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Last week a new cafe opened in Lincoln. A friend and I went to check it out at the end of the week and I think it’s fair to say we both fell in love with the place.
Rock+Paper+Scissors is a “crafterie”, that is, a cafe, a place to do crafts, and a shop. Run by Elizabeth and Michelle, who have both moved back to Lincoln (they were both at Uni in Lincoln) after a little time away, it is a little shop on Guildhall Street, offering something quite different to any of the other cafes and tea shops dotted about. A place to socialise and try your hand at various arts and crafts, as well as somewhere to buy locally sourced gifts from cushions to prints and jewellery to tea towels.
Laura and I sat and chatted with Lizzie and Michelle for ages. They told us what life has been like since Uni, that they both went off to try their hands at all sorts, but that they were called back to Lincoln because they loved the place. They wanted to bring something different to Lincoln, something artsy, something vintage, something social. The idea seems to have come from wanting to create something where they could both spend time with interesting people, something hands on where they could interact with their customers as well as teach and learn at the same time.
They served us loose leaf Darjeeling Earl Grey tea in a massive teapot and little mismatched bone china tea cups and saucers. We had a slice of gooey lemon cake, home made of course. It was divine. What a wonderful way to spend a lunch break.
It’s so cute. Browsing through the wares on sale I found so many things I could easily have bought. Local artists and crafters are able to use the shop to sell their hand made items, it’s going to be a great place to find gifts for friends and family. I particularly liked the cushions by Mary James of Bille Bug, and as we left I found a print I think I’ll actually go back and buy when I get a minute.
The social side of the shop comes from the crafting sessions and other activities they run. Laura and I were there on Valentines day when they were offering a free session to create a valentines message for your loved one while you sat and drank tea. There are also crochet and knitting sessions planned, as well as a clothes swap. And we are told there are lots more planned – sugar craft, paper crafts and other such delights.
In fact Rock+Paper+Scissors has inspired me to finally get my sketchbook out after what must be years and years of neglect. There is a creative person inside me somewhere, I will find her again!
If you’re around and about Lincoln definitely make Rock+Paper+Scissors one of the stops on your list. A gorgeous little place.
Last weekend I am very happy to say that I conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
The challenge is to walk the Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in 12 hours. We started at Horton-in-Ribblesdale 8.10am and arrived back at 7.40pm – 11 hours 30 minutes will do me! I tell you, that hot chocolate at the Pen-Y-Ghent café while we waited for our lift home was the best tasting drink I’ve had in years!
Our route took us 27 miles in total, thanks to a detour we chose to take to miss out the worst of the boggy marshland on the way across to Ribblehead from Pen-Y-Ghent. We still trudged through yukky swamp-like marshland which came over the top of my boots (and seeped down my socks, nice!), but the decision to take an extra couple of miles or so was worth it based on the stories we heard from walkers who didn’t do that.
Apart from the marshland the path was pretty ok. There was some climbing involved for sure, hands were required both on the way up Pen-Y-Ghent and Ingleborough, and even knees at some points because I’ve only got short legs. Other paths were also rocky, including the way down Whernside which was more like a giant staircase at one point which was very hard going on the calf muscles! But the path was generally well trodden and obvious, and it was simply a case of left foot, right foot, repeat.
Each of the three peaks had it’s own character. Pen-Y-Ghent started easy, with a sneaky climb to get to the summit, before a gentle decent and that marshy bog. Whernside was a very gentle up which seemed to last for ever, a ridge with some stunning views, and a very gentle down with a nasty staircase. Ingleborough is a quick up including a proper climb, and a lovely fast (because we knew we were close to the finish) six mile walk down.
During the day I dined on snickers, finger of fudge, nature valley chewy bars and gorp (good old raisins and peanuts), along with sips of lucozade light and water. Oh and jelly babies, of course. We had a “support vehicle” which meant I got two little cups of tea during the day too – a real luxury when on a day hike. Oh and it also meant I could change my socks which made a whole load of difference, like putting new feet on! We met them twice and so stopped for half an hour each time which was just enough time to have a bit of a rest but not get achy.
There were hundreds of people also doing the walk that day – apparently it’s normally like that. I wonder how many people who started actually finished within 12 hours? I hope the vast majority did – many people use the challenge to raise money for charity. Others, like me, just do it for the views at the top of the peaks and to prove to myself I can. Thankfully it was a pretty clear day so the views across the peaks were stunning. And my body did manage it, and it felt good. Well actually it hurt, but it felt fantastic at the same time.
There are plenty of websites giving information about the challenge, route, peaks etc so I’ll just share some of the snaps I took – all on my iPhone (I travelled light!) so not great quality. Sorry about that!
Ever fancied dinner in the middle of the Rainforest (storms and all)?! Head to the Rainforest Cafe on Shaftsbury Avenue in London and you’ll get exactly that. We were surrounded by fish, gorillas, elephants, snakes, talking trees… (Yes I said talking trees!). The food was good too – I had Nachos, Ribs (sorry, “Major Mojo Bones”) and Chocolate Brownie – it was a feast for sure! Be warned this is not a cheap place to eat, but it’s an atmosphere like no other.
17/09/11: Rainforest Cafe, London