After a domestic and quiet day on Thursday we needed to go to Melton Mowbray about 15 miles from Grantham to exchange some LED light bulbs we had bought for the motorhome.
Melton Mowbray has been a thriving market town for over a thousand years as recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086. In recent times it has become famous for Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and for Stilton Cheese. Pork pies bearing the name Melton Mowbray are made by a specific "hand-raising" process and recipe which uses uncured pork. Stilton Cheese originated near Melton Mowbray, The cheese takes its name from the village of Stilton, 80 miles north of London, where it was marketed to travellers on the Great North Road, though no Stilton was ever made there.
After sorting out the LED lights we had a walk along the main street. Daisy was like a puppy and wanted to go in the various shops (we think it was her first time in a town). She particularly liked the smells coming from the pork pie shop and the butchers but no samples were forthcoming!
We left Melton Mowbray and headed to the small town of Oakham in the small county of Rutland. Again we explored the town with Daisy. Oakham is home to one of the areas exclusive public schools. There was an interesting market place and we had a sneak look inside the All Saints Church before finding a lovely cafe for lunch.
Before we headed back to base we stopped at Rutland Water for a walk along the lakeside before the weather changed to rain. As we walked through Barnsdale wood we found the wood full of bluebells whose perfume was just lovely.