It’s there for a reason

The village where we live is lovely, typical of rural hamlets throughout Lincolnshire. It does have a road that runs through the centre of the village, which links the busy city of Lincoln with Grantham.

As with numerous other roads in the area, it was not designed with high traffic volumes, often wanting to travel at speed, in mind. The road is not straight and has a number of blind bends and crests. The village is what is known as a linear village, with most properties built along the road and  having access ways that open onto this relatively busy thoroughfare.

Because of the nature of the road there is a 30 mile an hour speed limit in place, with large warning signs at each end of the village, static speed-triggered electronic signs just beyond the fixed speed limit notices, and a mobile speed-triggered sign which is placed at differing points in the village throughout the year .

Despite all of these precautions, there are still people who believe the speed limit does not apply to them. A bit like the motorist in the pictures below, who last night decided to try a bit of off-roading.

The car appears to have hit the kerbstones and launched over a stone wall into the hedge beyond. This happened less than 50 yards from a house that stands against the road, and over a hundred yards passed both the fixed and speed-triggered signs at the entrance to the village.

Speed limits generally are in place for a reason. When are people going to stop putting both their own, and other peoples, lives at risk by ignoring them?


A walk in the countryside

Nothing blows the cobwebs away like a walk on a crisp November morning.

This morning I walked just over 5 miles around the small village of North Rauceby in Lincolnshire. Somewhere beyond the mist, the sun was shining, and the temperature was a comfortable 8C.

Details of the walk were obtained from the VisitLincolnshire website, the instructions were simple to follow, the route well marked and mostly on country lanes or tracks. Click here to see details of my walk, including a 3D flyover (you’ll need the Google Earth plugin within your web browser to see this!)

The real bonus was I burned nearly 600 calories, more than offsetting the sausage McMuffin I had for breakfast yesterday!



Sunday Lunch

Today’s lunch, with rosemary roast potatoes, home-grown carrots and runner beans. Delicious!




Roast Leg of Lamb

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 150mins
  • Difficulty: Medium
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 1 leg of lamb, weighing 5 lb (2.25 kg)
 1 small onion, peeled and sliced
 a few sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish
 salt and freshly milled black pepper
For the Shrewsbury sauce:
 2 level tablespoons plain flour
 1 heaped teaspoon mustard powder
 1 pint (570 ml) Beaujolais or other light red wine
 5 rounded tablespoons good-quality redcurrant jelly, such as Tiptree
 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
 juice 1 lemon
 salt and freshly milled black pepper
 Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 375°F (190°C).


First of all, place the meat in the roasting tin, tucking the slices of onion beneath it. Season the surface with salt and freshly milled black pepper, then place it, uncovered, in the pre-heated oven on the middle shelf. Roast for 30 minutes per lb (450 g) – for a 5lb (2.25 kg) leg this will be 2½ hours. Make sure that you baste the lamb at least 3 times while it is cooking, as this will help keep it juicy and succulent. If you like to serve your lamb quite pink, give it 30 minutes less cooking time. To tell if the lamb is cooked to your liking, insert a skewer into the centre, remove it, then press the flat of the skewer against the meat: as the juice runs out, you will see to what degree the meat is cooked – the pinker the juice, the rarer the meat.

When it is cooked as you like it, remove it to a carving board and keep it in a warm place to rest for 30 minutes. Now, to make the sauce, spoon off any surplus fat from the roasting tin, tipping it to one side and allowing the fat to separate from the juices; you need to leave about 2 tablespoons of fat behind.

Now place the tin over a direct heat turned to low and stir in the flour and mustard powder until you have a smooth paste that has soaked up all the fat and juices. Next, add the wine, a little at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon after each addition. Halfway through, switch from the spoon to a whisk and continue to whisk until all the wine has been incorporated.

Now simply add the redcurrant jelly, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and seasoning, then whisk again until the jelly has dissolved. Now turn the heat to its lowest setting and let the sauce gently bubble and reduce for about 15 minutes, then pour it into a warm serving jug. Carve the lamb, garnish with the rosemary, pour a little of the sauce over and hand the rest round separately.