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Lincolnshire Life February 2019 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life February 2019 - Digital Copy

We may be bracing ourselves for some freezing temperatures but this is the month when I, and I know many of you, seek out those first signs of spring. Snowdrops and their delightful pearl drop blooms have already appeared in my garden but Steffie Shields pays tribute to county gardeners who have left a lasting galanthus legacy for us to enjoy. Steffie’s feature begins on page 28.

It was a bitterly cold and windy day when I went to Norton Disney to meet Ken Sadler, chairman of the Bomber County Gateway Trust. We stood on the hill alongside the A46 where Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire meet, the site for an iconic sculpture which promises to be a new landmark for the county. The concrete foundations were being poured that day and the uplift of the wind brought home why this site was along the flightpath into RAF Swinderby, and also the challenges of the design. Read more on page 34.

Kate Chapman’s interview is with actress and broadcaster Julie Peasgood. Julie was born in Grimsby and is probably best known for her roles in Brookside, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. Julie, however, has great versatility, as Kate explains on page 60, and is also an accomplished presenter, author and voice-over artist. 

The perfect antidote to seasonal fatigue and sloth is certainly a bracing walk or garden visit but for me that has to be accompanied by an equally comforting meal when I get home. Our contributing chefs and food writers have certainly risen to the challenge with recipes to get you cooking. Dominic Franks has based his dish from the Belleau Kitchen on basa, a white fish, and broccoli. Nikki Bawn of Boggle Lane Foods continues with her foraging tips and brings us a recipe for rhubarb, red wine and russet beef. Finally, Simon Hibberd, head chef of the Reform Restaurant, Lincoln gives us three dishes which are perfect for a dinner party with friends or hunkering down with family around the table. These are all dishes which can make the most of some of our wonderful, locally grown produce.

Finally, February may have a narrower choice of theatre, music and events to enjoy but The Diary pages bring you our choice of some of the best.

Have a wonderful month.