Friday 25 July 2014

Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt 2014: The Steep Hill edition

Hi again.

If I've been a bit off the radar lately it's because, like Jack Skellington, I've been trapped in Christmas Town.

But I'm taking a break from my festive crafting commissions this weekend and turning up the heat again to share more of my Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt photos [the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt is hosted by Rinda].

[Oh and ... thank you for the kind things you've been saying about enjoying my Scavenger Hunt posts over the 3 years I've been playing along. It's very good of you to say so!]

Right then ... get your walking shoes on ... we're heading up hill ...

Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt 2014: The 'Steep Hill' edition.

Earlier this month we spent a week at a beautiful hotel called The Rest which overlooks Steep Hill in Lincoln [UK].

As you might have guessed ... the name of the hotel and the name of the road are not entirely unconnected. Put it this way ... there's a reason it's called Steep Hill.
Hence The Rest.
Each day, after returning from our treks and trails we returned to the veranda outside our room where we could sit with a cuppa and watch all the weary legged wanderers make their way up the hill!
It's a great spot to people-watch as there's always something to see such as ...
  • The people who just can't take it any more and are being dragged by the hand uphill by a more energetic partner ...
  • Plus those who are being pushed uphill by a friendly pair of hands on their shoulders or in the small of the back!
  • And then there's those who run up it ... who are either: super-fit [we saw one jogger run up it twice in ten minutes] OR else they're children [who then stand and wait for their older-legged parents.]
  • We even heard a tired-looking man and woman - carrying a large framed painting uphill [as if in a scene from Laurel & Hardy] describe their purchase to a passer-by as: 'It seemed like a good idea at the time!'. Presumably that time was at the bottom of a hill!
And from our raised vantage point we were pretty much guaranteed to see ...
No.4: A group of tourists
 So that was another crossed off the hunt list!
And, as the age old rule states,  'What goes up ... must come down' ...
... and people have various - equally watchable - ways of doing that too!
Like on an evening when party going ladies cast their eyes down the road ... and swiftly remove their high heeled shoes before even attempting a descent! And then there are those who you're best off watching through the gaps between your fingers as you cover your eyes in terror ...  
We can only wonder whether either of them had any rubber left on their soles by the time they reached the bottom!

While we're here, that door they're about to whizz past? That's the next item I can cross of the list ...

 No.9: A bakery
It had a fun window display featuring some unusual cakes which we watched lots of people stop to look at. After all when your shop is situated near the top of the steepest, most tiring, part of a hill ... people don't need much of an excuse to stop and pause!!
So a good window display can only help draw those gaspers in ... which leads me to this ...
... that empty building next door to the bakery - right opposite our hotel - used to be a second-hand book shop called 'The Reader's Rest' where we've spent many an hour browsing [and catching our breath] over the years.

And now it's for sale.

And yes ... I spent a week gazing at it, dreaming of what I could turn it into! And yes, I've even looked it up on the estate agent's website.

And no ... I can't afford it!

But if I did buy the Grade II listed building and move into the flat above? Well then I'd [a] be busy planning up a fabulous window display that would draw in all those breathless browsers, and ...[b] I'd be a lot fitter than I am now!!


So, that's two more off the scavenger hunt list ... and a little more muscle on my legs. Win win!

I hope you enjoyed your brief visit to Steep Hill. At least you got to see it without the customary strained calves and gasping lungs ...
Have a great weekend.

Julie x


  1. What a fun post! I giggled as you described all those weary walkers. I would certainly need a helping hand up that hill. Looks like a fab place to stay.

  2. I love your post and all of the pictures you've taken and shared. It's so fun to see things like this through someone else's eyes. I wonder if I would have seen the same things [I'm not always the most observant person around. lol] Thanks for sharing!

  3. And yet another lamp post, too! I love the idea of the ladies scampering down the hill, heels in hand!
    And how I could lose hours dreaming about filling that shop front.

  4. I went to Lincoln about 15 years ago. I remember that hill but don't recall struggling up it. I was obviously fitter and younger then - or maybe I did struggle and I have edited that!

  5. Your little balcony looks fab! I could see myself sitting there watching the world go by (or up and down!!)


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