Saturday 28 July 2012


It's been a busy week and I'm behindhand with posting.  Apologies.

Last Saturday we went with some friends on an expedition to Barton-on-Humber.  It was a beautiful day, sunny, warm and dry - the first nice day for weeks. Barton is a little town at the southern end of the Humber Bridge, with an important Saxon church, now in the care of English Heritage. (The town also has a medieval church only a couple of hundred yards away - more churches than it can use these days, but at the time that the later church was built, Barton was an important port and presumably needed another to cope with the population.)    There is also a string of nature reserves along the Humber bank, on the edge of the town, with several ponds in the clay pits of the former brick works. We saw a lot of birds there - mostly ducks, but some more interesting birds too, including a grebe which was fishing very successfully.  

The town itself is very pleasant to wander around.  There are many independent little shops, still - and there were evidently many more at one time.  A knitting connection:  one of the former shops was a yarn shop, with advertising stickers for Lister Lavenda wool in windows either side of the door.

 I think that the ad must date to the 1960s or earlier - although Lister & Co. were producing knitting yarn long after that, the Lavenda brand name was dropped around then.  (I'm glad to say that Bartonians still knit - there is a long-established yarn shop elsewhere in Barton, The Knitting Box.   It looked enticing, but I resisted the temptation.  I do not need more yarn.)   

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