PEAR TREE LOG

pear tree log: I started this blog to keep my younger son, Jonny, in touch with life in Lincolnshire, while he spent a year working in China. That year turned into five! Now he is home and training to become a physics teacher. This is simply a patchwork quilt of some of the things I enjoy - life in rural Lincolnshire, our animals, friends, architecture, books, the gardens, and things of passing interest.



Friday, 25 May 2012

Friday's Fences

My daily dog walks frequently take me past this fence.  It leads on to something really special and very beautiful.
I had to take all the photographs from the far side of the fence - I didn't have any money on me to buy admission as I was dog-walking -  so these are pictures of a fence, taken over a fence.










There is a collection of wildfowl, an exhibition area and a tearoom.
There is a lot of water... with fencing to discourage young children from taking a dip.








There is a mill chase...
with a beautiful resident.











This is the main entrance...
Image borrowed from terry moore
of Claythorpe Watermill which was built as a corn mill in 1720.  It was largely rebuilt in the 19th century; then,  in 1890 the top floor was destroyed by fire, and was rebuilt again.  Fire being an ever present threat in a mill.

It was originally powered by a water wheel.  It was the last regularly working watermill in Lincolnshire, but has not been in use since 1977.

One day I really must hand over my entrance money and pay an official visit.

Once again, I am pleased to be joining in Friday's Fences with Jan and Jer - check out some links to lots of  brilliant Friday's Fences here.

37 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures and nice with a watermill. Have a great day.

    Hugs
    Elna

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    1. Hello Elna, So pleased you like them. Have a nice weekend.

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  2. Hello Elaine,
    Friday fences...great idea!! My goodness but there are some creative people out there in our world!
    Lovely Lovely photos. Nothing more graceful then swans meandering down a river.
    I've been on the Wolds...walking my sister's dogs....Sr P was very impressed with the woods,cool and green. My sister lives in New Bolingbroke.

    Have a great day

    Amanda :-)

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    1. Hello Amanda, The Lincolnshire Wolds are an amazingly well kept secret and very beautiful. Our village just clings on to some of the final ripples of them, so a five minute drive takes us to some spectacular scenery. New Bolingbroke is a few miles south of us - who knows, perhaps we shall meet up while dog walking one day!

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    2. I'd really like that! :-)

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  3. Lovely post Elaine. Is there just the one swan?-I hate to think of it being by itself...

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    1. Hello Green Dragonette, Unfortunately there is just the one swan there at the moment - I hope this simply means he/she just hasn't met the right mate yet.. It is surrounded by ducks, geese, hens, peacocks, etc and is free to come and go, so I will keep watching and let you know if anything happens.

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  4. Beautiful contribution to Friday's Fences... water, swans and fences... perfect

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    1. Hello Sheeps and Peeps Farm, I thihk it took 8 shots to get a couple with the swan's head up and out of the water. Such elegant birds on the water.

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    1. Hello Tanya, I'm so pleased you like them. I enjoyed taking them.

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  6. You have a lovely place to walk every day. You must enjoy the change of the seasons here.

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    1. Hello EG CameraGirl, Thank you. The wonderful thing about blogging is that it has made me look at places which are local to us, with fresh eyes. I truly appreciate them now.

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  7. Hello Elaine...Once again you have impressed me with a beautiful fence. What a lovely place to visit. Oh how I would enjoy a visit to the mill!

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    1. Hello Meggie, The watermill is just a couple of hundred yards away from our house - we have yet to visit it properly although I pass it almost daily! ...Perhaps this year we'll hand over the money and look around.

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  8. How sad that we no longer need to use such buildings.
    I know it is hard work, expensive, and dangerous but is it SO romantic!
    Jane x

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    1. Hello Jane, The mill is up for sale, if you fancy it? It is in a beautiful location, has holiday lets, etc... great business opportunity!!

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  9. Fences are constructed to keep people (or animals) in or out, but somehow, you and Meggie photograph them and make them seem so inviting and a piece of art instead. I love Friday Fences! XOXO

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    1. Hello Susan, That is the fun of Friday's Fences - it forces me to take off my blinkers and look at things differently - it's great fun. I'm so pleased you are enjoying it too! xx

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  10. The Watermill looks like a great place to visit.

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    1. Hello Ms Sparrow, I am determined that this summer will be the time I finally visit properly - I'll take my camera and show you as much as I can!

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    1. Hello Kim, Thank you for stopping by - so pleased you like the photographs.

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  12. This is interesting fencing, structurally. The center lattice boards come from any big box store here, but those top rails are all bent. I can only imagine them being steam bent and formed, like a small mill operation. So, I wonder about that...

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    1. Hello Joanne, That is a really interesting point - if I see the woman who owns the mill I'll ask about it. It is a beautiful and peaceful place - except when it's packed with visitors!

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  13. Lovely photos- it looks so shady and cool. J's ancestors had a cornmill, though it was powered by wind.

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    1. Hello Scarlet, It is set in a little fold of a hill, with plenty of trees and water around - it's one of the places we watch carefully, when there is a lot of rain, because the animals and wildfowl have had to be rescued from a flood before.

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  14. Looks like a very interesting place to visit!

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    1. Hello Jan and Jer, When I get around to paying for a visit, I'll let you know! ;)

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    1. Hello Magical Mystical Teacher, I completely agree, that's why I had to fit it into the post!

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  16. Interesting scenery for a dog walk. Thanks for sharing the mill.

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    1. Hello Amy, We walk through woodland and farmland, then Toby's heart probably sinks as we pass the mill - because home is just around the corner and his walk is at an end!

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  17. What a wonderful place to visit! Thanks for sharing the history of the mill. It's all just so lovely there! Really like the fence, but that swan....wow! :-)

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    1. Hello Marie, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the mill, it is a really beautiful place, steeped in history. Unfortunately the swan wasn't there when I went past today...maybe next time!

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  18. Oh I love tjhis post so many interesting shots and I love that you take the time to explain them. Thank you B

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    1. Hello Buttons, I am delighted that you enjoyed it - I really love finding the fences; I keep looking, everywhere I go!

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