from their library. You can also follow them on Twitter @ShoutInferno

Yet another great local band, this time from Sleaford.  The Saboteurs have featured several times as one of my ‘Local Bands of the week’ on Twitter and I’m sure you won’t mind if I feature them here too.  This track is called ‘Coraline’ and it’s really worth a listen. Give them a follow on Twitter @sabsbanduk – they pop up there quite regularly.

Follow The Leader

For local, national and international music you need to follow Dave @laamb4 on twitter or visit the website for lots more music and arts information.  As usual, you can click on the picture to go straight to the website:

Link to Laamb website Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

LaambClick on the picture to go to the website. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Burton Road & Bailgate – A Walking Tour

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Burton Road & Bailgate – A Walking Tour

Museum Of Lincolnshire Life

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Burton Road & Bailgate – Museum Of Lincolnshire Life – Front entrance. This picture was taken in 2017 so the Lincoln Knight won’t be outside the gates anymore but there will be a new trail soon for the ‘Lincoln Imp’ so it’s worth checking out and putting in your diary.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Burton Road & Bailgate – A walking tour. There really is far too much to know about the museum to put in one blog so click on the picture above for a ink to the website or click here to go straight to the same website Museum of Lincolnshire Life If you’re interested in a walk around Burton Road and the Bailgate this is a good place to start.

The museum covers Lincolnshire culture and life through the ages from 1750 right up to the present day.  The exhibits (over 250,000 of them) even include a world war one tank.  For those of you who weren’t aware, the tank with its caterpillar tracks was actually developed in Lincolnshire.  Lincolnshire has a very strong engineering history and many of its historic pieces are displayed here.  I have no doubt that some of the pieces may well still be in operation around the world today.

As you can see, the red brick building has a rather grand looking entrance.  It is actually an old Victorian barracks and was home to the Royal North Lincoln Militia.

Make Time

Make plenty of time for your visit to this museum as it really is fascinating.  When you’re ready to leave, turn right out of the entrance and right again at the crossroads.  You’ll now have the museum and its car park on your right.  Walk down Upper Long Legs Road and stop at the right turn to Mill Road.

Wartime History In Lincoln

Before turning onto Mill Road take a look at the wall on your right and notice how thick it is.  It’s not until you take a proper look that you realise that this wall is actually solid!  I’m reliably informed that there was another wall on the other side of the road and a chain would have been strung between the two.  Believe it or not, this was part of our WW II home defence; had Britain been invaded by Germany this chain will have acted as a tank trap.  The chain will have been pulled tight to stop the tanks thus enabling the home guard to execute an ambush.

Continue onto Mill Road…

Ellis Mill Built in 1798

Ellis Mill

For those of you in the Lincoln area this’ll be an unmistakeable landmark.  It’s easily visible from the Grandstand and West Common area of Lincoln as it stands proud on the Cliff Top to the left of Lincoln Cathedral.  I wonder how many of you have actually visited it though.  The normal opening times are Saturday afternoons from 2.00pm until dusk during the months of October to March and Saturdays & Sundays 2.00pm – 5.00pm from April to September. The entry fee is ‘free’.  If you don’t manage to get there at the right time to look inside it’s still worth a visit for a photo opportunity.  The picture above was taken from the footpath using my iPhone so in case you were wondering, ‘yes you can get that close!’

Built in 1798 the mill has seen a few owners (as you can imagine) and is currently owned and run by Lincoln County Council and is maintained by some dedicated volunteers.  It survived a fire (just) in 1974, was restored and re-opened in 1981 and is still producing flour today. Unsurprisingly you’ll find the mill on Mill Road, Lincoln.  Parking is difficult in the area as the streets are narrow so I suggest walking from the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Entry is free (check before you go to make sure it isn’t closed for maintenance or for the current Covid-19 lockdown) but the visit won’t take you long so I suggest you make it part of a general sight seeing trip.

 

Mill Road To Burton Road

Continue walking along Mill road and note the different ages of the buildings and their architecture.  The road is quiet but very narrow so be careful if you’re forced to walk on the road.  You will however, be facing the oncoming traffic on the one way system.  When you reach the end of Mill Road turn right and cross when it’s safe.  If you look at the old outhouses along Mill Row you’ll notice that they all have chimneys.  They may well have been where the household washing was done.  I can imagine it must’ve been quite smokey in that area on wash day!  Continue along Burton Road to the award winning Burton Road Chippy on your left.  If you have time and are feeling peckish I can highly recommend a visit.

 

Award Winning Burton Road Chippy.  Click on the picture to go to the website.

Since originally writing this blog the restaurant has had to close due to the economic downturn during the pandemic.  However, make a note of the sign because the business has re-opened a little further up the road as a takeaway Fish & Chip shop. The fish is traced as is the local potatoes so you can be sure of freshness and quality.  How they keep turning out such a high quality is beyond me but I guess that’s why they are award wining!

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Burton Road

You can be mistaken for thinking you’re in a local village when you walk down Burton Road.  With its local shops and thriving community it really does take on that village feeling.  Do stop to browse and buy in the local shops then carry on towards the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Keep walking past the museum and carry on to the mini roundabout then turn left onto Westgate.  Historically this is where the gallows were housed.  You’ll notice the pub on the opposite side of the road called ‘The Strugglers’ – apparently named after the people who were hanged but didn’t die instantly.  We do have quite a gruesome past in the UK!

Carry on walking until you reach The Castle Hotel then turn immediately left onto the cobbled street (Westgate Bight) at the side of the hotel.  Just a short walk on the cobbles will take you to a notice at the entrance to a small passageway.  The notice informs you about the history of the Roman wall directly behind you.  If my memory serves me well, this section of wall is the highest standing section of Roman wall in the city.  I could be wrong though as I’m going from memory (which is notoriously bad) but the site is worth a visit nonetheless.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Bailgate

Double back on yourself from here then turn left onto Westgate again.  You’ll be entering the Bailgate area which has a whole history all of it’s own.  Turning right in the Bailgate will take you towards the Castle and Cathedral.  Once you’ve had a look around this area make your way back through the Bailgate walking past Westgate (where you came in) and carry on to the Newport Arch.

Newport Arch – Part of the Lincoln Roman wall

Carry on through the Newport Arch then stay on the footpath to the left side of the road.  You’ll see BBC Radio Lincolnshire on your right.  This building has had a long history too with previous guises being both a supermarket and a cinema.

Turn left onto Cecil Street and stay on the left side of the road.  Part of the way down you’ll notice that the old terraced houses give way to a newer red brick building with a large arch into the car park. Immediately in front of you (inside the car park) you’ll see a remaining section of the roman wall that links the Newport Arch to the largest section of Roman wall that you will have seen earlier.  Carry on to the end of Cecil Street then turn left onto Rasen Lane.  At the end of Rasen Lane you’ll find yourself back at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.  Congratulations, you’ve just done a mini walking tour of the Burton Road & Bailgate areas of Lincoln.

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