Lincolnshire Life October 2016 - Digital Copy
October 1st is a fabulous excuse to plan a special lunch or excursion to celebrate the best of our glorious county. We have details of some special events in our County Calendar pages and of course a host of eateries and cafes in our Food and Dining Out section to tempt your taste buds. Have fun waving the flag!
I have the pleasure of meeting many inspirational people on my travels around Lincolnshire. This month has been no exception. I met the creator and director of one of Lincoln’s most exciting festivals for a coffee last month. Amie Slavin was excited to tell me of the performers and artists she has booked for Sonophilia 2016. Amie has no sight and since her early twenties has relied heavily on her sense of sound and her guide dog to steer her. Amie has also made a career from engineering music on behalf of artists and works of her own which highlight the role sound plays in our common humanity and interactions. You can read more on page 88.
Kate Chapman interviewed Steph Brown, who has answered ‘the call of the wild’ in a very practical and urgent way. Steph is known as the Orangutan Lady of Whaplode because of her primate and conservation work. Kate’s feature, on page 42, gives a glimpse of the vital work Steph undertakes rescuing and rearing orphaned and injured animals as their natural habitat shrinks.
As we drive through the south of the county I am sure we forget that not too many decades ago this land was sea marsh and virtually unnavigable except by horse or shallow bottomed boat. Management by dykes, sluices and waterways allowed the land to be drained and become agriculturally productive. A mechanism thousands cross every day in Boston, the Grand Sluice, was built 250 years ago to control the tidal waters of the Haven. Our feature on page 100 gives the background history and tells how the town is marking this significant anniversary.
Finally, this is the time of year when we still have enough energy to tackle home improvements, especially as the weeks to Christmas are being counted down. If, like me, you are planning a project, our special Homes and Interiors supplement has plenty of ideas and local specialist businesses who are ready to help you fulfil your ideal home.
It’s going to be a busy month!