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Lincolnshire Life July 2018 - Digital Copy

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Lincolnshire Life July 2018 - Digital Copy

High summer and we have been looking forward to some of the pleasures of being outdoors.

Doddington Hall will launch the 2018 Sculpture at Doddington exhibition this month. The biennial event continues to grow in size and status, and this year a Ceramics Exhibition will run simultaneously in the Stable Yard studio. I went to visit Lynn Baker, a county based glass designer whose work will be part of the sculpture exhibition at Doddington. Lynn’s Queen of the Night garden sculptures are inspired by orchid cacti, which have healing properties for women. Read more on page 98.

Steffie Shields has been talking to artist Sarah Watson. Sarah, like Steffie, is inspired by landscapes and her imagination is fired not just by this county but others across the UK. Find out more on page 26. We also congratulate Steffie on our County Life pages. Her services to Conservation Heritage have been acknowledged with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more.

I spent a fascinating morning with Maureen Durant, plant buyer at Oldrids and Downtown, Gonerby Moor. Maureen has been with the Lincolnshire family owned business for twenty years and what she doesn’t know about plants probably isn’t worth knowing. Maureen buys much of her stock from local growers and she used some of them to plant a summer tub for us this month. Turn to page 32 to see the finished result and there is also the chance to win a Chimenea courtesy of Oldrids and Downtown; a perfect accessory to take the chill away as you sit out in the evening.

Our town features are Stamford, Scunthorpe and the lovely village of Heckington. We shall, of course, be at Heckington Show in the Heritage Marquee at the end of the month. The village is celebrating a double award for the volunteers at the Show and also those who give their time to support Heckington Windmill. You can read about their achievements and the attractions at this year’s show on page 89.

Finally, we love Afternoon Tea here at Lincolnshire Life HQ, so we have a county tour to sample the wide variety of venues which offer this very British treat.

Enjoy a fabulous month!