I’m back to Lincoln again! It’s fast becoming my second home. If you follow me on Instagram, most of the adventures were captured there.
Back in December, I drove down from Yorkshire to Lincolnshire to visit my friend Chloe and make new friends along the way. During the sunny weekend, I decided to head back to the beautiful county, and explore some of its quieter villages and miles of countryside. As a Yorkshire gal, I’m more than used to appreciating rolling hills, enormous farms and fresh grass, but I loved being able to see those scenes in another part of the UK.
There’s something about doing a mini road trip to see friends that makes me so happy. I don’t know if it’s the anticipation of being around an awesome group of people, or the feeling of independence, but I was on a high for a whole 48 hours.
Of course, I packed the essentials which equalled two stuffed holdalls and a boot full of extra coats and shoes. English weather is unpredictable and you can never be too prepared. With my Spotify playlist at the ready, I drove for just under two hours and arrived at Chloe’s house to spend some time watching The Office (aka. the greatest TV show on earth) and catching up with Erika, Leah and Ava. In the evening, Mark and Deb came by and I made two new friends in two minutes.
The next day was a day full of exploring, loving the sunshine, climbing walls and feeding horses. Just doing a bit of adventuring. How could we not make the most of the February sun? For most of the day, aside from ministry, we stared at huge mansions and farm houses and enjoyed each other’s company in the heat. We took a pit stop in Rand Farm Park where I met the most puppy-like horses and took way too many photos of them. Lunch consisted of possibly the best jacket potato I have ever had, courtesy of Hazel. I’m not exaggerating here, I consider myself to be a master of making the classic JP but Hazel’s are still on my mind and I regularly think about driving back just to eat there again.
After a food coma-inducing meal, we went back to explore Market Rassen along with Isla and Eden, heading to March Hare for milkshakes and girly chats. It’s been so long since I’ve had a good girly natter, just gabbing nonsense and laughing until we can’t breathe. What I love is that I can have this type of experience with the lovely ladies I met only two months ago. No judgement, no cliques, no drama, just fun.
By the end of the day, my smile was unbreakable. It usually is when I have a positive experience, but making new friends and spending time with old ones is the best way to life my mood.
I’ve mentioned on the blog before that adult friendships can sometimes be tricky, so it’s nice to find humans out there that’ll accept me for the way I am. They’re the first people outside of my immediate family I have happily shared my blog with, and after being mocked for this before, it’s so refreshing to receive a positive reaction to something I work so hard on.
Lincoln in itself is a really cool city. I like that the villages don’t feel anywhere near the city, and you get a real sense of peace and quiet. The village I live in has a balance of local shops, things to do and a homey feel, and it’s what I love most. Welton, and other villages in Lincoln have this similar vibe. They are home to some people, escape to others. I’m not a city person, as much as I love gawking at architecture and busy streets, I find the chaos of major cities overwhelming. There are certain points where you feel like you can see for miles, and the country roads are even more intense than some of the roads in Yorkshire. I didn’t think it was possible for roads to be so narrow.
I didn’t get to do any walks or explore the woods this time around, but I’m totally and completely sure there will be many more adventures to come.