Rosemary and I visited Valerie and Norman in Leicester, staying the night. Rosemary was persuaded to walk around the Botanical Garden, something I have already done. This time we entered the cactus hothouse to see some fabulous specimens. The sculptures in the garden intrigue me.
Ravi and Simon arrived for a pub lunch at the Cradock Arms. The place was heaving and we were lucky to be able to park. The pub was the start and end points of a club’s monthly walk trip. We all departed and went our own way after lunch.
We drove over to Leicester to stay for the weekend with Norman and Valerie. Richard and Andrea also stayed over. They had been visiting Leicester to see a preacher being installed into his new church in Leicester. Saturday we visited the Cradock Arms for a beer, and then walked back home. We saw the new garden shed, Valerie’s pride and joy.
Evening arrived, with Richard and Andrea duly arriving for supper after the church service.
Sunday after breakfast, the men plus Andrea, went for a walk around the University of Leicester Botanic Garden. Afterwards, we all visited the Lansdowne for a traditional English Sunday Roast. Well at least the men stayed with tradition, the women failed to follow tradition and ate off the standard menu.
We had a lovely weekend in Leicester staying with Valerie and Norman, along with Bill and Viv. The visit started off with a chainsaw massacre in the garden with a little bit of pruning. After this hard work, our thirsts were quenched with a couple of pints at The Classroom Real Ale pub. This is a real ale micro pub, twenty minutes walk away, serving some great ales straight from the cask. I was very impressed with the quality of the beer and service. Looking forward to a return visit.
Next day Bill, Norman and I went for a walk along the Grand Union Canal from the Navigation pub to Wistow Rural centre. Lovely day, the canal had a thin layer of ice, and the outward walk was over frozen mud. At Wistow Rural Centre we ate lunch and had a walk around the garden centre. The pictures I have taken are of a model village, notice the campervan. The walk back was a little muddy as the mud had thawed. On the way home we stopped off at a real ale pub called The Cow and Plough for a quick pint.
In the evening we took a taxi into Leicester centre for supper at the Ask Italian restaurant.
On Monday we had a walk at Bradgate Park. A large open deer park with a ruined house, some lovely oak trees. We walked to the top of the hill where the Old John Tower is situated. This 18th Century folly sits on the highest point of the Park and is one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks. Lunch nearby in the Jade Tea Rooms. Very reasonable and sizable portions.