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.



Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A Small English Village and a Cute Little Car

Situated just three miles from Louth is a small village, Little Cawthorpe.  
This beautiful building is the manor house and dates to 1673.
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Even the gateposts are original and yet somehow a post collection box was carefully fitted into it during Victorian times.






Whenever we pass this pretty little manor house I have to steal a look.



Just opposite it, on a small bank, is the village church.  St Helen's was rebuilt about 150 years ago, in red and black brick.  




I really like the way that whoever designed the pathway to the church didn't go for the easy option, they decided to make it flow, built in a curve.  Red and black brick do not appeal to me, the pathway does!






Right next to the church is the village pond.    This area had seven springs and is the source of the Long Eau.  At some point it was decided to turn this soggy place into a village pond - and it is quite beautiful.  The road is called "Watery Lane", that should tell you everything you need to know about how wet it gets.
It is a beautiful, peaceful place, although I don't think I would like my house to be quite that close to the water.

There are a couple of other interesting buildings which I would like to show you, I will photograph them when I visit the church.  


Forgive me, this is pure self-indulgence.  I spotted this cute little car in a car park, just a couple of miles up the road at the garden centre.

An Austin Seven.

So cute, so dinky, I could almost have fitted it into the boot of my car.









The sun was shining so brightly I couldn't see what I was photographing, I had to resort to good old point, click, hope for the best.  They are not brilliant shots, but at least I got the right car!







36 comments:

  1. I would look just perfect in that motor!

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    1. Hello John, I rather think you would.

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  2. gorgeous car & just gorgeous views. (:

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    1. Hello Beth, Isn't it just the sweetest little thing? I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. I would happily live in the manor house. I love the 'Dutch' style gable.
    Jane x

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    1. Hello Jane, Oh how I wished you lived at the manor house - providing you invited me to tea occasionally...and let me have a look around the house and the outbuildings, the gardens, the land...

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  4. How clever to consolidate the springs into a pond. As for the car--wow. I enjoyed the car club plate on the back, too.

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    1. Hello Joanne, I must admit, I really like that bit of creative and practical thinking. I imagine it must have been a very damp and soggy place anyway - now it is a place of beauty.

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  5. The car reminded me of Brum ! My girls loved Brum when it was shown on the television.

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    1. Hello Scarlet, Ah, now if your girls really liked Brum then I do have a really cute little car to show you one day. Perhaps in the summer...if we get one!

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  6. That home would fit me just fine too and I'm already use to "soggy"...we live in Seattle:-D!
    If I were to have a mid-life crisis, that would be the car for me to toodle around in. Love you, XOXO

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    1. Hello Susan, Wouldn't it be a wonderful place to live - it is safely uphill of the soggy pond area - no worries there. You could tootle around the beautiful country lanes in that sweet little car and then call in to the Byre for tea! xx

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  7. The shots of the car came out great. And, oh that house. That was my fantasy home when I was in my early 20s.

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    1. Hello Mitch, It is an incredibly beautiful place, lots of land and outbuildings and all that history - the only thing it lacks, which I think would really matter to you, is the weather! No sunshine here.

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  8. Methinks you share your brother's fancy of exotic cars! When I saw the photo of the pond, my first thought was, "Oh, the mosquitoes!"
    Don't you have a mosquito problem there? That would be so lovely!

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    1. Hello Ms Sparrow, I love cute and dinky cars...one of these days I intend to do a tour of the Bubble Car Museum...they are really cute too.
      Gnats are the flying/biting insect which causes problems here - for some reason they find me very tasty indeed. I wouldn't be able to live near that stretch of water!!

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  9. The Manor House is magnificent... I wonder if they were bullied into having the letter box.

    My mother had a 7. I once fell out of it as she drove round a sharp corner. No seat belts, dodgy doors, wonderful.

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    1. Hello Cro, It is a truly wonderful manor house, protected and unspoilt - I hope it is as beautiful inside.

      Thank goodness you survived to tell the tale! I'm glad it didn't put you off them.

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  10. What I love (amongst other things) about your blog is how it is like a document of MY life and the things I love. It's like you're documenting my thoughts. I think this house is gorgeous and love the village although I heard through the grapevine that apparently the people are not so friendly. This could be village jealousy but it was from someone who was moving out! Nice car by the way x

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    1. Hello Dom, I am always happy to have an excuse to take photographs and talk about the beautiful houses, churches, and villages around here. I think there are some delightful ones still to come - and I bet you know of some I have yet to find.x

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  11. Everything is so vintage, english and beautiful, love it! x

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    1. Hello Sister Julie, Living here in deepest Lincolnshire (which is on the edge of nowhere) there are lots of hidden treasures. I feel it is my duty to share them.x

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  12. Not just an Austin Seven but red and convertible, how I would love to own that car!

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    1. Hello LindyLouMac, Your weather would be much more suitable for it - it is teaming down with rain here, as it has been for most of the last month..!

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  13. Old cars have so much personality. The new cars are so generic. On the manor house, I like the double chimney and the curvy gable. And the pond is lovely, too.

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    1. Hello Jenny, I wish you could see the old manor house; it exudes so much character a great feeling of history. The brickwork and the detailing are just wonderful. I am so pleased that it is heavily protected by being a listed building.

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  14. What a cute car, and how nice for it to have a sunny day and be able to have the top down.
    Is does look like Brum - who's driving it in the last photo?

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    1. Hello LBM, It just shows, no matter how mundane the shopping list, a trip to the garden centre can be exciting. I was thrilled when I spotted that car in the car park. I was out the car, camera at the ready straight away!!

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  15. Hi Elaine,

    Love the house, love the car...

    I’ll settle for either!!

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    1. Hello Green Dragonette, You should have both, the manor house is just a short distance from Louth so you could drive there in the little red car, then you could buy your fresh food at the independent food shops in Louth...providing you let me stop by for one of your wonderful suppers now and again!

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  16. I guess everyone is in agreement about the car!....I once had a yellow fiat X19. Small cars are fun for zipping around the countryside, but absolutely of no value for picking up building materials. Love the house and the pond. The Gnats would eat me up, too!

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    1. Hello Meggie, You had a cute little Fiat, and we had a cute little orange Honda Z Coupe. It was tiny, but such fun. Country vehicles need to be practical, as you say - ours gets used for carting all manner of things about.

      You would love exploring the history of the manor house, it is really beautiful, but I bet it has known some interesting times! I'd like to know what kind of atmosphere the house has after all this time.

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  17. I came for Friday's fences, but just have to say I love these photos.

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    1. Hello Rose, I'm so glad you like them, it is a pretty little village.

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  18. Everything in that place clearly dates back to ages ago. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. Preserving the classic and typical English heritage is a precious thing for the community, actually even for the people who luckily come across that small village. Alright, lemme admire Baby Austin now. :D That is such a beautiful car. It’s actually my dream to ride one someday! :)

    Clint Moore

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  19. Hello Clint, The car is obviously someone's pride and joy, and I can completely understand why! It is very small, but perfect in every way. It was love at first sight when I saw it. I hope your dream comes true before too long.

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