Blogs from Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


There are a number of towns and locations throughout England, that are synonymous with a specific sport or activity. Wembley = Football. Silverstone = Formula 1. Twickenham = Rugby Union. Wimbledon = Tennis. We are stood in a small, rural market town in Leicestershire, but how many would have figured it to be the epicentre of European fox hunting until just a few years ago? I appreciate that the very idea is alien to most of us urban dwelling types and is now but a distant memory after the 2005 ban. I am more in tune with the urban fox, plodding the streets of our locality in search of a tasty morsel to keep the family. He was more likely to be seen cursing the introduction of the plastic wheelie bin, than looking over his shoulder ... read more
St John the Baptist RC Church, Melton Mowbray
Dickinson & Morris, Melton Mowbray
Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire July 23rd 2019

After a relaxing train ride Charlotte and I arrived at Leicester Station about 90 minutes after leaving London St Pancras. Once in Leicester it entailed a walk through the city - which has definitely seen better days - to the Charles Street bus depot where we caught the bus to Syston. Then it was another walk to the home of Charlotte's sister-in-law Sylvia to pick up Charlotte's car which she'd left in Sylvia's driveway. All dragging suitcases of course! Despite the fact that we only had two nights, and one full day with Karen and Bill it proved to be valuable time together; it was our first meeting since the death of our darling brother Stuart on 14 January this year which was only a month since the last get-together of all four of the Shippam ... read more
In front of Leicester clock tower
Sunrise Eggs truck which Stuart drove
Phil & Michelle at Sunrise Eggs

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire » Rothley December 10th 2018

Leaving London we caught a train from St Pancras to Leicester where we were met by Ann & Chris who took us to their place at Rothley where we stayed for the next three nights, greatly appreciative of the hospitality they offered. Before dinner on our first night we walked to Ann & Chris' local pub, known locally as The Woodies which was full of the locals. Despite the fact that it was only about four degrees outside, inside the pub it was very cosy with a couple of fires blazing. And of course it was dark! On Tuesday Kev went with Chris to Nottingham to pick up their motor home while Ann & I went to Melton Mowbray. First stop, to relive memories of school days, we drove to our old alma mater - King ... read more
My favourite sculpture at St Pancras
King Edward V11 Grammar School built in 1910
Braeside where we used to have Cookery classes

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire » Kegworth October 22nd 2018

Why is it that when you return from holiday you initially feel that sense of relief to see that the house is still OK. That the car is still there and that you can lie in the bath and have a long long soak in that bubbly bath water? A relief to eat baked beans on toast or fried egg and chips . To sleep in our own bed. But then the doubts about being home start to work their way back into my brain. We did have a good holiday didnt we? Then its time to check the post. The house insurance has turned up as has the quotation for the car insurance. Gabbys road tax is due and is a lot less expensive than we expected it to be. All those normal things that ... read more
A petrol heads dream
The Vanwall exhibition
Motoring Memorabilia

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire » Leicester September 16th 2018

The approaches to Leicester city centre were all quiet on a very mild Sunday morning. I ignored the directional signs that take you round by London and carried on down Belgrave Road. Belgrave Road is often referred to as the Golden Mile. The area is the centre of the Asian community and has a high density of jewellery shops, We skirted the railway station, headed up London Road and parked in De Montfort Square. The parking meters were conveniently not required and only requiring to be fed between Monday to Saturday. This part of the city centre is characterised by the residences built by the rich in the Georgian and early Victorian era. A statue of a Robert Hall stands at the south end of De Montfort Square. He was a 19th-century Baptist minister, who campaigned ... read more
Leicester Town Hall Square
King Richard III Pub
New Walk Art Gallery & Museum

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire June 20th 2018

Wednesday Launde Abbey The day dawned grey with showers forecast for bits of it and we debated water to go today or tomorrow and finally after lunch decided we’d head out to Launde Abbey. This is a wonderful old Abbey and retreat centre right out in the country set in some beautiful gardens. The weather treated us beautifully and it was actually sunny for the whole time we were there. It was about a 50km drive east of us. Again beautiful countryside, for a moment I’d feel like we were driving though NZ country and then we would come upon an English village or a road sign pointing some really quaint place name and then it was obvious. We went first into the walled garden - it was enormous and a real mix of vegetables and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire June 19th 2018

Today we managed to stay local. Breedon on the Hill has a church built on the site of an old monastery with parts of it dating back to the 600s. There was a fabulous view of the surrounding countryside. I was really surprised to see this was still a functioning church and we met the vicar is we wandered around it. They had little pews which all had little gates to shut you in (or out?). Tombs all around the periphery and in the walls they had preserved some of the very ancient Celtic carvings from the original building that had been destroyed. Outside was the graveyard and we were able to decipher gravestones from the 1700s. There had been a priory at the base of the hill so the monks would have had a steep ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire June 18th 2018

Monday Market Bosworth & Leicester The plan was to have a low key day and not travel far. Off to Market Bosworth to poke around their pretty and sometimes quirky gardens, then to the alpaca farm which had a cafe and gift shop. Market Bosworth is getting gussied up for the annual prettiest town competition - still not yet in its full glory. Robin took us to look as this cute garden and we chatted to the owner who told us all the critters in it were from “The Gruffalo” book. Then we were off to Snarestone to then Alpaca farm and cafe, Mum and Robin checked out all the wools and we decided to stop for a light lunch - orange and parsnip soup - quite delicious! Just before we left there was a call ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire June 17th 2018

Day 3 Sunday We joined Jeremy and Robin going to church in nearby Coalville and were treated like celebrities (being relatives of Robin’s). This was father’s day over here and Miriam had booked a table for lunch in Leicester. We went to the Cosy Club, we’d been there in our last visit in 2015, it’s in an old converted knitting factory, fantastic venue. They have a whole separate vegan menu yummmm. I went all out - 3 courses and wine, managed to get a photo of the smoked aubergine Tagline, the chocolate torte went down the hatch! Beautifully presented and so tasty! The plan had been to explore the cathedral afterwards but our lunch ran very late and it was closed by the time we got out. Miriam thought it would be nice to watch a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire June 15th 2018

Day 1 Ibstock Had a lovely sleep until after 7am and woke feeling very refreshed. Mum was feeling great too. Fine and warm today. Went off for a walk in the Sence valley. There were all these neon blue damselflies flitting around us. We found a pair of swans with their fluffy new cygnets - sooo gorgeous. Arriving home we found a box at the door full of medical dressings and a framed picture. Robin was racking her brains trying to work out who might have left them, we presumed this was for the charity she collects for (Samara’s Aid). Our cousin, John, phoned later - he’d dropped by while we were out, he wasn’t far away and was happy to turn back. It was so lovely to meet him, Robin had spoken often of him ... read more

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